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Who invented Plexiglass?

Question #119445. Asked by george48.
Last updated Jun 26 2021.

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The first acrylic acid was created in 1843. Methacrylic acid, derived from acrylic acid, was formulated in 1865. The reaction between methacrylic acid and methanol results in the ester methyl methacrylate. The German chemists Fittig and Paul discovered in 1877 the polymerization process that turns methyl methacrylate into polymethyl methacrylate. In 1933 the German chemist Otto Röhm patented and registered the brand name PLEXIGLAS. In 1936 the first commercially viable production of acrylic safety glass began. During World War II acrylic glass was used for submarine periscopes, and windshields, canopies, and gun turrets for airplanes.


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In 1930, Dr. William Chambers who was a graduate student. Plexiglass can withstand a higher temperature and greater impact than glass. It is called a "thermoplastic synthetic resin." website no longer exists

Response last updated by gtho4 on Jun 26 2021.
Dec 20 2010, 12:01 AM
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