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Common Name: Bakelite

Chemical name: polyoxybenzylmethyleneglycolanhydride

Description: Bakelite is an early plastic. It is a thermosetting phenol formaldehyde resin, formed from a condensation reaction of phenol with formaldehyde. It was developed by the Belgian-American chemist Leo Baekeland in Yonkers, New York, in 1907. Phenolic sheet is a hard, dense material made by applying heat and pressure to layers of paper or canvas cloth impregnated with synthetic Bakelite resin.