Classification of Polymer
- Polymers are obtained mostly from animals and plants (nature).
- Examples: starch, Cellulose, etc.
- Polymers prepared man-made or artificial in the laboratory.
- Examples – Nylon 6,6, Synthetic rubber (Buna – S), Teflon, etc.
- By chemical modification, some polymers occur naturally.
- Examples – Rayon (cellulose acetate), cellulose nitrate, etc.
From the monomers, the process of formation of polymers is known as polymerization.
Bio-degradable and non-biodegradable polymers:
- Biodegradable polymers are those that can degrade quickly by enzyme catalysis processes.
- Microorganisms are the ones who make the enzymes.
- Chain growth polymers have non-biodegradable carbon-carbon bonds that are inert to enzyme-catalyzed reactions.
- When we add a hydrolyzable ester group to a carbon chain, microbes can break them down by enzymatic action.
- Polylactide and polyglycolide are two examples of biodegradable polymers containing esteric linkages.
- It is a biodegradable polymer.
- It is created through the copolymerization of aminocaproic acid with glycine.
- Non-biodegradable polymers include polyvinyl chloride, bakelite, and polythene.
Therefore, Nylon-2-nylon-6 is a biodegradable polymer
Which among the following is a biodegradable polymer? (a) Nylon-2-nylon-6 (b) Polyvinyl chloride (c) Bakelite (d) Polythene
Nylon-2-nylon-6 is one of the following materials that degrade naturally. It is used to create strings for musical instruments and toothbrush bristles, among other things.