Title: Polymerization processes
and polymers in dispersed systems
Aleman, M. Hess,
K. Horie, P.
Kubisa, I. Meisel,
S. Penczek, W.
Mormann, and R.G.
Many researchers involved in studies on polymers in dispersed systems
came to conclusion that a concerted and broad-based effort is now
needed to prepare and define properly the comprehensive list of
terms and definitions essential to describe, unambiguously, new,
dispersed polymerization processes and products. At the same time,
definitions of many of the older processes and products already
existing in books and papers have to be clarified. A thorough, internationally-based
feasibility study has shown that more than 200 terms need to be
considered and that more than 50 are indispensable.
During the last decade, new types of polymerizations in dispersed
systems have been invented and polymer particles with new kinds
of properties and structures have been synthesized. Consequently,
a large group of industrially important polymerization processes
is now carried out in dispersed systems. Also, polymers in dispersed
systems are used in diverse areas, such as the paint industry, microelectronics,
medicine, cosmetics and biotechnology. Due to their complicated
compositions and structures, the same name is often used, in scientific
journals and at conferences, for different processes or products
and, conversely, different names are used for the same process or
product. In many instances, lack of clarity leads to confusion and
to difficulties in proper scientific and technological understanding.
Thus, with purpose to help to avoid problems related to insufficiently
unified and often ambiguous terminology in the title area the Task
Group supported in their efforts with specialists from the International
Polymer Colloid Group begun in 1997 preparation of the relevant
list of terms and definitions.
See previous project 410/31/97
March 2005 - A draft has been completed
and in review by the Polymer Division.
Last update: 1 March 2005