The Elements of Polymer Science & Engineering


  • Alfred Rudin, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • Phillip Choi, Ph.D., P.Eng, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

Whether you are an upper or graduate level student studying polymer science and engineering or an engineer new to the field of polymers, you'll benefit from reading The Elements of Polymer Science and Engineering 3e. Since the publication of the second edition in 1999, the field of polymers has advanced considerably. A key feature of the third edition is the inclusion of new concepts in existing chapters as well as new chapters covering selected contemporary topics such as behavior of natural polymers, polymer nanocomposites, and use of polymers in nanotechnology. There are also several enhancements to the book’s pedagogy, including the addition of numerous worked examples and new figures to better illustrate key concepts and the addition of a large number of end-of-chapter exercises, many of which are based on recently published research and relevant industrial data.
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Advanced undergraduate and graduate students in the physics, chemistry, and chemical engineering departments who are taking courses related to polymer science and engineering.


Book information

  • Published: December 2012
  • ISBN: 978-0-12-382178-2


"The textbook has been a solid teaching text for introductory polymer science and engineering courses....It remains a very good textbook for many introductory concepts and is thought out and developed well for teaching purposes."
--Eli Pearce, Polytechnicnic University, Brooklyn, NY, POLYMER NEWS, Vol. 24, No. 10, 1999.

Table of Contents

In Memoriam for Alfred Rudin

Chapter 1 - Introductory Concepts and Definitions
Chapter 2 - Basic Principles of Polymer Molecular Weights
Chapter 3 - Practical Aspects of Molecular Weight Measurements
Chapter 4 - Mechanical Properties of Polymer Solids and Liquids
Chapter 5 - Polymer Mixtures
Chapter 6 - Diffusion in Polymers
Chapter 7 - Step-Growth Polymerizations
Chapter 8 - Free-Radical Polymerization
Chapter 9 - Copolymerization
Chapter 10 - Dispersion and Emulsion Polymerizations
Chapter 11 - Ionic and Coordinated Polymerizations
Chapter 12 - Polymer Reaction Engineering
Chapter 13 - Biopolymers
Appendix A - Conversion of Units
Appendix B - List of Symbols