Organizations & People
Pure Appl. Chem.,
Vol. 68, No.12, pp. 2287-2311, 1996
ON MACROMOLECULAR NOMENCLATURE
Glossary of basic terms in polymer science
(IUPAC Recommendations 1996)
Prepared for publication by A. D. Jenkins (UK), P. Kratochvìl
(Czech Republic), R. F. T. Stepto (UK), and U. W. Suter (Switzerland)
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Synopsis: The clear and unambiguous definition
of basic terms in a field of science has special significance. Subsequent
nomenclature must refer back to these basic terms, and the utmost care
is, therefore, required in preparing and revising them. In 1974 , the
Commission published a document entitled "Basic Definitions of Terms
Relating to Polymers (1974)", that appeared in Pure Appl. Chem.
1974, 40, 479-491. These definitions have been the foundation for the
Commission's work and, building on this basis, the Commission has developed
a number of further nomenclature documents. The vast majority of terms
in the basic document serve their purpose well. Progress in polymer
science and the need for new definitions, the proper wording of which
would have been incompatible with some of the basic terms, made it increasingly
apparent that some change was needed in the basic terms. Approximately
twenty years since the publication of the first document, the Commission
now issues a revised and enlarged set of basic terms. The new glossary
of terms has been formulated by the Commission with the additional input
and aid of several well-known researchers and journal editors.
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