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ERIC Number: EJ1161182
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
A Primer on Polymer Nomenclature: Structure-Based, Sourced- Based, and Trade Names
Cheng, H. N.; Howell, Bob A.
Journal of Chemical Education, v94 n11 p1794-1797 Nov 2017
Polymer nomenclature is important because it is part of the language of polymer science and is needed for polymer identification, reference, and documentation. A primer on polymer nomenclature is provided herein for people new to the field or for instructional use. Both structurebased and source-based nomenclatures, together with trivial and trade names, are described. Source-based nomenclature is commonly used by polymer scientists for polymers where the starting monomers are known. The structure-based approach is especially helpful when the chemical structure of a polymer is well-defined; it is part of the recommendations from the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry and Chemical Abstracts Service. Appropriate illustrations of these approaches are provided.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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