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Polymer science and engineering : the shifting research frontiers / Committee on Polymer Science and Engineering, Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology, Commission on Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Applications, National Research Council.

p. cm.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

ISBN 0-309-04998-9

1. Polymers—Research. I. National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Polymer Science and Engineering.

QD281.P6P635 1994

668.9—dc20 94-21613

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