Written by experts in the field from both industry and academia, this ten volume set covers significant advances in polymer science over the past decade. Key features are developing areas and new frontiers in polymer science and technology, and emerging fields with strong growth potential for the twenty-first century such as nanotechnology, photopolymers, electro-optic polymers etc. are covered. Additionally, polymer classes in which important new members have appeared in recent years are revisited to provide a comprehensive update. The books featured in this series have particular emphasis on structure-property relationships of polymers and manufacturing technologies as well as their practical and novel applications. Collectively, the series provides a definitive library of the latest advances in the major polymer families as well as significant new fields of development in polymer science and will serve as an invaluable reference to all polymer scientists and engineers.
Dr. John Scheirs has worked extensively with PET and related polyesters. His early work involved studying the UV stability of PET and PEN in France and later he was involved with studying various industrial problems involving polyesters such as photodegradation, annealing, crystallization behaviour, embrittlement, degradation by aminolysis, DSC analysis, environmental stress cracking, hydrolysis, nucleating agents, transesterification, injection moulding of recycled PET compounds, solid state polycondensation, desiccant drying of PET and melt stabilization of PET. More recently in the period 1998-2000, he was the technical manager for Coca-Cola Amatil's world first PET reforming plant which converts post-consumer PET bottles into high-grade, high IV pelletized PET for direct reuse in new bottles and injection and sheet moulding applications. John Scheirs is now the principal consultant with ExcelPlas Polymer Technology where he specializes in polymer recycling, chemistry, formulation, processing and testing.