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Pure Appl. Chem., 2004, Vol. 76, No. 11, pp. 1985-2007


Definition of terms related to polymer blends, composites, and multiphase polymeric materials (IUPAC Recommendations 2004)

W. J. Work*, K. Horie, M. Hess and R. F. T. Stepto

The document defines the terms most commonly encountered in the field of polymer blends and composites. The scope has been limited to mixtures in which the components differ in chemical composition or molar mass and in which the continuous phase is polymeric. Incidental thermodynamic descriptions are mainly limited to binary mixtures although, in principle, they could be generalized to multicomponent mixtures.
The document is organized into three sections. The first defines terms basic to the description of polymer mixtures. The second defines terms commonly encountered in descriptions of phase domain behavior of polymer mixtures. The third defines terms commonly encountered in the descriptions of the morphologies of phase-separated polymer mixtures.