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Chemical process of converting a prepolymer or a polymer into a polymer of higher molar mass and then into a network.
  1. Curing is achieved by the induction of chemical reactions which might or might not require mixing with a chemical curing agent.
  2. Physical aging, crystallization, physical crosslinking and post-polymerization reactions are sometimes referred to as 'curing'. Use of the term 'curing' to describe such processes is deprecated.
See also: vulcanization
PAC, 2007, 79, 1801 (Definitions of terms relating to the structure and processing of sols, gels, networks, and inorganic-organic hybrid materials (IUPAC Recommendations 2007)) on page 1822
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IUPAC. Compendium of Chemical Terminology, 2nd ed. (the "Gold Book"). Compiled by A. D. McNaught and A. Wilkinson. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford (1997). XML on-line corrected version: (2006-) created by M. Nic, J. Jirat, B. Kosata; updates compiled by A. Jenkins. ISBN 0-9678550-9-8.
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