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Provisional Recommendations

Inorganic Chemistry Division
Polymer Division

Definitions of Terms Relating to the Structure and Processing of Inorganic and Polymeric Gels and Networks, and Inorganic Polymeric Materials

This document defines terms related to the structure and processing of inorganic, polymeric and hybrid inorganic-polymeric materials from precursors, through gels to solid products. It is divided into four sections, precursors, gels, solids and processes and the terms have been restricted to those most commonly encountered.

For the sake of completeness, and where they are already satisfactorily defined for the scope of this document, terms from other IUPAC publications have been used. Otherwise, the terms and their definitions have been assembled in consultation with experts in the relevant fields. The definitions are intended to assist the reader who is unfamiliar with sol-gel processing, ceramization and related technologies and materials, and to serve as a guide to the use of standard terminology by those researching in these areas.

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Comments by 31 July 2006
Prof. Richard G. Jones
University of Kent
School of Physical Sciences
Centre for Materials Research
Canterbury, Kent CT2 7NR
United Kingdom

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