An interpenetrating polymer network, IPN, can be defined as a combination of two polymers in network form, at least one of which is synthesized and/or crosslinked in the immediate presence of the other. An IPN can be distinguished from simple polymer blends, blocks, and grafts in two ways: (1) An IPN swells, but does not dissolve in solvents, and (2) creep and flow are suppressed.


Block Copolymer Natural Rubber Polymer Network Graft Copolymer Polymer Blend 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • L. H. Sperling
    • 1
  1. 1.Lehigh UniversityBethlehemUSA

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