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Pure Appl. Chem.
74(10), 1921-1956, 2002
Pure and Applied
Vol. 74, Issue 10
COMMISSION ON MACROMOLECULAR NOMENCLATURE
Nomenclature of regular single-strand organic polymers (IUPAC Recommendations
R.B. Fox, and K. Hatada
Abstract: A structure-based nomenclature for regular single-strand
organic polymers is described. In concept, a generic name for the polymer
(ABC)n is poly(ABC), in which (ABC) is a constitutional
repeating unit (CRU) representing the chemical structure of the polymer
chain, and A, B, and C are the subunits that comprise the CRU. To provide
a unique and unambiguous name, rules are given to identify the preferred
CRU and to name it using the names of A, B, and C based on current organic
nomenclature. Provisions are made for naming end-groups of the polymers
and the polymer substituents. In addition, the document contains a glossary
of concepts and definitions, a list of common subunit names, and a variety
of examples of structure-based polymer names. The document is a revision
of the 1975 Rules.
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