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ERIC Number: EJ927014
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Classroom Illustrations of Acidic Air Pollution Using Nylon Fabric
Campbell, Dean J.; Wright, Emily A.; Dayisi, Mardhia O.; Hoehn, Michael R.; Kennedy, Branden F.; Maxfield, Brian M.
Journal of Chemical Education, v88 n4 p387-391 Apr 2011
In 1970, deposition of fly ash from a coal burning power plant in downtown Peoria produced minor damage in the vicinity of its smokestack, including runs in ladies nylon stockings. In this article, we review the historical event and discuss the chemistry behind the depolymerization of the nylon, as well as laboratory experiments demonstrating how sulfur-containing acidic vapors, such as those from the combustion of sulfur compounds in coal, attack nylon fibers. (Contains 3 notes and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A