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Handbook of UV Degradation and Stabilization

Author: George Wypych

Published: 2011

Price: US $ 275

Publisher: ChemTec Publishing

Write-up: This book, the first monograph fully devoted to UV degradation and stabilisation ever published in English language, has 12 chapters, each discussing different aspect of UV related phenomena. In the introduction the existing literature has been reviewed to find out how plants, animals and humans protect themselves against UV radiation and which lessons were already applied to the protection of man-made materials and final products and which mechanisms work in living things but are not in the use of technical products.


Photophysics is discussed in the second chapter to build understanding of physical phenomena occurring in materials when they are exposed to UV radiation. Potentially useful stabilisation methods become obvious from the analysis of photophysics of the process but these effects are also combined with photochemical properties of stabilisers and their mechanisms of stabilisation and this subject is discussed in Chapter 3.

Chapter 4 contains information on available UV stabilisers. It contains a set of data prepared according to a systematic outline as listed in the Table of Contents. Stability of UV stabilisers, important for predicting lifetime of their protection is discussed in Chapter 5. Different reasons of instability are included in evaluation.

Principles of stabiliser selection are given in Chapter 6. Ten areas of influence of stabiliser properties and expectations from the final products were selected for discussion in this chapter.

Chapters 7 and 8 give specific information on degradation and stabilisation of different polymers and rubbers and final products manufactured from them, respectively. 50 polymers and rubbers are discussed in different sections of Chapter 7 and 40 groups of final products which use majority of UV stabilisers are discussed in Chapter 8. In addition, more focused information is provided in Chapter 9 for sunscreens. This is example of new developments in technology. The subjects discussed in each individual case of polymer or group of products are given in Table of Contents.

Specific effects of UV stabilisers which may affect formulation because of interaction between UV stabilisers and other components of formulations are discussed in Chapter 10. Analytical methods, which are most frequently used in UV stabilisation, are discussed in Chapter 11 to show their potential in further understanding of UV degradation and stabilisation.

The book concludes with the effect of UV stabilisers on the health and safety of workers involved in their processing and public using the products (Chapter 12).


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