February 2022

100th Anniversary

Industry Pioneers: Polymer science, catalytic cracking and chemical advances

The Austrian-born chemist, Hermann Francis Mark, is well-known for his contributions to the development of polymer science, which he devoted more than 60 yr of his life to.

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

HERMAN FRANCIS MARK The Austrian-born chemist, Hermann Francis Mark, is well-known for his contributions to the development of polymer science, which he devoted more than 60 yr of his life to. While working with IG Farben in Germany, Mark worked on experiments on the commercialization of polymers such as polystyrene, polyvinyl chloride and the first synthetic rubbers.1 After escaping Nazi Germany, Mark found his way to the U.S. and started classes on polymers at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, later founding the Polymer Research Institute, which was the first facility devoted to polymer research. For his lifetime of work, he received t

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