Before we move on to the preparation of Bakelite, it is important to know how a polymer is prepared. Polymers are formed by combining 'monomer' or single units using a range of reaction mechanisms.
The structure for the cross-linked polymer, known by the commercial name of Bakelite is given below.
As we now know the Bakelite preparation method as well as its structure, let us now have a look at the properties of Bakelite.
It is due to a number of important properties of the first synthetic plastic, Bakelite that it has been aptly named as 'material of a thousand uses'. We see that a number of things like the plastic handle of utensils, telephones, bangles, automobile parts etc., are made of Bakelite. Studying the properties of Bakelite will give us a wider idea as to why it is used for a wide range of applications.
Bakelite has emerged out as a huge commercial success and its uses know no boundaries. Based on the above-mentioned properties of the Bakelite, here are some of its uses-