10. Organic chemistry - 10.8 - Polymerisation

Content

I - Addition polymerisation

II - Condensation polymerisation

Learning outcomes

Candidates should be able to:

(a) describe the characteristics of addition polymerisation as exemplified by poly(ethene) and PVC

(b) *recognise the difficulty of the disposal of poly(alkene)s, i.e. nonbiodegradability and harmful combustion products

(c) describe the characteristics of condensation polymerisation

(d) predict the type of polymerisation reaction for a given monomer or pair of monomers

(e) deduce the repeat unit of a polymer obtained from a given monomer or pair of monomers

(f) deduce the type of polymerisation reaction which produces a given section of a polymer molecule

(g) identify the monomer(s) present in a given section of a polymer molecule.