Complex, at least two components of which are different polymers.
- A complex is a molecular entity formed from two or more components that can be ionic or uncharged.
- Although the intrinsic binding energy between the individual interacting sites giving rise to the complex is weaker than a covalent bond, the total binding energy for any single molecule may exceed the energy of a single covalent bond.
- The properties of a complex defined here differ from those given elsewhere because, owing to the repeating nature of a polymer molecule, many interacting sites may be present, which together will provide stronger bonding than a single covalent bond.
PAC, 2004, 76, 1985
(Definition of terms related to polymer blends, composites, and multiphase polymeric materials (IUPAC Recommendations 2004))
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