How is Leather Made?

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Reactions Science Videos | November 13, 2018

More PBS Digital Studios Goodness here! How does animal hide become leather? We still don’t fully understand the chemistry of tanning, but the basic steps are thousands of years old. In this week’s episode of Reactions, learn how leather is made.



A history of new ideas in tanning


Modern Tanning chemistry
Link-Lock: the mechanism of stabilising collagen by chemical reactions

Nanocomposites cut leather tanning waste

Chromium Footprint Reduction: Nanocomposites as Efficient Pretanning Agents for Cowhide Shoe Upper Leather

Pollution reduction in an eco-friendly chrome-free tanning and evaluation of the biodegradation by composting of the tanned leather wastes

Changes to Collagen Structure during Leather Processing

Ever wonder why dogs sniff each others' butts? Or how Adderall works? Or whether it's OK to pee in the pool? We've got you covered: Reactions a web series about the chemistry that surrounds you every day.

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