Polymer Degradation and Stability deals with the degradation reactions and their control which are a major preoccupation of practitioners of the many and diverse aspects of modern polymer technology.

Deteriorative reactions occur during processing, when polymers are subjected to heat, oxygen and mechanical stress, and during the useful life of the materials when oxygen and sunlight are the most important degradative agencies. In more specialised applications, degradation may be induced by high energy radiation, ozone, atmospheric pollutants, mechanical stress, biological action, hydrolysis and many other influences. The mechanisms of these reactions and stabilisation processes must be understood if the technology and application of polymers are to continue to advance. The reporting of investigations of this kind is therefore a major function of this journal.

However there are also new developments in polymer technology in which degradation processes find positive applications. For example, photodegradable plastics are now available, the recycling of polymeric products will become increasingly important, degradation and combustion studies are involved in the definition of the fire hazards which are associated with polymeric materials and the microelectronics industry is vitally dependent upon polymer degradation in the manufacture of its circuitry. Polymer properties may also be improved by processes like curing and grafting, the chemistry of which can be closely related to that which causes physical deterioration in other circumstances.

Radiation of various kinds is used to initiate many of these modern technological processes so that polymer photochemistry has come to a new prominence and finds a major place in this journal.

The study of all these processes has made extensive use of modern instrumental analytical methods and the various spectrometric, chromatographic and thermal analysis techniques have been particularly prominent.

There is clearly a strong common bond between investigations in various parts of the field. Polymer Degradation and Stability provides a forum for the publication of their work.

Editorial board


  • Jean-Luc Gardette
    Institute of Chemistry of Clermont-Ferrand, Campus des Cézeaux, 63178, Aubiere, France

Editors for General Degradation

  • Jean-Luc Gardette
    Institute of Chemistry of Clermont-Ferrand, Aubiere, France
  • Dali Yang
    Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States

Editor for Fire Retardants

  • Bernhard Schartel
    BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Berlin, Germany

Editor for Green flame retardants, thin coatings, textiles and nanocomposites

  • Jenny Alongi
    University of Milan, Milan, Italy

Honorary Editor-in-Chief

  • Norman Billingham
    University of Sussex, Brighton, United Kingdom

Editor Emeritus

  • N. Grassie

Editorial Board

  • Sahar Al-Malaika
    Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • Ann-Christine Albertsson
    Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Norman Allen
    Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Serge Bourbigot
    Graduate National School of Chemistry of Lille, Villeneuve d'Ascq, France
  • Pierangiola Bracco
    University of Turin, Torino, Italy
  • Mathew Celina
    Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
  • Emo Chiellini
    University of Pisa, Pisa, Italy
  • Xavier Antoine Colin PhD, HDR
    ParisTech, Paris, France
  • John Colwell
    Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
  • Ulf Gedde
    Royal Institute of Technology Department of Fibre and Polymer Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Jean-François Gérard
    Polymer Materials Engineering, Villeurbanne, France
  • Peter Gijsman
    DSM Resolve, Geleen, Netherlands
  • Mikael Hedenqvist
    Royal Institute of Technology Department of Fibre and Polymer Technology, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Tadahisa Iwata
    The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
  • Alfonso Jimenez
    University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain
  • Francesco La Mantia
    University of Palermo, Palermo, Italy
  • Andrea Labouriau
    Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States
  • Pierre-Yves Le Gac
    French Research Institute for Exploitation Department of Marine and Digital Infrastructures, Plouzané, France
  • James P. Lewicki
    Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California, United States
  • Piming Ma
    Jiangnan University School of Chemical and Material Engineering, Wuxi, China
  • Giulio Malucelli
    Polytechnic of Turin Department of Applied Science and Technology, Torino, Italy
  • Haruo Nishida
    Kyushu Institute of Technology, Kitakyushu, Japan
  • Rudolf Pfaendner
    Fraunhofer Institute for Structural Durability and System Reliability LBF Plastics Division, Darmstadt, Germany
  • Paola Scarfato
    University of Salerno Department of Industrial Engineering, Fisciano, Italy
  • William Starnes
    William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, United States
  • Matija Strlic
    University College London, London, United Kingdom
  • Yuya Tachibana
    Gunma University School of Science and Technology, Kiryu, Japan
  • Yoshikuni Teramoto
    Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
  • Sandrine Therias
    ESC Clermont Group, France
  • De-Yi Wang
    Madrid Institute of Advanced Studies, Madrid, Spain
  • Yuzhong Wang
    Sichuan University, Chengdu, Sichuan, China
  • Rongjie Yang
    Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China
  • Rui Yang
    Tsinghua University, Beijing, China