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1. Polymer Chemistry, Second Edition
2. Principles of Polymer Chemistry
3. Polymer Chemistry: An Introduction
4. Organic and Physical Chemistry
5. Polymers: Chemistry and Physics
6. Introduction to Synthetic Polymers
7. Contemporary Polymer Chemistry
8. Introduction toPolymer Chemistry,
9. Principles of Polymer Chemistry
10. Plastics and Polymers Science
11. Fundamentals of Polymer Science:
12. Polymer Synthesis: Theory and
13. Introduction to Polymer Science
14. Carraher's Polymer Chemistry,
15. Polymer Physics (Chemistry)
16. Physical Chemistry of Polymer
17. Textbook of Polymer Science
18. Compendium of Polymer Terminology
19. Conjugated Polymers: Theory, Synthesis,
20. Preparative Methods of Polymer

1. Polymer Chemistry, Second Edition
by Paul C. Hiemenz, Timothy P. Lodge
Hardcover: 608 Pages (2007-02-15)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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“Highly recommended!” – CHOICE

New Edition Offers Improved Framework for Understanding Polymers

Written by well-established professors in the field, Polymer Chemistry, Second Edition provides a well-rounded and articulate examination of polymer properties at the molecular level. It focuses on fundamental principles based on underlying chemical structures, polymer synthesis, characterization, and properties.

Consistent with the previous edition, the authors emphasize the logical progression of concepts, rather than presenting just a catalog of facts. The book covers topics that appear prominently in current polymer science journals. It also provides mathematical tools as needed, and fully derived problems for advanced calculations. This new edition integrates new theories and experiments made possible by advances in instrumentation. It adds new chapters on controlled polymerization and chain conformations while expanding and updating material on topics such as catalysis and synthesis, viscoelasticity, rubber elasticity, glass transition, crystallization, solution properties, thermodynamics, and light scattering.

Polymer Chemistry, Second Edition offers a logical presentation of topics that can be scaled to meet the needs of introductory as well as more advanced courses in chemistry, materials science, and chemical engineering. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Polymer Chemistry 2nd ed by Hiemenz and Lodge
This 2nd edition is nearly a total rewrite.The fine structure of the first edition is greatly strengthened by the most recent advances in polymer science and crystal clear explanations of the important phenomena, especially in polymer physics. Worked exercises and challenging homework problems aid student learning.I have used all the major texts to teach introductory polymer science to seniors and also graduate students in chemical engineering, materials science, chemistry and biomedical engineering.Hiemenz and Lodge is the clearly the best. Polymer Chemistry, Second Edition

4-0 out of 5 stars a good book for physical polymer science
As I have said in my title, this is an excellent book for introductory physical polymer science. Not that good for organic/synthetic polymer science.

3-0 out of 5 stars Too wordy
This book of Paul Hiemenz' could have been almost halved without detriment to its content. I would not point this out if the language were engaging, but it is not.

5-0 out of 5 stars Review of Hiemenz "Polymer Chemistry"
Classic text on polymer chemistry.Professors usually teach directly out of this book,and are excited to discover that it is back in print.Though "Polymer Chemistry" has not been updated since 1984, by no means is it outdated.Intended for senior-level undergraduate or beginning graduate level, this text covers introductory terminology, basic chain dynamics, basic rheologicalcharacterization, crystallization, thermodynamics of the glassy state, synthesis, reaction kinetics, and solution thermodynamics.

This book is written from the chemist's perspective and meant as an introduction.Chemists wishing to specialize in the organic synthesis aspect may also benefit from "Principles of Polymerization" by Odian.Materials engineers would likewise turn to a polymer physics text and keep Hiemenz as a reference.

While this book is indispensible as a student text, its format isn't conducive to leisurely reading.A professional wishing to brush-up on skills may benefit from other texts. ... Read more

2. Principles of Polymer Chemistry (George Fisher Baker Non-Resident Lec)
by Paul J. Flory
Hardcover: 688 Pages (1953-06)
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Asin: 0801401348
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars A must read for the polymer technologist
This book is truly fantastic for people working on various aspects of polymers. Numbers of statements made by Flory in this book are still challenging. Remarkably good for those who want go for advance research in the filed of polymers/plastics. Not good for undergraduate students but should be used as a reference book in graduate degree. Person working on polymers knows nothing unless he/she read this book. Equations are tough and do not show from where they are originated, but fits well in real experiments with hardly exception at all.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Classic!!
A comprehensive guide to Polymers by the Nobel winning Flory himself!!! The book came out over half a century back, and hence understandably contains a lot of material that has been revised and is now understood differently. Still the book continues to be an essential read for anyone interested in polymer science, and knowledge of how Flory developed and demonstrated several key ideas used in everyday polymer science. Not recommended as a textbook for beginners, but as reference book for anyone planning to delve deeper into the subject!

