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1 The Nylon Rope Trick demonstrated by Dr. Paul W. Morgan 1945 E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (originator) Dr. Paul W. Morgan of DuPont's Textile Fibers Pioneering Research Laboratory demonstrates the making of nylon, instantaneously, at room temperature, without any apparatus other than a drinking glass, a small jar or beaker. Practical commercial manufacture of nylon requires high temperatures, precision controls and complex and expensive equipment. Dr. Morgan shows here how a nylon rope can be drawn from a beaker when a solution of a fast reacting diacid chloride in a water immiscible solvent...
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Dr. Paul W. Morgan of DuPont's Textile Fibers Pioneering Research Laboratory demonstrates the making of nylon, instantaneously, at room temperature, without any apparatus other than a drinking glass, a small jar or beaker. Practical commercial manufacture of nylon requires high temperatures, precision controls and complex and expensive equipment. Dr. Morgan shows here how a nylon rope can be drawn from a beaker when a solution of a fast reacting diacid chloride in a water immiscible solvent is brought into contact with an aqueous solution of an aliphatic diamine. A film of high polymer forms where the two solutions meet which is called the interface. The film can then be pulled from the interface immediately and as if by magic, it is continuously replaced to form a long endless cord of polyamide-hence the nylon rope trick. This particular method of making nylon is an invaluable laboratory tool to researchers and teachers in chemistry because permits polymeric experimentation which are both inexpensive and uncomplicated.
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DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341) 1972341_1197 DuPont Product Information photographs
2 Preparing a monomer for polymerization study 1955 E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (originator) In a fundamental research project, a scientist in the Central Research Department at the DuPont Company's Experimental Station, prepares a monomer that will later be used in a polymerization study. One of the components boils at 29 degrees below zero and must be cooled to keep it in liquid form. This causes the frost or ice formation on the tubes in the picture. The coolant is a mixture of dry ice and acetone.
DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341) 1972341_3438 DuPont Product Information photographs
3 Test for determining the amount of tetraethyl lead in gasoline 1955 E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (originator) 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.
DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341) 1974341_3671 DuPont Product Information photographs
4 Control panels in DuPont's Jackson Laboratory at Deepwater Point, New Jersey 1955 E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (originator) 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.
DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341) 1972341_4421 DuPont Product Information photographs
5 Chemist in a DuPont Company laboratory measures out a pound of pure silicon 1955 E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (originator) Chemist in a DuPont Company laboratory measures out a pound of pure silicon as produced in the company's small pilot unit. DuPont is continuing research on the production process but since the company is not in the electronics business, the development of uses depends upon the evaluation of silicon by customers experienced in this field.
DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341) 1972341_3352 DuPont Product Information photographs
6 Test run of new experimental fibers equipment 1955 E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (originator) Test runs of new experimental fibers are made on this equipment at the Carothers Laboratory at the Experimental Station.
DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341) 1972341_4463 DuPont Product Information photographs
7 Chemist in a DuPont Company laboratory measures out a pound of pure silicon 1955 E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (originator) Chemist in a DuPont Company laboratory measures out a pound of pure silicon as produced in the company's small pilot unit. DuPont is continuing research on the production process but since the company is not in the electronics business, the development of uses depends upon the evaluation of silicon by customers experienced in this field.
DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341) 1972341_3351 DuPont Product Information photographs
8 Conducting research at the E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company Experimental Station 1955 E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (originator), Rittase, William R. (photographer) DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341) 1972341_4416 DuPont Product Information photographs
9 A corner of the new Special Service Lab at the DuPont Company's Experimental Station 1955 E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (originator) A corner of the new Special Service Lab at the DuPont Company's Experimental Station illustrates the range of research equipment available. This makes it possible to carry out chemical reactions and various physical operations with equipment not ordinarily available in a conventional research laboratory.
DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341) 1972341_4439 DuPont Product Information photographs
10 Member of the staff of the Eastern Laboratory of the DuPont Company's Explosives Department 1945 E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (originator) Shown at his laboratory bench is a member of the staff of the Eastern Laboratory of the DuPont Company's Explosives Department at Gibbstown, New Jersey. Established in 1902, this was the first of DuPont's research laboratories and is believed to represent the earliest organized research effort in the American Chemical industry. Its staff, which now numbers more than 200 men and women, has contributed many important developments in the field of industrial and military explosives. The...
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Shown at his laboratory bench is a member of the staff of the Eastern Laboratory of the DuPont Company's Explosives Department at Gibbstown, New Jersey. Established in 1902, this was the first of DuPont's research laboratories and is believed to represent the earliest organized research effort in the American Chemical industry. Its staff, which now numbers more than 200 men and women, has contributed many important developments in the field of industrial and military explosives. The laboratory has also served as a training ground for men who have helped staff some of the company's other research laboratories that today total more than 30.
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DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341) 1972341_0665 DuPont Product Information photographs
11 Testing for moisture content in dynamite ingredients 1945 E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (originator), Richie, Robert Yarnall, photographer (photographer) A chemical test at the DuPont Company's Eastern Laboratory in Gibbstown New Jersey determines moisture content in dynamite ingredients. Here a chemist boils a sample with carbon tetrachloride and measures the amount of water. At Eastern Laboratory, research is carried out on blasting supplies, dynamite and other high explosives and their intermediates and miscellaneous organic and inorganic chemicals.
DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341) 1972341_0662 DuPont Product Information photographs
12 Dr. Edward O. Hermann, research chemist, demonstrating Quilon 1955 E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (originator) DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341) 1972341_2673 DuPont Product Information photographs
13 Dr. Joseph H. Balthis, research chemist, working on a distillation 1955 E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (originator) Dr. Joseph H. Balthis, research chemist, is carrying out distillation at a controlled reduced pressure in hood in one of the two main laboratories of the DuPont Company's Experimental Station.
DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341) 1972341_4454 DuPont Product Information photographs
14 Testing the heat resistance of H film 1955 E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (originator) Heat resistance of the new H film is demonstrated in a laboratory at DuPont's Experimental Station. The film is made form polymers that DuPont scientists have been working on for many years. The company is also investigating their uses as plastics, industrial finishes and coatings. DuPont is building a plant at Circleville, Ohio to manufacture H film, which has a range of properties that make it interesting for aerospace applications and in the electrical field.
DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341) 1972341_1793 DuPont Product Information photographs
15 Dr. Joseph Balthis, research chemist 1955 E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (originator) Dr. Joseph Balthis, research chemist, is carrying out distillation at a controlled research pressure in a hood in one of the two man laboratories of the Chemical department's lab shown to visitors to the dedication of the addition to the DuPont Company's Experimental Station.
DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341) 1972341_4429 DuPont Product Information photographs
16 K. Grace Fahey demonstrating Quilon 1955 E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (originator) Miss K. Grace Fahey, receptionist, under direction of Dr. Edward O. Hermann, research chemist, pours methylene blue dye over paper treated with Quilon stearato chromic chloride to demonstrate water repellency of the compound, developed by the Grasselli Chemicals Department of the DuPont Company. The upper part of the paper, treated with Quilon, a water soluble repellant, remains unstained while the untreated lower potion absorbs the dye. The demonstration was shown to visitors to the...
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Miss K. Grace Fahey, receptionist, under direction of Dr. Edward O. Hermann, research chemist, pours methylene blue dye over paper treated with Quilon stearato chromic chloride to demonstrate water repellency of the compound, developed by the Grasselli Chemicals Department of the DuPont Company. The upper part of the paper, treated with Quilon, a water soluble repellant, remains unstained while the untreated lower potion absorbs the dye. The demonstration was shown to visitors to the dedication of the new addition to the company's Experimental Station as part of the exhibit in the Grasselli laboratories.
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DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341) 1972341_2672 DuPont Product Information photographs
17 Conducting research at the E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company Experimental Station 1955 E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (originator) DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341) 1972341_4427 DuPont Product Information photographs
18 Lifting experimental hood ornaments from a copper plating tank 1955 E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (originator) Better plating on autos is one result of work done in the Electrochemicals Department Sales Technical Laboratory at Niagara Falls, New York. Here, a DuPont chemist lifts experimental hood ornaments from a copper plating tank. Copper is used as a base for the subsequent plating of nickel and then chrome.
DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341) 1972341_3387 DuPont Product Information photographs
19 Film Department chemist testing new experimental film 1955 E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (originator) At DuPont's Experimental Station a Film Department chemist exposes a new experimental film to extreme conditions of temperature and ultraviolet radiation. The study is part of the company's fundamental research program in which 400 technically trained people are now engaged. Such drastic accelerated tests help make it possible to predict performance of packaging and industrial films under actual service conditions.
DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341) 1972341_4430 DuPont Product Information photographs
20 Equipment at Polychemicals Department laboratory at Experimental Station 1955 E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (originator) DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341) 1972341_4410 DuPont Product Information photographs
21 Float zone refining of silicon 1955 E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (originator) This physical research chemist at DuPont's Experimental Station is using an analog computer to determine temperature characteristics of a bar of silicon undergoing refinement by the floating zone technique which involves gradual moving of the silicon through a furnace so that a small part of the bar is molten at a time. Research such as this on an existing product is required to maintain the company's position in the highly competitive chemical industry.
DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341) 1972341_3339 DuPont Product Information photographs
22 DuPont laboratory team discussing results of an experiment 1955 E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (originator) The industrial chemist today stands in sharp contrast with the lone wolf inventor common even a little more than a generation ago. Although the initiative and creative thought of the individual is still of prime importance, the modern researcher is a team player with a strong sense of cooperative effort. Pictured here is a DuPont lab team discussing results of an experiment.
DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341) 1972341_4434 DuPont Product Information photographs
23 Conducting research at the E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company Experimental Station 1955 E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (originator) DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341) 1972341_4418 DuPont Product Information photographs
24 Textile Research Laboratory interior 1955 E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (originator) DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341) PC20110714_0509 DuPont Product Information photographs
25 Research chemist at work in DuPont laboratory 1955 E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (originator) Research chemists are engaged in a quest that never ends, they are continually searching for new and better products and for ways of improving old ones. Out of laboratories such as the one pictured here come chemical discoveries that make life easier happier and more interesting for millions.
DuPont Company Product Information photographs (Accession 1972.341) 1972341_4426 DuPont Product Information photographs

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