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A family of synthetic rubbers made by polymerizing chlorinated butadiene. Chloroprene was first developed by DuPont in 1931 by Ira Williams and sold under the name of DuPrene in 1932. In 1936, DuPont changed its brand name to Neoprene; now neoprene is a generic term used for this class of synthetic rubbers. Neoprene is vulcanized with metal oxides rather than sulfur which makes it less elastic than rubber, but more resistant to chemicals, heat, and light. It is also resistant to water and biodegradation. Neoprene has a service temperature range of -50 to 95 C and has good compressibility. Neoprene is used for gaskets, roof coatings, shoe soles, wet suits, gloves, contact adhesives, and as a coating for fabrics.

Neoprene adhesives and coatings are typically anionic colloidal dispersions in aqueous solutions. The adhesives can be repaired as pressure sensitive or heat activated forms. The coatings and sealants have additives to vary viscosities and surface penetration levels.

Chloroprene is on the ILFI Red list of building materials.

Synonyms and Related Terms

chloroprene; polychloroprene; poly(2-chloro-1,3-butadiene); neoprene foam; neopreno (Esp.); néoprène (Fr.); neoprene (It.); neopreno (Port.);

Examples: Butaclor® [PolimeriEuropa]; Baypren® [Lanxess]; Sovprene (Russian); Mustone (Japan); DuPrene [DuPont]; GR-M, Evostik [Evode]; Pattex [Henkel]; Butyl [Standard Oil Co.]

Personal Risks



Federal Mogul: [Safety Data Sheet]

Collection Risks


Physical and Chemical Properties

  • Resistant to water, oils and most chemicals
  • Soluble in chlorinated and aromatic hydrocarbons
Composition (CH3ClC:CHCH3)n
CAS 126-99-8
Density 1.23 g/ml

Examples characteristics and compositions for the Denka series are:

Product Grade Solids Content % Characteritics Data sheets
Neoprene 571 50 high tensile strength [website]
Neoprene 671A 59 general purpose [website]
Neoprene 750 50 excellent flexibility [website]
Neoprene 842A 50 fast curing, low modulus [website]

Resources and Citations

  • Denka Neoprene (formerly DuPont) Website
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