Applied Polymer Science — A Forecast

  • Herman F. Mark


This lecture attempts to forecast into the first decade of the 21st century new developments, expansions and targets of polymer science and engineering. The emphasis shall not be led on the prediction of quantities, production facilities and prices of the large “commodity plastics” but rather on the probable appearance of new molecules and processing techniques which are expected to open up new domains of properties and applications.


Anionic Polymerization Bimetallic Complex STYRYL Pyridine Polar Monomer Polyphenylene Sulfide 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Herman F. Mark
    • 1
  1. 1.Polytechnic UniversityBrooklynUSA

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