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Polymer Science and Technology

1st Edition

By Robert O. Ebewele

CRC Press

504 pages

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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.


" … 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

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**

Subject Categories

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