2-0 out of 5 stars It Can Be Easily Shown?Duh!
I mean no disrespect for the FATHER OF POLYMER CHEMISTRY, but its really hard to follow this book especially the equations......they just come out of nowhere...

5-0 out of 5 stars The bible from the father of polymer chemistry
This book wears its age well. Experimentalists are still trying to disprove many of his gedanken experiments-virtually all fail. A great book to have in your library. If you are a Professor and want to give your students a challenge-have them solve an equation that Flory indicates "it can be easily shown..." ... Read more

3. Polymer Chemistry: An Introduction
by Malcolm P. Stevens
Hardcover: 576 Pages (1998-11-19)
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Asin: 0195124448
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Polymer Chemistry is an introductorytextbook intended for graduate and advanced undergraduate students and industrial chemists who work with polymers.The author's purpose in writing the book was to provide a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of the chemistry of macromolecular substances, with particular emphasis on polymers that are important commercially, and the properties that make them important. Major topics include polymer synthesis nomenclature, molecular weight, reactions of polymers, recycling of polymers, methods used for characterizing and testing polymers, morphology, stereoregular polymers, polymer blends, heterocyclic polymers, inorganic polymers, and natural polymers.Review exercises, frequently including journal references, are provided to lead students into the polymer literature. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars a textbook with good introduction in polymer
This textbook is an elementary one foucsing on undergraduate study. So if you have already had background in polymer chemistry, this book might be easy for you. All in all, this is a helpful book to take you into the polymer world!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Textbook
This is a good Polymer Chemistry Textbook.It is very informative.However, it isn't the most exciting read.The book is completely black and white, making it hard to read for extended periods of time.I would recommend this textbook for the quality of it's information.

5-0 out of 5 stars some other introductory books
Just wanted to mention two other introductory polymer books:

Polymers (Oxford Chemistry Primers) by David J. Walton & J. Phillip Lorimer. This book is just a brief intro to the field. Wouldn't use it for a full semester course.

The Chemistry of Polymers by J.W. Nicholson, 2nd edition, published by the Royal Society of Chemistry, ISBN 0854045589. This one IS suitable for a 1 semester course.

Both are very good.

Check out my other reviews for other chemistry books.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to polymer chem...
I was not able to fit polymer chem into my schedule at University, so I bought this book after graduating.This book is extremely organized and provides a lot of examples.The first of three sections provides a great introduction with the focus on definitions and structure.This is accomplished with very little reference to reactions.
The next two sections, which are titled vinyl and nonvinyl polymers respectively, address reaction mechanisms and kinetics. This layout allowed for smooth transitions between sections and concepts were introduced and reinforced smoothly.
The other thing I liked about it, is the continuous reinforcement of nomenclature...every time a name was used a corresponding structure was on that same page.

5-0 out of 5 stars Premier Polymer Chemistry Text
This textbook does an excellent job of going over the basics of polmer chemistry.There are insightful questions at the end of chapters that make students think and the book goes over the material in such a way that a background in organic chemistry is not necessary.If you need to learn about polymer chemistry on your own, this book is an excellent purchase. ... Read more

4. Organic and Physical Chemistry of Polymers
by Yves Gnanou, Michel Fontanille
Hardcover: 632 Pages (2008-02-25)
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Organic and Physical Chemistry of Polymers provides a thorough introduction to the fundamentals of polymers, including their structure and synthesis as well as their chemical and physical properties. This accessible guide illuminates the increasingly important role of polymers in modern chemistry, beginning with the essentials, then covering thermodynamics, conformation, morphology, and measurements of molar masses; polymerization mechanisms, reaction of polymers, synthesis of block and graft polymers, and complex topologies; and the mechanical properties, rheology, polymer processing, and fabrication of fibers and films. ... Read more

5. Polymers: Chemistry and Physics of Modern Materials, Third Edition
by J.M.G. Cowie, Valeria Arrighi
Paperback: 520 Pages (2007-07-27)
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Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Extensively revised and updated to keep abreast of recent advances, Polymers: Chemistry and Physics of Modern Materials, Third Edition continues to provide a broad-based, high-information text at an introductory, reader-friendly level that illustrates the multidisciplinary nature of polymer science. Adding or amending roughly 50% of the material, this new edition strengthens its aim to contribute a comprehensive treatment by offering a wide and balanced selection of topics across all aspects of the chemistry and physics of polymer science, from synthesis and physical properties to applications.

