I think you could use the PDB format and specify "residues" that involve the actual monomers. I would see how much you could do with that format, since the terms POLYMER and MONOMER are defined in relation to that. To test, just take any random PDB file and completely change the atom types to see what happens.

On Tue, May 26, 2009 at 4:49 PM, Nick Greeves <ngreeves@liverpool.ac.uk> wrote:
Dear All,
I am trying to find  way of using Jmol to display non-biological polymers e.g. polystyrene, nylon, bisphenol A and to highlight the monomer units within the chain.
I have found the commands POLYMER, MONOMER, and SUBSTRUCTURE which look as though they should be useful but I have been unable to make them do anything useful. There also seems to be some doubt whether they work correctly.
Examining the archives I see a small amount of discussion but no examples of implementation. Ideally I'd like some of the features that are available for proteins(peptides) but these do nothing with the polymer structures I have generated.

Has anyone had more success with these commands?

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