By Jim Massy

The short explains merely the necessities of polymer chemistry and the way polymers got here to be came upon by way of pioneers during this box. It relates the various makes use of of polymers, together with these now not largely regarded by way of the lay individual. The chemistry of polymerisation and the impression of chemical constitution and ingredients on houses are defined. moral matters are thought of, specifically within the context of massive tonnages of plastics. eventually brief paragraphs on greater than 30 universal polymers are indexed chronologically with chemical constructions, houses and functions. it is going to entice people with connections to or in the plastics, rubber and cloth industries, technology scholars, individuals of alternative technological know-how disciplines utilizing polymers, in addition to humans simply curious to understand approximately daily plastics.

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