Encyclopedia of Membranes

2016 Edition
| Editors: Enrico Drioli, Lidietta Giorno

Ultrahigh Molecular Weight Polyethylene

  • Tauqir A. Sherazi
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-662-44324-8_591
Ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE), also known as high-modulus polyethylene (HMPE), is a subset of the thermoplastic polyethylene. Polyethylene is a polymer formed from ethylene (C 2H 4), which is a gas having a molecular weight of 28 g/mol. The generic chemical formula for polyethylene is –(C 2H 4) n–, where n is the degree of polymerization. A schematic of the chemical structures for ethylene and polyethylene is shown in Fig. 1.
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of ChemistryCOMSATS Institute of Information TechnologyAbbottabadPakistan