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Neoprene: Stretching the Limits Beyond Rubber

Posted on May 25th, 2016 by in Chemical R&D


Many of the synthetics that we rely on today were developed because the popular, natural products they were created to mimic and replace became too expensive. Further, in addition to cost, the synthetics offered unique properties and durability that the natural products lacked.

Such was the case with the creation of neoprene, which was originally created by chemists at DuPont who were seeking a substitute for rubber. As a result of their discovery in 1930 – a genuine ‘Alpha Moment’! – neoprene is now found in everything from auto parts to wetsuits.

In this “Alpha Moment in History,” you will learn about:

  • The key patent purchase that started it all
  • How DuPont scientists developed it
  • The unique properties that made it a hit on the market

Learn more about the birth of neoprene.

  • Do you have an Alpha Moment to share? Please let us know in the comments or via a tweet using #AlphaMoment
  • Interested in more Alpha Moments?

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