History of Polyolefins

  title={History of Polyolefins},
  author={Raymond Benedict Seymour},
Polyolefins are, by far, the world’s most widely used synthetic polymers. As shown in subsequent chapters, these ubiquitous macromolecules are used as coatings, fibers, elastomers and plastics. Yet, commercial polyolefins were essentially nonexistent prior to World War II. The history of the genesis of these versatile polymers illustrates the inherent genius and good as well as misfortunes of the pioneers in the science and technology of polyolefins.