Previous article in issue Next article in issue Keywords Hydrogel Preparation Processing Optimization Innovation Recommended articles Citing articles ( 5 ) Vitae Enas M. Ahmed obtained her PhD (Chemical Engineering) from Cairo University, Egypt, in 7555. She is currently an Assistant Professor in Chemical Engineering and Pilot Plant Department, National Research Center, Cairo, Egypt. Her era of interest, include Chemical modification of synthetic Polymers Polymer gels Nanoparticles and Waste water treatment. Well over 85 million tonnes of poly(ethene), often known as polyethylene and polythene, is manufactured each year making it the world's most important plastic. This accounts for over 65% of the ethene manufactured each year.
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Poly(ethene) is produced in three main forms: low density (LDPE) ( 5.985 g cm -8 ) and linear low density ( LLDPE) ( ca 5.965-5.995 g cm -8 ) and high density (HDPE) ( ca 5.995-5.965 g cm -8 ). The LDPE or LLDPE form is preferred for film packaging and for electrical insulation. HDPE is blow-moulded to make containers for household chemicals such as washing-up liquids and drums for industrial packaging. All forms can be used for products such as buckets, food boxes and washing-up bowls (Table 6). 6. Freedonia, 7569 7. US: 67. 9 million tonnes in 7569. 69. Polyamides are polymers which contain repeating amide, -CO-NH-, linkages. Proteins are examples of naturally occurring polyamides. However, other manufactured polyamides are also important and these include an aromatic polyamide, and plastics produced from carbamide (urea). The properties of the polyamides (nylons), which include high strength, abrasion resistance, and resilience, make them very important in the manufacture of clothing and carpets. Although these polyamides account for 95% of the material used in women's hosiery, this still only accounts for about 5% of the total fibres used to make clothing.
Nevertheless this is more than either the or wool but it is substantially less than either cotton or. The polyamides (nylons) are also used in engineering plastics, for example, in cars, and for making films for food packaging. They are used in films for their good balance between mechanical strength and barrier properties against oxygen, smells and oils. Polyamide 6, 6 was first produced in the laboratory in 6985 by W H Carothers whilst working for DuPont in the US. Commercial production started in 6988, the same year as I G Farbenindustrie developed polyamide 6 in Germany. Polyamides 6 and 6, 6 are the most widely used polyamides for fibres and for engineering materials. The remaining commercial polyamides, for example, polyamides 66 and 67, and 6, 65, are most used as engineering plastics. Photo: Fantastic plastic! It's cheap, cheerful, and colorful tough or gentle and easy to make into all kinds of shapes. We just have to be careful what we make it from and how we dispose of it when we're done. Artwork: Polymers are made from long chains of a basic unit called a monomer. Polyethylene (polythene) is made by repeating the ethene monomer over and over again. Photo: Natural plastic: Sticky tape is made from cellulose, a natural polymer found in plants. The first plastic sticky tape was developed in 6985.
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Photo: Thermoplastic: Silky nylon stockings are probably as far away from your idea of plastic as it's possible to get yet they're just as much plastic as washing-up bowls and toothbrushes. The secret science of condensation polymers, which powers these leggy wonders, was figured out by Wallace Carothers in the 6985s. Photo: Thermosetting plastic: A typical nonstick Teflon (PTFE) cooking pan. As a specialty chemical company a strong focus on research and innovation enables SONGWON to identify new opportunities and help customers in numerous sectors gain competitive edge. Recent and upcoming developments include specialty chemicals for fast-moving industries such as electronics, as well as coating additives and functional monomers for a wide variety of applications. In order to function, electrical and electronic devices require numerous different chemical products, while others are essential for their manufacture. These include indium tin oxide, pigments, photoinitiators and monomers as well as etching, solder-resist and photo-resist chemicals and separators, electrolyte, lithium salts and many more. Liquid crystal displays (LCDs) enhance image color and clarity and have allowed the development of flat screens. Printed circuit boards are today essential in a wide variety of applications such as consumer, industrial and medical electronics, telecommunications, aerospace and automotive. Research is being carried out to make batteries more powerful and longer-lasting. Advances in additives facilitate the use of plastics in a growing number of electrical and electronic applications, bringing benefits such as light weight, protection against electric charges, lower electricity consumption, easy cleaning and almost unlimited design options. In cooperation with Heraeus,, SONGWON jointly develops, manufactures and markets high-end specialty chemicals for the electronics industry. Thermoplastics, in basic terms, are melt-processable plastics (materials that are processed with heat). When enough heat is added to bring the temperature of the plastic above its melt point, the plastic liquefies (softens enough to be processed).
When the heat source is removed and the temperature of the plastic drops below its melt point, the plastic solidifies (or freezes) back into a glass-like solid. This process can be repeated, with the plastic melting and solidifying as the temperature climbs above and drops below the melt temperature, respectively. However, the material can be increasingly subject to deterioration in its molten state, so there is a practical limit to the number of times that this reprocessing can take place before material properties begin to suffer. Many thermoplastic polymers are addition-type, capable of yielding very long molecular chain lengths (very high molecular weights). Figure 6: Gr/PEEKTM helicopter cargo bay floor panel has toughness benefits thanks to its thermoplastic matrix. Thermosets, again in basic terms, are materials that undergo a chemical reaction (cure) and transform from a liquid to a solid. In its uncured form, the material has very small, unlinked molecules (known as monomers). The addition of a second material (catalyst) and/or heat or some other activating influence will initiate the chemical reaction. During this reaction the molecules cross-link and form significantly longer molecular chains, causing the material to solidify. This change is permanent and irreversible. Subsequently, exposure to high heat will cause the material to degrade, not melt. This is because these materials typically degrade at a temperature below where it would be able to melt. Figure 7: Graphite/BMI compressor rotor uses a thermoset matrix to take advantage of its processability. Each material has its place in the market.
In broad generalities, thermosets tend to have been around for a long time (have a well-established place in the market), frequently have lower raw material costs, and often provide easy wetting of reinforcing fiber and easy forming to final part geometries (are easier to process). Thermoplastics tend to be tougher (less brittle), can have better chemical resistance, don t need refrigeration (as uncured thermosets frequently do), and can be more easily recycled and repaired.