Whether you are an upper or graduate level student studying polymer science and engineering or an engineer new to the field of polymers, you'll benefit from reading "The Elements of Polymer Science and Engineering 3e". Since the publication of the second edition in 1999, the field of polymers has advanced considerably. A key feature of the third edition is the inclusion of new concepts in existing chapters as well as new chapters covering selected contemporary topics such as behavior of natural polymers, polymer nanocomposites, and use of polymers in nanotechnology. There are also several enhancements to the book's pedagogy, including the addition of numerous worked examples and new figures to better illustrate key concepts and the addition of a large number of end-of-chapter exercises, many of which are based on recently published research and relevant industrial data. Hallmark features: focuses on applications of polymer chemistry, engineering, and technology; explains terminology, applications, and versatility of synthetic polymers; connects polymerization chemistry with engineering applications; and, contains practical lead-ins to emulsion polymerization, viscoelasticity, and polymer rheology. "The textbook has been a solid teaching text for introductory polymer science and engineering courses...It remains a very good textbook for many introductory concepts and is thought out and developed well for teaching purposes." --Eli Pearce, Polytechnicnic University, Brooklyn, NY, POLYMER NEWS, Vol. 24, No. 10, 1999.