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A polymer is a chain of small molecules joined together in a repeating fashion to form a single layer molecule. Chemists develop polymers so they can be used to make ingredients for products with unique physical and chemical properties. They manipulate large, complex molecules and capitalize on the connections between their molecular structure and the properties that make them useful. Polymer products can be lightweight, hard, strong, and flexible and have special thermal, electrical, and optical characteristics; they include products from the fiber, communication, packaging, and transportation industries.

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Date Of Record Release 2009-11-11 13:34:22
Description A polymer is a chain of small molecules joined together in a repeating fashion to form a single layer molecule. Chemists develop polymers so they can be used to make ingredients for products with unique physical and chemical properties. They manipulate large, complex molecules and capitalize on the connections between their molecular structure and the properties that make them useful. Polymer products can be lightweight, hard, strong, and flexible and have special thermal, electrical, and optical characteristics; they include products from the fiber, communication, packaging, and transportation industries.
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Source American Chemical Society
Keyword Chemistry, Chemistry, Careers
Selector Stith
Date Of Record Creation 2009-11-11 13:30:10
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Date Last Modified 2009-11-11 13:34:22
Language English
Date Record Checked: 2009-11-11 00:00:00 (W3C-DTF)

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