Several reasons are behind formation of odors in materials, including the following:

  • Use of other materials than polymer, especially materials required in processing
  • Use of various process parameters and their severity in degradation of components of formulation
  • Recycling of polymeric materials
  • Contact with natural products (food, cosmetics, etc.)
  • Storage

    1. Migration-evaporation
    2. Storage in the same space
    3. Diffusion-related properties

The above reasons are analyzed for different materials to find out the best methods to prevent odor formation. The book also contains information on testing of odor changes, relationship between odor and toxicity, and the selection of raw materials for fog-free products. The first book in this field, the Handbook of Odors in Materials is needed by anyone interested in materials.

Key Features

  • The first book of its kind in this field
  • Analyzes the reasons behind odor formation and provides the best methods to prevent odors in various materials
  • Contains information on testing of odor changes and the relationship between odor and toxicity


Engineers, researchers and technicians in the plastics industry.


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William Andrew
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About the author

George Wypych

George Wypych has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering. His professional expertise includes both university teaching (full professor) and research and development. He has published 18 books, 47 scientific papers, and he has obtained 16 patents. He specializes in polymer additives, polymer processing and formulation, material durability and the development of sealants and coatings.

Affiliations and Expertise

ChemTec Publishing, Ontario, Canada