People & Polymers

Faturan

2016-12-06T05:35:27+00:00

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 [...]

Faturan 2016-12-06T05:35:27+00:00

Some Viscose Personalities Part Two

2016-12-06T05:35:32+00:00

This concludes the largely sociological description of the operations that led to the establishment of large-scale viscose rayon manufacture (Part 1 appeared in plastiquarlan no. 17). The main commercial story was well covered in the [...]

Some Viscose Personalities Part Two 2016-12-06T05:35:32+00:00

Hilary Page & Kiddicraft

2016-12-06T05:35:39+00:00

During the 1930s Hilary Page experimented with moulding plastic toys mainly out of urea-formaldehyde. The result was a range of iconic children’s toys.Hilary Fisher Page was born in 1904 at Sanderstead, Surrey. He was the [...]

Hilary Page & Kiddicraft 2016-12-06T05:35:39+00:00

Stephanie Kwolek – Lady of Kevlar

2016-12-06T05:35:45+00:00

Stephanie Kwolek – Lady of Kevlar® Dr Susan Mossman of the Science Museum pays tribute to the inventor of Kevlar. When Stephanie Kwolek was born on 31 July 1923, the synthetic plastics industry was still [...]

Stephanie Kwolek – Lady of Kevlar 2016-12-06T05:35:45+00:00