Polymerisation of ethene

Polymerisation of ethene

Polymerised ethylene is known as polyethylene, a type of plastic.

Chemistry

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Starting molecules

  • Ethene (ethylene) molecule
  • Oxygen molecule

Polymerisation

Polymer

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Ethene (ethylene) (C₂H₄)

The first member in the homologous series of 1-alkenes.

1,1,2,2-tetrafluorethylene (C₂F₄)

Colourless, odourless gas, the monomer of teflon.

Addition

Addition is a reaction in which the molecules of two or more substances unite without the formation of a by-product.

Amylose ((C₆H₁₀O₅)n)

A helical molecule consisting of alpha-D-glucose units. It is one of the basic components of starch.

Cellulose (C₆H₁₀O₅)n

The building material of the cell walls and fibres of plants.

Conformations of ethane

The staggered conformation of ethane is more stable than the eclipsed conformation.

Ethyne (acetylene) (C₂H₂)

The first member of the homologous series of alkyne hydrocarbons.

Peptide bond

Amino acids that make up proteins are bound by peptide bonds.

Structure of proteins

The structure and arrangement of polypeptide chains affects the spatial structure of proteins.

DNA

Carrier of genetic information in cells.

RNA

A polynucleotid made up of phosphoric acid, ribose, and nucleobases (cytosine, uracil, adenine and guanine).

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