What is Polymerization?

Polymerization through the use of a catalyst

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.

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.

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

  1. Addition polymerization
  2. Condensation polymerization

Read more

1. Read more about addition polymerization
2. Read more about condensation polymerization

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