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October 24th, 2007

Bob Steiner, a film star in the world of chemistry, dies at 89

Robert "Bob" Steiner found beauty in molecules and chemical equations, but he was also interested in science's practical applications. It was a combination that helped make things like plastic bread bags and film-wrapped cigarette packs possible.

Through years of research, Mr. Steiner became a plastics pioneer, using the science of tiny particles to create acrylic coatings for polypropylene packaging. His colleagues once dubbed him the "father of the acrylic coating," and next time you rip open a bag of potato chips, you can give some thanks to Mr. Steiner and his inventions.

"It wasn't called 'nanotechnology' when he was doing it — it was completely unknown [and shows] how ahead of the times he was," said one of Mr. Steiner's former employees, Bob Touhsaent of Fairport, N.Y.


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