Handbook of UV Degradation and Stabilization

Handbook of UV Degradation and Stabilization, 2nd Edition

Handbook of UV Degradation and Stabilization, 2nd Edition,George Wypych,ISBN9781895198867


ChemTec Publishing



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A professional reference guide to the selection and use of UV stabilizers to reduce the susceptibility of plastics materials and products to UV damage

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Key Features

  • A practical and up-to-date reference guide for engineers and scientists designing with plastics, and formulating plastics materials
  • Explains the effects of UV light on plastics, and how to mitigate its effects through the use of UV stabilizers
  • Surveys the range of UV stabilizers on the market, and provides advice on their selection and use


This book, the second edition of the first monograph fully devoted to UV degradation and stabilization ever published in English, has 12 chapters discussing different aspects of UV related phenomena occurring when polymeric materials are exposed to UV radiation.

In the introduction the existing literature has been reviewed to find out how plants, animals and humans protect themselves against UV radiation. This review permits evaluation of mechanisms of protection against UV used by living things and potential application of these mechanisms in protection of natural and synthetic polymeric materials. This is followed by chapters with a more detailed look at more specific aspects of UV degradation and stabilization.


Plastics engineers, product designers, materials scientists. Core sectors – construction, consumer goods (e.g., toys, cosmetics), automotive/aerospace.

George Wypych

George Wypych has a Ph.D. in chemical engineering. His professional expertise includes both university teaching (full professor) and research and development. He has published 18 books, 47 scientific papers, and he has obtained 16 patents. He specializes in polymer additives, polymer processing and formulation, material durability and the development of sealants and coatings.

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ChemTec Publishing, Ontario, Canada

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Handbook of UV Degradation and Stabilization, 2nd Edition

1. Introduction
2. Photophysics and photochemistry
3. Mechanisms of UV stabilization
4. UV stabilizers (chemical composition, physical-chemical properties, UV absorption, forms, applications – polymers and final products, concentrations used)
5. Stability of UV stabilizers
6. Principles of stabilizer selection
7. UV degradation and stabilization of polymers and rubbers (description according to the following outline: mechanisms and results of degradation, mechanisms and results of stabilization, and data on activation wavelength (spectral sensitivity), products of degradation, typical results of photodegradation, most important stabilizers, concentration of stabilizers in formulation, and examples of lifetime of typical polymeric materials)
8. UV degradation and stabilization of industrial products (description according to the following outline: requirements, lifetime expectations, important changes and mechanisms, stabilization methods)
9 Focus on technology - Sunscreen
10 UV stabilizers and other components of formulation
11 Analytical methods in UV degradation and stabilization studies
12 UV stabilizers - health & safety
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