Neoprene is a good general-purpose rubber and is valued for its
- high tensile strength
- oil and flame resistance
- and resistance to degradation by oxygen and ozone
Neoprene (CR), also called polychloroprene or chloroprene rubber, synthetic rubber produced by the polymerization (or linking together of single molecules into giant, multiple-unit molecules) of chloroprene.
History of Neoprene
One of the first successful synthetic rubbers, polychloroprene was first prepared in 1930 by Arnold Collins, an American chemist in Wallace Hume Carothers’s research group at E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company (now DuPont Company), while investigating by-products of divinylacetylene. DuPont marketed the material as Neoprene, a trademarked name that has since become generic.