Although the basics of polymer science remain unchanged, significant discoveries in the area of control over molecular weight, macromolecular structure and architecture, and the consequent ability to prepare materials with specific properties receive extensive mention in the third edition. Expanded chapters include controlled radical polymerizations, metallocene chemistry, and the preparation of block and graft copolymers, as well as multiarmed and dendritic structures. Reflecting the growth of polymer applications in industry, the book presents detailed examples to illustrate polymer use in electronic, biological, and medical settings. The authors introduce new understandings of rheological behavior and replace old and outmoded methods of polymer characterization with new and up-to-date techniques. Also new to this edition are a series of problems at the end of each chapter that will test whether the reader has understood the various points and in some cases expand on that knowledge. An accompanying solutions manual is also available for qualifying course adoptions.

Offering the highest quality, comprehensive coverage of polymer science in an affordable, accessible format, Polymers: Chemistry and Physics of Modern Materials, Third Edition continues to provide undergraduate and graduate students and professors with the most complete and current coverage of modern polymer science. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Polymers... an interesting read
I'm really enjoying this book. It has a fair bit of practical advice on how to test polymers (more please!!!) and gives lots of facts about their structure, function and properties.

TGA (Thermo Gravimetric Analysis) and Raman spectra don't get much of a mention... but it's certainly seems to cover a lot of areas.

It was surprisingly hard to find a polymers book that covered most of the basic facts... despite asking for suggestions from a number of polymer chemists and searching online. This suggests that there are very few good books which meet this need.

From the undergrad perspective (my undergrad project is in polymers) this is a quite readable and very useful text. I'm just sorry that they don't teach us more about polymers at Uni:they've dropped polymers as an elective entirely (lecturer retired and not replaced).

Polymers are a very interesting area of chemistry... and this book certainly helps explain why.

4-0 out of 5 stars A classic book is updated.
Polymers: Chemistry and Physics of Modern Materials is a classic text that emphasizes structure/property relationships in polymers.The majority of the Third Edition is unchanged from the Second, except in two important ways:for the first time, problem sets are found after each chapter, which is a welcome addition over the earlier editions. Secondly, recent developments in polymer chemistry have been added:controlled architecture polymers, such as dendrimers and stars, along with metallocene chemistry, RAFT, ATRP, and other catalyst mediated chemistries.To make room for these developments, the content on liquid crystalline polyesters is combined with the chapter on crystallinity.Those seeking an in-depth coverage of viscoelasticity and ultimate mechanical properties, especially the latter, will need to supplement the coverage of these subjects using other texts and reference works.Publication under the CRC/Taylor and Francis Group makes this book more readily available in the U.S. than were previous editions.

4-0 out of 5 stars A good introductory text to industrial polymers
Good introduction.Covers chemistry of polymerization (step growth, free radical, ionic).Amorphous, semi-crystalline and elastomeric polymers.Covers mechanical properties in terms of viscoelastic behaviour. Thisbook could be very useful to non-chemists requiring a brief readableintroduction to, or overview of, polymer chemistry.Does not assume highlevel of prior knowledge in chemistry or calculus.Does also not providemuch specific physical or mechanical data of commercial polymers. ... Read more

6. Introduction to Synthetic Polymers
by Ian M. Campbell
Paperback: 232 Pages (2000-01-15)
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By focusing on the few major polymers, this book illustrates simply the basic principles of polymer science. It looks at the factors which give rise to the special properties of polymers and emphasizes how polymer molecules can be synthesized with different sizes and architectures to tailor the properties of the resulting material. The later chapters then introduce a wide range of polymers, some with special applications and others with exciting potential for the future. ... Read more

7. Contemporary Polymer Chemistry (3rd Edition)
by Harry Allcock, Fred Lampe, James Mark
Paperback: 832 Pages (2003-02-22)
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Asin: 0130650560
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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This bookprovides comprehensive, up-to-date, and accessible coverage of the relationship between fundamental chemistry and the uses of polymers.With help from new co-author James Mark, the book presents a complete overview of the synthetic, kinetic, structural, and applied aspects of modern polymer chemistry as well as coverage of industrial and medical applications.For chemists and chemical engineers involved in polymer chemistry. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Not a good polymer chemistry book...
This book is indeed full of errors. The kinetic sections were too unorganized and full of errors. The kinetics were frustrating enough without the formulas being wrong in the first place. Also, the book will derive multiple ways of solving for the same thing and bury what you really need to understand the concepts. The synthesis, nomenclature and production sections were okay at best. I will say this though, by having such a bad book I really learned a lot trying to sift out the information that was needed.

