Dr. Hermann and student publish an ACS book chapter for making polymers in organic lab

Example of colorful nylon polymer students can synthesize in lab.

Dr. Hermann and Cameryn Burke (chemistry student) published “Colorful Polymers of Polystyrene, Poly(methyl methacrylate), and Nylon 6,6” as a book chapter in the ACS book, Engaging Students in Organic Chemistry. The book chapter describes a polymerization lab in which styrene is polymerized to make polystyrene; methyl methacrylate is polymerized to make poly(methyl methacrylate); and nylon thread is pulled from a solution of 1,6-diaminohexane and adipoyl chloride. Research was done to determine the best way to color these polymers either with crayon shavings or food coloring. This lab has been incorporated into Organic Chemistry II, CHEM 302. The full text can be viewed at https://pubs.acs.org.

May 12, 2021
Department of Chemistry