Handbook of Polymers

1st Edition

Authors: George Wypych
Hardcover ISBN: 9781895198478
eBook ISBN: 9781895198690
Imprint: ChemTec Publishing
Published Date: 10th September 2011
Page Count: 696


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Polymers selected for this edition of the Handbook of Polymers include all major polymeric materials used by the plastics and other branches of the chemical industry as well as specialty polymers used in the electronics, pharmaceutical, medical, and space fields. Extensive information is included on biopolymers.

The data included in the Handbook of Polymers come from open literature (published articles, conference papers, and books), literature available from manufacturers of various grades of polymers, plastics, and finished products, and patent literature. The above sources were searched, including the most recent literature. It can be seen from the references that a large portion of the data comes from information published in 2011. This underscores one of the major goals of this undertaking, which is to provide readers with the most up-to-date information.

Frequently, data from different sources vary in a broad range and they have to be reconciled. In such cases, values closest to their average and values based on testing of the most current grades of materials are selected to provide readers with information which is characteristic of currently available products, focusing on the potential use of data in solving practical problems. In this process of verification many older data were rejected unless they have been confirmed by recently conducted studies.

Presentation of data for all polymers is based on a consistent pattern of data arrangement, although, depending on data availability, only data fields which contain actual values are included for each individual polymer. The entire scope of the data is divided into sections to make data comparison and search easy.


Key Features

  • Handbook of Polymers contains information on all essential data used in practical applications, research, and legislation
  • The most sought after data for over 230 of the most widely used polymers
  • The most up-to-date reference data available in print


Civil Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Maintenance Engineers. Additive manufacturers; Adhesives and sealants;Agrofilm industry;Aerospace;Automotive industry;Appliance manufacturers;Building materials manufacturers;Coatings and paints;Coated fabrics;Construction industry; Departments of Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and Material Science;Environmental engineering;Electronics and electrotechnics;Food industry;Geosynthetics;Lawyers;Legislation;New product Rand D;Medical;Patent lawyers; Pharmaceutical industry;Plastics industry;Polymer manufacturers;Polymer processing industry;Pulp and paper;Textile industry;Packaging manufacturers;Recycling industry;Roofing materials;Rubber industry;Window and door manufacturers;Wire and cable;Wood and lumber

Table of Contents

  • General (Common name, IUPAC name, ACS name, Acronym, CAS number, EC number, RETECS number, Linear formula)
  • History (Person to discover, Date, Details)
  • Synthesis (Monomer(s) structure, Monomer(s) CAS number(s), Monomer(s) molecular weight(s), Monomer(s) expected purity(ies), Monomer ratio, Degree of substitution, Formulation example, Method of synthesis, Temperature of polymerization, Time of polymerization, Pressure of polymerization, Catalyst, Yield, Activation energy of polymerization, Free enthalpy of formation, Heat of polymerization, Initiation rate constant, Propagation rate constant, Termination rate constant, Chain transfer rate constant, Inhibition rate constant, Polymerization rate constant, Method of polymer separation, Typical impurities, Typical concentration of residual monomer, Number average molecular weight, Mn, Mass average molecular weight, Mw, Polydispersity, Mw/Mn, Polymerization degree, Molar volume at 298K, Molar volume at melting point, Van der Waals volume, Radius of gyration, End-to-end distance of unperturbed polymer chain, Degree of branching, Type of branching, Chain-end groups)
  • Structure (Crystallinity, Crystalline structure, Cell type (lattice), Cell dimensions, Unit cell angles, Number of chains per unit cell, Crystallite size, Spacing between crystallites, Polymorphs, Tacticity, Cis content, Chain conformation, Entanglement molecular weight, Lamellae thickness, Heat of crystallization, Rapid crystallization temperature, Avrami constants, k/n)
  • Commercial polymers (Some manufacturers, Trade names, Composition information)
  • Physical properties (Density, Bulk density, Color, Refractive index, Birefringence, Molar polarizability, Transmittance, Haze, Gloss, Odor, Melting temperature, Softening point, Decomposition temperature, Fusion temperature, Thermal expansion coefficient, Thermal conductivity, Glass transition tempe


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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