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Published: Kem. Ind. 60 (4) (2011) 217–221
Paper reference number: KUI-13/2010
Paper type: Nomenclature note
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ISO Abbreviations for Names of Polymeric Substances

V. Jarm


The use of abbreviations for the names of polymers is practical and economic in written and spoken language. Taking into consideration the several hundreds of polymers appearing in literature annually, some of them having complicated structures, it is almost impossible to derive a systematic and unique abbreviation to polymer structures. Therefore, IUPAC has taken over the well-established ISO list of abbreviated terms (about 120 items) mainly selected on the basis of the scale of production. The presented ISO nomenclature is not necessarily in accord with IUPAC recommendations.

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