Fundamentals de Ciencia de Polimeros: Un Texto Introductorio, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Fundamentals de Ciencia de Polimeros

Un Texto Introductorio, 1st Edition

By Juan J. Iruin, Maria J. Fernandez-Berridi

CRC Press

473 pages

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Hardback: 9781566764308
pub: 1996-08-21
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This is a new, basic introduction to polymer science. It is both comprehensive and readable. The authors are leading educators in this field with extensive backgrounds in industrial and academic polymer research. The text starts with a description of the types of microstructures found in polymer materials. This provides an understanding of some of the key features of the various mechanisms of homopolymerization and copolymerization which are discussed in following chapters. Also discussed in these chapters are the kinetics and statistics of polymerization, with a separate chapter on the characterization of chain structure by spectroscopic methods. The next part of the text deals with chain conformation, structure and morphology, leading to a discussion of crystallization, melting and glass transition. The discussion then moves from solid state to solution properties where solution thermodynamics is introduced. This provides the basis for discussion of the measurement of molecular weight by various solution methods.

The final chapter deals with mechanical and rheological properties which are discussed from a phenomenological continuum approach and then in terms of a fundamental molecular perspective. Altogether, this new text provides a comprehensive, readable introduction to and overview of polymer science. It is well illustrated with schematics prepared for this text to help in the understanding of key concepts. It will provide a basic understanding of today's polymer science for technical and engineering personnel not already familiar with the subject, and a convenient update and overview for materials scientists.


"This is, quite simply, the best . . . textbook on polymer science I have ever read. Why such strong praise? Because the writing style is colloquial . . . and the whole book screams of the authors' tremendous enthusiasm for the subject. . . . The authors are clearly experienced teachers. . ."

--Chemistry in Britain (The Royal Society of Chemistry)

Table of Contents

Each chapter ends with Suggestions for Further Reading.

1. The Nature of Polymeric Materials

  • What Are Polymers-What is Polymer Science?

  • Some Basic Definitions-The Elements of Polymer Microstructure

  • Molecular Weight-Some Initial Observations

  • Appendix: Chemical Structures of Some Common Polymers

    2. Polymer Synthesis

  • Introduction

  • Step-Growth Polymerization

  • Chain or Addition Polymerization

  • Polymerization Processes

    3. Kinetics of Step-Growth and Addition Polymerization

  • Introduction

  • The Kinetics of Step-Growth Polymerization

  • Kinetics of Free Radical Polymerization

    4. Statistics of Step-Growth Polymerization

  • Introduction

  • The Statistics of Linear Polycondensation

  • Molecular Weight Distribution in Linear Condensation Polymers

  • Multichain Condensation Polymers

  • The Theory of Gelation

  • Random Branching without Network Formation

    5. Copolymerization

  • General Overview

  • The Copolymer Equation

  • Reactivity Ratios and Copolymer Composition

  • Copolymer Sequence Distribution and the Application of Probability Theory

    6. Spectroscopy and the Characterization of Chain Structure

  • Introduction

  • Fundamentals of Spectroscopy

  • Basic Infrared Spectroscopy

  • Characterization of Polymers by Infrared Spectroscopy

  • Basic NMR Spectroscopy

  • Characterization of Polymers by NMR Spectroscopy

    7. Structure

  • Introduction

  • States of Matter and Bonding in Polymer Materials

  • The Conformations or Configurations of Polymer Chains

  • Random Walks, Random Flights and Disordered Polymer Chains

  • Polymer Morphology

  • A Brief Comment on Size

    8. Crystallization, Melting and the Glass Transition

  • Overview and General Approach

  • Some Fundamentals

  • Some Equilibrium Considerations

  • The Kinetics of Polymer Crystallization

  • The Crystalline Melting Temperature

  • The Glass Transition Temperature

    9. Thermodynamics of Polymer Solutions and Blends

  • Introduction

  • The Free Energy of Mixing

  • The Phase Behavior of Polymer Solutions and Blends

  • Dilute Solutions, Excluded Volume and the Theta Temperature

    10. Molecular Weight and Branching

  • Introduction

  • Osmotic Pressure and the Determination of Weight Average Molecular Weight

  • Solution Viscometry and the Viscosity Average Molecular Weight

  • Size Exclusion (or Gel Permeation) Chromatography

  • SEC and the Determination of Long Chain Branching

    11. Mechanical and Rheological Properties

  • Introduction and Overview

  • A Brief Review of Some Fundamentals

  • Stress-Strain Behavior

  • The Viscosity of Polymer Melts

  • Viscoelasticity

  • The Molecular Basis of Mechanical Behavior

  • Failure

  • Index

    21 Tables, 210 Figures

  • Subject Categories

    BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
    TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Material Science