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Any of a group of thermoplastics that are linear polyesters of carbonic acid, especially those derived from bisphenol A and phosgene, characterized by high-impact strength, light weight, and flexibility, and used as shatter-resistant substitutes for glass.


(ˌpɒlɪˈkɑːbəˌneɪt; -nɪt)
(Elements & Compounds) any of a class of strong transparent thermoplastic resins used in moulding materials, laminates, etc


(ˌpɒl iˈkɑr bəˌneɪt, -nɪt)

a synthetic thermoplastic resin, a linear polymer of carbonic acid, used for molded products, films, and nonbreakable windows.
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Emerging economies, such as Canada and Mexico, are the growing markets for consumption of polycarbonates in coming years.
Flame-retardant polycarbonates are well known but are not good for thin-wall structures.
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Three new or improved polycarbonate resins for optical discs were introduced by GE Plastics, Pittsfield, Mass.
Polycarbonates are made by joining BPA molecules into long chains.
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New Paraloid EXL-3361, a stabilized acrylic core-shell toughener, can be used in polycarbonates and PC blends.
Previous attempts to strengthen polycarbonates by chemically modifying the monomeric units have increased the polymer's brittleness, he says.
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Both of the licensed polymer families from Rutgers, known as polycarbonates and polyarylates, are derived from the amino acid tyrosine, a naturally occurring substance in the body and have been under extensive evaluation by others for various applications.