What is the molecular structure of nylon?


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Nylon is a polyamide polymer and has a general chemical structure of two six-monomer carbon chains connected with a COOH group on one end and an amino group, or NH2, on the opposite end. The two monomers that create nylon can be propagated to create long polymer nylon chains.

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Nylon comes in two different forms, nylon-6,6 and nylon-6. The six in both forms refers to the number of carbons found in the monomer chains of the polymer. Nylon-6,6 is comprised of two monomer chains that each contain six carbons, while Nylon-6 is comprised of one monomer chain of six carbons.

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