What is the equation to represent the polymerization of ethene?

1 Answer
Jan 4, 2016

#nH_2C=CH_2 rarr (CH_2CH_2CH_2CH_2CH_2CH_2)_(etc)#


Normally a metal catalyst is used to effect #C-C# bond formation. These are very effective and active; so much so that you don't even have to remove the residue of the catalyst from the finished polymer.

When the monomer is propylene rather than ethylene, stereoregular polypropylenes can be isolated.