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First Successful Commercialization of Radiation Chemistry

Location: Fremont, CA, USA
Date: 1957
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Creator(s): Cook, Paul

Founded in 1957, Raychem Corporation was the first company to successfully apply the new science of radiation chemistry to commercial use. This accomplishment led to the creation of tough new materials and high-performance products such as irradiated polyethylene insulated wire and heat-shrinkable tubing through the crosslinking of polymeric materials. The success of this enterprise established radiation chemistry as a practical, safe, cost-effective use of ionizing radiation and helped make the United States the world leader in the development of commercial radiation technology and equipment.

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Near this site, Paul M. Cook, James B. Meikle, and Richard W. Muchmore, founders of the company that became Raychem Corporation, successfully applied the new science of radiation chemistry to crosslink polymeric materials. This accomplishment led to the creation of tough new materials and high-performance products such as irradiated polyethylene insulated wire and heat-shrinkable tubing. The success of this enterprise established radiation chemistry as a practical, safe, cost-effective use of ionizing radiation and helped make the United States the world leader in the development of commercial radiation technology and equipment.

Era: 1950-1959
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First Successful Commercialization of Radiation Chemistry
First Successful Commercialization of Radiation Chemistry
Address:
TE Connectivity Ltd.
6900 Paseo Padre Pkwy
Fremont, CA, USA

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