Title: Terminology for the kinetics,
thermodynamics, and mechanism of polymerization
Chairmen: S. Penczek
and G. Moad
Baron, K. Hatada,
M. Hess, A.D.
Jenkins, R.G. Jones,
J. Kahovec, P.
Kratochvil, P. Kubisa,
E. Maréchal, R.F.T.
Stepto, J.-P. Vairon,
J. Vohlidal, and
Completion Date: 2008 - project completed
To prepare definitions of terms related to the polymerization processes
particularly to the kinetics, thermodynamics and mechanisms of polymerizations.
This is a major area of macromolecular science and polymer technology.
The present lack of clarity of terminology in this important field
results in confusion in understanding of scientific and technological
Macromolecules and eventually polymers are formed in various polymerization
processes. Understanding of these processes require that the pertinent
kinetics, thermodynamics, and mechanisms are known. The corresponding
description is not possible without uniform and generally accepted
terminology. At present this terminology does not exist and some
terms defined in earlier IUPAC documents of this and other Division
require redefinition due to the progress of this field.
See previous project 410/26/95
See also project
2002-006-2-400, titled "Terminology for radical polymerizations
with minimal termination - the so-called "living" and/or
"controlled" radical polymerization" (or more simply
"New Radical Polymerization" (NRP)). Several of the terms
included in the document emerging from the current project will
later be incorpoarted in the NRP document. Thus, to some extent,
these two projects have been running in tandem, and valuable developments
have been made, particularly the definition of terms relating to
termination, deactivation, and reactivation in radical polymerization.
March 2007 - A draft is submitted
to public review comments until 31 July 2007.
> see provisional
Oct 2008 - Project completed - IUPAC Recommendations published in Pure Appl. Chem., 2008, Vol. 80, No. 10, pp. 2163-2193
Last update: 4 November 2008