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1st Edition

Polymer Science and Technology

ISBN 9780849389399
Published March 23, 2000 by CRC Press
504 Pages

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Book Description

Your search for the perfect polymers textbook ends here - with Polymer Science and Technology. By incorporating an innovative approach and consolidating in one volume the fundamentals currently covered piecemeal in several books, this efficient text simplifies the learning of polymer science.

The book is divided into three main sections: polymer fundamentals; polymer formation and conversion into useful articles; and polymer properties and applications. Polymer Science and Technology emphasizes the basic, qualitative understanding of the concepts rather than rote memorization or detailed mathematical analysis. Since the book focuses on the ultimate property of the finished product, it minimizes laborious descriptions of experimental procedures used for the characterization of polymers. Instead, the author highlights how the various stages involved in the production of the finished product influence its properties. Well-organized, clear-cut, and user-friendly, Polymer Science and Technology is an outstanding textbook for teaching junior and senior level undergraduates and first year graduate students in an introductory course covering the challenging subject of polymers.

Table of Contents


Historical Development
Basic Concepts and Definitions
Classification of Polymers
Polymerization Mechanisms
Chain-Reaction Polymerization
Ionic and Coordination Polymerizations
Step-Growth Polymerization
Ring-Opening Polymerization
Chemical Bonding and Polymer Structure
Chemical Bonding
Primary Structure
Secondary Structure
Tertiary Structure
Crystallinity and Polymer Properties
Thermal Transitions in Polymers
The Glass Transition Temperature
The Crystalline Melting Point
Polymer Modification
Postpolymerization Reactions
Functional Polymers


Condensation (Step-Reaction) Polymerization
Mechanism of Condensation Polymerization
Kinetics of Condensation Polymerization
Stoichiometry in Linear Systems
Molecular Weight Control
Molecular Weight Distribution in Linear Condensation Systems
Molecular Weight Averages
Ring Formation vs. Chain Polymerization
Three-Dimensional Network Step-Reaction Polymers
Prediction of the Gel Point
Morphology of Cross-Linked Polymers
Chain Reaction (Addition) Polymerization
Vinyl Monomers
Mechanism of Chain Polymerization
Steady-State Kinetics of Free-Radical Polymerization
Autoacceleration (Trommsdorff Effect)
Kinetic Chain Length
Chain-Transfer Reactions
Temperature Dependence of Degree of Polymerization
Ionic and Coordination Chain Polymerization
The Copolymer Equation
Types of Copolymerization
Polymer Composition Variation with Feed Conversion
Chemistry of Copolymerization
The Q-e Scheme
Polymer Additives and Reinforcements
Fillers and Reinforcements (Composites)
Alloys and Blends
Antioxidants and Thermal and UV Stabilizers
Flame Retardants
Antistatic Agents (Antistats)
Polymer Reaction Engineering
Polymerization Processes
Polymerization Reactors
Unit Operations in Polymer Processing
Injection Molding
Blow Molding
Rotational Molding
Compression and Transfer Molding


Solution Properties of Polymers
Solubility Parameter (Cohesive Energy Density)
Conformations of Polymer Chains on Solution
Thermodynamics of Polymer Solutions
Solution Viscosity
Mechanical Properties of Polymers
Mechanical Tests
Stress-Strain Behavior of Polymers
Deformation of Solid Polymers
Compression vs. Tensile Tests
Effects of Structural and Environmental Factors on Mechanical Properties
Polymer Fracture Behavior
Polymer Viscoelasticity
Simple Rheological Responses
Mechanical Models for Linear Viscoelastic Response
Material Response Time -The Deborah Number
Relaxation and Retardation Spectra
Superposition Principles
Polymer Properties and Applications
The Structure of the Polymer Industry
Raw Materials for the Polymer Industry
Polymer Properties and Applications
Other Vinyl Polymers
Engineering Polymers
Polymer Nomenclature
Answers to Selected Problems
Conversion Factors

**An Introduction is included at the beginning of each chapter and Problems and References are included at the end of each chapter**

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" … a comprehensive textbook on the many aspects of polymer chemistry, physics, and engineering…provides excellent problem examples for self study by the student…Given the nature of the text, I thought that the book was a good value. It provided references to many areas in polymer science, minimizing the number of books on my shelf. The format was very readable and consistent throughout the book. The examples greatly aided in understanding of the subject matter…an outstanding undergraduate book."
--Andrew Auerbach, in Polymer News, Vol. 26, No. 8

"I would recommend this as a reference text from the point of view covering the principles…"
-Physical Sciences Educational Reviews, Vol. 7