Monomer

Definition - What does Monomer mean?

A monomer is a type of molecule that may chemically bind to other types of molecules to build a polymer. In other words, groups of monomers are known as polymers.

This type of molecule is capable of binding in longer chains. Monomers are also capable of binding to other types of monomers to establish repeating molecule chains.

Corrosionpedia explains Monomer

A monomer is any substance containing monomer molecules. Any monomer could go through polymerization, thus contributing to the essential structure or constitutional units of macromolecule. Amino acids are regarded as natural monomers which could polymerize on ribosomes in order to build proteins.

Monomers are linked together by two major methods: adding up polymerization and condensation polymerization.

Monomers are commonly used for coatings in industry. Coatings are typically waterborne suspensions that may combine with hard monomers like methyl methacrylate (MMA) and a softer one like acrylate monomer to enhance flexibility of coatings. In some cases, small amounts of methyl acrylic acid are added to improve adhesion and stability, which are two essential factors in coating selection that best performs corrosion protection and other functions.

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