Polymers are used to form plastics and other synthetic materials. These radical reactions use alkenes to link millions of repeating units together through an almost never-ending propagation step.
Petroleum products are converted into various plastics through this mechanism:
Concept #1: General features of Radical Polymerization.
Concept #2: The mechanism of Radical Polymerization.
Example #1: Use the polymerization mechanism to draw the polymer formula for the following compound.