• John Jewkes
  • David Sawers
  • Richard Stillerman


Plain ‘Cellophane’ is a thin, flexible, non-fibrous film of regenerated cellulose containing glycerol as a softener. Its transparency, strength and flexibility make it a useful and attractive material for wrapping and for other purposes. Jacques Edwin Brandenberger, a Swiss-born French chemist, usually receives credit for its invention but the courts have disagreed much about the case. The weight of the evidence suggests that Brandenberger, by transforming an unmanageable film into a practical product, was responsible for real pioneering work.


Cellulose Glycerol Petroleum Hydrocarbon Brittle 


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  • David Sawers
  • Richard Stillerman

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