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Pure Appl. Chem., 2012, Vol. 84, No. 10, pp. 2167-2169

Published online 2012-10-03


A brief guide to polymer nomenclature (IUPAC Technical Report)

R. C. Hiorns1, R. J. Boucher2, R. Duhlev3, Karl-Heinz Hellwich4, Philip Hodge5, Aubrey D. Jenkins6, Richard G. Jones7, Jaroslav Kahovec8, Graeme Moad9, C. K. Ober10, D. W. Smith11, Robert F. T. Stepto12, J.-P. Vairon13 and Jiří Vohlídal14

1 CNRS, IPREM (UMR-5254, EPCP), 2 av. President Angot, F-64057 Pau Cedex, France
2 Physical Sciences and Engineering, Wiley, The Atrium, Southern Gate, Chichester PO19 8SQ, UK
3 Elsevier Limited, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford, OX5 1GB, UK
4 Postfach 10 07 31, D-63007 Offenbach, Germany
5 Department of Chemistry, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL, UK
6 Vixen’s, 22a North Court, Hassocks, W. Sussex BN6 8JS, UK
7 Functional Materials Group, School of Physical Sciences, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NH, UK
8 Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Heyrovský Sq. 2, 162 06 Praha 6, Czech Republic
9 CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering, Bag 10 Clayton South, Victoria 3169, Australia
10 Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Cornell University, 310, Bard Hall, Ithaca, NY, USA
11 Department of Chemistry, Department of Material Science & Engineering, and The Alan G. MacDiarmid NanoTech Institute, Center for Energy Harvesting Materials & Systems, The University of Texas at Dallas, TX 75080, USA
12 Polymer Science and Technology Group, Manchester Materials Science Centre, School of Materials, The University of Manchester, Grosvenor Street, Manchester, M1 7HS, UK
13 Laboratoire de Chimie Macromoleculaire, Université Pierre et Marie Curie, 4, Place Jussieu, Paris Cedex 05, 75252 Paris, France
14 Department of Physical and Macromolecular Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, Charles University in Prague, Albertov 2030, 128 40 Praha 2, Czech Republic

Abstract: The universal adoption of an agreed nomenclature has never been more important for the description of chemical structures in publishing and online searching. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) and Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) make similar recommendations. The main points are shown here with references to original documents. Further details can be found in the IUPAC Purple Book.