Formula Name - Polyoxybenzylmethylenglycolanhydride
Common Name - Bakelite
Formaldahyde (H2CO) and phenol (C6H5OH)
Mat'l based on thermosetting phenol formaldahyde resin.
Developed 1907-1907
Formed by heating and pressurizing phenol and formaldahyde in autoclave.
Synthetic
First plastic made from synthetic components

Thermoset
Biodegradable
Condensation polymer
Density: 1.85 g/cc
Boiling point - 181.7 C
Melting point - 40.5 C
Industrial Uses: used as plastic for radios, cameras, telephones, components for Model "A" Ford, coffins, used in early machine guns and AK 47's
Hydrogen bonds, but no cross-linkage.
Physical Characteristics:
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A picture of a Bakelite radio: very collectable!

Here's our vid. It is not bad.
http://www.screencast.com/t/z6YKcuCz7n

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"Polymer Materials", New Jersey New York Scuba Diver, May 19, 2008 http://njscuba.net/artifacts/matl_polymers.html