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    The NAS textbook goes into a lot of detail on this stuff and its not even really clear from the spec what we need to / dont need to know. Can anybody outline the main ideas behind this commercial uses of organic compound rubbish!
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    uses of esters
    · perfumes
    · flavourings
    · fibres (polyesters
    · solvents


    Terylene (polyester) is made by condensation polymerisation
    · made from benzene-1,4-dicarboxylic acid and ethane-1,2-diol (two monomers)
    · reacts to form a ester linkage with the elimination of water
    · forms a polyester




    Use of arenes:
    · explosives, pharmaceuticals and dyes from nitration of arenes
    · polymers such as polystyrene from alkylation of arenes


    Phenols used for antiseptics and disinfectants
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    But has anyone actually seen a question in a past paper on this topic apart from the polymers?
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    nope, cant say I have, all the more reason for it to come up as its in the specification.

    also polyesters can be broken by hot alkali, thats why its a bit dodgy using it in the lab because labcoats are made form this I think.
 
 
 
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