Compendium of Polymer Terminology and Nomenclature, IUPAC Recommendations 2008, IUPAC Purple Book, 2nd edition, prepared for publication by Richard G. Jones, Edward S. Wilks, W. Val Metanomski, Jaroslav Kahovec, Michael Hess, Robert Stepto, Tatsuki Kitayama, RSC Publishing, 2009 [ISBN 978-0-85404-491-7];


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The Purple Book, Compendium of Polymer Terminology and Nomenclature, collects into a single volume the most important position papers on the nomenclature and terminology of several types of polymers, such as Regular Single-Strand Organic Polymers, Regular Double-Strand (Ladder and Spiro) Organic Polymers, and Irregular Single-Strand Organic Polymers. The scope has been extended to include papers on terminology for polymers. It is a handy compendium for scientists and is invaluable for those professionals working in this field. The 2nd edition of the IUPAC Compendium of Polymer Terminology and Nomenclature (IUPAC Recommendations 2008) is an expansion and revision of the 1991 edition and contains 22 chapters. This new edition continues the significant contribution to clear and precise communication in polymer science made by its predecessor.


Concise Summary
A Brief guide to polymer nomenclature has been published in PAC 84(10), pp. 2167-2169 (2012); A two-sided PDF document is readily available for reprint. For details and translations, see project/2008-032-1-400)


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Originating project 2002-048-1-400

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