Alexander Parkes publicly introduces his material called Parkensine.
John Wesley Hyatt invents Celluloid, and enters it in a contest.
Leo Bakeland invents Bakelite, the first plastic material since Hyatt.
PVC is invented to replace expensive natural rubber.
Polyethylene was invented and is now the most widely used plastic material today.
Nylon is invented to replace silk and other materials.
Lexan was invented and was used for windows in buses and cars, Neil Armstrong's helmet was made of Lexan
Kevlar was invented and was used for army helmets, as it is five times as strong as steel.
We started to develop new materials using nanotechnology.