Edwin J. Vandenberg
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Abstract of Interview
Edwin Vandenberg grew up in Hawthorne, New Jersey, where his father owned a grain and feed store. After talking about his schooling, Vandenberg recalls a friend and his home laboratory. Attending Stevens Institute of Technology, Vandenberg concentrated on chemical subjects, influenced by F. J. Pond. His first years at Hercules were with Spurlin's paper chemistry group, where he contributed to the understanding of paper sizing as a colloid phenomenon. After a spell working on the wartime production of smokeless powder, Vandenberg returned to the Hercules research center to work on a wide range of polymer syntheses, which he describes in some detail. The interview concludes with an account of his retirement activities at Arizona State University, and reflections on his family, colleagues and ACS activities.
|1939||Stevens Institute of Technology||ME|
Sunflower Ordinance Works
Arizona State University
Best Paper Award, Delaware Section, American Chemical Society
Industrial Research 100 Award
D Eng, Stevens Institute of Technology
Delaware Section Award, American Chemical Society
Award in Polymer Chemistry
Polymer Chemistry Division Service Award
Award in Applied Polymer Science
Table of Contents
Growing up in Hawthorne, New Jersey. School activities, violin in school orchestra. Friend with home chemistry laboratory.
Stevens Institute of Technology; engineering degree, with chemistry specialization. F. J. Pond and nature of Stevens teaching programs.
Spurlin and paper chemistry. The sizing process and the electrostatic theory of rosin sizing.
Sunflower Ordinance Works, smokeless powder.
Return to Wilmington. Emulsion polymerization, GR-S, redox initiation. Phenol process from cumene hydroperoxide. Copolymer synthesis. Ethylene polymerization. Hercules license of Ziegler process. Polypropylene production. Polyvinyl ethers and epoxy rubbers. Rigid-chain water-soluble polymers.
Family. ACS activities, Gordon conferences. Arizona State University and research activities.
About the Interviewer
Herman Skolnik received a BS in chemical engineering from The Pennsylvania State University, and a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania. He joined Hercules, Inc., as a research chemist in 1942, and served as a divisional research manager from 1952 until his retirement in 1979. He was the founding editor of The Journal of Chemical Documentation, and has published over 200 papers and four books, including A Century of Chemistry, the centennial history of the American Chemical Society.