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Mystery Nylon Factory - Chemical Demonstration Kit

Mystery Nylon Factory -
Chemical Demonstration Kit, AP2088
Catalog Number
Mystery Nylon Factory - Chemical Demonstration Kit
Product Description

By: Jim and Julie Ealy, Retired
The Peddie School, Hightstown, NJ

Two solutions are poured together in a beaker. A paper clip is lowered into the solution. As the paper clip is withdrawn, almost by magic a very long strand of nylon is pulled from the beaker. A super demonstration to discuss polymer concepts. Teacher Demonstration Notes included. Enough materials are included to perform the demonstration seven times.

Concepts: Polymerization, organic chemistry.
Time Required: 15 minutes
Chemicals Provided: Hexamethylenediamine/sodium hydroxide solution and adipoyl chloride/hexane solution.
Note: Perform this demonstration in a fume hood or well-ventilated lab.


  • Mystery Nylon Factory Video
    Mystery Nylon Factory Video
    Make your own nylon fiber, a wonder polymer once described “as strong as steel, as fine as a spider’s web, yet more elastic than natural fiber.”
Additional Resources
Flinn Catalog/Reference Manual Page 386
Flinn Middle School Catalog/Reference Manual Page 499
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