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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.


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Credits:
Producer: Elaine Seward
Writer: Alexa Billow
Scientific Consultants: Michelle Boucher, PhD Brianne Raccor, PhD Richard Haverkamp, PhD
Executive Producer: Hilary Hudson



Music:
Roberto Daglio - Com Todo Meu Amor
Mako Yama - At Starry Night


Sources:
https://www.britannica.com/technology/tanning
http://www.leathermag.com/features/featurea-history-of-new-ideas-in-tanning/
http://www.fao.org/WAIRDOCS/LEAD/X6114E/x6114e05.htm#b1-3.1.%20Description%20of%20the%20tanningprocess
https://pubs.rsc.org/en/content/articlepdf/1997/cs/cs9972600111
http://www.aaqtic.org.ar/congresos/istanbul2006/Oral%20Presentations/Fundamental%20Aspects%20of%20Collagen/Nr%202%20-%20%20Link-Lock.%20the%20mechanism%20of%20stabilising%20collagen%20by%20chemical%20reactions.pdf
https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/cen-09610-scicon8
https://pubs.acs.org/doi/10.1021/acssuschemeng.8b00233
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959652614011093
https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf506357j

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