Poly(vinylidene chloride)

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Poly(vinylidene chloride) is a polymer that's only used for one thing, but it's an important thing. PVDC, as we call it for short, is the plastic wrap that food comes in at the grocery store, and that you put over your dish of casserole that you're taking to the pot luck supper. Dow Chemical makes this stuff, and calls it Saran. I'm sure you've heard of it.

Poly(vinylidene chloride) is a vinyl polymer. As you might be guessing, it is made from the monomer vinylidene chloride, using free radical vinyl polymerization like this:

This is what vinylidene chloride monomer looks like in 3-D:

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