A monomer too far

“Wait, what did you say?”

I was lost yet again. It was the early days of writing the Polymer Fundamentals course, and I had no idea what we were talking about.

“Polyethylene Terephthalate,” my expert, Kevin, patiently replied.

One day, I thought to myself, I was going to be able to say that name and, if lucky, be able to spell it. On that distant day, far out on the edge of near impossibility, I would be a genius who would have mastered the concept of polymers and their chemistry. But the world of polymers was foreign and utterly daunting. I slowly typed out the words, missing letters and looking to Kevin, who spelled the name out for me, again. Continue reading “A monomer too far”