Welcome to the Introductory Page

Polymers are formed by joining large numbers of small molecules (monomers) together and are found everywhere in our daily lives. They are used to mimic fibres such as:

  • silk
  • wool
  • cotton

and structural materials such as:

  • wood
  • stone

This section provides an interative 3D experience with many different polymers and demonstrates the key features of each one.

The bulk structure of polymers is often partly determined by intermolecular interactions so that looking at a single chain, as displayed in any of these examples, may be deceptive.

The Hover feature

** Indicates that the link contains a hover feature. Click on the Jmol window and hover over part of the molecule to see its repeating unit.




polymer flare