Polypropylene (PP) By: thea batch

What is the original form of polypropylene? The original form of polypropylene is C3H6. That means it is made up of the elements carbon and hydrogen and there are 3 carbon and 6 hydrogen.

A model of C3H6

Describe the chemical change needed to make polypropylene. To make polypropylene, you take a propylene molecule and put it through a "Ziegler-Natta polymerization" to turn it into a polypropylene.


What is it's final form? Describe the physical and chemical properties of polypropylene? The final form is polypropylene (PP) which is a thermoplastic polymer. Some of it's physical properties are transparent, tough, stretchable, recyclable, and glossy. One of its chemical properties is burnable.

polypropylene sheets

How does it affect the environment? List any environmental issues associated with polypropylene. Since polypropylene is only made of carbon and hydrogen it doesn't poison the environment after his disposal, but it does take a long time to deteriorate and burn off so the smoke, in a way does affect the environment.

What is it used for? Why is it made? It is used for making plastic pails, car batteries, wastebaskets, pharmacy prescription bottles, cooler containers, dishes, and pitchers. It was invented in 1954 by a man named Giulio Natta and chemically produced by the Italian company Montecatini.

Giulio Natta
polypropylene wastebasket

How has it impacted society? It was created in 1954 and "exploded in popularity". Today it one of the most commonly produced plastics in the world. It is most commonly used for plastic molding, but it is in almost everything that has any type of plastic in it.

This chair is made of polypropylene.
These are polypropylene cups.
A lot of containers are made out of polypropylene.
Cat in a polypropylene bin.

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