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Malcolm Renfrew: The Non-Stick Man
Posted By Patrick Kiger On October 17, 2013 @ 6:44 pm In Bulletin Today,Legacy,Technology | Comments Disabled
You may not know what polytetrafluoroethylene resin is, but it’s why the scrambled eggs you make for breakfast slide cleanly out of the frying pan.
You know it as Teflon , a miraculous material that remains slick and smooth and resists reacting with heat, electricity, acids and solvents. Teflon is used to coat consumer products ranging from tennis rackets to windshield wiper blades. It toughens aircraft hoses and the space suits worn by astronauts. It’s even protects the cast-iron fence around President Harry Truman’s boyhood home in Independence, Mo.
We have Malcolm M. Renfrew, who passed away on his birthday, Oct. 12, at age 103 , in Moscow, Idaho, to thank for all that. As a chemist at DuPont laboratories in New Jersey in the 1940s, Renfrew headed the team that developed Teflon as a product and sought out potential uses for it.
Here are some interesting facts about Renfrew and Teflon:
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