Polymers are substances containing a large number of structural units joined by the same type of linkage. These substances often form into a chain-like structure. Starch, cellulose, and rubber all possess polymeric properties. Today, the polymer industry has grown to be larger than the aluminium, copper and steel industries combined. Polymers already have a range of applications that far exceeds that of any other class of material available to man. Current applications extend from adhesives, coatings, foams, and packaging materials to textile and industrial fibres, elastomers, and structural plastics. Polymers are also used for most composites, electronic devices, biomedical devices, optical devices, and precursors for many newly developed high-tech ceramics. This book presents leading-edge research in this rapidly-changing and evolving field.
iobased polymers by chemical valorisation of biomass components; H-bonding Interpolymer Complexes between Neutral Polysacharides and Polycarboxylic Acids. X. Influence of the Chemical Structure of the Components; Molecular and supramolecular architectures based on cellulose and cyclodextrines; On the compatibility of the Hydroxypropyl cellulose/epoxy modified lignin blends; Composition Materials Based On Polymers And Dispersed Wood; Large Scale Fractionation of Biomacromolecules; Thermal characterisation of lignins; Polymer materials with the structural inhomogeneities for modern optical devices; Organosilicon copolymers with bi-, tri- and tetracyclic structures in dimethylsiloxane backbone; Radiation processing of polyolefin-containing blends. IV Polyethylene/Polystyrene blends containing 11. Morphology, structure and properties of isotactic polypropylene/oligomeric resins blends; Modification of Polycyanurates by Polyethers, Polyesters and Polyurethanes. Hybrid and Interpenetrating Polymer Networks; Influence of Ester and Ether Groups on Solution Properties of Polyurethanes; Fractal physical chemistry of polymer solutions; The mechanism of reaction of PVC thermal dehydrochlorination; On the nanometric particle-like local structures and their implications in polymer behaviour; Physical-mechanical properties change in a polyamide filament under ozone influence.