Polymers All Around Us

Kathleen McEnnis
Department of Polymer Science & Engineering
University of Massachusetts Amherst

7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011

What are polymers? The word polymer may bring to mind various plastic items such as Styrofoam, shopping bags, or pop bottles. Polymers, however, are more than just synthetic plastics. They are also found in nature as spider webs, cellulose in trees, and DNA in your body. From the cups we drink our coffee in to the chairs we sit on to our own bodies, polymers are all around us.

In this science café we will discuss what polymers are, how they are made, the role they play in your everyday life, and some of their basic properties that make them such useful materials. We will also discuss some current research in polymer science.

Here is an audio recording of this science cafe in mp3 format.