More than just taming nitro..
What if Mister A. Nobel knew how we use drones, rubber, and other materials today?
He produced explosives to end the war and to serve humanity. What if he knew how oil products pollute the oceans and the use of his invention, UN Class 1.
Alfred conducted a long-range of experiments. However, he also tried to manufacture synthesized silk, rubber and tarnish. He set out to make aerial photography using a “rocket camera”.
Do note that he actually patented “artificial rubber” in 1893. (Patent number 020234) Not a lot was known about rubber back then. For example, not until 1905 did chemists discover that the chain molecules of this elastic material are comprised of countless strings of isoprene molecules, which, at that time, no one knew how to crosslink.
Hofmann decided to give it a try. Because of the difficulties of producing the “natural rubber module” isoprene, he quickly settled on using methyl-isoprene, which has a very similar chemical structure and was easier to manufacture. In 1909, the chemist Fritz Hofmann succeeded in producing the elastic substance methyl-isoprene, thus paving the way for the development of synthetic rubber.
Hofmann conducted his research at the laboratories of “Elberfelder Farbenfabriken form. Friedr. Bayer & Co.” – a company whose tradition is carried on today by the specialty chemicals group LANXESS.
Ragnar Sohlman joined the activities and he founded, what we now call “Nobelstiftelsen” and the Nobel Prize. He also laid the foundation to the sister company “Bofors Nobelkrut” at Björkborn, 1898 in order to develop the patents for explosives and other civilian chemicals.
Alfred Bernhard Nobel, born on October 21st. 1833 Stockholm, died December 10th, 1896, San Remi, Italy. Raised in Russia, though with family originating from southern Sweden.