Nylon FAQs:

Q: Is a Nylon a generic designation for a family of synthetic polymers?

A: Yes, and based on aliphatic or semi-aromatic polyamides.

Q: Are Nylons susceptible to hydrolysis?

A: Yes, and especially by strong acids, a reaction essentially the reverse of the synthetic reaction shown above.

Q: Is a Nylon formed?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a Nylon clear and colorless?

A: Yes, or milky, but is easily dyed.

Q: Was a Nylon marketed as the durable and indestructible material of the people, it was sold at almost twice the price of silk stockings?

A: Yes, Sales of nylon stockings were strong in part due to changes in women’s fashion.

Q: Is a Nylon amorphous solids or viscous fluids in which the chains approximate random coils?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a Nylon made of repeating units linked by peptide bonds?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a Nylon used in hair combs and mechanical parts such as machine screws?

A: Yes, and gears and other low- to medium-stress components previously cast in metal.

Q: Was a Nylon used to make the stock of the Remington Nylon 66 rifle?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a Nylon introduced as part of "The world of tomorrow" at the 1939 New York World's Fair and was featured at DuPont's "Wonder World of Chemistry" at the Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco in 1939?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a Nylon a thermoplastic silky material that can be melt-processed into fibers?

A: Yes, and films or shapes.

Q: Is a Nylon one of the great symbols of the American century?

A: Yes, and on a par no doubt with Coca-Cola in the consumer dreams of 20th century men and women.

Q: Was a Nylon a revolutionary product?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a Nylon considered a “godsend to the Ammonia Department”?

A: Yes, and which had been in financial difficulties.

Q: Is a Nylon available in glass-filled variants which increase structural and impact strength and rigidity?

A: Yes, and molybdenum disulfide-filled variants which increase lubricity.

Q: Was a Nylon made from “coal?

A: Yes, and air and water”, and started focusing on the personal and aesthetic aspects of nylon, rather than its intrinsic qualities.

Q: Are Nylons hygroscopic?

A: Yes, and will absorb or desorb moisture as a function of the ambient humidity.

Q: Was a Nylon even mentioned by President Roosevelt’s cabinet?

A: Yes, and which addressed its “vast and interesting economic possibilities” five days after the material was formally announced.

Q: Are Nylons made from the reaction of a dicarboxylic acid with a diamine or a lactam or amino acid with itself?

A: Yes, In the first case, the "repeating unit" consists of one of each monomer, so that they alternate in the chain, similar to the so-called ABAB structure of polyesters and polyurethanes.

Q: Is a Nylon a robust polymer and lends itself well to recycling?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a Nylon first used commercially in a nylon-bristled toothbrush in 1938?

A: Yes, and followed more famously in women's stockings or "nylons" which were shown at the 1939 New York World's Fair and first sold commercially in 1940.

Q: Is a Nylon used every day in packaging?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a Nylon used to make parachutes and tents for World War II?

A: Yes.

Q: Are Nylons condensation polymers or copolymers?

A: Yes, and formed by reacting difunctional monomers containing equal parts of amine and carboxylic acid, so that amides are formed at both ends of each monomer in a process analogous to polypeptide biopolymers.

Q: Is a Nylon processed by extrusion?

A: Yes, and casting, and injection molding.

Q: Was a Nylon awaited with great anticipation?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a Nylon less absorbent than wool or cotton?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a Nylon one kind of fiber used in tire cord?

A: Yes.

Q: Was a Nylon the first commercially successful synthetic thermoplastic polymer?

A: Yes.