Jean Hellot. A pioneer of chemical technology

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Jean Hellot (1685-1766) is considered one of the founders of the chemical, metallurgical, and textile industry in France and Europe. Although he published little, his impact was significant in the chemical revolution that took place in the
nineteenth century. Hellot investigated zinc and its compounds, the precious metals, the preparation of phosphorus and ethyl ether, the manufacture of porcelain and invisible inks, and the mechanism of dyeing. An important discovery was the photo sensibility of paper impregnated with silver nitrate.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-121
Number of pages11
JournalRevista CENIC Ciencias Quimicas
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2009


  • chemical technology
  • invisible ink
  • phosphorus
  • Ether
  • dyeing
  • porcelain
  • photo sensibility
  • silver nitrate
  • Metronomics


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