Polymers & Plastics & Materials Science

including ceramics, glass, and metallurgy. More metal sites are on my Crystals, Gems, Minerals, & Metals page 

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Polymer Macrogalleria at University of  Southern Mississippi


this site has so many quality goodies -- that's why it's at the top of the list!

Plastics eLearning by Ian R Harrison, Emeritus Professor at Penn State University


animations, videos, so much more -- really well organized and thorough...
I plan on spending a lot of time here

Polymers at University of Akron 


  very useful and informative

Center for Polymer Studies at Boston University 


featuring the Virtual Molecular Dynamics Laboratory


with downloadable alpha and beta versions of molecular dynamics software, Fractal Image Gallery, "Dance of Chance" museum, and lots more.

Polymers and Liquid Crystals at Case Western Reserve University



Shockwave tutorials from my alma mater. 

Hoo - rah - kai - rah   S - C - I - E - N - C - E  hoi - rah  CASE !!!!

An Introduction to Polymerization at Northwestern University


a nice basic introduction

Complex Fluids Research Group at Brandeis University


liquid crystals, colloids, and more. PowerPoint presentations, and links.

Polymers and Repeating Molecules  by  Henry Rzepa & Wyn Locke [Imperial College],  Karl Harrison [Oxford U], and  Paul May [Bristol U]


consider me another satisfied monomer -- er, customer of these Chime-based tutorials on addition and condensation polymers.

Monte Carlo Computer Simulation of Polymer Conformation at UC Irvine


well, I couldn't get the Java applet to run on my 486 clunker, but this text accompaniment was itself quite informative.

Polymer Chemistry Hypertext
by the students of Professor J. Stober at the University of Missouri - Rolla


it's easy to feel chained at first by all the material here, but take your time and check it out -- definitely worth repeated visits for the links alone!



a primarily industry-oriented sign-up site; resource section still largely in development, but has a heavily-used forum section with a classy look, along with news and other information. Links to National Plastics Center & Museum.

American Plastics Council


lots of varied information

Polymers:    National Plastics Center & Museum  at  Leominster, MA


this site's main function is to get you to visit in person -- it sounds like there's a lot of interesting stuff there, including the Plastics Hall of Fame, but not much to see online.

The Polymer Center at Battelle Memorial Institute


not a lot of hard info here, but you can certainly get a good picture of how many  important applications there are to polymer chemistry

Polymer Chemistry Resources at Indiana University of Pennsylvania


A nice introduction to the field.

MatWeb   Online Materials Information Resource by Automatic Creations, Inc.



 FREE materials information database with data on 24,704 materials including metals, plastics, ceramics, and composites. And loads of useful links!

Materials World Web by Dr. Dana Ashkenazi


contains scores of useful links in a nice layout

Materials World Modules from Northwestern University


"The NSF-funded Materials World Modules MWM) Program has produced a series of interdisciplinary modules based on topics in materials science, including Composites, Ceramics, Concrete, Biosensors, Biodegradable Materials, Smart Sensors, Polymers, Food Packaging, and Sports Materials. The modules are designed for use in middle and high school science, technology, and math classes... MWM is based on principles of inquiry and design and emphasizes active, hands-on learning."

MAST Materials Science and Technology Teacher's Workshop
from the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign


"... modules are intended to introduce both teacher and student to the world of Materials Science and technology. There are eight modules including this brief introduction to Materials Science and technology. The other seven modules cover ceramics, metals, polymers, semiconductors, composites, concrete and energy. "

James P. Sethna's Home Page at Cornell University


physics applied to materials science -- lots of interesting stuff

The Sol-Gel Gateway


A free-sign-up site offering: news with journal links, lists of suppliers, people and research groups, patents; links to educational materials; and much more. If you're a ChemWeb member, you can read their highly-favorable review of this site at:



Material Education Teaching Resources at the University of Liverpool


nice modules on "steelMATTER," diffraction, solidification, and TEM as well as links and CD's with additional subjects

University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign 

Materials and Science Technology Teaching Modules from University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign

    Home:       http://matse1.mse.uiuc.edu/~tw/home.html

Ceramics:    http://matse1.mse.uiuc.edu/~tw/ceramics/ceramics.html

Metals:    http://matse1.mse.uiuc.edu/~tw/metals/metals.html

Polymers:   http://matse1.mse.uiuc.edu/~tw/polymers/polymers.html

Semiconductors:    http://matse1.mse.uiuc.edu/~tw/sc/sc.html

Composites:   http://matse1.mse.uiuc.edu/~tw/comp/comp.html

Concrete:    http://matse1.mse.uiuc.edu/~tw/concrete/concrete.html

Energy:    http://matse1.mse.uiuc.edu/~tw/energy/energy.html

the NSF-funded module development program involved 15 university faculty, 100 high school teachers, and students at both levels over a three-year period. Time and effort well-spent!

Complex Systems and Soft Materials from Norway


"The Complex Systems and Soft Materials Program is a collaborative effort between three research groups in Norway: The Complex Systems and Soft Materials Group at the University of Oslo, the Complex Systems and Soft Materials Group at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and the Physics Department at the Institute for Energy Technology (IFE)."
Lots of good stuff on complex fluids, granular materials, fracture, clays and ceramics, aerogels, and more.

Ceramic Processing:  WorldCyberU sample lesson 4


and a pretty generous sample it is!

Scientific Glassblowing Basics at Eastern Carolina University


a really good exposition of an increasingly-exotic art, with links to other interesting sites. Thanks to Steve Marsden for pointing this one out.

The Historical Metallurgy Society Ltd.

http://hist-met.org/     formerly at    http://users.ox.ac.uk/~salter/hms/

we're all the descendants of miners, smelters, and smiths -- as so many surnames in a wide variety of languages still show! And I grew up in that steel town that calls itself the Capital of the North Coast! Lots of interesting links.

Institution of Mining and Metallurgy


tons of links to other institutions

Metallurgy Resources on the Internet by Antonio Augusto Gorni, after Cathy D. Stewart


the layout may be plain, but there are loads of usefully organized links here. Last update in Aug 2001, but site is under continuous construction and many links I tried were not working.

Dictionary of Metallurgy from steelmill.com, the Polish steel industry directory


it's in English



has an interesting image gallery

Mining Life Online Mining Reference/Resource


click on "Tools" on the left navigation bar for access to Miner's, Geologist's, Metallurgist's, and Environmental Toolboxes. Lots more at this site as well.

Google Web Directory -- Science > Technology > Metallurgy


web pages organized by subcategory and/or sorted by frequency of access

Materials Forum / Chemweb member home


sign up for ChemWeb [free] and enjoy the forums as one of the benefits

Polymer Forum / Chemweb member home


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History of Chemical Engineering & Chemical Technology by Wayne Pafko


A highly entertaining and informative introduction to the subject -- and as you can see,  I couldn't resist the little icons! The 9/25/00 v2.0 version of the entire site can be downloaded in .PDF format [1 Mb]. Definitely worth checking out!

Strange Matter
the Materials Research Society, NSF, and the Ontario Science Center


Aimed at the 10-13 age group, this interactive website has five main sections: Zoom Inside Stuff, Transform Stuff, Crush Stuff, Improve Stuff, and Fun Stuff

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Last update  11 / 13 / 06