Modern Polyesters: Chemistry and Technology of Polyesters and Copolyesters

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John Scheirs, Timothy E. Long
Wiley, 2003 - Science - 750 pages
Polyesters are one of the most important class of polymers in use today. Hundreds of polyesters exist although only about a dozen are of commercialsignificance. Polyesters are ubiquitous materials in modern life and areused in diverse applications from drink bottles and photographic film toshirts and fabrics. This book serves as a comprehensive, up-to-datereference and includes the following sections:*Historical development*Polymerization polycondensation*Polyester types*Fibers, compounds and modifying additives*Depolymerization degradation*Liquid crystal polyesters*Unsaturated polyestersComprehensive coverage of polyester resins with an emphasis on theirstructure-property relationships is provided. Polyester types covered indetail include: PET, PET copolymers, PCT, PCTG, PCTA, PBT, PEN, PTT, cyclicpolyester oligomers, LCP and UP's. The latest advances in polyesters aredescribed along with current and emerging application areas. This work contains more than 20 contributions with experts from bothacademia and industry from North America, Europe, the Far East andAustralia. An essential book for plastics engineers, polymer chemists, materialscientists and those working in the plastics manufacturing and processingindustries that deal with polyester resins.

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Contents

n POLYMERIZATION AND POLYCONDENSATION
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Formation of Acetaldehyde
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Synthesis and Polymerization of Cyclic Polyester
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Dr. John Scheirs has worked extensively with poly (ethylene terephthalate) (PET) and related polyesters. His early work involved studying the UV stability of PET and poly(ethylene naphthalate) (PEN) in France and later he was involved with studying various industrial problems involving polyesters, such as photodegradation, annealing, crystallization behaviour, embrittlement, degradation by aminolysis, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis, environmental stress cracking, hydrolysis, nucleating agents, transesterification, injection moulding of recycled PET compounds, solid-state polycondensation, desiccant drying of PET and melt stabilization of PET. More recently in the period 1998-2000, he was the technical manager for Coca-Cola Amatil's world-first PET reforming plant which converts post-consumer PET bottles into high-grade, high IV palletized PET for direct reuse in new bottles and injection and sheet moulding applications. John Scheirs is now the principal consultant with ExcelPlas Polymer Technology where he specializes in polymer recycling chemistry, formulation, processing and testing.

Dr. Timothy E. Long is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and the Macromolecular Science and Engineering Program at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, VA, USA. Professor Long was employed at Eastman Kodak and Eastman Chemical for 12 years prior to joining the faculty at Virginia Tech in 1999. He has extensive industrial and academic experience in fundamental macromolecular chemistry, with an awareness of the industrial and commercial impact of polyester chemistry and processing, structure-property relationships. And polyester applications. His research interests include polyester ionomers, high-gas-barrier polyester for packaging, new polyester catalyst development. Thermotropic liquid crystalline polyesters, functional poly(lactides), and branched and hyperbranced polyesters. He is the author of over 100 refereed papers and holds 25 patents dealing with various aspects of macromolecular science and engineering.

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