Vinyl Chloride and Styrene

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Identify vinyl chloride and styrene as commercially significant monomers by both their systematic and common names

  • Ethylene monomers can be modified by adding functional groups, which replace hydrogen atoms.
  • The modified monomers can be polymerised.
Functional group
Monomer common name
Monomer systemic name
Polymer common name
Polymer systemic name
Chlorine (Cl)Vinyl chlorideChloroethenePolyvinyl chloridePolychloroethene
Phenyl (C6H5)StyreneEthenylbenzenePolystyrenePolyethenylbenzene

Structure of vinyl chloride
Structure of styrene