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Packaging Technology by Henry Emblem, Anne Emblem

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12

Basics of polymer chemistry for packaging materials

A. Riley,     Arthur Riley Packaging Consultant International, UK

Abstract:

This chapter introduces the basics of polymer chemistry. it explains how the polymers are synthesised, including the various types of polymerisation (addition and condensation polymerisation, copolymerisation and crosslinking polymerisation). It also discusses the factors which influence the way they perform.

Key words

polymer

polymerisation

copolymer

plastics

12.1 Introduction

‘Plastic’ describes the ability of a substance to be formed into an object – modelling clay, wax or dough would be good examples. The plastics which are going to be discussed in this chapter are organic and polymeric in nature. That ...

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