Polymers In Our Daily Life
Polymers are used in most of the materials we use in our everyday life, till date the importance of polymers has been much more highlighted because of their applications in different areas of science and technology. In this article, we will discuss the importance and use of polymers in our everyday life.
Polymer chemistry is the science of chemical synthesis and chemical properties of polymers. We cannot imagine life without polymers; it is everywhere, large class materials, having many molecules called monomers that are linked together to form a long chain and are used in a lot of products and goods. Every day a person comes in contact with dozens of plastics and polymers. Think of a day you woke up in the morning brushing your teeth with a toothbrush made up of nylon, then you open the door of the shower which is likely to be plastic rather than wood or glass and then you step into a molded plastic shower. After coming out of the shower, you dry your hair or body using a towel which is made up of a polymer such as rayon, sometimes you stand on a tile which also contains polymers or plastics. You use a body moisturizer that comes in a plastic container, after that you blow your hair with a hairdryer made up of insulated plastic. The clothes you wear also contain some synthetic materials made up of polymers. You go the kitchen for breakfast and switch on your gas, the knobs are also made up of polymer materials. When you open your refrigerator you get a milk container, which is supposed to be made up of plastic or paper which is coated with a plastic material. Almost everything you touch in your home has some polymer into it.
The phone you use to call, the computer you use to read an email or to work, the sound system that you use to listen to music contains insulated material which is also a polymer. The car or motorcycle or a bicycle you ride also have some parts which are made up of polymers. The invention of polymers have made our everyday life so easy and cheap, previously people used to use cutleries and containers made of woods and that requires tons of wood to fulfil the need of cutleries.
Natural Polymers and Synthetic Polymers
There are two types of polymers: Natural Polymers and Chemical Polymers
Natural Polymer is collected from the environment and are easily degradable and can be consumed by the environment. For example, latex which is collected from rubber trees to make erasers and other materials.
Man Made polymers or the polymers which are synthesized in the laboratory are called synthetic polymers. Synthetic polymers are repeated structural units known as monomers. Most of the items we use in our everyday life are made up of synthetic polymers. For example: the handle of the frying pan which is made of bakelite.
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