Delrin Sample


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.

“Strong New Plastic Challenges Metals,” Science News-Letter 76 (1959): 130.

Date Made: late 1950s1955-1960probably late 1950s

Location: Currently not on view

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Credit Line: Gift of R. N. MacDonald

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1985.0281.01Catalog Number: 1985.0281.01Accession Number: 1985.0281

Object Name: Sample, Plastic, DelrinDelrin Sample

Measurements: overall: 38 mm x 38 mm; 1 1/2 in x 1 1/2 inoverall: 1 3/4 in x 1 7/16 in; 4.445 cm x 3.65125 cm


Record Id: nmah_884

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