1935 Nylon

The book of science

Tom Sharp

Wallace Carothers materials science


Parachutes and nylons


Carothers evaluated over eighty polyamides before chosing nylon 6-6, so named because diamine and diacid each contribute 6 carbons to the polymer chain. DuPont chose not to register “Nylon” as a trademark.

The names in the first list above are natural polymers, in the second, commercial, and, in the third, names for imaginary polymers that I invented.

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