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23. Februar 2012

CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics

William M. Haynes (ed.), 92nd edition, 2011-2012, CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group, Boca Raton, FL, 2011, 2656 p., hardcover, ca. EUR 113.00, ISBN 978-1-43985-511-9

The CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, widely regarded as an important resource for research scientists, is in its 92nd edition. It is sometimes called the 'Rubber Book’ or 'Rubber Bible' as CRC originally stood for "Chemical Rubber Company". The company located in Cleveland, Ohio supplied laboratory equipment to chemists. In 1913 the CRC offered a short (116-page) manual called the Rubber Handbook as an incentive to purchase one of their products. Since then the Rubber Handbook has evolved into the CRC's flagship book, the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics.

The handbook has always provided a thorough range of critically evaluated data in a convenient, one-volume format. Over the period of last almost two decades it has addressed environmental concerns by providing data on pollutants, contaminants, global warming, and ground water contamination. It also has supported the advances in semiconductors and high-temperature superconductors, and amended pertinent data to stay current with IUPAC standards. According to the recent report, the handbook has added, revised, or updated 95 % of its information..

The continuing process of expansions and revisions are evident also in the 92nd Edition.

The book includes new tables, major updates as well as reorganizations of several sections. New tables have been added to Sections 8 (Analytical Chemistry) and Section 13 (Polymer Properties).

The tables added to the Section 8 include: Abbreviations Used in Analytical Chemistry; Basic Instrumental Techniques of Analytical Chemistry; Correlation Tables for Ultraviolet Active Functionalities and Detection of Outliers in Measurements. The new table in Section 9 on Polymer Properties lists second virial coefficients of polymer solutions.

Other significant updates and expansions were done in Section 4 (Properties of the Elements and Inorganic Compounds); Section 6 (Fluid Properties), Section 9 (Molecular Structure and Spectroscopy); Section 10 (Atomic , Molecular and Optical Physics); Section 11 (Nuclear and Particle Physics), Section 12 (Properties of Solids, including updates on semiconducting properties of selected materials)); Section 14 (Geophysics, Astronomy, and Acoustics, including updates of the global temperature trend data from 2010); and Section 16 (Health and Safety Information, including major update of Threshold Limits for Airborne Contaminants). The current hardcopy Handbook contains a total of 19 Sections and 2 Appendices.

The indexes for molecular formulae and CAS registry numbers for the Physical Constants of Organic Compounds Table and the index for CAS registry numbers for the Physical Constants of Inorganic Compounds Table have been omitted from the hard-copy edition; however they can be obtained in the electronic form on an email request from the Editor-in-Chief (william.haynes@taylorandfrancis.com).

The Section 13 (Polymer Properties) is on 78 pages and covers the following subjects:

  • Abbreviations Used in Polymer Science and Technology
  • Physical Properties of Selected Polymers
  • Nomenclature for Organic Polymers
  • Solvents for Common Polymers
  • Glass Transition Temperature for Selected Polymers
  • Dielectric Constant of Selected Polymers
  • Second Virial Coefficient of Polymer Solutions
  • Pressure-Volume-Temperature Relationships for Polymer Melts
  • Upper Critical (UCST) and Lower Critical (LCST) Solution Temperatures of Binary Polymer Solutions
  • Vapor Pressures (Solvent Activities)  for Binary Polymer Solutions
  • Specific Enthalpies of Solution of Polymers and Copolymers
  • Solubility Parameters of Selected Polymers

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