Egirl   Team Posted on May 11, 2012 by Egirl Team

Bakelite was the first plastic not to melt when put in high temperatures.

Several amber colored bracelets made of BakeliteIn 1907, the American chemist, Dr. Leo Baekeland made a breakthrough when he accidentally created the first commercially successful thermosetting synthetic resin, which was called Bakelite (known today as phenolic resin). He realized that a resin which would not melt under high temperatures would have a much wider appeal when used as a molding compound. Use of Bakelite quickly grew. It has been used to make products such as jewelry, telephones, and pot handles.

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