Polypropylene is a thermoplastic polymer that is commonly used in a wide range of applications, from packaging and textiles to automotive parts and medical devices. Polypropylene is produced by polymerizing propene, which is a byproduct of petroleum refining or natural gas processing.
Polypropylene is manufactured on a large scale from propene using a process called polymerization. In this process, propene is first purified and then polymerized using a catalyst and a co-catalyst under high temperature and pressure conditions. The resulting polymer is then cooled, solidified, and extruded into pellets or other forms for further processing.
The large-scale production of polypropylene from propene is supported by the high demand for this versatile material and the efficiency and effectiveness of the polymerization process. In addition, the use of propene as a feedstock for polypropylene production is attractive due to its abundance and low cost compared to other raw materials used in the production of plastics.