A brief guide to polymer nomenclature

R. C. Hiorns, R. J. Boucher, R. Duhlev, K.-H. Hellwich, P. Hodge, A. D. Jenkins, R. G. Jones, J. Kahovec, G. Moad, C. K. Ober, D. W. Smith, R. F. T. Stepto, J.-P. Vairon, J. Vohlídal

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Polymer nomenclature applies to idealized representations where minor structural irregularities are ignored. A polymer can be named in one of two ways, such as source-based nomenclature can be used when the monomer can be identified. More explicit structure-based nomenclature can be used when the polymer structure is proven. A homopolymer is named using the name of the real or assumed monomer from which it is derived, such as poly(methyl methacrylate). Monomers can be named using IUPAC recommendations or well-established traditional names. Structure-based nomenclature uses that of the preferred constitutional repeating unit (CRU) in place of the monomer name used in source-based nomenclature. It is determined when a large enough part of the polymer chain is drawn to show the structural repetition, while the next step involves identifying the subunits that make up each of these structures.

Original languageEnglish
JournalReactive and Functional Polymers
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes

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