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On This Day – October 18 : Swiss chemist Christian F. Schönbein was born on this day in 1799

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He accidentally discovered the powerful explosive nitrocellulose when he spilled sulfuric and nitric acids, and soaked them up with a cotton apron. When the apron dried, it burst into flame - he had created the highly flammable compound nitrocellulose.

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What happened today in chemistry? Explore 366 days of chemistry history at On This Day in Chemistry, an RSC Learn Chemistry site. rsc.li/chemistry-calendar