The stuff which
dreamsmousepads are made of
Neoprene was invented at DuPont
chemicals' (now Dupont Dow
's) lab for the development of artificial materials
in 1931 as an oil-resistant synthetic
rubber. Its main uses are in mouse pad
s and wetsuit
s, but it can also be used in boat waterproofing
, as an insulator
for electrical connections, in conveyor belt
s, car belt
s, in sex toys
(as is immediately evident from a Google
Search for "neoprene") and as the material used in hoses at petrol
pumps (since it is the only readily available ductile
bendy material that isn't dissolved by gasoline
). Thus, you have probably come into contact with this substance
at least once in your life, and part of your wrist is probably resting on it right now
It is formed from the polymerisation
(therefore neoprene could also be called polychloroprene
) and can be copolymerise
d to form a variety of other chemicals. If so desired, you can buy it in liquid
form for pouring into plaster
In appearance, it is black, spongy and porous
(but with very fine holes).
- Unlike natural rubber, neoprene is not flammable.
- Neoprene is not degraded by solvents, oil, petrol, grease, sunlight or ozone. This makes it ideal for petrol pumps, and other situations where you might want to pump flammable chemicals around.
- It does not change shape with temperature, enabling it to be used virtually anywhere and at virtually any temperature (within reason).
- Despite this, it is thermoplastic (can be remoulded with heat) so it can be recycled.
- It is also very resistant to twisting and flexing.
Sources: http://www.dupont-dow.com/Products/Neoprene/neoprene.asp, http://inventors.about.com/library/weekly/aa980325.htm, http://www.schoolresult.com/chemistry/man_made_organic_materials3.htm