To make a test of the new salt water soap developed for the Army say Louise Feldman left, and Frances Montgomery, chemists in the DuPont Technical Laboratory at Deepwater Point, New Jersey. Miss Montgomery, using the new soap khaki colored for camouflage, got the heavy fuel oil off her hand quicker and more easily that Miss Feldman who used ordinary soap. Secret of the new soap's success is a special synthetic detergent, know n only as MP-646, developed by DuPont chemists. Both the laboratory basins contain salt water, often the only kid available to soldiers for bathing and laundry in some theaters of war.
This test for determining the amount of tetraethyl lead in gasoline is only one of many tests run regularly by DuPont as part of its research to solve fuel and lubricant problems at the Petroleum Laboratory, Deepwater Point, New Jersey. Results of research are far reaching. Every improvement in quality means that purchasers receive a better product.
In testing fabrics for the fastness of dyes in washing, special soaps and soda ash solutions are used. The fabrics are checked for 'bleeding' or running dyes. Fabrics are also laundered in accordance with commercial laundry standards and are given repeated tests on an accelerated basis to represent years of use.
Elaborate control panels on small scale units yield basic research data for the chemist. This panel is used for experimental work in DuPont's Jackson Laboratory at Deepwater Point, New Jersey. In this laboratory the DuPont Company conducts research on dyes and dye intermediates; neoprene and other elastomers; textile, leather paper, runner and petroleum chemicals; camphor and fluorinated and miscellaneous organic products.
Fabric dyes for printing designs on piece goods are tested on a small press at DuPont's Technical Laboratory Chambers Works. Here a chemist is shown inking the press with color paste. Each batch of dye made at the Chambers Works must agree with the standard set by the Technical Laboratory or it cannot be shipped.