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The Elements of Polymer Science & Engineering

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.

Advanced undergraduate and graduate students in the physics, chemistry, and chemical engineering departments who are taking courses related to polymer science and engineering.

Hardbound, 584 Pages

Published: December 2012

Imprint: Academic Press

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.


  • 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


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