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Industry Overview:

What do DNA, PVC pipes, Styrofoam, and bread have in common? Considering you clicked the title of this page to get here, hopefully you already have an idea of the answer: They are all composed of polymers. For many people, the term ‘polymer’ has become synonymous with ‘plastic’; all plastics are polymers, but not all polymers are plastics. Many organic structures are also polymeric in nature, from our very constituency (DNA and hair) to every vital food group (starches, proteins, and cellulose) to natural consumer products (wood, cotton, leather, and natural rubber).

Because polymers are (very long) repetitive chains of monomers, they bring a variety of strengths to the various materials they compose. Kevlar helps protect our first responders, both in police officers’ bullet-proof vests and fire fighters’ proximity suits; Saran Wrap and Styrofoam protect our foods, by shielding them from the elements that would accelerate their decay. Nylon is a fabric that can bend and stretch without tearing, and is used in everything from pantyhose to ukulele strings; meanwhile, carbon fiber is rigid and unforgiving, making it ideal for use in car bodies. Water-resistant PVC is used in raincoats and vinyl siding; conversely, super-absorbent polyacrylamides can be found in diapers.

Common Applications:

  • Polymers – natural, synthetic
  • Monomers, copolymers, etc.
  • Polymerization
  • Covalent, non-covalent links
  • Properties, microstructure, etc.
  • Architecture – star, comb, two-dimensional, etc.
  • Chain length
  • Crystallinity
  • Hydrolysis
  • Tensile strength, elasticity
  • Transport properties
  • Phase behavior – melting point
  • Mixing behavior
  • Plasticizers
  • Bonding – ionic, hydrogen, etc.
  • Characteristics – X-ray scattering, chromatography, etc.


With almost 35 years as a top chemical industry recruitment agency, Ropella is well-versed in the challenges companies face in their search to find highly qualified professionals. As talent acquisition specialists, we excel at attracting, recruiting and building relationships with potential candidates. Our executive search consultants stay abreast of current industry trends making Ropella a knowledgeable, efficient and effective partner for recruiting top chemical talent.

A proven executive search firm, Ropella is dedicated to helping companies gain a competitive advantage by providing customized and strategic talent solutions. We leverage our industry expertise, proprietary smart search system and global network to deliver exceptional results quickly for even the most challenging searches. Successful industry leaders count on Ropella to find the right talent to drive their business forward.

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