Examples of Synthetic Polymers - Synthetic Rubber

  1. Synthetic rubber is an elastomer or polymer which regains its size original shape after being pulled or pressed. [Natural rubber is an elastomer too.]
  2. Examples of synthetic rubber are neoprene and styrene-butadiene(SBR).

Neoprene

Structure

Monomer: Chloroprene
Produced by polymerisation: Addition
Uses: to make rubber gloves and to insulate electric wires.


Styrene-butadiene or SBR

Structure

Monomer: Styrene and butan-1,3-diene
Produced by polymerisation: Addition
Uses: to make tyres, soles of shoes and mechanical belts.


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