Thursday, March 11, 2010

Polymer data handbook | James Mark, editor | Oxford University Press, publisher | 1999

Polymer Data HandbookPolymers are compounds that include plastics, artificial fibers, rubber, cellulose, and some coatings and adhesives. This book presents key data on approximately 200 important polymers currently in industrial use or under study in industrial or academic research. No other single source covers so many polymers or offers such a depth of data. The book standardizes and makes accessible a wealth of essential data for students, teachers, researchers, and other professionals in chemistry and chemical engineering.

Entries are presented as pdf files and can be read using Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have the freeware reader, it can be downloaded from Adobe. Each entry opens with a citation of the contributor's name and notations of acronyms and trade names, class of polymer, structure, and major applications.  These are followed by tabular displays showing the properties of each polymer. The maximum consistency possible has been established for properties presented with regard to format, terminology, notations, and units. However, not all properties are applicable to all polymers contained in the handbook; some properties may not even be relevant for certain polymer classes. Also, some polymers exhibit properties shown by few others (e.g., electroluminescence); these properties have been noted as
“Properties of Special Interest.” Each entry closes with a list of references for the reader interested in further investigation of a polymer.

While I certainly wouldn’t expect anyone to curl up and read the 1,040 pages in this book from cover to cover, sections of it may be useful to you:  I have used this book for engineering and research projects.  Not all of it will appeal to designers, but there’s enough value here to make posting it worthwhile.  Plus, it’s free and searchable online.  The book  is a 5.65 MB download.  Go to the book here or click the cover above.  It is available from amazon used in the $30 range and new in the $90 range.  (ISBN-13: 978-0195107890; ISBN-10: 0195107896)

The editor, James E. Mark, is a Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Cincinnati. He has extensive research and consulting experience in the industry and has served as a Visiting Professor at several institutions. Dr. Mark's research interests pertain to the physical chemistry of polymers, including the elasticity of polymer networks, hybrid organic-inorganic composites, liquid-crystalline polymers, and a variety of computer simulations.

Polymer Data Handbook, 2nd Edition

A second edition was published in 2009.   This new edition includes better values of properties already reported, properties not reported in time for the earlier edition, and entirely new properties becoming important for modern polymer applications. It also contains 217 total polymers, 20 of which are all-new, particularly in high-technology areas.  The new edition is 1264 pages long and retails for $195.  (ISBN-13: 978-0-19-518101-2; ISBN-10: 0-19-518101-8)


Mark, J. E., ed.(1999). Polymer Data Handbook. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

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