Fundamental Properties of Polymers for Electronic Applications



Polymers are widely used as plastics, rubbers, fibres, adhesives, paints and sealants and their use has extended into the field of electronics, where they are used as insulators and encapsulants. In this context they should be good electrical insulators, be free from dielectric losses over the frequency range employed and have a high dielectric strength. Further they should be able to protect electronic components from their surroundings and this in turn depends on them having low permeability to atmospheric vapours and gases, and having good adhesion to the substrate. It is thus the aim of this chapter to explain the chemical and physical structures of polymers and to show how these control their electrical, barrier and adhesive properties.


Molar Mass Free Volume High Density Polyethylene Polyvinyl Acetate Adhesive Joint 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    Brydson, J. A.,Plastics Materials, 4th edn, Butterworth Scientific, London, 1982.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Brandrup, J. and Immergut, E. H.,Polymer Handbook, Wiley-Interscience, New York, 1975.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Elias, H. G.,Macromolecules, 2 volumes, Plenum Press, New York, 1977.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Young, R. J.,Introduction to Polymers, Chapman and Hall, London and New York, 1981.Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Cowie, J. M. G.,Polymers: Chemistry and Physics of Modern Materials, Intertext Books, Aylesbury, 1973.Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Odian, G.,Principles of Polymerization, 2nd edn, John Wiley and Sons, London, 1981Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Fox, T. G.,Bull Amer. Phys. Soc.,1(1956) 123.Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Brewis, D. M., Comyn, J., Shalash, R. J. A. and Tegg, J. L.,Polymer,21(1980) 357.Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Meares, P.,Polymers: Structure and Bulk Properties, Van Nostrand Co. Ltd., London, 1965.Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    Mascia, L.,The Role of Additives in Plastics, Edward Arnold, London, 1974.Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    Blythe, A. R.,Electrical Properties of Polymers, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1979.Google Scholar
  12. 12.
    McCrum, N. G., Read, B. E. and Williams, G.,Anelastic and Dielectric Effects in Polymeric Solids, John Wiley & Sons, London, 1967.Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    Crank, J.,The Mathematics of Diffusion, 2nd edn, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1975.Google Scholar
  14. 14.
    Carslaw, H. S. and Jaeger, J. C.,Conduction of Heat in Solids, 2nd edn, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1959.Google Scholar
  15. 15.
    Comyn, J., In:Durability of Structural Adhesives, (A. J. Kinloch (Ed.)), Applied Science Publishers Ltd, London, 1983.Google Scholar
  16. 16.
    Cope, B. C., PhD thesis, Leicester Polytechnic, 1977.Google Scholar
  17. 17.
    Brewis, D. M., Comyn, J., Cope, B. C. and Moloney, A. C.,Polymer,21(1980) 345.Google Scholar
  18. 18.
    Goosey, M. T., PhD thesis, Leicester Polytechnic, 1982.Google Scholar
  19. 19.
    Manson, J. A. and Chiu, E. H.,J. Polym. Sci., Symposium No.41, p. 95 (1973).Google Scholar
  20. 20.
    Meares, P.,J. Amer. Chem. Soc.,76(1954) 3415.Google Scholar
  21. 21.
    Peters, R. H.,Textile Chemistry. Vol III, The Physical Chemistry of Dyeing, Elsevier,Amsterdam, 1975.Google Scholar
  22. 22.
    Kinloch, A. J.,J. Mater. Sci.,15(1980) 2141.Google Scholar
  23. 23.
    Wake, W. C.,Polymer,19(1978) 291.Google Scholar
  24. 24.
    Wake, W. C.,Adhesion and the Formation of Adhesives, 2nd edn, Applied Science Publishers Ltd, London, 1982.Google Scholar
  25. 25.
    Good, R. J., In:Treatise on Adhesion and Adhesives. Vol 1 Theory, (R. L. Patrick (Ed.)), Edward Arnold, London, 1967.Google Scholar
  26. 26.
    Brewis, D. M.,Surface Analysis and Pretreatment of Plastics and Metals, Applied Science Publishers Ltd, London, 1982.Google Scholar
  27. 27.
    Butt, R. I. and Cotter, J. C.,J. Adhesion,8(1976) 11.Google Scholar
  28. 28.
    Gettings, M. and Kinloch, A. J.,J. Mater. Sci.,12(1977) 2511.Google Scholar
  29. 29.
    Walker, P.,J. Coat. Tech.,52(1980) 49.Google Scholar
  30. 30.
    Walker, P.,J. Oil Col Chem. Assoc.,65(1982) 415.Google Scholar
  31. 31.
    Walker, P.,J. Oil Col Chem. Assoc.,65(1982) 436.Google Scholar
  32. 32.
    Plueddemann, E. P.,Silane Coupling Agents, Plenum Press, New York, 1982.Google Scholar
  33. 33.
    Derjaguin, B. Y. and Smilga, V. P.,Adhesion, Fundamentals and Practice, McLaren & Son, London, 1969.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Elsevier Applied Science Publishers Ltd. 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Leicester PolytechnicSchool of ChemistryLeicesterUK

Personalised recommendations