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Abstract of Polymers     2009

The History of Synthetic Rubber

The history of Synthetic Rubber (SR), at its early stages, can be closely related to the contemporary political and strategic context. Thus, the supply (or shortage) of Natural Rubber (NR) accelerated resp. retarded research and developmental work. Likewise, NR properties set the standard and defined the target to be achieved. 1909 may be considered to be the birth date of SR, when a patent was filed for the synthesis of Methyl Rubber. In fact, no theoretical background existed at the time with regard to molecular or physico-chemical knowledge. (This ignorance continued for many years; rubber technologists started only very recently to understand