People & Polymers

Polymer Yarns or The Accidental Discovery of Polymers

2016-12-06T05:35:34+00:00

Throughout the history of polymers, important discoveries have been made as a consequence of completely unforseen sequences of events. This is probably true of chemistry in general. Long ago it was realised that many liquid [...]

Polymer Yarns or The Accidental Discovery of Polymers 2016-12-06T05:35:34+00:00

1851: Ebonite, the birth of the plastics industry?

2016-12-06T05:35:37+00:00

This year marks the 150th anniversary of an important milestone in the early history of the plastics industry. The author Alan Dronsfield, reader in chemical sciences at the University of Derby, looks at the events [...]

1851: Ebonite, the birth of the plastics industry? 2016-12-06T05:35:37+00:00

The Rise And Rise Of Synthetic Rubbers

2016-11-16T08:30:36+00:00

The development of the synthetic rubber industry raises an interesting question: If rubber had not existed would man have invented it? He/she certainly would not have set out to do so because, without its being [...]

The Rise And Rise Of Synthetic Rubbers 2016-11-16T08:30:36+00:00

Celluloid And Photography Part 1

2016-12-06T05:35:33+00:00

A vital element in the development of the cinema was the availability of a strong, flexible, transparent material that could act as a support for a series of photographic images. That material was celluloid. Photography's [...]

Celluloid And Photography Part 1 2016-12-06T05:35:33+00:00