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07/12/1909 Early plastic


What is bakelite?


Bakelite Synthesis

Belgian-American chemist Leo Baekeland patented one of the first plastics, the Bakelite. It was non-conductive and heat-resistant. It was used in radio and telephone casings, toys and various other products. Some designers made even jewelry from it. The Bakelite gave birth to the new plastics industry.
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