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.