560 pages | 350 Color Illus.
Introduction to Polymer Chemistry provides undergraduate students with a much-needed, well-rounded presentation of the principles and applications of natural, synthetic, inorganic, and organic polymers. With an emphasis on the environment and green chemistry and materials, this fourth edition continues to provide detailed coverage of natural and synthetic giant molecules, inorganic and organic polymers, elastomers, adhesives, coatings, fibers, plastics, blends, caulks, composites, and ceramics. Building on undergraduate work in foundational courses, the text fulfills the American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training (ACS CPT) in-depth course requirement
The following review appeared in the September 2017 issue of CHOICE:
In the autumn of a long, productive career, polymer chemist Carraher (Florida Atlantic Univ.) gives readers a pentimento—a visible tracing of the 1,000 papers and over 75 books—that makes him and now the fourth edition (1st ed., CH, Jun'07, 44-5651) of his opus so distinguished. Any individual who needs an introduction to polymer chemistry should own a copy—especially beginners who otherwise have no reason to know the man and his work. In 16 business-as-usual, unblemished chapters covering 550 pages, Carraher defines one of the penultimate pedagogical limits that anchors science and engineering to the real world of chemistry and materials—the macromolecular scale of length. Nomenclature and morphology come first in early chapters, then a natural progression through natural and unnatural (synthetic) polymers. Methods and mechanisms are included and always interesting; in addition, physical and chemical tests based on useful properties abound. To its credit, the work is not a monograph, yet it has the appeal of one for its attention to practical applications, topical diversity, and currency. It is a tip-of-the-hat to the rich history that marks the development of polymers; and, at a little over 100 bucks, kudos to the author, the editor(s), and the publisher.
--L. W. Fine, Columbia University
Summing Up: Essential. Lower-division undergraduates and above; faculty and professionals.
Introduction to Polymers.Polymer Structure (Morphology).Molecular Weight of Polymers.Naturally Occurring Polymers.Step Reaction Polymerization (Polycondensation Reactions).Ionic Chain-Reaction and Complex Coordination Polymerization (Addition Polymerization).Free Radical Chain Polymerization (Addition Polymerization).Copolymerization.Organometallic and Metalloid Polymers.Inorganic Polymers.Reactions of Polymers.Testing and Spectrometric Characterization of Polymers.Rheology and Physical Tests.Additives.Synthesis of Reactants and Intermediates for Polymers.Polymer Technology.Structures of Common Polymers