Encyclopedic Dictionary of Polymers

2011 Edition
| Editors: Jan W. Gooch

Bakelite

  • Jan W. Gooch
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6247-8_995

\bā-kә-līt, -klīt\ n (1) A trade name derived from the name of Leo H. Baekeland, a pioneering Belgian chemist who developed phenolic resins in the early 1900s. They are the oldest family of phenolformaldehyde polymers. The trade name was long used by the Bakelite Corporation, later absorbed by Union Carbide, who still uses the name for some of its resins. (2) Phenol-formaldehyde resins, manufactured by Bakelite Inc., USA.

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  • Jan W. Gooch
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  1. 1.AtlantaUSA