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Title: Chemistry for Changing Times 11th Edition Hill and Kolb

Evaluations - Laura Lecture Chapter 10 Lab
Quiz Take at the end of class Take home Quiz 5
/ Worksheet Pick up at end of class Due
Thursday Thursday Complete Chapter 10 Discuss
  • A ..-A-A-A-A-A-A-A-..
  • The word polymer comes from the Greek. Poly
    means many. Mer comes from meros meaning parts.
  • Polymers consist of many smaller molecules called
    monomers that are connected to form the larger
    (macro) molecule.
  • Monomers are the building blocks of polymers!
  • Polymers can be classified a number of different
    ways, including
  • Natural versus Synthetic
  • Addition Polymers versus Condensation Polymers

Natural Polymers
  • Many natural substances exist as polymers
  • starch
  • cotton (cellulose)
  • wood (cellulose)
  • proteins
  • Celluloid is one of the earliest synthetic
    substances that is a polymer. It is produced
    when natural cellulose is treated with nitric
    acid. Cellulose nitrate was used for billiard
    balls, mens fashion collars, and movie film.

Synthetic Polymers Polyethylene
  • Perhaps the most common synthetic polymer is the
    plastic, polyethylene.

Synthetic Polymers Polyethylene Characteristics
  • High density polyethylene (HDPE) exists as mostly
    linear molecules that pack closely together. It
    is used for milk jugs, bottle caps, toys, etc.
  • Low density polyethylene (LDPE) is a more highly
    branched form of polyethylene. It is used to
    make plastic bags, plastic films, electric wire
    insulation, etc.

These two bottles, both made of polyethylene,
were heated in the same oven for the same length
of time. Which is made of HDPE and which is made
of LDPE?
Addition Polymers
  • Addition polymerization occurs when monomers add
    to one another in such a way that the resulting
    molecule contains all atoms that are present in
    the monomers. Addition polymers are all
    derivates of polyethylene.

Addition Polymers
  • Vinyl Polymers

Polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) insert PTFE
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Condensation Polymers
  • In condensation polymerization, small molecules
    such as water, alcohols, ammonia, or HCl are
    released as byproducts.

Nylon is a polyamide. Most nylon is manufactured
as fibers.
Polyesters are condensation polymers made from
molecules containing alcohol and carboxylic acid
functional groups. The linkage is an ester.
Condensation Polymers
  • Phenol-formaldehyde resin was the first synthetic
    polymer. It was known as Bakelite in honor of
    its discoverer, Leo Baekeland. Leo Baekeland
    received a patent in 1909 for this polymer.

Polycarbonates are tough, clear polymers used in
protective helmets, safety glasses, and dental
crowns. Lexan is one such polycarbonate.
Condensation Polymers
  • Polyurethanes are similar to nylon. They may be
    elastomers (meaning both flexible and elastic) or
    tough and rigid, depending on the monomers used.
    Polyurethanes are used in foam rubber, skate
    wheels, and tough furniture finishes.

Epoxy resins are often sold as two-part liquids.
They make durable, clear coatings and are an
excellent adhesive. They are very strong when
Properties of Polymers
  • Polymers have very high molecular weights. Since
    the strength of intermolecular forces increases
    with molecular weight, polymeric materials
    exhibit very strong intermolecular forces. For
    these reasons, polymeric materials exist as
    strong fibers and polymers form viscous solutions.

The molecules of crystalline polymers line up in
neat rows forming fibers of great strength.
Crystalline polymers tend to be very
rigid. Amorphous polymers, on the other hand,
have molecules that are randomly tangled.
Amorphous polymers tend to be soft and rubbery.

Properties of Polymers
  • The glass transition temperature (Tg) is the
    temperature above which the polymer is tough and
    rubbery, and below which it is like glass?hard,
    brittle, and stiff.

Some synthetic polymers can be converted to
fibers. Many can exhibit properties that are
superior to natural fibers. The majority of
fibers and fabrics used in the United States are
Disposal of Plastics
  • Most plastics do not decompose readily in the
    natural environment.
  • Unwanted plastic waste can be dealt with by
    disposal in landfills, incineration,
    biodegradation, and recycling.

Landfills Plastics make up 11 by mass of solid
waste and 20 by volume. More than half of all
solid waste ends up in landfills. Landfill space
is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain.
Incineration Many plastic materials have
significant fuel value and incineration of solid
waste along with using the heat energy to
generate electricity is attractive. However, the
combustion of plastics and rubbers is not without
problems. Many of these materials exhibit toxic
gases when combusted. PVC plastic, for instance,
releases HCl gas when burned.
Disposal of Plastics
  • Degradable Plastics
  • About half of our waste plastic comes from
    packaging. Expect to see more biodegradable and
    photodegradable plastics used for packaging in
    the near future.

Recycling Over the long term, recycling may be
the best way of dealing with waste plastics.
Recycled plastics can be separated into the
various types, chopped into flakes, melted, and
remolded or spun into fibers.
Plastics and Hazards
  • Many people are injured each year due to
    accidental ignition of plastics. Federal
    regulations require that childrens sleepwear be
    made of flame retardant materials.
  • Some plastics release toxic gases during
    combustion. Firefighters must protect themselves
    from toxic gases.
  • In the news. Recently plastic bottles have been
    in the news as for possible health hazards
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  • typical plastic water bottles have plasticizers
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  • Nalgenes are polycarbonate based

Plasticizers Pollution
  • Certain plastics such as vinyl polymers are stiff
    and brittle plasticizers are chemicals that are
    used to make the materials more flexible. Many
    of these plasticizers have low volatility.
    Eventually these materials can become stiff and
    brittle as the plasticizers vaporize.

Early plasticizers were polychlorinated
biphenyls (PCB).
More recent plasticizers are less toxic, and
include phthalate esters.
Plastics The Future
  • It is difficult to imagine the world without
    synthetic polymers and plastics. Many are made
    from petroleum or natural gas. Much research is
    being conducted on developing synthetic polymers
    from renewable resources. These materials
    represent both hope and challenge for our future.
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