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What are plastics and what gives them their unique properties?
How can ethylene molecules be joined together to form polyethylene polymer?
How do metal-based catalysts orchestrate the formation of polyethylene?
Besides polyethylene, what other kinds of polyolefin polymers are possible?
How can propylene molecules be joined together to form polypropylene chains?
How do metal-based catalysts direct the polymerization of propylene monomers?
How can metal-based catalysts be designed to produce polypropylene with a highly regular arrangement of pendant methyl groups?
Can you design a new polyolefin polymer and a catalyst to direct its synthesis?
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Last modified: June 15, 2006