Raw Material-Polymer Interrelationships — Today and Tomorrow

Authors

  • Prof. Dr. Klaus Weissermel

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    1. Hoechst Aktiengesellschaft, Postfach 8003 20, D-6230 Frankfurt am Main 80 (Germany)
    • Hoechst Aktiengesellschaft, Postfach 8003 20, D-6230 Frankfurt am Main 80 (Germany)
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  • Extended version of the paper delivered at the plenary session of the 26th International Symposium on Macromolecules, September 20, 1979 in Mainz.

  • Dedicated to Professor Rolf Sammet on the occasion of his 60th birthday

Abstract

Against the background of increasing demand and limited availability of fossil, non-regenerative fuel reserves and resources, ways are indicated of ensuring future supplies of raw materials and energy. The ambivalence of petroleum, natural gas, and coal in the energy and chemical sectors is demonstrated and opportunities for the gradual separation of their dual function are indicated. Taking into account the time factor, the necessary restructuring processes are analyzed critically with respect to their impact on the raw material–polymer relationship.

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