Vinyl Chloride and Styrene

Identify vinyl chloride and styrene as commercially significant monomers
by both their systematic and common names


  • Ethylene monomers can be modified by adding functional groups, which replace hydrogen atoms.
  • The modified monomers can be polymerised.

Functional group
Monomer common name
Monomer systemic name
Polymer common name
Polymer systemic name
Chlorine (Cl)
Vinyl chloride
Chloroethene
Polyvinyl chloride
Polychloroethene
Phenyl (C6H5)Styrene
Ethenylbenzene
Polystyrene
Polyethenylbenzene


Structure of vinyl chloride

Structure of styrene
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