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Polymer Science and Technology, Third Edition by Joel R. Fried

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Chapter 12. Polymers for Advanced Technologies

As covered in previous chapters, plastics find important applications for commodity products such as textiles, tires, and packaging. Polymers, particularly thermosets, also find widespread use for composite applications in the automotive, marine, and aerospace industries. Many of these markets have now matured so future growth is expected to be small; however, there are many more applications for polymers that may be less obvious but have great potential and offer challenges for new technologies and growth. Some of these include polymeric membranes for the purification of air and water, for important separations in the chemical and biotech industries, and for proton conduction in fuel cells. Polymers ...

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