Encyclopedia of Materials: Plastics and Polymers

Encyclopedia of Materials: Plastics and Polymers

1st Edition - August 1, 2022

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  • Editor-in-Chief: M.S.J. Hashmi
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128203521

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Encyclopedia of Materials: Plastics and Polymers, Four Volume Set, takes a critical look at plastics and polymeric materials: their fundamental properties; current and potential future application areas in various private, public, commercial and industrial sectors; biodegradability, reusability and disposability. As well as covering all aspects of the science and applications of plastics and polymers, the proposed work will expound on newer developments, through up-to-date articles and knowledge. Importantly, space will be given to contemporary concerns such as the detrimental environmental effects of plastics and polymers, and expertly-written articles will shed light on composites of macro, micro- and nano-particle sized plastic and polymeric materials and biodegradable natural or synthetic materials. This Encyclopedia will be most valuable to researchers working at the interfaces between materials science/chemistry and materials engineering, as well as advanced undergraduates who need to quickly understand a broad range of foundational concepts and the developments that have taken place over time. This Encyclopedia is needed to enhance the awareness of today’s cohort of technical and scientific communities and commercial technologists, and to encourage them to look for fresh approaches and developments towards safer use and environmental sustainability of plastics and polymeric materials.

Key Features

  • Comprehensive coverage: A one-stop-shop of information on all aspects of plastics and polymers
  • Special focus on the implications of using products made from these materials and on their safe disposal
  • Thematic arrangement makes it easier to browse a particular area of interest, and to contextualize information on different materials, their applications, and their benefits and drawbacks/strengths and weaknesses
  • Brand new content complemented by making available an important component of revised, top quality foundational reference material from the landmark Encyclopedia of Materials: Science and Technology


Academic and industrial researchers, lecturers, Doctoral and Master degree research candidates, taught masters and senior year undergraduate degree students in polymeric science and plastics engineering. Professional (Mechanical, Manufacturing and chemical) engineers and product designers, environmental policy-makers and journalists

Table of Contents

  • 1. Fundamentals of Thermoset and Thermoplastic Polymers and their Recycling and Sustainability
    2. Polymer Composites
    3. Biopolymers/Bioplastics and Biodegradables
    4. Plastics and Polymers Testing and Characterization
    5. Polymer Properties, Standards and Analysis
    6. Plastic Materials Designing, Processing and Manufacturing
    7. Plastics in Commodity and Engineering Application
    8. Medical Applications of Plastics and Polymers

Product details

  • No. of pages: 3606
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2022
  • Published: August 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Hardcover ISBN: 9780128203521

About the Editor in Chief

M.S.J. Hashmi

Saleem Hashmi PhD, DSc., CEng, FIEI, FIMechE is Emeritus Professor in the School of Mechanical & Manufacturing Engineering at Dublin City University, Ireland. He founded the School in January 1987, in addition to setting up the Material Processing Research Centre (MPRC), a research centre of excellence in the field of material processing. In 1990, Professor Hashmi established Advances in Materials and Processing Technologies (AMPT), a much-needed international conference in materials processing. He continues to be the chairperson of the Steering Committee for this series of conferences. In 1998 he was appointed as editor-in-chief of Elsevier Journal of Material Processing Technology and continued in this role until 2008. In 1995, Professor Hashmi was awarded the higher doctorate degree of DSc, by the University of Manchester, the highest academic degree any university in the UK can award. Professor Hashmi has supervised or co-supervised 110 PhD and 55 MEng research students to successful completion. Over the years he has also acted as an external examiner and expert assessor for PhD candidates and engineering departments with universities in Ireland, the UK, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, Canada, Australia, and Malaysia. He has published in excess of 430 papers and 12 books so far. He has been Editor-in-Chief on two MRWs with Elsevier, Comprehensive Materials Finishing and Comprehensive Materials Processing.

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus Professor, School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Dublin City University, Ireland

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