4-0 out of 5 stars Polymer Class Textbook
This book is an ok read, I actually bought it for one of my POlymer Chemistry Classes.It's not as dry as some textbooks i've read, but it is a bit confusing at times.The problems at the end of the chapters definitely help to see if you understand the concepts.

5-0 out of 5 stars Polymer Chemistry
This book was in excellent condition.The contents are well written, concise yet easy to follow.The questions at the end of the chapters are pertinent and thought provoking without ambiguity.I was pleased that it shipped so fast, and look forward to finishing it as an indepent study.With the negative reviews I have read of the third edition, I am glad I opted for the second.

2-0 out of 5 stars I agree, the binding is very nice
However this edition is full of ERRORS!An extremely frustrating book to try to learn out of.Did i do it incorrectly or is the equation printed there wrong or is the answere printed over there wrong, or maybe the question itself has a typo......who knows!My professor for this class was familiar with the first edition, but agreed to go with the second edition after we (the class) found it for $4 on here, then he had to go through and correct all the mistakes for us.

5-0 out of 5 stars A good book on Polymer Chemistry
I used this book in conjunction with my Physical Chemistry book when we had a section on macromolecules. The coverage of material I needed for my class was applicable, readable, and spelled out in a way that made it easy for me to understand the subject matter. I have also read through the book outside of my Physical Chemistry class, and I believe it is on the more readable side. The text has a good supply of worked out examples in the text, but sometimes falls short on practice problems. Most of my experience with this book comes from using it in conjuction with other books - this book really shines at its explanation of the subject matter. ... Read more

8. Introduction toPolymer Chemistry, Second Edition
by Charles E. Carraher Jr.
Hardcover: 534 Pages (2010-01-12)
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As the first polymer book to receive the CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title distinction (2007), Introduction to Polymer Chemistry provided undergraduate students with a much-needed, well-rounded presentation of the principles and applications of natural, synthetic, inorganic, and organic polymers. With an emphasis on the environment and green chemistry and materials, this second edition continues that tradition, offering detailed coverage of natural and synthetic giant molecules, inorganic and organic polymers, elastomers, adhesives, coatings, fibers, plastics, blends, caulks, composites, and ceramics.

Using simple fundamentals, the author shows how the basic principles of one polymer group can be applied to all of the other groups. He covers synthesis and polymerization reactions, reactivities, techniques for characterization and analysis, energy absorption and thermal conductivity, physical and optical properties, and practical applications. This edition also addresses environmental concerns and green polymeric materials, including biodegradable polymers and microorganisms for synthesizing materials. Brief case studies are woven within the text as historical accounts to illustrate various developments and the societal and scientific contexts in which these changes occurred.

Introduction to Polymer Chemistry, Second Edition remains the premier text for understanding the behavior of polymers while offering new material on environmental science. Building on undergraduate work in foundational courses, the text fulfills the American Chemical Society Committee on Professional Training (ACS CPT) in-depth course requirement. It also provides a test bank with answers for qualifying instructors.

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9. Principles of Polymer Chemistry
by A. Ravve
Hardcover: 708 Pages (2000-03-31)
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Principles in Polymer Chemistry, Second Edition waswritten for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in polymerchemistry, along with practicing chemists who need a reference guide.Many important events have taken place since the First Editionwas published in 1995, and they are updated here. For example,sections have been included on controlled/living free radicalpolymerization, and sections on metathesis type polymerization andmetallocene catalysts were expanded. The book was also expanded toinclude discussions of thermodynamics of elasticity, thermodynamics ofpolymeric solutions, and rheology and viscoelasticity. A chapter ondegradation of polymers was also added. ... Read more

