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The Polymers Division Collection is comprised of images and publications related to the following NIST Archives collections: Dental Research, Plastics Research, and Rubber Research. The Polymers Division was established in 1962 from what had been the Organic and Fibrous Materials Division. By 1964, its principal research focus had moved from products formed by natural polymers to synthetic polymers. Research areas included crystallization phenomena, solution properties for the preparation of molecular weight-standards, adsorption and the study of polymers at surfaces, and polymer degradation. Since its inception, major research areas of the Polymers Division have included: polymer crystallization, polymer physical and chemical properties, dental materials, and measurement techniques. [From: A Unique Institution by Elio Passaglia, p. 424-427, 571; Responding to National Needs by James F. Schooley, p. 112, 117-121]. Since the reorganization of the Material Measurement Laboratory in 2012, polymers research primarily resides in two divisions, the Materials Science and Engineering Division and the Biosystems and Biomaterials Division.

Click here to view a collection of the Polymers Division Annual Reports through 2014, the centennial of the division (previously separate from the Metallurgy Division).

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