Polyethylene

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Polyethylene is a polymer of ethylene. It is non-toxic and easily recycled.

Synthesis

Polyethylene is produced in industrial quantities through the use of catalysts. Common catalysts include chromium trioxide and metallocene. Polyethylene can be produced in-situ using Ethylene as feedstock. The embodied energy of polyethylene is about 100 MJ/kg, depending on the variety.

Use

Polyethylene is used widely on Earth, and will likely have many applications in a martian settlement.

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