chemistry 12th class cbse notes

Type of Rubbers:

Natural rubber:

Natural rubber has remarkable elasticity and it undergoes long-range reversible extensions.

  • It is manufactured from latex-latex is obtained from bark trees.

Structure: Chemically natural rubber is a linear 1,4-addition polymer of isoprene (2-methyl-1, 3-Butadiene)

Natural Rubber

Vulcanized Rubber:

Natural rubber is very soft and brisk. It has high water absorption capacity and low tensile strength.

  • Its properties can be improved by a process called vulcanization. It is consisting of heating raw rubber with Sulphur at 373-415 k to increase the rate of reaction zinc oxide is added.
  • During vulcanization Sulphur bridges are or cross-links between polymer chains are introduced either at their reactive allylic position or at double bond site.
  • Thus, due to vulcanization rubber becomes hard and stronger and remove tackiness of natural rubber.

Vulcanized Rubber

Synthetic rubbers:

These may be defined as vulcanizable rubber like polymers which is capable of getting stretched twice to its length.

  • Neoprene: It is polymer of chloroprene (2-chloro, -1,3-butatiene)



  • It is used in the manufacture of noses, gaskets.
  • It is used as an insulator and for making conveyor belts and printing rollers.


It is a rubber obtained by copolymerization of 1,3-butadiene and acrylonitrile in presence of peroxide catalyst.



  • It is resistant to the action of petrol, lubricating oils and organic solvents, it is used for making oil seals, hoses and tank linings.


It is prepared by copolymerization of 1,2-dichloroethane with sodium tetra sulphide [Na2SO4] in presence of Mg(OH)2


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