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Plastic: How It Works

How It Works Episode 2 of 3

Professor Mark Miodownik tells the story of plastics - created in the lab, they have brought luxury to the masses and shaped the modern age. He recounts tales of the mavericks responsible for some of plastic's most outrageous failures and heady successes, from the explosive attempts to make a replacement for ivory billiard balls to the ultimately ubiquitous Bakelite.

Investigating at atomic level, Mark discovers the extraordinary properties that have allowed plastics to dominate our world and reveals how the next generation of plastics will take its inspiration from nature, creating man-made materials which behave as though they are alive and which could help rebuild the human body.

Release date:

1 hour

Last on

Wed 23 Aug 2017 23:00


Role Contributor
PresenterMark Miodownik
Executive ProducerHelen Thomas
Series ProducerJacqueline Smith