The triumph of bakelite

Acronym: 
The triumph of bakelite - contributions for a history of plastics in Portugal
Project Title: 
The triumph of bakelite - contributions for a history of plastics in Portugal
Duration: 
01/01/2016 - 31/12/2018
Principal Investigator: 
Ana Maria Martelo Ramos
Abstract: 

This work aims to investigate aspects of the history of plastics in Portugal, by basing itself on technical-scientific, industrial, social-historical studies, as well as studies pertaining to the history of science and technology and material culture. (…)Thus, one of the purposes of this project is to study the impact of plastics in the Portuguese society, since his arrival in the mid-1930’s, through Bakelite, the first true plastic, in an agricultural country, without chemical research and technology nor an industrial tradition, in contrast with the more advanced industrial nations, where plastic had already assumed its position as an emblem of modernity.