The Polymers go way back
Mankind has been using polymers/ plastic as long as man has been using wood. The first modern example of polymer was seen with the works of Henri Braconnot’s in the 1830’s where derivatives of natural polymer cellouse (a polymer that provide the tough walls of plant cells) to produce semi-synthetic materials.
It was World War II era that marked the emergence of a strong commercial polymer industry. The limited supply of natural material increased production of synthetic substitutes.
According to the chemical properties, all these things are made from the same class of materials. POLYMERS. The materials performance pyramid (see below) ranks the most common thermoplastic according to temperature, chemical structure and polarity. Each material within the polymer family has different properties and is used for numerous different applications.
Classification of Plastics
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