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    Polyethylene by free radical polymerization not high-performance material

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    Explain using chemical structures why polyethylene synthesized by free radical polymerization is not a high-performance material (e.g. mostly used for supermarket bags and similar cheap commodities ).

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    What is polyethylene?

    Polyethylene is probably the polymer you see most in daily life. Polyethylene is the most popular plastic in the world. This is the polymer that makes grocery bags, shampoo bottles, children's toys, and even bullet proof vests. For such a versatile material, it has a very simple structure, the simplest of all commercial polymers.

    Monomer of polyethylene:

    Monomer of polyethylene is ethylene also known as vinyl.
    A molecule of polyethylene is nothing more than a long chain of carbon atoms, with two hydrogen atoms attached to each carbon atom.

    Methods of polyethylene synthesis:
    There are two methods of synthesis of polyethylene-

    a.Free radical polymerization: Branched ...

    Solution Summary

    Polyethylene is probably the polymer you see most in daily life. Polyethylene is the most popular plastic in the world. This is the polymer that makes grocery bags, shampoo bottles, children's toys, and even bullet proof vests. For such a versatile material, it has a very simple structure, the simplest of all commercial polymers.

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