Episode 22: Vulcanized Rubber
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We usually take modern rubber for granted, but in this episode, Jared and Andrew dive into the incredible history of this miracle material. They discuss the discovery of the vulcanization process by Charles Goodyear all the way through Ford's abandoned corporate towns in the jungle to the present.

Articles Discussed:

  • 2014 Kohjiya & Ikeda. Chemistry, manufacture and applications of natural rubber [LINK]
  • 1994 Science & Technology of Rubber [LINK]
  • 1939 Fisher, Vulcanization of rubber vulcanization of rubber [LINK]
  • 2009 Grandin, Fordlandia: the rise and fall of Henry Ford's forgotten jungle city [LINK]

This episode is sponsored by Matmatch. Check out how they can help you find the perfect material for your next engineering project! This episode is also sponsored by Materials Today, an Elsevier community dedicated to the creation and sharing of materials science knowledge and experience through their peer-reviewed journals, academic conferences, educational webinars and more.

Thanks to Kolobyte and Alphabot for letting us use their music in the show!

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Materialism Team: Andrew Falkowski (co-creator, co-host, production) and Jared Duffy (production, marketing, and editing)

Keywords: vulcanized rubber history Charles Goodyear Fordlandia

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