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  • 48-25 Roy J. Plunkett, June 26, 1910-May 12, 1994 48-25 Roy J. Plunkett, June 26, 1910-May 12, 1994
  • 48-25 Roy J. Plunkett, June 26, 1910-May 12, 1994 48-25 Roy J. Plunkett, June 26, 1910-May 12, 1994
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  • 48-25 Elliot by the Roy J. Plunkett Marker, with the OSU Chemistry Building in the background 48-25 Elliot by the Roy J. Plunkett Marker, with the OSU Chemistry Building in the background
  • 48-25 Plunkett Marker with the OSU Chemistry Lab in the background 48-25 Plunkett Marker with the OSU Chemistry Lab in the background
Title, side A
Roy J. Plunkett, June 26, 1910-May 12, 1994
Text, side A
Roy J. Plunkett was born in New Carlisle, Ohio, and graduated from Newton Township High School in Pleasant Hill. He received his B.A. degree from Manchester College before enrolling as a graduate student in chemistry at The Ohio State University, receiving his Ph.D. in 1936 under the direction of William Lloyd Evans in the McPherson Chemical Laboratory. On April 6, 1938, while employed by the Du Pont Company to develop a nontoxic refrigerant, Plunkett discovered TeflonĀ®, one of the most important polymers of the 20th century. On that day, Dr. Plunkett opened a tank of gaseous tetrafluoroethylene only to find that the gas was gone--its molecules had combined with another ("polymerized") to form a solid material. Teflon has been used on cookware, the outer skin of space suits, nose cones of space vehicles, bone replacement, and much more.
Address
120 W. 18th Avenue
Columbus, OH
Location
Ohio State University, W side of Richard F. Celeste Laboratory of Chemistry
Coordinates
Latitude: 40.002298, Longitude: -83.011656.
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