Useful Polymers Links

Sources of Polymer Information and Education.

We have compiled a list of some of the sources we use for Materials Knowledge Transfer activities in the field of polymers within the Materials Community.  Feel free to comment, suggest ones that are missing etc...  This is a working document and will be added to as time progresses. Please send any comments or requests for inclusion to Dr Sally Beken.

Association for Science Education -
Information supporting science education from primary through to tertiary levels.

BP Educational Service -
Educational resources including Science and Technology, catering for ages from 5 - 18.

British Plastics and Rubber -
Industry news, sources of information on polymer processing technology.

British Plastics Federation -
UK plastics industry Trade Association.

British Rubber and Polyurethane Products Association -

Chem Eng Education -
Site for students and teachers with information on Chemical engineering.

Chem Week -
Weekly summary of industry news.

Chemical Industries Association -
Industry news and information.

Chemistry Societies Network -
Reference to journals and topical items.

Confederation of British Industry -
Industry trends.

Design and Technology Association -
Includes D&T resources at primary and secondary, National D&T Framework and publications.

Encyclopaedia Britannica -
Free articles on polymer related topics general nature.

European Chemical Industry Sources -
Good links to polymer related sites and European data from the Europen Chemical Industries Council.

History of Rubber -
Good site for history of rubber.

Institute of Chemical Engineers -
Professional body site with teacher links.

Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining -
Information for students and teachers, career opportunities in materials, publications and news. Good source for schools packs and contacts and host many events.

J4B -
Searchable UK grants database for government and European funding for small and medium sized businesses.  

Materials Information Service -
MIS was established to help companies select the appropriate materials & processes for their products.

Modern Plastics -
Monthly summary of global plastics industry news on materials and companies.

Museum of Plastics design -
Articles from the past and present hosted in University of Bournemouth's library.

Patent database -
Free search on patents, site developed by European patent office.

Plastics Converters -
Good links to converters in many countries.

Plastics News -
Good topical stories on the industry.

Plastics Technology on Line -
News articles and resin prices in the USA, good plastics comparisons.


Established in 1919, RAPRA has always been about promoting and assisting the research and development into innovative uses for polymers and commercialising the outcomes.

Royal Society of Chemistry -
Products, Services and Activities for Education.

Rubber data -
Synthetic rubber data from the International Rubber Study Group.

News, facilities and resources.

Trade Names -
A database of tradenames for different types of polymers

Worshipful Company of Horners -
History of the Livery company, excellent graphics on horn and leather bottles.