Conservation of Plastics: Materials science, degradation and by Yvonne Shashoua

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Asp [Accessed 7 March 2007]. Plastics Historical Society. (2006). Plastiquarian [online]. Available from: http://www. com [Accessed 8 March 2007]. Shaozao, T. (2005). Gongcheng Suliao Yingyong (Journal written in Chinese with English abstract), 33 (5), 13–17. 37 This page intentionally left blank 3 Te c h n o l o g y of plastics production Summary Chapter 3 describes the various components of plastics and how they are transformed into three-dimensional functional solids. The chapter is not intended as a technical manual from which polymers can be synthesized and plastics prepared but as an overview of selected procedures and materials relevant to museum professionals concerned with plastics.

Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) has recently been surface treated with silver compounds to impart anti-bacterial properties which remain HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENT OF PLASTICS active for the lifetime of the plastic (Shaozao, 2005). The treated plastic has been used to make food containers which can keep their contents fresh for days. Plastic electronics comprise devices made from conductive plastics instead of silicon which requires high temperatures and expensive clean room facilities. Highly conductive plastics were first discovered in the 1960s.

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