The industrial importance of alkenes


The plastics discussed so far were made from just one monomer, which is why they are called homopolymers. Often, however, two or more different monomers are also used for the production of plastics. These plastics are known as heteropolymers or, more commonly, copolymers.

Tab. 1
Examples of copolymers and their uses
MonomersCopolymer nameuse

SaranFood foils

SANDishwasher cutlery baskets, vacuum cleaner parts

SECTIONHelmets, computer cases, telephones

Butyl rubberInner tubes, balls, non-flammable sports equipment