A crystalline organic acid used in making polyester resins and other polymers.
- Polyesters were first produced in England in 1941 by condensing ethylene glycol with terephthalic acid.
- John R. Whinfield and J. Dickson continued Carother's research and made a polyester with terephthalic acid in 1941.
- Chen still plans to take back a leading role any time, including at Tuntex Petrochemicals Inc, which is a major manufacturer of purified terephthalic acid that has started to turn profitable.
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Syllabification: ter·eph·thal·ic ac·id
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