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100 Years of Bakelite, the Material of a 1000 Uses

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  • Daniel Crespy Dr.,

    1. Laboratory for Protection and Physiology, Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Lerchenfeldstrasse 5, 9014 St. Gallen, Switzerland, Fax: (+41) 712-747-762
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  • Marianne Bozonnet,

    1. Laboratory for Protection and Physiology, Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Lerchenfeldstrasse 5, 9014 St. Gallen, Switzerland, Fax: (+41) 712-747-762
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  • Martin Meier

    1. Technology Transfer and Knowledge, Management, Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Lerchenfeldstrasse 5, 9014 St. Gallen, Switzerland
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  • We would like to thank Dr. René Rossi and Dr. Veronika Meyer for fruitful discussions and Yvonne Metzger for the re-drawing of “product B” according to L. H. Baekeland.

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The beginning of the plastics age: Just over one hundred years ago, on July 13 1907, Leo H. Baekeland applied for a patent for the processing of a product that had an enormous influence on the development of our technology, and which changed our habits forever. The patent described Bakelite, the first synthetic plastic, which heralded our entrance into the plastics age.

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