Introduction to Polymer Morphology


Organic polymers are materials that are widely used in many important emerging technologies of the 21st century. Feedstocks for synthetic polymers are petroleum, coal, and natural gas, which are sources of ethylene, methane, alkenes, and aromatics. Polymers are used in a wide range of everyday applications, such as in clothing, housing materials, medical applications, appliances, automotive and aerospace parts, and in communication. Materials science, the study of the structure and properties of materials, is applied to polymers in much the same way as it is to metals and ceramics: to understand the relationships among the manufacturing process, the structures produced, and the resulting physical and mechanical properties. This chapter is an introduction to polymer morphology, which must be understood in order to develop relations between the structure and properties of these materials.


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