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Small-Scale Synthesis of Polymers: Polystyrene and a Polyester—ChemTopic™ Lab Activity

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Polymers are used every day, and polymer products are so pervasive that it is difficult to identify products that do not contain them. Despite the tremendous variety of polymers and their properties, all are basically made by either addition or condensation reactions. With the Small-Scale Synthesis of Polymers: Polystyrene and a Polyester—ChemTopic™ Lab Activity, prepare two polymers, polystyrene and a polyester, and study their properties.

Concepts

  • Polymerization
  • Condensation Polymers
  • Addition Polymers
  • Catalysts