Lipids

Monomer

Fatty acids are most commonly seen as the monomers for lipids. This is because lipids are more or less classified as the "dumping ground" of the biological molecules. Fatty acids will most commonly bond with with glycerol to create triglyceride.


Examples of this biomolecule

Examples include:


  • Cooking oils, such as
  • Corn oil
  • Sesame oil
  • Canola oil
  • Peanut oil

Name of polymer

The monomer (fatty acid) comes together, in groups of three, with a single glycerol molecule, to create the polymer: triglyceride.


Functional group

Carboxylate will always be found in lipids


Common functions of this biomolecule

It stores energy, provides a waterproof covering, helps form cell membranes


How does its structure allow for its function

It's densely packed which allows for an efficient infrastructure of the molecule and tight spacing between itself and other molecules.