PEL Associates has published five books in this series of Updates.  They include "PEL Annual Updates 1999/2000" (The Millennium Issue), 1998, 1997, 1996 , and 1995. 

The books are available directly from us for $150 each.  The Table of Contents can be seen via the hyperlinks below.   

Tables of contents Millennium Issue

A brief summary of the 1996 Annual follows.

PEL Annual Update 1996
Recent Progress In Polymer/Plastics Technology

By Morton L. Wallach
ISBN 0-9658938-1-2

106 pages, Appendices, Indexes, $150.00
This annual update reviews progress in polymer/plastics technology in 1996. Topics include the hot button issues of catalysis, biopolymers, smart/functional polymers, alloys & blends, and polymer modification. The approach brings together in one volume the bimonthly newsletters PEL Plastics Update to give a focused overview, and track progress of key published work in these areas.

The author reviews the latest progress as presented at key national and international meetings, published in very important scientific and trade journals, and patented world-wide, by the foremost authorities in these fields. All of the citations are well documented and referenced so that researchers and technical leaders can delve deeper into those areas which are of specific interest to them.

Key accomplishments and directions of this work are indicated. The author points out some interesting avenues and noteworthy applications which are worth pursuing. This work can serve as a refreshing review, putting the most important new technology and its applications before the scientific and industrial community.

The 1995 Annual Update is also available and the two Annuals (1995 & 1996) can be obtained as a set.

Contents Include:

Catalysis - metallocene technology, new transition metal polymerizations, chemical amplification, reactor Ziegler-Natta catalysis, living free radical procedures, and Ziegler-Natta/metallocene combinations.

Smart/Functional Polymers - light emitting diodes, photorefractive composites with C60-fullerene, electrooptic wave guides and switches, thermosensitive hydrogels, smart dendritic and hyperbranched polymers, high Tg NLO materials, semiconducting polymer lasers, and super high density data storage.

Biopolymers - Oligonucleotide research, DNA recognition, events that damage the genetic code, and drug delivery systems

Alloys & Blends - key patents, reactive vs non-reactive blends, compatibilization of (PET/HDPE), (PBT/PPO), (PA6/ PC), (PS/EP), and (PMMA/PS), surface segregation and healing, and asphalt/SBS polymer systems

Polymer Modification - metalization techniques, polyphosphazine elastomers, polyimide nanofoams, and PEEKK comb-type polymers.

Key conferences discussed include Pacifichem95, The 1st Intersociety Polymer Conference, The Semi-Annual Biodegradable Polymer Conference, The National ACS Meeting in Orlando, and The 20th IUPAC Symposium on the Chemistry of Natural Products.

Quotes About These Updates
From Leaders In The Polymer Field

             Walter Stockmayer, Prof. of Chemistry Emeritus, Dartmouth College:

"This annual is well done! The author has shown very good judgement in selecting items for inclusion in the Update."

             Richard Stein, Director, Polymer Research Institute, U. of Massachusetts:

"PEL Plastics Update is a useful publication for alerting practitioners about recent developments in the field."

            Richard Markham, Program Manager, Polymer Products Group, Battelle:

"I get good value from each issue. The Update covers technical progress that is very useful in my work and particularly in polymer blending technology.