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Crystallography of the Polymethylene Chain: An Inquiry into the Structure of Waxes

Douglas L. Dorset


This book describes the solid state behaviour of organic materials based the polymethylene chain, i.e., the functional molecular component of polyethylenes, soaps, detergents, edible fats, lipids, oils, greases, and waxes. Along with chain unsaturation and branching, polydispersity, i.e., the aggregation of several polymethylene chain lengths, is shown to control various physical properties, including the preservation of metastable phases (polymorphic as well as ‘rotator’ forms). Using linear chain waxes as model materials, this book explores how solid solutions are stabilized and what structu ... More

Keywords: chain assemblies, chain folding, binary phase behaviour, multicomponent phase behaviour, crystal structure, polymorphism, polydispersity, solid solutions, fractionation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780198529088
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198529088.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Douglas L. Dorset, author
Senior Research Associate, ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co., Annandale, New Jersey, USA