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Emulsion polymerisation produces high value polymers in a low cost, environmentally friendly process. The drive to develop environmentally benign production methods for polymers has resulted in widespread development and implementation of the emulsion polymerisation technique. In addition, when combined with novel polymerisation mechanisms the process can give rise to a range of polymer products with particularly useful properties.
Emulsion polymerisation is a complex process, governed by the interplay of both chemical and physical properties including polymerisation kinetics and dispersion stability. Successful industrial application relies on understanding and controlling those properties. By carefully explaining the principles of the reaction, based on well-designed experimental investigation, Chemistry and Technology of Emulsion Polymerisation provides a practical and intuitive explanation of emulsion polymerisation. In the development of industrial processes, coupling that understanding with everyday practice can be a further difficult step, so the book emphasises a clear, comprehensive and straightforward discussion to illustrate how the principles relate to practical application.
Written for research chemists, technologists and engineers in the polymer, fine and specialty chemicals industries, and in university or government laboratories, this book will be particularly valuable to those early on in their careers. The comprehensive and straightforward coverage will also ensure it is an important resource for advanced courses in emulsion polymerisation.
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Alex van Herk is Professor and Head of the emulsion polymerisation group in the Laboratory of Polymer Chemistry and Technology, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands.Review:
This book will make an excellent graduate level textbook and a valuable reference book for advanced undergraduate courses in polymer science. Industrial practitioners seeking to teach themselves about emulsion polymerization should find it strikes a good balance between depth and breadth. [I]ts comparative conciseness (coupled with extensive references) makes it an excellent source for learning the key principles of emulsion polymerization.
The book is clearly written without any assumption that readers are versed in emulsion polymerization, and it is apparent that the scope and level of detail have been carefully thought out to concentrate on key areas of interest for people learning about the field. The various chapters, written by different authors, have been well-coordinated to avoid unnecessary repetition. The authors for individual chapters have been chosen well, representing a broad selection of academic and industrial experts who are acknowledged leaders in their fields of study. [T]he authors have done an excellent job in updating each topic to reflect the advances made in the past decade.
(Agnew.Chem.Int.Ed. 2006, 45, 1837)
I wish it had been available when I first started using the technique. There were, and still are, few books on the subject, and it will be a valuable update for someone returning to the field after a few years away.
I would recommend this book to anyone beginning a career in industrial polymer chemistry.
(Chemistry&Industry. September, 2006)
"How theory came about from well-designed experiments is explained, making the equations plausible and intuitive."
World Surface Coatings Abstracts, October 2006
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Book Description Wiley-Blackwell, 2005. Hardcover. Condition: As New. As New. book. Seller Inventory # F5S7-9-Z-1405121130-5