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Stephanie Kwolek, Kevlar® Inventor
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Kwolek holding a polymer molecule model


Kwolek holding a polymer molecule model



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What is a Polymer?

A polymer is a giant molecule made up of a chain of many thousands of chemically bonded smaller molecules.

A polymeric fiber, like Kevlar®, is a polymer whose chains are stretched out straight and stacked next to each other like spaghetti in a box.

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