The second edition of the Handbook of Plasticizers thoroughly reviews information currently available in open literature, such as published scientific papers, information from plasticizer manufacturers, and patent literature.

Plasticizers are used in so many products that every library should have this reference source of information on plasticizers readily available for its readers. This book should be used in conjunction with Plasticizer Database, which gives information on the present status and properties of industrial and research plasticizers.

The book covers the uses, advantages, and disadvantages of plasticizers, historical and theoretical background, their effects on process conditions, and health, safety, and environmental issues.

Key Features

  • The most comprehensive reference work available, covering the properties and applications of plasticizers.
  • Combine scientific background with extensive data and practical engineering techniques.
  • Contains information from the most recent sources and updated information


R&D scientists, production chemists and engineers, environmental engineers,environmental professionals, Industrial hygienists, Legislators, Medical professionals, Civil engineers, University professors and students; Main industries having interest in the book: Adhesives and sealants, Aerospace, Agriculture, Asphalt compounding, Automotive and aftermarket, Coil coating, Concrete, Coated fabrics,Cosmetics and personal care products, Dental materials, Electrical and electronic industry, Fibers, Film, Food, Flooring, Foams, Footwear, Gaskets, Inks, varnishes, and lacquers, Lumber, wood, furniture , Medical, Membranes, Paints and coatings, Pharmaceutical, Photographic materials, Pipes, Polymers, rubber, plastics, Roofing materials, Ship building and repair, Textile, Tires, Toys, Tubing, Wire and cable

Table of Contents

1 Introduction
1.1 Historical developments
1.2 Expectations from plasticizers
1.3 Definitions
1.4 Classification

2 Plasticizer Types
2.1 Introduction
2.2 Characteristic properties of industrial plasticizers
2.2.1 Abietates
2.2.2 Adipates
2.2.3 Alkyl sulfonates
2.2.4 Azelates
2.2.5 Benzoates
2.2.6 Chlorinated paraffins
2.2.7 Citrates
2.2.8 Energetic plasticizers
2.2.9 Epoxides
2.2.10 Glycol ethers and their esters
2.2.11 Glutarates
2.2.12 Hydrocarbon oils
2.2.13 Isobutyrates
2.2.14 Oleates
2.2.15 Pentaerythritol derivatives
2.2.16 Phosphates
2.2.17 Phthalates
2.2.18 Polymeric plasticizers Esters Polybutenes
2.2.19 Ricinoleates
2.2.20 Sebacates
2.2.21 Sulfonamides
2.2.22 Superplasticizers and plasticizers for concrete
2.2.23 Tri- and pyromellitates
2.2.24 Other plasticizers Biphenyl derivatives Calcium stearate Carbon dioxide Difuran diesters Fluorine-containing plasticizers Hydroxybenzoic acid esters Isocyanate adducts Multi-ring aromatic compounds Natural product derivatives Nitriles Siloxane-based plasticizers Tar-based products Thioeters Blends
2.3 Methods of synthesis and their effect on properties of plasticizers
2.4 Reactive plasticizers and internal plasticization

3 Methods of Quality Control of Plasticizers
3.1 Abbreviations, terminology, and vocabulary
3.2 Acid number
3.3 Aging studies
3.4 Ash
3.5 Brittleness temperature
3.6 Brookfield viscosity
3.7 Chemical resistance
3.8 Color
3.9 Compatibility
3.10 Compression set
3.11 Concrete additives
3.12 Electrical properties
3.13 Extractable matter
3.14 Flash and fire point
3.15 Fogging


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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.

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ChemTec Publishing, Ontario, Canada