The Polymer Blends Handbook is a fundamental reference work on polymer blends, covering all aspects: science, engineering, technology and application. It will appeal to anyone working in the field of blends, researchers as well as engineers. The Handbook is designed to be the source of information on all aspects of polymer blends. To this end the Editors have put together an international group of highly respected contributors, each an expert in his chosen subjects.
Leszek A. Utracki, PhD, 1931-2012, was a Senior Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada, Industrial Materials Institute and a former adjunct professor at McGill University, Department of Chemical Engineering, in Montreal, Quebec. He was also the author and/or editor of twenty-one books and has written forty-eight book chapters, hundreds of referenced and non-referenced journal articles and meeting proceedings. Professor Charles Wilkie received his B.S. degree from the University of Detroit and Ph.D. from Wayne State University. He is an editor of Polymers for Advanced Technologies and serves on the editorial boards of Polymer Degradation and Stability and Thermochimica Acta. In 1992 Professor Wilkie was recipient of the ACS Milwaukee Section Award. He was a Fulbright-Hays scholar at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles in 1991-92. In 2007 he received the Marquette University Award for Excellence in Research. He is one of the organizers of the American Chemical Society Meeting on Fire retardancy, held every four years and he has taught a number of short courses on fire retardancy.
Fundamentals: Polymer Blends: Introduction.- Thermodynamics of Polymer Blends.- Crystallization, Micro- and Nano-structure, and Melting Behavior of Polymer Blends.- Interphase and Compatibilization by Addition of a Compatibilizer.- Reactive Compatibilization.- Interpenetrating Polymer Networks.- Rheology of Polymer Alloys and Blends.- Morphology of Polymer Blends.- Compounding Polymer Blends.- Properties: Properties and Performance of Polymer Blends.- Mechanical Properties of Polymer Blends.- Broadband Dielectric Spectroscopy on Polymer Blends.- Physical Aging of Polymer Blends.- Degradation, Stabilization, and Flammability of Polymer Blends.- APPLICATIONS: Applications of Polymer Blends.- High Performance Polymer Alloys and Blends for Special Applications.- Polymer Blends Containing "Nanoparticles".- Polyethylenes and their Blends.- Commercial Polymer Blends.- Recycling Polymer Blends.- Miscible Polymer Blends.- Appendices: Appendix I. International Abbreviations for Polymers and Polymer Processing.- Appendix II. Examples of Commercial Polymer Blends.- Appendix III. Dictionary of Terms Used in Polymer Science and Technology.- Appendix IV. Trade Names of Polymers and their Blends.- Appendix V. Commercialization Dates of Selected Polymers.- Appendix VI. Notation and Symbols.