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The plastic revolution
Mark Miodownik continues his exploration of the history of plastics by describing how the hydrocarbon waste products from oil refineries were first used to make nylon, PVC, polystyrene and polyester. Mark describes hydrocarbons as polymers and uses a paperclip chain model. An animation shows the internal structure of these chains. Historical footage of early plastics is seen. First broadcast in the Learning Zone on BBC2 in May 2012 as part of the programme Materials: How They Work.
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