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Investigation topic 2: Producing and using ‘greener’ polymers

Both natural and synthetic polymers play an important role in everyday life. The cells in animals and plants are built of, and metabolise, natural polymers. Proteins and carbohydrates in our food are both polymers. Synthetic polymers are used for a myriad of purposes in everyday life but may present challenges in terms of the by-products resulting from their manufacture or breakdown, and their persistence in the environment. The sustainability of polymers can be considered in terms of whether these plastics can be avoided by using different products or activities, reduced through design, or replaced by different materials.

Questions that may be explored in this investigation include:

· What is the difference between micropolymers and nanopolymers, and how are used plastic materials and litter managed and repurposed?



A micropolymer is a microparticle made from a polymer.




A comprehensive overview of nanopolymers

Chem Europe - Nanopolymers


  • Introduction to  Nanopolymers
  • Properties oF Nanopolymers and their Composites
  • Preparation of Nanopolymers
    • for example Electro-spinning method
  • Bio-hybrid polymers, the nanofibers
  • Size and pressure effects on nanopolymers

Nanopolymers. (2023).

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