The word polymer comes from the Greek 'polumeres', which means 'having many parts'. Polymers are large molecules consisting of repeated chemical units ('mers') joined together, usually in a line, like beads on a string. Each 'mer' is typically made up of more than five and less than five hundred atoms; the word 'polymer' is applied when you have more than about 50 'mers' stuck together. Polymer research and development continues to move on at breakneck speed throughout the world. This book presents a guide primarily to the book literature over the last ten years and is fully indexed by author, title and subject.
Elisabeth S Efrem