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  1. Polymers Polymers

  2. C.X.C objectives • Students should be able to : • Define polymers • Distinguish between addition and condensation as reactions in the formation of polymers • Name examples of polymers formed by: (i) addition reactions (ii)condensation reactions • Draw diagrams to represent the formulae of monomers • State at least one use of each of the following types of polymers : (i) polyalkene (ii) polyamide (iii) polyester (iv) polysaccharide • Show how the monomers are linked in the structure of a polymer • Demonstrate the differences in properties between a monomer and the polymer it forms.

  3. Mind Map

  4. Polymers • Obj 1. Students should be able to define polymers : • What is a polymer ? • Polymers are macromolecules formed by linking together thousands of small molecules called monomers, usually in chains. Polymers are formed by polymerisation. • Some polymers occur naturally whereas some are man-made (synthetic). Synthetic polymers are referred to as Plastics but will be further discussed later in this module.

  5. Polymerisation • Obj. 2. Distinguish between addition and condensation as reactions in the formation of polymers. • Polymerisation is the process whereby a polymer is formed from monomers. This can happen in two ways. Addition Polymerisation Condensation Polymerisation Occurs when monomers join with the elimination of a small molecule e.g. water from between each unit. Occurs when unsaturated monomers are linked to form a saturated polymer.

  6. Addition Polymerisation • An addition polymer is constructed of one type of monomer. This is an unsaturated molecule (usually an alkene C C ) • Addition polymers are referred to as Polyalkenes. • The polymer is formed when the double bond breaks and the units join together . • Only one type of product is formed.

  7. Naming Polymers • To name a polymer, the prefix ‘Poly’ is placed before the name of the monomer. • For example: Polypropene Polystyrene Polyethene

  8. Addition Polymers • Polyalkenes have properties of substances commonly named PLASTICS. Plastics are synthetic polymers.

  9. Condensation Polymerisation • Condensation polymerisation describes a process whereby the polymer is formed when monomer units join together with the elimination of a small molecule, usually BUT NOT ALWAYS water. (HCl or NH3 could be eliminated as well.) • In order for monomers to form condensation polymers, the monomer must have two active sites ( point at which the monomers join). • Two products are formed as a result of this type of polymerisation. • It is important to note that a condensation polymer can have monomers of one or two types.

  10. Condensation Polymerisation • There are two types of condensation polymerisation. Natural Condensation polymers e.g protein and starch Synthetic or man-made condensation polymers e.g. nylon and terylene

  11. Types of linkage • Condensation polymers can be divided into groups based on the type of linkage between the monomer units. • Polyamides – Amide Linkage • Polyesters- Ester Linkage C O Polysaccarides- Saccaride Linkage O

  12. Types of condensation polymers • Polyamides • Polyesters • Polysaccharides

  13. Polyamides • Protein is a natural polyamide. The monomers which make up proteins are amino acids.

  14. Polyamides cont’d : • Two amino acids join together to form a dipeptide. A ‘H’ from the amine ( NH2) group of one of the amino acids and an ‘OH’ from the other amino acid condense to form water and join the two monomers.

  15. Polyamides cont’d: • Nylon is an example of a synthetic polymer. Nylon is special in that it is formed by two different monomers, a diacid and a diamine.

  16. Polyesters • Polyesters are synthetic fibres, such as terylene, made as imitations of natural materials like wool and cotton. • Polyester structure consist of many monomers joined together by ester bonds. • The monomers in polyester are : diacid + dialcohol

  17. Polysaccarides • Polysaccarides are natural polymers such as starch and cellulose. The monomers are monosaccaridese.g. fructose or glucose (simple reducing sugars) • Two glucose units join together by the elimination of water to produce a disaccaride (sucrose) and many glucose units join together to form the polysaccaride- starch. • Starch- [ O X O X O ]n

  18. Polysaccarides

  19. Uses of condensation Polymers

  20. Hydrolysis • Hydrolysis of Polymers- • The word ‘hydrolysis’ means to split up by the addition of water. Hydro- water, lysis-to break up/separate. • Polymers which undergo hydrolysis are broken up into their respective monomers when water is added.

  21. Hydrolysis • Carbohydrates and Proteins can be hydrolysed in two ways. • 1) In the body during digestion by enzymes. • 2) In the lab, by boiling with dilute Hydrochloric acid or sulphuric acid.

  22. Properties of Monomers and Polymers • Polymers tend to have totally different physical and chemical properties from their monomers.

  23. Videos • The Polymer Party – •