Chemical Structure of Polymers
Polymers such as proteins and nucleic acids were present when the first unicellular organism appeared on earth. Other natural polymers, such as cellulose and starch, have been utilized for food, shelter, and clothing for thousands of years. Cellulose, polyisoprene, and shellac were converted to useful man-made plastics, fibers, and elastomers in the 19th century, but these conversions were based primarily on empirical knowledge.
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