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1-0 out of 5 stars Buy this book only if you are forced to!
I bought this book because it was the prescribed text for a class I took. It doesn't tell you anything in detail other than what you already know and keeps reffering to journal papers for every little thing. The organization of material is haphazard, and its very dificult to read through the list of names that keep appearing. Anyone who wants to understand Polymer chemistry, please look for some other book.This looks like the work of someone who has obtained a long list of papers on polymers and has written whatever he could gather from a glance at them, and did not even bother to proofread it once. ... Read more

10. Plastics and Polymers Science Fair Projects: Using Hair Gel, Soda Bottles, and Slimy Stuff (Chemistry! Best Science Projects)
by Madeline P. Goodstein
Library Binding: 128 Pages (2004-03)
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11. Fundamentals of Polymer Science: An Introductory Text, Second Edition
by Michael M. Coleman, Paul C. Painter
Hardcover: 496 Pages (1998-04-30)
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Now in its second edition, this widely used text provides a unique presentation of today's polymer science. It is both comprehensive and readable. The authors are leading educators in this field with extensive background in industrial and academic polymer research.The text starts with a description of the types of microstructures found in polymer materials. This forms the basis of understanding some of the key features of the various mechanisms of homopolymerization and copolymerization that are discussed in following chapters. Also discussed in these chapters are the kinetics and statistics of polymerization with a separate chapter on the characterization of chain structure by spectroscopic methods.The next part of the text deals with chain conformation, structure and morphology, leading to a discussion of crystallization, melting and glass transition. The discussion then moves from solid state to solution properties where solution thermodynamics is introduced. This provides the basis for discussion of the measurement of molecular weight by various solution methods.The final chapter deals with mechanical and rheological properties, which are discussed from a phenomenological continuum approach and then in terms of a fundamental molecular perspective.Altogether, the text provides a comprehensive, lucid introduction to today's polymer science as a foundation to the R&D of polymeric materials. More than 200 schematics and other figures illustrate key concepts and important aspects of polymeric materials. The text will be useful as an update for polymer and other materials scientists in industry, and as an introduction to engineers working with polymeric materials who would benefit from a better understanding of polymer science basics. ... Read more

12. Polymer Synthesis: Theory and Practice: Fundamentals, Methods, Experiments
by Dietrich Braun, Harald Cherdron, Matthias Rehahn, H. Ritter, Brigitte Voit
Paperback: 385 Pages (2010-11-30)
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The basic concept of this new edition remains unchanged: Emphasis is again put on a broader description of the general methods and processes for the synthesis, modification and characterization of macromolecules. These more fundamental chapters will be supplemented by 115 selected and detailed experiments. In addition to the preparative aspects the book also gives the reader an impression on the relation of chemical constitution and morphology of Polymers to their properties, as well as on their application areas. Thus, an additional textbook will not be needed in order to understand the experiments.

The 4th edition nevertheless contains numerous changes: Chapter 1 and 2 are enlarged, 15 older examples have been replaced by new ones and background text is added. Suitable for students in organic and polymer chemistry as well as for chemists in industry who want to acquaint themselves with the theoretical and practical aspects of macromolecular chemistry.

From the reviews:

"This is an excellent book for all polymer chemsits engaged in synthesis research studies and education. It is educationally sound and has excellent laboratory synthetic examples. The fundamentals are well done for the teaching of students and references are resonably up-to-date. As in previous issues, there are sections dealing with an introduction; structure and nomenclature; methods and techniques for synthesis, characterization, processing and modification of polymers.

....The authors have noted the following changes from previous editions- a new section on correlayions of structure, morphology and properties; revision and enlargement of other property and characterization procedures; additional new experiments such as controlled radical polymerization; enzymatix polymerizations; microelmulsions; and electrical conducting polymers.

This is a high quality textbook at a reasonable price and should be considered as a suitable references for all engaged in synthetic areas of polymer research." (Eli M. Pearce)

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13. Introduction to Polymer Science and Chemistry: A Problem Solving Approach
by Manas Chanda
Hardcover: 648 Pages (2006-03-28)
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With such a wide diversity of properties and applications, is it any wonder that industry and academia have such a fascination with polymers? A solid introduction to such an enormous and important field is critical to the modern polymer scientist-to-be, but most of the available books do not stress practical problem solving or include recent advances. Serving as the polymer book for the new millennium, Introduction to Polymer Science and Chemistry: A Problem Solving Approach unites the fundamentals of polymer science and polymer chemistry in a seamless presentation.

