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A Little Book about BIG Chemistry

The Story of Man-Made Polymers

Authors: Massy, Jim

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  • Explains the essentials of polymer chemistry
  • Describes how macromolecules were discovered
  • Provides basic knowledge in polymerization techniques
  • Presents an overview of most common polymers in a chronological list
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The brief explains in simple terms the essentials of polymer chemistry and how polymers came to be discovered by pioneers in this field. It relates the many uses of polymers, including those not widely recognised by the lay person. The chemistry of polymerisation and the influence of chemical structure and additives on properties are described. Ethical issues are considered, especially in the context of huge tonnages of plastics. Finally short paragraphs on more than 30 common polymers are listed chronologically with chemical structures, properties and applications. It will appeal to those with connections to or within the plastics, rubber and textile industries, science students, members of other science disciplines using polymers, as well as people just curious to know about everyday plastics.

About the authors

Derek James Rowland (aka Jim) Massy worked mainly in industrial polymer research, with an emphasis on surface coatings and textile chemicals. Following an uninvited early retirement, he studied further at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and gained a PhD in 1986. Thereafter he spent his time doing organic synthesis of varied types in pharmaceutical research and at the UEA until a more normal retirement age beckoned.

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“This book represents an essential source of information, with many examples of the most widely used and important type of materials today, the polymers, for the reader to appreciate and understand their essential role in everyday life. Thus, the book is a very useful tool for students and scientists from different disciplines, as well as for lay readers interested in the interdisciplinary field of materials science.” (Bogdan Marian Tofanica, Cellulose Chemistry and Technology, Vol. 53 (1-2), 2019)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook £39.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-54831-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Softcover £49.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-54830-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Little Book about BIG Chemistry
Book Subtitle
The Story of Man-Made Polymers
Authors
Series Title
SpringerBriefs in Materials
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-54831-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-54831-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-54830-2
Series ISSN
2192-1091
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XX, 82
Number of Illustrations
16 b/w illustrations, 48 illustrations in colour
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