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Table 1 Polymers selected for analysis in this study

From: Assessment of historical polymers using attenuated total reflectance-Fourier transform infra-red spectroscopy with principal component analysis

Sample Source Object Description
Polystyrene    
HS 36 ResinKit™   Colourless, transparent, rigid
HS 38 ResinKit™   White, opaque, rigid
HS 405 Private collection Stereo cassette player White, opaque, rigid
HS 409 Private collection Cassette tape Grey, opaque, rigid
HS 446 SPRA Moulded shape Colourless, transparent, rigid
Cellulose acetate    
HS 91 Private collection Crumb brush Pink, opaque, rigid
HS 474 Private collection Thin film Colourless, transparent
HS 475 Private collection Thin film Colourless, transparent
HS 476 Private collection Thin film Colourless, transparent
HS 477 Private collection Thin film Colourless, transparent
Cellulose nitrate    
HS 270 Private collection Comb White, opaque, rigid
HS 271 Private collection Cigarette case Mock tortoiseshell, transparent, rigid
HS 248 Private collection Ruler Orange, transparent, rigid
Polycarbonate    
HS 52 ResinKit™   Colourless, transparent, rigid
HS 143 Private collection Dolls milk bottle Green, transparent, curved, rigid
HS 413 Private collection Drinking glass Colourless, transparent, curved, rigid
HS 466 SPRA Moulded shape Colourless, transparent, rigid
HS 467 SPRA Raw polymer beads Colourless, transparent, rigid
Rubber    
HS 268 Private collection Pipette bulb Brown, opaque, cracked
HS 269 Private collection Dolls head Brown, opaque, cracked
HS 103 Private collection Hot water bottle Brown, opaque, pliable
PVC    
HS 62 ResinKit™   Colourless, transparent, rigid
HS 415 Private collection Swim arm bands Yellow, opaque, textured, pliable
HS 424 Private collection Record Black, opaque, ridged, pliable
HS 430 Private collection Money wallet Black, opaque, pliable
HS 468 SPRA Moulded shape Grey, opaque, rigid
Polyurethane    
HS69 ResinKit™   Colourless, transparent, elastomer
HS 86 Private collection Packing material White, foam
HS 458 SPRA Packing material Pink, antistatic foam
HS 461 SPRA Packing material Black, foam
HS 464 SPRA Packing material Grey, foam
Polypropylene    
HS 77 ResinKit™   White, opaque, rigid
HS 400 Private collection Thermos® flask Black, opaque, rigid
HS 403 Private collection Thermos® flask cup White, opaque, rigid
HS 416 Private collection Tupperware® box Brown, opaque, rigid
HS 444 SPRA Moulded object Colourless, semi-transparent, rigid
Polyethylene    
HS 80 ResinKit™   White, opaque, pliable
HS 404 Private collection Scalextric crash barrier White, opaque, pliable
HS 417 Private collection Tupperware® lid Colourless, semi-transparent, pliable
HS 459 SPRA Packing material Black, crosslinked foam
HS 463 SPRA Packing material White, non-crosslinked foam