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Polymerisation

Discussion in 'Science' started by geoffreymuzeka900, Apr 1, 2020.

  1. geoffreymuzeka900

    geoffreymuzeka900 New commenter

    Do lipids form polymers?
     
  2. neddyfonk

    neddyfonk Lead commenter

    Not sure - does casein plastic qualify? I made it at school from milk. Not many practical uses for it (too brittle) - except for making buttons that take dyes very well. You can do it at primary school with warm milk and vinegar ( press and dry the cheesy lumps). As I recall I used hot formaldehyde which resulted in a thick liquid that I poured onto a metal tube and set quite quickly. Happy days ( 50yrs ago).
     
  3. Skeoch

    Skeoch Lead commenter

    Casein is a protein.
    For polymerization to take place you need two reactive functional groups on each monomer. Fatty acids only have one each. So no polymerization.
     
  4. geoffreymuzeka900

    geoffreymuzeka900 New commenter

    I see.makes sense now..thank you
     

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