Chemistry International
Vol. 22, No. 5, September 2000

2000, Vol. 22
No. 5 (September)
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New Project

Glossary of Terms Relating to Polymeric Gels and Networks, Hybrid Inorganic Polymeric Materials, and the Processing Thereof

This is a joint project of the Inorganic (II) and Macromolecular (IV) Divisions within the remit of the Materials Initiative. The project team includes scientists from academia, industry, and publishing. IUPAC has approved the project with the intention of establishing precise base definitions of terms that will carry meaning for all academic and industrial chemists involved with this rapidly expanding technology. The materials embraced by the project range from inorganic porous gels and denser materials through organic/inorganic molecular hybrids and composites to certain types of organic network polymers.

The processing of the materials can be from the liquid state using sol-gel methodologies or swelling/drying techniques, or from the solid state using the methods of blending and mixing. The different terms relating to both materials and the methods of processing that are in current use can be confusing to practitioners according to whether their background is rooted in polymer, inorganic, or applied chemistry. General terms concerned with classes of starting materials, intermediates and final product materials, their microstructures, the characteristic properties that relate to their processing, etc., will all be included.

The preparation of definitions is being coordinated by Profs. Richard Jones and Alan Chadwick, Titular Members of IUPAC’s Commissions on Macromolecular Nomenclature (IV.I) and High-Temperature Materials and Solid State Chemistry (II.3), respectively, with participation from other members of both Commissions. Comments from the chemistry and polymer community are welcome and should be addressed to the project coordinator, Prof. Prof. Richard Jones, School of Physical Sciences, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NR, England, United Kingdom; Tel.: +44 1227 823544; Fax: +44 1227 827558; E-mail: [email protected]. See projects/2000/000071_400_00.html for project description and update.


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