NATIONAL TEFLON DAY
National Teflon Day on April 6th each year honors the accidental invention of Teflon on April 6, 1938, by Dr. Roy Plunkett.
While working in the E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company lab that April day, Plunkett, along with his assistant, accidentally discovered polytetrafluoroethylene. Chemours registered the Teflon trademark in 1945. In 1985, the Inventors’ Hall of Fame inducted Dr. Plunkett to its numbers.
While Plunket receives credit for the invention of Teflon, another person saw Teflon’s larger purpose. Marion A.Trozzolo brought it from the laboratory into the kitchen. The Kansas City, Missouri professor used the substance to coat his scientific utensils. This use later led him to establish Laboratory Plasticware Fabricators.
In 1961, he marketed the first US-made Teflon coated frying pan, The Happy Pan.
Today, Teflon can be found everywhere and in surprising places, too. Besides coating metals for cooking, it is also used to protect fabrics and reduce friction in the aerospace industry. It also helps to increase production and reduce contamination in pharmaceuticals.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalTeflonDay
How does Teflon improve your life? Find the bakeware, frying pan, or other Teflon coated items in your home. Share its benefits by using #NationalTeflonDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL TEFLON DAY HISTORY
National Teflon Day commemorates the date Dr. Roy Plunkett accidentally invented the product. However, we were unable to identify the creator of the day.
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