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The Miracle of Science. Stacy E. Wood Roanoke College April 3, 2001. Outline. History Areas of Research Economics Products Overview Products in Detail Future.

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The miracle of science

The Miracle of Science

Stacy E. Wood

Roanoke College

April 3, 2001


Outline

Outline

  • History

  • Areas of Research

  • Economics

  • Products Overview

  • Products in Detail

  • Future


History

1802 – Eleuthere Irenee du Pont de Nemours established the company in Wilmington, Delaware to produce black powder

1902 – Shareholders vote to sell and 3 great-grandsons buy and restructure the business

1909 – “Ex Station”’s responsibility grew from explosives to chemicals

1927 - $20,000 spent on “pure science” and fundamental research work

1938 – Modern materials revolution begins

1940s – DuPont products contribute to the WWII effort

1980s – DuPont invested over $80 billion in acquisitions

Today – “The New DuPont” invests over $1billion a year in R&D

History


Areas of research

Areas of Research

  • Chemical Sciences

  • Leveraged Technologies

  • Life Sciences

  • Materials Science & Engineering

  • Petroleum Engineering & Refining

  • Process Science

    & Engineering


Economics

Economics

  • More than 40 R&D labs

  • About 94,000 employees

  • Operate in 70 countries worldwide

  • 2000 Figures:

    • $2.3 billion in net income

    • $28.3 billion in revenue

  • Aim to double revenue growth and maintain productivity


Types of products

Agriculture

Dupont Biotechnology

Qualicon ™

Nylon Enterprise

Antron ®

Condura ®

Solarmax ™

Stainmaster ®

Supplex ®

Tactel ®

Performance Coatings

Automotive Finishes

Performance Coatings

Pharmaceuticals

DuPont Pharmaceuticals

Pigments & Chemicals

Dymel ®

Glycolic Acid

Oxone ®

Terathane ®

Ti-Pure ®

Tyzor ®

Vazo ®

Polyester Enterprise

Biomax ®

Coolmax ™

Supriva ®

Types of Products

  • Specialty Fibers

    • Aracon ®

    • Kevlar ® & Nomax ®

    • Tyvek ®

  • Specialty Polymers

    • Corain ®

    • Cyrel ®

    • Flat Panel Displays

    • Teflon ®


Teflon

Teflon ®

  • Accidentally discovered by Dr. Roy J. Plunkett in 1938

  • Lowest coefficient of friction of all known fibers

  • Excellent electrical insulator

  • Most chemically resistant fiber known

  • 1999 Revenue ~$1.5billion

  • Used in a huge array of products

  • Been described as “an example of serendipity, a flash of genius, a lucky accident…even a mixture of all three”


Kevlar

Kevlar ®

  • Developed in 1965 by Stephanie Kwolek & Herbert Blades

  • Properties –

    • Lightweight

    • High tensile strength

    • Chemical resistant

    • Flame resistant

  • Uses –

    • Protective apparel, defense, belts/hoses, friction products, tires, ropes, and many, many more


  • Glycolic acid

    Glycolic Acid

    • Functions as an alcohol and a moderately strong acid

    • Excellent properties for multiple applications

    • DuPont has been the leading supplier of glycolic acid worldwide for over 50 years


    Biomax

    Biomax ®

    • Hydro/biodegradable polyester resin

    • Harmless to the environment at every stage of decomposition

    • Applications:

      • Paper coating

      • Thermoformable products

      • Films for food packaging


    Future

    Future

    • DuPont’s Vision Statement:

      • “We, the people of DuPont, dedicate ourselves daily to the work of improving life on our planet.”

      • “We have the curiosity to go farther…the imagination to think bigger… the determination to try harder… and the conscience to care more.”


    Questions

    Questions?


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