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Copyright © 1999 by Oxford University Press, Inc.
EDITED BY JAMES E. MARK, UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI PUBLISHED BY OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS The online version of the Polymer Data Handbook includes key data on over two hundred polymers. Please note that entries are presented as PDF files and can only be read using Adobe Acrobat Reader Version 3. If you do not have the freeware reader, it can be downloaded from Adobe in the United States or Adobe in the United Kingdom. Each entry opens with a citation of the contributor's name and notations of acronyms and trade names, class of polymer, structure, and major applications. These are followed by tabular displays showing the properties of each polymer. The maximum consistency possible has been established for properties presented with regard to format, terminology, notations, and units. However, not all properties are applicable to all polymers contained in the handbook; some properties may not even be relevant for certain polymer classes. Also, some polymers exhibit properties shown by few others (e.g., electroluminescence); these properties have been noted as "Properties of Special Interest." Each entry closes with a list of references for the reader interested in further investigation of a polymer. View the editor's preface to the print edition (HTML format). View the directory of contributors (PDF format).
PREFACE TO THE PRINT EDITION
The Polymer Data Handbook offers, in a standardized and readily accessible tabular format, concise information on the syntheses, structures, properties, and applications of the most important polymeric materials. Those included are currently in industrial use or they are under study for potential new applications in industry and in academic laboratories. Considerable thought was given to the criteria for selecting the polymers included in this volume. The first criterion was current commercial importance—the use of the polymer in commercial materials—for example, as a thermoplastic, a thermoset, or an elastomer. The second criterion was novel applications—a polymer that is promising for one or more purposes but not yet of commercial importance—for example, because of its electrical conductivities, its nonlinear optical properties, or its suitability as a preceramic polymer. The hope is that some readers will become interested enough in these newer materials to contribute to their further development and characterization. Finally, the handbook includes some polymers simply because they are unusually interesting—for example, those utilized in fundamental studies of the effects of chain stiffness, self-assembly, or biochemical processes. Based on these three criteria, more than two hundred polymers were chosen for inclusion in this work. The properties presented for each polymer include some of great current interest, such as surface and interfacial properties, pyrolyzability, electrical conductivity, nonlinear optical properties, and electroluminescence. Not all the properties are available for all the polymers included, and some properties may not even be relevant for certain polymer classes. Some polymers exhibit properties shown by few others—such as electroluminescence—and those have been presented as "Properties of Special Interest." The handbook entries were written by authors carefully chosen for their recognized expertise in their specific polymers. The authors were asked to be highly selective, to choose and document those results that they considered to have the highest relevance and reliability. All the entries were then reviewed carefully by one or more referees, to ensure the highest quality and significance. Care was taken to achieve maximum consistency between entries, especially with regard to terminology, notations, and units. The goal was to facilitate searches in the printed version of the handbook and...