The simplest definition of a polymer is a useful chemical made of many repeating units a polymer can be a three dimensional network think of the repeating units linked together left and right front and back up and down or two dimensional network think of the repeating units linked together left right up and down in a sheet or a one . Chemistry of industrial polymers structure and composition of chemical compounds made up of long chainlike molecules what distinguishes polymers from other types of compounds is the extremely large size of the molecules the size of a molecule is measured by its molecular weight which is equal to the sum of the atomic weights of all the atoms that make up the molecule. For his contributions to chemistry staudinger received the 1953 nobel prize the terms polymer and monomer were derived from the greek roots poly many mono one and meros part recognition that polymeric macromolecules make up many important natural materials was followed by the creation of synthetic analogs having a variety of properties. Polymer chemical professionals create study and manipulate the characteristics of polymers to create materials with specific chemical biological and physical properties polymers permeate every aspect of daily life and it is difficult to imagine society without synthetic and natural polymers
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