Volume 89 Issue 24 | p. 4 | Letters
Issue Date: June 13, 2011

Plastics In Space Suits

Department: Letters

“Saving Space Suits” by Sarah Everts was an interesting and fun piece, especially for the generation of us who watched Neil Armstrong on the moon in the wee hours of our morning on a black-and-white, low-quality TV (C&EN, May 9, page 40). However, I must question her knowledge of polymer chemistry.

Everts likens the migration of plasticizer from polyvinyl chloride to the leaching of bisphenol A from polycarbonates. PVC plasticizers swell and dissolve . . .

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