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May 2019: Acrylic patented 90 years ago (Part 6)

08/05/2019

Once the war was lost and Nazi Germany collapsed, the victorious Allied powers switched acrylic from primarily military purposes to exclusively civil purposes. The versatility of its properties soon opened up new application areas and markets for polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA). ...
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April 2019: Acrylic patented 90 years ago (Part 5)

08/04/2019

Röhm & Haas experienced not only an economic boom but also a tremendous improvement in its image, both in Germany and at the international level. Acrylic won the Grand Prix and the Gold Medal at the 1937 International Exposition in Paris (Röhm & Haas 1938, 28 and Wittig 2007, 42). The prizes were awarded in recognition not of the military ...
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March 2019: Acrylic patented 90 years ago (Part 4)

05/03/2019

In the course of the 1930s, the first glass-like objects made from polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) came onto the market in Germany. Thanks to their many different advantages, they were strong competition for products made from conventional glass, particularly in aircraft and car manufacturing. The fact that demand for acrylic very soon went through the roof and enabled Röhm & Haas,...
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February 2019: Knock on Wood

11/02/2019

“Xylochemistry”: a promising way to produce sustainable bioplastics.
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January 2019/2: "Mineral plastic" with great potential

16/01/2019

A new class of plastics has been inspired by nature and is easily degradable. Conventional plastics are based on crude oil and cause problems for the environment as they are not degradable. The research group around Helmut Cölfen, professor of physical chemistry at the University of Konstanz, has now produced an entirely new "mineral plastic" whose structure copies biomaterials.
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January 2019: Welcome to K-Year 2019

16/01/2019

As soon as one K is over, the next K begins. What this means in practice is that the preparations for K 2019, the leading trade fair for the plastics and rubber industry, already started directly after the last K ended three years ago. We are now entering the intensive phase, however, as the 2019 trade fair year gets going.
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December 2018: The story of the raincoat

12/12/2018

Autumn has arrived, winter is upon us. The wet and cold season can be very multiform. But, as the saying goes, there is no bad weather, only the wrong clothing. So, you couch potatoes, watch out: When the rain falls from the sky, pull the raincoat over and out into the fresh air. Dry feet, figuratively speaking, thanks to the British chemist ...
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November 2018: Acrylic patented 90 years ago (Part 3)

23/11/2018

Chemically speaking, it is merely one step from plastics made out of polymethacrylate (PMA) to Perspex, i.e. polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), production of which began at Röhm & Haas AG in 1928 (Hölscher 1972, 121). In contrast to acrylic acid, methacrylic acid has a methyl group (CH3) and/or is derived ...
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Oktober 2018:Acrylic patented 90 years ago

26/10/2018

90 years ago, on 27. October 1928, Röhm & Haas AG, Darmstadt, received a patent for an innovative new plastic with the awkward name polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA). German Imperial Patent (DRP) 656642 was the result of sixteen years of research in the acrylate chemistry field.
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September 2018: Bakelite 111 years old – Material with the infinity symbol (Part 2)

10/09/2018

It was to take until December 1909 before Baekeland was granted all the US patents. He already started to reach out to the scientific and industrial communities earlier than this: “In the USA, he drew attention to Bakelite in a lecture to the American Chemical Society in New York on 5. February 1909” ...
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