Chemistry International
Vol. 22, No.3, May 2000

2000, Vol. 22
No. 3 (May)
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Definitions of Terms Relating to Polymers and Functional Polymers

The chemistry of reactions and functionalization of polymers has received great attention during the last two decades. Many preparation processes of basically and industrially important reactive and functional polymers are carried out through the reactions of linear or cross-linked polymeric reactants and the introduction of reactive, catalytic, or some functional groups into polymer chains. The reactions of polymers have their specific characteristics different from those of polymerization reactions. However, clear and unified terminology has not yet been decided upon for reactions of polymers, in spite of the growing importance of the field.

IUPAC has approved a project to prepare clear concepts and definitions of general and specific terms concerning reactions of polymers and functional polymers, in order to clarify terminology in the field that results in confusion and difficulty in proper scientific and technological understanding. The preparation of definitions is being coordinated by Prof. Kazuyuki Horie, a Titular Member of IUPAC’s Commission on Macromolecular Nomenclature (IV.1), with participation of all members of Commission IV.1. Comments from the chemistry community are welcome and should be addressed to the project coordinator, Prof. Kazuyuki Horie, Department of Chemistry and Biotechnology, University of Tokyo, Hongo, Bunkyoku, Tokyo 113-8656, Japan; Tel.: +81 3 5841 7312; Fax: +81 3 5841 8658; E-mail: [email protected]. See projects/2000/4_1_00.html for project description and update.



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