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Contributors. Series Preface. About the Editors. I. HISTORICAL OVERVIEW. 1. The historical development of polyesters (J.E. McIntyre). II. POLYMERIZATION & POLYCONDENSATION. 2. PET polymerization: - mechanism, catalysis, kinetics, mass transfer and reactor design (T. Rieckmann, and S. Völker). 3. Synthesis and polymerization of cyclic polyester oligomers (D.J. Brunelle). 4. Continuous solid-state polymerization of polyesters (B. Culbert and A. Christel). 5. Solid-state polycondensation of polyester resins: - fundamentals and industrial production (W. Göltner). III. POLYESTERS TYPES. 6. New PET copolymers (D.A. Schiraldi). 7. PCT, PCTG, PCTA - Amorphous and crystalline polyesters based on 1,4-cyclohexanedimethanol (CHDM) (S.R. Turner, R.W. Seymour and J.R. Dombroski). 8. Product and process chemistry of polybutylene terephthalate (PBT) (R.R. Gallucci and B.R.Patel). 9. Properties and Applications of PEN, its copolyesters and blends (D.D. Callander). 10. PEN films: - manufacture, properties and commercial applications (B. Hu, R.M. Ottenbrite and J.A. Siddiqui). 11. Synthesis, properties and applications of poly(trimethylene terephthalate) (PTT) (H.H. Chuah). IV. FIBERS AND COMPOUNDS. 12. Polyester fibers: fiber formation and end-use applications (G. Reese). 13. Relationship between polyester quality and processability: hands-on experience (W.Göltner). 14. Additives for the modification of PET to produce engineering-grade PET (J. Scheirs). 15. Thermoplastic Polyester Composites (A.E.Brink). V. DEPOLYMERIZATION & DEGRADATION. 16. Recycling Polyesters by chemical depolymerization (D.D. Cornell). 17. Controlled degradation polyesters (F.G. Gallagher). 18. Photodegradation of PET and poly(ethylene-1,4,-cyclohexylenedimethylene terephthalate) (D.R. Fagerburg and H. Clauberg). VI. LIQUID CRYSTAL POLYESTERS. 19. High performance liquid-crystal polyesters with controlled molecular structures (T. Inoue, and T. Yamanaka). 20. Thermotropic liquid crystal polymer reinforced polyesters (S.H. Kim). VII. UNSATURATED POLYESTERS. 21. Preparation, properties and applications of unsaturated polyesters (K.G. Johnson and L.S.Yang). 22. PEER polymers: - a new unsaturated polyester for fibre-reinforced composite materials (L.S. Yang).