People & Polymers



Faturan Ian Holdsworth and Ibrahim Faraj undertake an investigation into a mythical material. Figure 1. Friedrich Adolf “Fritz” Traun photographed in 1907 Figure 2. String of Faturan prayer beads Try this: Search eBay for Bakelite [...]

Wallace H. Carothers


This article was one of the 'Pioneers of polymers' series originally published in Shell Polymers between 1977 and 1980, and subsequently reprinted under a single cover by the Plastics and Rubber Institute. It was written [...]

Brantham Xylonite – A Living History


Brantham Xylonite – A Living History By Carolyn Clark and Dawn Purves   Figure 1. Despite poor quality, this image shows a reproduction of an original photo of the Brantham site in 1892. It states [...]