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Polymers and the Environment

By: G Scott

Royal Society of Chemistry

Paperback | May 1999 | #98185 | ISBN: 0854045783
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As environmental performance becomes increasingly important, the development of man-made polymers and their associated benefits has been overshadowed by problems relating to their ultimate disposal. In the light of wider acceptance of polymers for use in high technology applications, this book aims to redress the balance. It reviews the properties and industrial applications of polymers and discusses their environmental benefits compared with traditional materials. The text also addresses the issues of polymer durability, recycling processes to aid waste minimization and biodegradable polymers. The book intends to introduce the non-specialist reader to the benefits and limitations of polymeric materials from an environmental viewpoint, and is aimed at both students and professionals.


Polymers in modern life; environmental impact of polymers; environmental stability of polymers; management of polymer wastes; biodegradable polymers.

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