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A thermoplastic resin which is similar to natural natural rubber. Polybutadiene is made by the polymerization of 1,3-butadiene with a stereospecific organometallic catalyst in order to obtain the cis isomer. Polybutadiene has good wear and crack resistance. It is used in tire treads and as a coating. It is often blended with styrene to form rubber SBR and blended with styrene and acrylonitrile to form butadiene styrene resin ABS rubbers.

Synonyms and Related Terms

PBR (butadiene rubber); polybutadiene elastomer (AAT); polibutadieno (Esp.); poli butadiene (It.); polibutadieno (Port.)


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Other Properties

Soluble in aliphatic and aromatic hydrocarbons.Insoluble in acetone, diethyl ether.

Hazards and Safety

Toxic by ingestion and inhalation.Skin contact may cause irritation.Combustible.


  • G.S.Brady, G.S.Brady, Materials Handbook, McGraw-Hill Book Co., New York, 1971 Comment: p. 127
  • Richard S. Lewis, Richard S. Lewis, Hawley's Condensed Chemical Dictionary, Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, 10th ed., 1993
  • Random House, Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997

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