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Natural (Green) Polymers:

Bio Polymers which are derived from renewable agricultural resources are
competing with synthetic polymers today, due to increasing oil prices and
limitation in fossil-based raw materials. Further, biopolymers are
biodegradable under the right condition and the environment.
Cellulose Polymer:
Cellulose is a carbohydrate naturally made by linking of
thousands of simple sugar units. It's the main building block
of plants, and comes to us as a ready-made renewable
resource natural high polymer. Cellulose and its derivatives
are used in textiles for decades under various trade names
including Viscose, Modal, Lyocell, Rayon, Zantrel®,
Tencel®, and Estron® etc. Usually, the manufacturing of
Cellulose fiber starts ...
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Polylactide (PLA)

Polylactide is a commercially available biodegradable
environmentally friendly biopolymer. Its raw material stems
mainly from corn starch. As shown in Figure 1, fermentation
of corn starch using microorganisms yield lactic acid. Further
reactions of lactic acid molecules link together to yield a ring
shaped molecule called lactide. The process of
polymerization includes opening of these lactide rings and
linking tens and thousands of units together to form
polylactide (PLA) polymer.


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Other Commodity Polymers:
Polyvinylchloride (PVC)

Polyvinylchloride (PVC), widely known as vinyl, is one of the
largest volume synthetic thermoplastic used globally.
Polyvinylchloride is a very unique polymer compared to other
widely used thermoplastics, due to its superior fire performance.
Usually, rigid polyvinylchloride products pass fire standard testing
such as UL-94 V-0. Due to the excellent performance in
combustion of polyvinylchloride, it's widely used in wide variety of
applications including electric cables, upholstery, mattresses,
wall linings, and floor coverings etc.
Polymer Chemistry Basics
Polymer chemistry which is also known as the macromolecular chemistry involves studying
synthesis and properties of polymers. Polymer is derived from the Greek words "poly" which
means many and "mer" which means parts.

Macromolecules (polymers) can be organic, inorganic, organometallic, natural or synthetic;
and, manmade macromolecules are synthesized by polymerization of one or more individual
molecules called monomers.
Polymer derived products can be found in daily life including apparel, toys, car parts,
roofing materials. Polymeric products are very popular due to various reasons including
their competitive performance light weight compared to metal-based parts, especially in
automotives, as the light weight results in less fuel consumption.
Various factors that affect polymer properties are given below.
Basic Categories of Polymers
Polymer Chemistry Research Journals

Latest findings through academic and industrial
research are published in various journals. This is a
comprehensive list, of polymer chemistry journals
published worldwide to date. If there is any others
to be added, please contact us.