Encyclopedic Dictionary of Polymers

2011 Edition
| Editors: Jan W. Gooch

Linear Polymer

  • Jan W. Gooch
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6247-8_6928

A polymer in which the molecules form long chains without branches or crosslinking. The molecular chains of a linear polymer may be intertwined, but the forces tending to hold the molecules together are physical rather than chemical and therefore can be weakened by heating. Linear polymers are thermoplastic. (Odian GC (2004) Principles of polymerization. Wiley, New York; Physical properties of polymers handbook. Mark JE (ed), Springer, New York, 1996)

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  • Jan W. Gooch
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  1. 1.AtlantaUSA