Emphasizing polymerization kinetics, the author uses a unique question-and-answer approach when developing theory or introducing new concepts. The first four chapters introduce polymer science, focusing on physical and molecular properties, solution behavior, and molecular weights. The remainder of the book explores polymer chemistry, devoting individual, self-contained chapters to the main types of polymerization reactions: condensation; free radical; ionic; coordination; and ring-opening. It introduces recent advances such as supramolecular polymerization, hyperbranching, photoemulsion polymerization, the grafting-from polymerization process, polymer brushes, living/controlled radical polymerization, and immobilized metallocene catalysts.

With numerical problems accompanying the discussion at every step along with numerous end-of-chapter exercises, Introduction to Chemical Polymer Science: A Problem Solving Approach is an ideal introductory text and self-study vehicle for mastering the principles and methodologies of modern polymer science and chemistry. ... Read more

14. Carraher's Polymer Chemistry, Eighth Edition
by Charles E. Carraher Jr.
Hardcover: 824 Pages (2010-10-11)
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Updated to reflect a growing focus on green chemistry in the scientific community and in compliance with the American Chemical Society’s Committee on Professional Training guidelines, Carraher’s Polymer Chemistry, Eighth Edition integrates the core areas that contribute to the growth of polymer science. It supplies the basic understanding of polymers essential to the training of science, biomedical, and engineering students.

New in the Eighth Edition:

  • Updating of analytical, physical, and special characterization techniques
  • Increased emphasis on carbon nanotubes, tapes and glues, butyl rubber, polystyrene, polypropylene, polyethylene, poly(ethylene glycols), shear-thickening fluids, photo-chemistry and photophysics, dental materials, and aramids
  • New sections on copolymers, including fluoroelastomers, nitrile rubbers, acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene terpolymers, and EPDM rubber
  • New units on spliceosomes, asphalt, and fly ash and aluminosilicates
  • Larger focus on the molecular behavior of materials, including nano-scale behavior, nanotechnology, and nanomaterials

Continuing the tradition of providing a user-friendly approach to the world of polymeric materials, the book allows students to integrate their chemical knowledge and establish a connection between fundamental and applied chemical information. It contains all of the elements of an introductory text with synthesis, property, application, and characterization. Special sections in each chapter contain definitions, learning objectives, questions, and additional reading, and case studies are woven into the text fabric. Symbols, trade names, websites, and other useful ancillaries appear in appendices to supplement the text.

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1-0 out of 5 stars Error filled text.
I had used an earlier edition of this book in one of my courses years ago and found it to be full of errors.I should have examined this 5th edition more carefully before I chose it as the text for a course this year.I looked at the early chapters, and they seemed to be okay.Since I didn't have many other options at the time and the coverage was at the right level for my undergraduate polymer chemistry course, I went with it.The problem I have found is that the book is full of errors, poorly written, and very poorly edited.

For example, the mechanisms given in section 7.16 would not pass muster in any sophomore organic chemistry course.They omit steps, leave out electron pairs, have arrows pointing in the wrong direction, and show electron pairs moving to atoms that already have a full complement of electrons.

As an example of poor editing in section 7.6, aramids are defined in one paragraph and then defined again in the very next paragraph and then still again a few paragraphs later.It's a though these paragraphs were cut and pasted from someplace, but never read together.Kevlar is also called "Kevlor" in this section.

Some other errors include calling an alkoxide ion a "carbanion", making references to data in a table when the data isn't there, referencing the wrong table in an earlier chapter, and even referencing the wrong early chapter.

I cannot recommend this book for use in a classroom.Students tend to take what is written as the gospel, or they don't have the confidence to question something that looks wrong to them.There are other books that are much better for use in an undergraduate course in polymer chemistry.

2-0 out of 5 stars Seymour/Carraher's Polymer Chemistry is carelessly written
This nominally comprehensive textbook on polymer chemistry is filled with information, but appears to be carelessly edited.Since this is the fifth edition, it may be that material added throughout the editions have been tacked on to existing material without trying to integrate it into the previous material.Many times, the same information is repeated in subsequent paragraphs with different words.I have found many typo, spelling and chemical formula errors in the text. ... Read more

