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NATIONAL TEFLON DAY - April 6

NATIONAL TEFLON DAY – April 6

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 and his assistant accidentally discovered polytetrafluoroethylene. Chemours registered the Teflon trademark in 1945. In 1985, the Inventors’ Hall of Fame inducted Dr. Plunkett into 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

  • Share how Teflon improves your life.
  • Discover all the ways Teflon is being used today. 
  • Learn about the history of Teflon.
  • 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.

Teflon FAQ

Q. Is Teflon only used in the kitchen?
A. No. Teflon is found in many products outside the kitchen. Some of those include:

  • Fabrics
  • Paints
  • Heating products
  • Medical products
  • Metal finishes

Q. How old is Teflon?
A.Teflong was developed in 1938.