Polymer and Materials Science
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
The market development of bisphenol-A-polycarbonate has shown higher growth than any other engineering thermoplastic. The reasons can be found in the permanent improvement of the cost/performance-relationship and in the technical use of the variability of the basic structure. Incorporation of specific monomer units leads to tailor-made properties for a wide range of applications, as for example medical devices, electronic parts and glazing.This process has not yet slowed down, rather it is accelerated by new results from research and development. The improvement of flaw behavior and pit replication for new grades of materials for the next generation of compact discs, new grades that can be sterilized by γ-radiation without degradation and the microstructuring by low-energy laser systems are examples for the ongoing expansion of polycarbonate applications. Surface modification by hardcoatings with nanosized particles will allow to enter the fast growing market of glazing.
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