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Published: Kem. Ind. 55 (2) (2006) 73–80
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Paper type: Nomenclature note
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Nomenclature and Terminology of Polymers, VI.1. Generic Source-Based Nomenclature for Polymers (IUPAC Recommendations 2001)

V. Jarm


The commission has already published two documents on the source-based names of linear copolymers and nonlinear polymers; however, in some cases this nomenclature leads to ambiguous names. The present document proposes a generic source-based nomenclature that solves these problems and yields clearer source-based names. A generic source-based name comprises two parts: 1. a polymer class (generic) name followed by a colon; and 2. the actual or hypothetical monomer name(s), parenthesized in the case of a copolymer. The formula, the structure-based name, the source-based name, and the generic source-based name are given for each example in the document. In some cases, only generic source-based nomenclature gives unambiguous names, for example when a polymer has more than one name or when it is obtained through a series of intermediate structures. The rules concern mostly polymers with one or more types of functional group or heterocyclic system in the main chain, but to some extent they are also applicable to polymers with side-groups, carbon-chain polymers such as vinyl or diene polymers, spiro and cyclic polymers, and networks.

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