15. Polymer Physics (Chemistry)
by M. Rubinstein, Ralph H. Colby
Hardcover: 454 Pages (2003-06-26)
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Asin: 019852059X
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This is a polymer physics textbook for upper level undergraduates and first year graduate students. Any student with a working knowledge of calculus, physics and chemistry should be able to read this book. The essential tools of the polymer physical chemist or engineer are derived in this book without skipping any steps. The book is a self contained treatise that could also serve as a useful reference for scientists and engineers working woth polymers. While no prior knowledge of polymers is assumed, the book goes far beyond introductory polymer textx in the scope of what is covered. The fundamental concepts required to fully understand polymer melts, solutions and gels in terms of both static structure and dynamics are explained in detail. Problems at the end of each chapter provide the reader with the opportunity to apply what has been learned to practice. The book is divided into four parts. After an introduction in Chapter 1, where the necessary concepts from a first cours on polymers are summarized, the conformations of single polymer chains are treated in Part 1. Part 2 deals with the thermodynamics of polymer solutions and melts, including the conformations of chains in those states. Part 3 applies the concepts of Part 2 to the formation and properties of polymer networks. Finally, Part 4 explains the essential aspects of how polymers move in both melt and solution states. In all cases, attention is restricted to concepts that are firmly entrenched in the field. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great books!
If you are interested in biophysics and polymer, you should never miss it!
It is as great as the lecture given by the authors.

5-0 out of 5 stars valuable
The book is an excellent introduction to statistical polymer physics.
Its great strength is that it offers a mathematical treatment of polymer
physics with a minimum of mathematics i.e. only dimensional analysis and simple
ordinary differential equations. In addition, one needs to have an introductory
course in equilibrium statistical physics (statistical thermodynamics).

It is valuable to both academics and industrial practitioners, since it represents
a very complete picture of polymeric solutions, gels and networks
given with remarkable intuition. Certainly it does not go deep into
more advanced analytic (e.g. functional integral or numerical approaches),
but it is a necessary background to these fields.

The only negative aspect of this book has nothing to do with the authors,
but with OUP that produce such difficult to use book formats. I do not
understand why the book has to be so large in dimensions making any
handling difficult and awkward. I hope that soon is reissued in a more
compact and usable format that is made for the joy of reading.

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome Book for the Physical Understanding of Polymeric Behaviour
From the equations of Flory-Huggins to the fractal nature of polymer confirmations, this book covers everything you need to know about the physical nature of polymers.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best introductory polymer physics book
My title tells everything. This book is one of the best one if you are new to the field. You need to know Calculus, Thermodynamics and Statistical physics and then read through the pages. Not too detailed nor too brief. I suggest the book to seniors and grad level students.

5-0 out of 5 stars Current and comprehensive textbook
Polymer Physics by Michael Rubinstein and Raplh Colby is a fascinating introduction to the realm of polymer statics, dynamics and phase behavior. It embodies the depth of Flory's classic text on Principals of Polymer Chemistry, classic delight of de Gennes' Scaling concepts in Polymers and the rigor of Theory of Polymer Dynamics by Doi and Edwards. The authors manage to do this with a textbook authority and clarity, which definitely makes this book a definite buy for anyone interested in polymer physics.

The book has four main sections. The first part talks about the polymer statics: ideal and real chains and how their size and size dependent properties are characterized. Then comes thermodynamics of polymer blends and solutions, which includes a discussion on polymer brushes and adsorption of chains. The authors devote the third section to networks and gels and this part includes a very thorough discussion of gelation, rubber elasticity and swelling. The last section is devoted to the polymer dyanmics, where chain models and polymer relaxation ideas are developed and discussed. The last two sections of the book cover topics which are of immense current interest, and have had original and critical contributions from the authors. Most highly recommended, both for beginners and for experts. ... Read more

16. Physical Chemistry of Polymer Solutions: Theoretical Background
by K. Kamide, T. Dobashi
Hardcover: 676 Pages (2000-10-30)
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This book is mainly concerned with building a narrow but secure ladder which polymer chemists or engineers can climb from the primary level to an advanced level without great difficulty (but by no means easily, either).

This book describes some fundamentally important topics, carefully chosen, covering subjects from thermodynamics to molecular weight and its distribution effects. For help in self-education the book adopts a "Questions and Answers" format. The mathematical derivation of each equation is shown in detail.For further reading, some original references are also given.

