High Performance Polymers: Their Origin and Development

Proceedings of the Symposium on the History of High Performance Polymers at the American Chemical Society Meeting held in New York, April 15–18, 1986

  • Raymond B. Seymour
  • Gerald S. Kirshenbaum

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Engineering Thermoplastics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Polyamides

      1. Melvin I. Kohan
        Pages 19-37
      2. Paul Matthies, Wolfgang F. Seydl
        Pages 39-53
      3. G. B. Apgar, M. J. Koskoski
        Pages 55-65
    3. Polyesters

      1. Daniel W. Fox
        Pages 67-70
      2. Donal McNally, John S. Gall
        Pages 71-79
      3. Edward J. Deyrup
        Pages 81-94
      4. Lloyd M. Robeson, James M. Tibbitt
        Pages 95-103
    4. Acetals

      1. Kenneth J. Persak, Richard A. Fleming
        Pages 105-114
      2. Thomas J. Dolce, Francis B. McAndrew
        Pages 115-124
    5. Styrenics

      1. William A. Pavelich
        Pages 125-130
    6. Sulfur-Containing Polymers

      1. H. Wayne Hill Jr.
        Pages 135-148
      2. R. A. Clendinning, A. G. Farnham, R. N. Johnson
        Pages 149-158
      3. M. E. Sauers, L. A. McKenna, C. N. Merriam
        Pages 159-168
    7. Polyaryletherketone

    8. Polyetherimides

      1. Joseph G. Wirth
        Pages 195-205
  4. Blends and Alloys

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 207-207
  5. Liquid Crystalline Polymers

  6. Fluoroplastics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 259-259
    2. Robert E. Putnam
      Pages 279-286
    3. Julius E. Dohany
      Pages 287-296
  7. Thermosets

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 297-297
    2. John A. Gannon
      Pages 299-307
    3. Richard B. Graver
      Pages 309-316
    4. John J. King, Byung H. Lee
      Pages 317-330
    5. B. Christmas, R. Kemmerer, F. Kosnik
      Pages 331-337
  8. Fibers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 339-339
    2. Roger Bacon, Charles T. Moses
      Pages 341-353
    3. E. J. Powers, G. A. Serad
      Pages 355-373
  9. High Performance Elastomers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 375-375
    2. Maurice Morton
      Pages 377-380
    3. F. W. Gordon Fearon
      Pages 381-388
    4. Herman Schroeder
      Pages 389-399
    5. Louis F. Savelli, Donald F. Brizzolara
      Pages 409-413
  10. High Barrier Packaging Materials

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 415-415
    2. Nathaniel C. Wyeth
      Pages 417-423

About these proceedings


According to Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe's (1740-1832) Mineralogy and Geology, "The history of science is science." A sesquicentennial later, one may state that the history of high performance polymers is the science of these important engineering polymers. Many of the inventors of these superior materials of construction have stood on the thresholds of the new and have recounted their experiences (trials, tribulations and satisfactions) in the symposium and in their chapters in this book. Those who have not accepted the historical approach in the past, should now recognize the value of the historical viewpoint for studying new developments, such as general purpose polymers and, to a greater degree, the high performance polymers. To put polymer science into its proper perspective, its worth recalling that historically, the ages of civilization have been named according to the materials that dominated that period. First there was the Stone Age eventually followed by the Tin, Bronze, Iron and Steel Ages. Today many historians consider us living in the Age of Synthetics: Polymers, Fibers, Plastics, Elastomers, Films, Coatings, Adhesives, etc. It is also interesting to note that in the early 1980's, Lord Todd, then President of the Royal Society of Chemistry was asked what has been chemistry's biggest contribution to society. He felt that despite all the marvelous medical advances, chemistry's biggest contribution was the development of polymeri­ zation. Man's knowledge of polymer science is so new that Professor Herman F.


Acrylnitril-Butadien-Styrol-Polymerisate Copolymer PEEK Polyaryletherketon Polybenzimidazol Polycarbonat Polyetherimid Polysulfon Terpolymer elastomer plastics polyamide polyester polymer thermoset

Editors and affiliations

  • Raymond B. Seymour
    • 1
  • Gerald S. Kirshenbaum
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Southern MississippiHattiesburgUSA
  2. 2.Celanese Engineering ResinsChathamUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-011-7075-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-7073-4
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