• K. J. Saunders


An ester is a compound whose structure may be derived by the replacement of the replaceable hydrogen of an acid by an alkyl, aryl, alicyclic or heterocyclic group. The most important esters are those derived from carboxylic acids; the structural formula of these esters is R-CO-O-R’. For the purposes of this chapter, polyesters are defined as polymers containing recurring -CO-O- groups in the main chain. It may be noted that this definition excludes polymers of esters such as vinyl acetate and methyl methacrylate since in these polymers the ester groups occur in side-chains and not in the main chain.


Maleic Anhydride Ethylene Terephthalate Unsaturated Polyester Alkyd Resin Terephthalic Acid 
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  • K. J. Saunders
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  1. 1.Department of Applied Chemical and Biological SciencesRyerson Polytechnical InstituteTorontoCanada

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