Multipolymer Systems

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Science  23 May 1980:
Vol. 208, Issue 4446, pp. 813-818
DOI: 10.1126/science.208.4446.813


Different polymers can be combined to yield a wide variety of composite materials: layered sheets and films, homogeneous and heterogeneous blends, interpenetrating polymer networks, bicomponent fibers, and others. Some properties of a multipolymer material are roughly additive, but synergistic interactions can yield properties and performances superior to those of the individual constituents. Consequently, the use of polymers in combination is a rapidly growing component of polymer materials technology.