What is Polymerization

Polymerization through the use of a catalyst

WHAT IS POLYMERIZATION?

Polymerization through the use of a catalyst

What is a catalyst?
What is a catalyst cartoon
A catalyst is a substance that increases the rate of a chemical reaction without itself undergoing any permanent chemical change.

Polymerization is simply the process of putting together monomers (single molecules), to become a long chain of molecules (called polymers) with the use of a catalyst.

Polymerization is an important process for making plastics.

HOW TO POLYMERIZE?

parrotTo polymerize, simply add the word “POLY” in front of the monomer.

ETHYLENE -> POLYETHYLENE
PROPYLENE -> POLYPROPYLENE
STYRENE -> POLYSTYRENE

TYPES OF POLYMERIZATION REACTION

There are two types of reactions

  • Addition polymerization

  • Condensation polymerization

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