Macromolecules By Staudinger

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A biological definition of a polymer would state that it is a macromolecule consisting of smaller units called monomers which are bonded together. The existence of polymers was discovered by a German chemist named Hermann Staudinger who received a Nobel Prize in chemistry. Polymers came to be when Staudinger theorized that substances like natural rubber have very high molecular weights. In a research paper called "Über Polymerisation," Staudinger attempted to prove his theory. The paper involved a compilation of several chemical reactions which resulted in a larger molecule. These reactions he called "polymerization," where smaller units are joined to make a larger unit. This new concept, referred to as "macromolecules" by Staudinger in
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