Title and Description Page
Early Career at DuPont 1
Entering industry with a B.S. degree. Methods of polymerization. Aliphatic polyamides. Aromatic polyamides. Emphasis on long-term research. Hale Charch. Paul Morgan. Independence in laboratory.
Finding a solvent for 1,4-B. Spinning the polymer. Commercial opportunity in radial tires. Discovery of bullet-resistance. PVDT. Competition. Scaling up Kevlar. Secrecy.
Liquid Crystals 14
Paul Flory. Kevlar as theoretical discovery. Publishing results.
Scientific Process 17
Importance of clarity in writing. Necessity of honesty. Knowing when to abandon a line of research.
Decision to leave DuPont. Trend towards improving old products. Necessity of basic research. Future of innovation. Laboratory atmosphere. Colleagues. Choosing research projects. Current activities. Consulting.