curing

https://doi.org/10.1351/goldbook.CT07137
Chemical process of converting a @PT07163@ or a polymer into a polymer of higher molar mass and then into a @NT07562@.
See also:
vulcanization
Notes:
  1. Curing is achieved by the induction of chemical reactions which might or might not require mixing with a chemical curing agent.
  2. Physical aging, @C01434@, physical @CT07136@ and post-@P04740@ reactions are sometimes referred to as 'curing'. Use of the term 'curing' to describe such processes is deprecated.
Source:
PAC, 2007, 79, 1801. (Definitions of terms relating to the structure and processing of sols, gels, networks, and inorganic-organic hybrid materials (IUPAC Recommendations 2007)) on page 1822 [Terms] [Paper]