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Nylon-6 is made from

$\begin {array} {1 1} (a)\;1,3-Butadiene & \quad (b)\;Chloroprene \\ (c)\;Adipic\: acid & \quad (d)\;Caprolactam \end {array}$


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Nylon 6 is synthesized by ring opening polymerization of caprolactam. Caprolactam has 6 carbons, hence 'Nylon 6'. When caprolactam is heated at about 533 K in an inertatmosphere of nitrogen for about 4-5 hours, the ring breaks and undergoes polymerization. Then the molten mass is passed through spinnerets to form fibres of Nylon 6.
During polymerization, the peptide bond within each caprolactam molecule is broken, with the active groups on each side re-forming two new bonds as the monomer becomes part of the polymer backbone. Unlike nylon 6,6, in which the direction of the amide bond reverses at each bond, all nylon 6 amide bonds lie in the same direction (see figure: note the N to C orientation of each amide bond). Nylon 6 therefore resembles natural polypeptidesmore closely; in fact, caprolactam would become an amino acid if it were hydrolyzed.
Ans : (d)
answered Mar 6, 2014 by thanvigandhi_1