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Pure Appl. Chem., 2011, Vol. 83, No. 12, pp. 2229-2259

Published online 2011-09-10

Terminology of polymers and polymerization processes in dispersed systems (IUPAC Recommendations 2011)

Stanislaw Slomkowski1*, José V. Alemán2, Robert G. Gilbert3, Michael Hess4, Kazuyuki Horie5, Richard G. Jones6, Przemyslaw Kubisa1, Ingrid Meisel7, Werner Mormann4, Stanisław Penczek1 and Robert F. T. Stepto8

1 Center of Molecular and Macromolecular Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, Sienkiewicza 112, 90-363 Lodz, Poland
2 Departamento de Quimica, Campus Universitario de Tarifa, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. E-35017, Spain
3 Department of Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Veterinary Science, University of Queensland, Hartley Teakle Building, Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia
4 Department of Macromolecular Chemistry, University of Siegen, Adolf-Reichwein-Str. 2, Siegen D-57068, Germany
5 6-11-21, Kozukayama, Tarumi-ku, Kobe 655-0002, Japan
6 School of Physical Sciences, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NH, UK
7 Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH, Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, Editorial Office, P.O. Box 10 11 61, Weinheim D-69451, Germany
8 Manchester Materials Science Centre, University of Manchester, Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HS, UK

Abstract: A large group of industrially important polymerization processes is carried out in dispersed systems. These processes differ with respect to their physical nature, mechanism of particle formation, particle morphology, size, charge, types of interparticle interactions, and many other aspects. Polymer dispersions, and polymers derived from polymerization in dispersed systems, are used in diverse areas such as paints, adhesives, microelectronics, medicine, cosmetics, biotechnology, and others. Frequently, the same names are used for different processes and products or different names are used for the same processes and products. The document contains a list of recommended terms and definitions necessary for the unambiguous description of processes, products, parameters, and characteristic features relevant to polymers in dispersed systems.