Ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene (UHMWPE)

UHMWPE (Ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene, sometimes shortened to UH) is a type of polyolefin.
UHMWPE is synthesised from monomers of ethylene, which react together in the presence of a catalyst to form ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene.
It has extremely long chains, with molecular weight numbering in the millions, usually between 2 and 6 million.

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  • History

    • 1932:
      first fibre-forming polyesters from Carothers und Hill (DuPont) made out of aliphatic dicarboxylic acid and aliphatic diols
    • 1942:    first PBT fibres from Schlack
    • 1970s:    market launch of PBT compounds.

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Types of plastics