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Introduction to Polymers, Third Edition 3rd Edition

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The second edition of this book is currently the recommended text for a second year undergraduate lecture course I deliver. In future I will recommend the third edition for both this course and a fourth year (Masters) lecture course on advanced polymer synthesis. Moreover, not only have Young and Lovell produced an excellent text (again) for supporting undergraduate teaching, this book is also a superb entry level text for postgraduates students with limited experience of polymers.
Chemistry World, 2012

About the Author

Robert J. Young is a professor of polymer science and technology at the University of Manchester and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. He has published extensively and is listed on ISIHighlyCited.com. His research focuses on the relationships between structure and properties in polymers and composites.

Peter A. Lovell is a professor of polymer science at the University of Manchester. His research and publications focus on aspects of emulsion polymerization and related processes, especially in relation to understanding how to control the chemical structure, morphology and properties of the polymers produced.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 3 edition (June 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849339294
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849339295
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.8 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 24, 2000
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This is a lovely introductory text for polymer science, hitting on all the major concepts of characterization, structure, mechanical properties, and synthesis. Topics are covered very concisely, but with sufficient detail to be useful in several different graduate level courses on polymers. Great background for understanding Flory-Huggins theory, chain dimensions. And an excellent price as well! Just my opinions as a grad student in some polymers courses...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Shrirang Ranade on July 6, 2001
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An excellent and a must read for anyone with an interest in polymeric materials. It easily is the best introductory book on the subject and I'd recommend it to all students - believe it - i've been taught by the authors! I only wish they'd also write on more specialized topics in Polymer Science.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jacob P. Cox on October 18, 2011
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I must say this is one of the best texts for polymer chemistry and physics. End of chapter problems are challenging but not impossible. My only complaint is about the materials used in making the book. Poor grade of glue and ink results in pages falling out from the book and text smears just from light touching.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 31, 2000
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This is an interesting introducing to basic properties on polymers. Specialy chapter five, wich talks about mechanical properties. I would recommend this book as a guide text for an introductory course to polymers, specily on mechanical properties. The mathematical treatment is just enough, without unnecesary ecuations but clear and simple.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. A. Hare on March 1, 2012
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I've got a number of books on polymers, from the basics, to the more technical aspects of their chemistry, processing, and behavior. This is still my first go to reference when I need to look something up. It's an introductory guide, yes, but it provides a good amount of depth on most topics as well.

I think what I like most about this book is how it's written. It's extremely easy to read, with concepts explained in clear English without any unnecessary wording. It's very straight forward and easy to understand, even for those not wholly familiar with the science.

The book covers the majority of topics you'll need to know, including definitions and nomenclature, a all the different synthesis methods, different methods of characterization, the different structures seen, and an excellent chapter on the mechanical properties and behavior, including deformation mechanisms.

I'd recommend this to any budding materials science student, whether or not it's required reading. Often times I found myself coming to this book rather than the required text, simply for ease of reading or to better familiarize myself with the concept before trying to work through the (often times) poorly worded required text.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E.S.M. on June 12, 2011
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This book covers all topics in polymer science in a deep (but not boring)way. It is one of the best books on the subject!
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I have used this text successfully in one of my courses. I found that it is up-to-date on current polymer synthesis techniques, and does a good job of developing the key concepts in polymer physical chemistry, polymerization mechanisms and kinetics. The problems at the end of each chapter are good homework exercises to challenge the students to understand the material more fully.
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By Emma Lawrence on November 14, 2014
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Its missing pages 13-44! What the hell????? Can't return it now…didn't notice the problem til class started and I began using it. Guess I should have gone through and made sure each page was there, but I assumed when you buy a book that they'd include all the pages. Hope I don't need those all important introductory chapters in my intro to polymers course!!!!
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