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Pure Appl. Chem. Vol. 73, No. 9, pp. 1511-1519 (2001)

Pure and Applied Chemistry

Vol. 73, Issue 9


Generic source-based nomenclature for polymers (IUPAC Recommendations 2001)

E. Maréchal 1 and E. S. Wilks 2,#

1 Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris VI), Laboratoire de Synthèse Macromoléculaire, Boîte 184, 4 Place Jussieu F-75252, Paris Cédex 05, France; 2 113 Meriden Drive, Canterbury Hills, Hockessin, DE 19707 USA

Abstract: The commission has already published two documents on the source-based names of linear copolymers and nonlinear polymers; however, in some cases this nomenclature leads to ambiguous names. The present document proposes a generic source-based nomenclature that solves these problems and yields clearer source-based names. A generic source-based name comprises two parts:

1) polymer class (generic) name followed by a colon

2) the actual or hypothetical monomer name(s), always parenthesized in the case of a copolymer

The formula, the structure-based name, the source-based name, and the generic source-based name of the polymer are given for each example in the document. In some cases, only generic source-based give unambiguous names, for example, when a polymer has more than one name or when it is obtained through a series of intermediate structures. The rules concern mostly polymers with one or more types of functional group or heterocyclic system in the main chain, but to some extent they are also applicable to polymers with side-groups, carbon-chain polymers such as vinyl or diene polymers, spiro and cyclic polymers, and networks.


Prepared by a Working Group consisting of R. E. Bareiss (Germany), R. B. Fox (USA), K. Hatada (Japan), K. Horie (UK), A. D. Jenkins (UK), J. Kahovec (Czech Republic), P. Kubisa (Poland), E. Maréchal (France), I. Meisel (Germany), W. V. Metanomski (USA), I. Mita (Japan), R. F. T. Stepto (UK), and E. S. Wilks (USA)


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