In 1900, a University of Michigan chemist, Moses Gomberg achieved what had been believed to be impossible – to isolate an organic free radical (a carbon compound with an unpaired electron).[i] The discovery led to the development of polyethylene, Plexigals® and by other polymers used in the plastics industry – from the production of plastic bottles to latex paint.  Gomberg’s landmark discoveries influenced work in related fields of biochemistry biology – helping scientists to understand how our bodies synthesize DNA.

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