Plastic and Polymers - Chemistry in the Real World - RSC - STEM Conference RA298 / B79

Start date
8 Dec 21
90 Minutes
Learning Method
Remote Delivered CPD

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Plastics and Polymers – Chemistry in the real World – RSC

The structure of some types of plastics are what makes them so resistant to degradation. When they break down, they do not disappear – they only get smaller. Programmes like Blue Planet II have made us consider our own personal use of plastics. Over the last 10 years, we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century, and a whopping 91% is not recycled!


Polymer chemistry relies on prior knowledge in key areas such as basic organic chemistry and bonding. This session explores the ways chemical scientists are working towards cleaner and greener materials. And delves into some novel plastic anecdotes to share with your students.




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By the end of the session you will:

Discover a brief history of plastics and polymers

Be given a range of examples to contextualise the topic

Observe how straight-forward experiments can be carried out to demonstrate key themes

Examine how the industry is changing in response to single-use plastics




Secondary bespoke support08 December 202115:30-17:00Virtual

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Fee-paying school or college (independent)Activity feeFree
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