Handbook of Nucleating Agents gives engineers and materials scientists the information they need to increase the production rate, modify structure and morphology, and reduce haze of polymeric products with proper selection of nucleating agents and clarifying agents. Chemical origin and related properties of nucleating agents are analyzed in general terms to highlight the differences in their properties, including the essential theoretical knowledge required for correct selection and use of nucleating and clarifying agents. This includes methods of chemical modification of nucleating agents and their deposition on suitable substrates; methods and results of dispersion of nucleating agents; influence of their concentration and cooling rate on final result and rate of crystallization; nucleation efficiency of different products and the reasons behind it; and generally accepted mechanisms of nucleation.
The book also covers application aspects in different formulations. Patent literature and research papers are extensively reviewed for different applications, and polymer processing methods which require use of nucleating agents are discussed, with an emphasis on the intricacies of use of nucleating agents in different polymers and products.
- Enables engineers to use nucleating agents more effectively to increase production rate, modify structure and morphology, and reduce haze of polymer products
- Provides a thorough theoretical grounding required for proper selection and use of nucleating and clarifying agents
- Offers an extensive review of current applications of nucleating agents in different formulations
- Includes analysis of the chemical origin and related properties of nucleating agents to highlight differences in their properties
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Chapter 1: INTRODUCTION
Chapter 2: CHEMICAL ORIGIN OF NUCLEATING AGENTS
Chapter 3: POLYMER CRYSTALLIZATION WITH AND WITHOUT NUCLEATING AGENTS
Chapter 4: PARAMETERS OF CRYSTALLIZATION
Chapter 5: WHAT INFLUENCES NUCLEATION?
Chapter 6: NUCLEATION EFFICIENCY MEASURES
Chapter 7: MECHANISMS OF CRYSTALLIZATION
Chapter 8: DISPERSION OF NUCLEATING AGENTS
Chapter 9: NUCLEATING AGENTS IN DIFFERENT PROCESSING METHODS
Chapter 10: APPLICATION OF NUCLEATING AGENTS IN SPECIFIC POLYMERS
Chapter 11: NUCLEATING AGENTS IN VARIOUS PRODUCTS
Chapter 12: EFFECT OF NUCLEATING AGENTS ON PHYSICAL-MECHANICAL PROPERTIES
Chapter 13: IMPORTANT ANALYTICAL METHODS USED IN THE STUDIES OF NUCLEATING AGENTS
Chapter 14: HEALTH AND SAFETY WITH NUCLEATING AGENTS
George Wypych has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering. His professional expertise includes both university teaching (full professor) and research and development. He has published 18 books, 47 scientific papers, and he has obtained 16 patents. He specializes in polymer additives, polymer processing and formulation, material durability and the development of sealants and coatings.