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 chloride Chloroethene Polyvinyl chloride Polychloroethene
Phenyl (C6H5) Styrene Ethenylbenzene Polystyrene Polyethenylbenzene

Structure of vinyl chloride
Structure of styrene