Polyoxymethylene was discovered by Hermann Staudinger, a German chemist who would later receive a Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Robert N. MacDonald, a chemist working for DuPont, synthesized this thermoplastic in 1952, and DuPont filed for patent protection. In 1960, after Stephen Dal Nogare invented a heat-stable (and therefore useful) version of the material, DuPont opened a plant to produce the resin, which it termed named Delrin, at Parkersburg, West Virginia.
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