Recognizes Market-Changing Innovations Based on Fluoropolymers, Discovered 75 Years Ago
To mark the 75th anniversary of the discovery of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) by a DuPont scientist, the DuPont Chemicals & Fluoroproducts (DuPont) is calling for entries to the 2013 Plunkett Awards. These awards recognize outstanding uses of DuPont fluoropolymers to create inventive market solutions that benefit the environment, showcase extraordinary innovation, or deliver a game-changing market application.
In 1938, Dr. Roy J. Plunkett transformed an apparent mistake into the discovery of PTFE, which was the first fluoropolymer and remains one of the most valuable and versatile materials ever invented. Fluoropolymer-based products play a critical role in providing cable and internet service, generating clean and renewable energy, manufacturing more efficient and reliable cars, making mobile communications devices, and designing safe buildings, ships, and aircraft.
“This year marks the 75th anniversary of Dr. Plunkett’s incredible discovery,” says John Moriarty, global business director for DuPont Fluoropolymer Solutions. “We are excited to see submissions from individuals and teams from around the world who continue to find new ways to use fluoropolymers to meet market needs. The Plunkett Awards are a fitting way to celebrate Dr. Plunkett’s spirit of innovation and to honor innovators who demonstrate great chemistry at work.”
Submissions to the 2013 Plunkett Awards will be accepted until May 31. Entries will be evaluated for their degree of innovation; contribution to enhanced sustainability; and economic and commercial significance. Winners will be announced in November.
The entry form can be downloaded here, completed in four steps and emailed to email@example.com.