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Handbook of Thermoplastics

2nd Edition

Edited by Olagoke Olabisi, Kolapo Adewale

CRC Press

994 pages | 500 B/W Illus.

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This new edition of the bestselling Handbook of Thermoplastics incorporates recent developments and advances in thermoplastics with regard to materials development, processing, properties, and applications. With contributions from 65 internationally recognized authorities in the field, the second edition features new and updated discussions of several topics, including:

  • Polymer nanocomposites
  • Laser processing of thermoplastic composites
  • Bioplastics
  • Natural fiber thermoplastic composites
  • Materials selection
  • Design and application
  • Additives for thermoplastics
  • Recycling of thermoplastics
  • Regulatory and legislative issues related to health, safety, and the environment

The book also discusses state-of-the-art techniques in science and technology as well as environmental assessment with regard to the impact of thermoplastics. Each chapter is written in a review format that covers:

  • Historical development and commercialization
  • Polymerization and process technologies
  • Structural and phase characteristics in relation to use properties
  • The effects of additives on properties and applications
  • Blends, alloys, copolymers, and composites derived from thermoplastics
  • Applications

Giving thorough coverage of the most recent trends in research and practice, the Handbook of Thermoplastics, Second Edition is an indispensable resource for experienced and practicing professionals as well as upper-level undergraduate and graduate students in a wide range of disciplines and industries.


"The second edition of the Handbook of Thermoplastics offers an important update since the first edition. New subjects have been added for areas emerging of interest since the first edition. Having utilized the first edition in my career before I retired, I can recommend the second edition for professionals in both academic and business areas."

—Lloyd M. Robeson, Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (Ret.)

"Overall, this new text is very readable and well planned. …a very good introduction to the majority of the important commonly used classes of industrial thermoplastics."

—Garth L. Wilkes, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Table of Contents


Olagoke Olabisi

Vinyl Alcohol Polymers

Kereilemang Khana Mokwena Nthoiwa, Carlos A. Diaz, and Yash Chaudhari

Polyvinyl Butyral

Christian Carrot, Amine Bendaoud, and Caroline Pillon


Johannis C. Simitzis and Spyridon K. Soulis


Joke Vandenbergh and Thomas Junkers


Kinga Pielichowska


Rebecca Klein and Frederik R. Wurm

Aromatic Polyamides

Miriam Trigo, Jesús L. Pablos, Félix C. García, and José M. García

Thermoplastic Polyesters

Ganesh Kannan, Sarah E. Grieshaber, and Wei Zhao


Pierre Moulinié

Liquid Crystalline Polymers

Xiao Li and Haifeng Yu

Thermoplastic Polyurethanes

Koh-Hei Nitta and Mizue Kuriyagawa


Thierry A. Blanchet


M. Jamal El-Hibri and Shari W. Axelrad

Ketone-Based Thermoplastics

Yundong Wang and Mukerrem Cakmak


Hooman Abbasi, Marcelo Antunes, and José Ignacio Velasco


Jin-Gang Liu

Aromatic Polyhydrazides and Their Corresponding Polyoxadiazoles

Emilia Di Pace, Paola Laurienzo, Mario Malinconico, and Maria Grazia Volpe


Yan Wang, Tingxu Yang, Kayley Fishel, Brian C. Benicewicz, and Tai-Shung Chung

Conductive Thermoplastics

Louis M. Leung

Advanced Thermoplastic Composites

Salvatore Iannace, Gianfranco Carotenuto, Luigi Sorrentino, Mariano Palomba, and Luigi Nicolais

Natural Fiber Thermoplastic Composites

Norma E. Marcovich, María M. Reboredo, and Mirta I. Aranguren

Materials Selection, Design, and Application

Eungkyu Kim, Patrick Lee, Joe Dooley, and Mark A. Barger

Laser Processing of Thermoplastic Composites

Peter Jaeschke and Verena Wippo


Caisa Johansson

Thermoplastic Additives: Flame Retardants

Kolapo P. Adewale

Recycling of Thermoplastics

Jesús María García-Martínez and Emilia P. Collar

Environment Health and Safety: Regulatory and Legislative Issues

Emilia P. Collar and Jesús María García-Martínez

About the Editors

Olagoke Olabisi, PhD, is the director of internal corrosion engineering at Corrpro, Houston, Texas. He earned his PhD in macromolecular science and engineering from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. He is the coauthor, editor, or coeditor of four books and the author or coauthor of more than 50 professional papers and book chapters. He also holds nine international patents. He is a fellow of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers and has been a member of the Polymer Processing Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Chemical Society, NACE International, and the Association of Consulting Chemists and Chemical Engineers.

Kolapo Adewale, PhD, is the process manager of Hanwha Advanced Materials America in Opelika, Alabama. He earned his PhD in polymer science and engineering from the University of Akron, Ohio. He holds 16 international patents and is the author or coauthor of 14 professional papers. He is a member of the Society of Plastic Engineers and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

About the Series

Plastics Engineering

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Textiles & Polymers