Polymer Naming

A Brief Guide to Polymer Nomenclature

This two-page document shows how to name a polymer using IUPAC recommendations. It is a basic guide but it covers most of the common polymers. It carries colour-coded hyperlinks to free IUPAC reference material; they can be used to further clarify the names and find out how to apply IUPAC rules to more complex polymers.
This guide is being used by lecturers, students, authors publishing in polymer-science journals, and indeed anyone who would like to know how polymers are named in accordance with IUPAC recommendations.

For the complete guide to polymer names and naming, please consult the IUPAC Purple Book, the IUPAC Compendium of Polymer Terminology and Nomenclature.

 

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