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Petroleum Resin


C5/C9 hydrocarbon resin


Thermoplastic hydrocarbon resins/polymers derived from monomers of cracked petroleum fractions such as C5, C9, and dicyclopentadiene feedstocks.

General Introduction

Petroleum resin is term in common use for low molecular weight, about M w 500–5,000, thermoplastic hydrocarbon resins derived from cracked petroleum fractions. They are to be distinguished from high polymers such as polystyrene and polypropylene, which are pure-monomer-based resins essentially made from pure starting materials such as styrene and propylene, respectively. The petroleum resin generally has a tackifying effect and is suitable for use in paints and varnishes, coatings, printing ink, lithographic inks, paper, adhesives, rubber, concrete-curing compounds, and other areas where tackiness is required, literally in thousands of applications [1, 2].

Historically speaking, early petroleum resins were soft, unstable, and dark. However, they have been continuously improved to...


  • Cloud Point
  • Maleic Anhydride
  • Softening Point
  • Cationic Polymerization
  • Thermal Polymerization

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Sugihara, S. (2014). Petroleum Resin. In: Kobayashi, S., Müllen, K. (eds) Encyclopedia of Polymeric Nanomaterials. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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