Crash Course Video. Did you know that Polymers save the lives of Elephants? Well, now you do! The world of Polymers is so amazingly integrated into our daily lives that we sometimes forget how amazing they are. Here, Hank talks about how they were developed an the different types of Polymers that are common in the world today, including some that may surprise you.
Stephanie Kwolek is the American chemist who invented Kevlar. While working for DuPont, she researched a lightweight yet strong fiber to be used in tires. Instead, she created a fiber that was stronger than nylon and ounce for ounce five times stronger than steel. A new field of polymer chemistry quickly arose.