Encyclopedic Dictionary of Polymers

2011 Edition
| Editors: Jan W. Gooch


  • Jan W. Gooch
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6247-8_1702

\byü-tә-dī-ēn, -dī-\ n [ISV butane + di- + -ene] (1900) Buta-1,3-diene, 1,3-butadiene, erythrene, vinylethylene, bivinyl, divinyl. CH2=CHCH=CH2. A gas, insoluble in water but soluble in alcohol and ether, obtained from cracking of petroleum, from coal-tar benzene, or from acetylene. It is widely used in the formation of copolymers with styrene, acrylonitrile, vinyl chloride and other monomers, imparting flexibility to the products made from them. Its homopolymer is a synthetic rubber. As noted it is a synthetic chemical compound, used principally in the manufacture of synthetic rubber, nylon, and latex paints. Open image in new window

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  • Jan W. Gooch
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