Volume 88 Issue 15 | p. 46
Issue Date: April 12, 2010

Nylon's 75th Anniversary Fete

Chemistry visionaries and public figures gather in Delaware to celebrate the ubiquitous material
Department: ACS News
Keywords: DuPont, nylon, history

On Feb. 28 at the Hagley Museum & Library in Wilmington, the Delaware Academy of Chemical Sciences celebrated the 75th anniversary of the invention of nylon. On that date in 1935, organic chemist Gerard Berchet, a member of Wallace H. Carothers’ research group at the DuPont Experimental Station, prepared nylon 6,6 (a condensation copolymer made from equal parts of hexamethylenediamine and adipic acid), and a world-changing industry was born.

This synthetic fiber was . . .

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