Numerous physical properties of polymer solutions are known to be significantly different from those of low molecular weight solutions. The most probable explanation of this obvious discrepancy is the large molar volume ratio of solute to solvent together with the large number of consecutive segments that constitute each single molecule of the polymer chains present as solute. Thorough understanding of the physical chemistry of polymer solutions requires some prior mathematical background in its students. In the original literature, detailed mathematical derivations of the equations are universally omitted for the sake of space-saving and simplicity. In textbooks of polymer science only extremely rough schemes of the theories and then the final equations are shown. As a consequence, the student cannot learn, unaided, the details of the theory in which he or she is interested from the existing textbooks; however, without a full understanding of the theory, one cannot analyze actual experimental data to obtain more basic and realistic physical quantities. In particular, if one intends to apply the theories in industry, accurate understanding and ability to modify the theory are essential.
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17. Textbook of Polymer Science
by Fred W. Billmeyer Jr.
Hardcover: 578 Pages (1984-03)
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This Third Edition of the classic, best-selling polymer science textbook surveys theory and practice of all major phases of polymer science, engineering, and technology, including polymerization, solution theory, fractionation and molecular-weight measurement, solid-state properties, structure-property relationships, and the preparation, fabrication and properties of commercially-important plastics, fibers, and elastomers. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars An old Textbook for Polymer Chemistry
I have been acquainted with this book since 15 years ago.I have taught this book for 8 years in undergraduate courses . It is the only book in polymer chemistry which has nearly all the topics relating to polymer chemistry both for beginners and also for advanced level readers .Even though it is old it has many subjects all together that can not be found in another book .I think such topics as engineering subjects and kinetics and also molecular weight equations should be explained more to be more understandable to all andthis is the main disadvantages of the book .

5-0 out of 5 stars It's good, but kind of old
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18. Compendium of Polymer Terminology and Nomenclature: IUPAC Recommendations 2008 (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry)
Hardcover: 551 Pages (2009-03-09)
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This is the only publication to collect the most important work on this subject into a single volume. It serves as a handy compendium for scientists and removes the need for time consuming literature searches. One of a series issued by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), it covers the nomenclature of several different types of polymer including regular single-strand organic polymers, regular double-strand (ladder and spiro) organic polymers and irregular single-strand organic polymers. Since the original "Purple Book" was published, the scope has been extended to include polymer terminology.

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19. Conjugated Polymers: Theory, Synthesis, Properties, and Characterization (Handbook of Conducting Polymers, Third Edition)
Hardcover: 1024 Pages (2006-12-26)
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Many significant fundamental concepts and practical applications have developed since the publication of the best-selling second edition of the Handbook of Conducting Polymers. Now divided into two books, the third edition continues to retain the excellent expertise of the editors and world-renowned contributors while providing superior coverage of recent advances in the chemistry, physics, and materials science of conjugated and conducting organic polymers.

Conjugated Polymers: Theory, Synthesis, Properties, and Characterization, the first volume in the set, focuses on the theories, synthetic methods, and basic physical aspects needed to understand the behavior and performance of conjugated polymers. The book initially examines the theories behind p-conjugated materials and electron-lattice dynamics in organic systems. Subsequent chapters detail synthesis methods and electrical and physical properties of the full family of conducting polymers, including polyacetylenes, polyanilines, poly(arylene vinylenes), poly(arylene ethynylenes), and polyheterocycles.

Featuring topics central to the science and technology of conducting polymers, this book offers easy access to up-to-date information and provides the basis for the second installment in the set. ... Read more

20. Preparative Methods of Polymer Chemistry, 3rd Edition
by Wayne Sorenson, Fred Sweeny, Tod W. Campbell
Hardcover: 504 Pages (2001-03-30)
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The long-awaited Third Edition of the classic in polymer synthesis Thirty years ago, the Second Edition of Preparative Methods of Polymer Chemistry further established its reputation as the laboratory bible for polymer synthesis. The last three decades have witnessed a deeper understanding of the principles involved in preparing and processing polymers, leading to tremendous advances in polymer synthesis. Guiding practicing scientists through the methods of synthesizing polymers, the Third Edition retains theory and vital protocols, while revising and updating the sections on synthesis, fabrication techniques, and characterization methods. Delving into the physical and chemical aspects of polymer processing, each chapter includes a discussion of the relevant background and principles, enabling the scientist to apply synthetic techniques intelligently. The Third Edition also contains sections on current topics such as:

  • Extended-chain polymer technology
  • High-temperature and high-performance polymers
  • Carbon fibers
  • Electrically conductive polymers
  • Group-transfer polymerization
  • Composites Preparative Methods of Polymer Chemistry, Third Edition provides essential information for both students and practicing polymer scientists.
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