Soft solid or highly viscous substance, usually containing prepolymers with reactive
- This term was used originally because of its analogy with a natural resin (rosin)
and designated, in a broad sense, any polymer that is a basic material for plastics,
organic coatings, or lacquers. However, the term is now used in a more narrow sense
to refer to prepolymers of thermosets (thermosetting polymers).
- The term is sometimes used not only for prepolymers of thermosets, but also for cured
thermosets (e.g., epoxy resins, phenolic resins). Use of the term for cured thermosets
is strongly discouraged.
- Use of the term 'resin' to describe the polymer beads used in solid-phase synthesis and as polymer supports,
catalysts, reagents, and scavengers is also discouraged.
PAC, 2004, 76, 889
(Definitions of terms relating to reactions of polymers and to functional polymeric
materials (IUPAC Recommendations 2003))
on page 897