Polymers

Who invented plastic?
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  1. Plastic has been around more than 150 years. Its history began in 1839 with Charles Goodyear, who accidently discovered the process of vulcanization, making rubber more durable. In 1846, Swiss chemist Charles Schonbein accidently discovered how to produce the plastic polymer known as celluloid. In 1909, chemist Leo Baekeland created Bakelite, the first true synthetic polymer that could be molded and shaped into a solid object. In the 1930s, chemist Wallace Carruthers from DuPont invented nylon. Since World War II, the pace has picked up and a number of plastics have been created and continue to be used every day.

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