Union Carbide

The discovery of carbon fibers and the practical side of phase diagrams

By Eileen De Guire / September 26, 2012

A carbon fiber propped against a human hair. Was their “discovery” an accident? Credit: Wikimedia Commons. Have you ever wondered how carbon fibers were discovered? It turns out the guy who “invented” them was a sharp young physicist who knew his way around a phase diagram. In 1958 Roger Bacon, a newly minted PhD physicist,…

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