Discovery of nylon, 1941 re-enactment

Discovery of nylon, 1941 re-enactment

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Caption: Discovery of nylon, 1941 re-enactment. DuPont chemist Julian Hill (1904-1996) carrying out a re-enactment in 1941 of the discovery of nylon in 1935. A glass rod is being used to pull threads from the sample prepared in a glass tube. This discovery was made at DuPont's Experimental Station near Wilmington, Delaware. Hill was a member of the team, along with other chemists. The molasses-like mass stuck to the glass stirring rod and was drawn out into a thin fibre. After more research and development, DuPont was able to commercialise the new material. Production started in 1939, twelve years after the research program had started in 1927.

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