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CLIP 13756

The plastic revolution

The plastic revolution

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Key Info
  • The plastic revolution
  • Duration: 01:51
  • 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.
  • Subject:



    Chem: Materials - Polymers

  • Keywords: Nylon, PVC, polystyrene, polyester, plastic, hydrocarbon, polymer, molecules, MaterialsHowTheyWork
Ideas for use in class
  • To show how plastics were invented. As an historical insight into the development of new materials.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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