Chemical Resistance of Polymers

  • Raymond B. Seymour
  • Charles E. CarraherJr.


If the chemistry of polymer molecules were different from that of simple compounds resembling the repeating units (model compounds), the study of the chemical resistance of organic polymers would be difficult. Fortunately, Nobel laureate Paul Flory found that the rate of esterification of molecules with terminal hydroxyl and carboxyl groups is essentially independent of the size of the molecules. Thus it is customary to assume that the rates of most reactions of organic molecules are similar regardless of the size of the molecule.


Natural Rubber Chemical Resistance Limit Oxygen Index Aromatic Polymer Acrylic Ester 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raymond B. Seymour
    • 1
  • Charles E. CarraherJr.
    • 2
  1. 1.College of Science and TechnologyUniversty of Southem MississippiHattiesburgUSA
  2. 2.College of Science and EngineeringWright State UniverstyDaytonUSA

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