DuPont is uniquely positioned to innovate at the meeting point of science and markets.
Our company has approximately 9,000 scientists and engineers, and DuPont invested about $1.9 billion in research and development in 2015. Our core technologies, from polymer synthesis, to protein engineering, to biotechnology, provide a base for sustainable innovation worldwide. DuPont’s major research and development facilities are located in the U.S. in Wilmington, Delaware; Johnston, Iowa; Palo Alto, California, and outside the U.S. in Paulinia, Brazil; Hyderabad, India; Shanghai, China; Meyrin, Switzerland; and Brabrand, Denmark. A global network of research and development sites are dedicated to bringing DuPont scientific innovations to customers around the world. We apply deep expertise across a broad range of technical disciplines to improve products and processes, and to invent new ways of working for our customers. DuPont research and development explores the frontiers of science in search of discoveries that can help transform products, markets, society and DuPont.
Scientists & Engineers - Learn about some of the DuPont scientists and engineers who are driving innovation and business growth.
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Global R&D Locations - Learn more about some of the DuPont Research & Development facilities around the world.
What’s in our Innovation Pipeline
Research and development now under way uses a diverse toolkit that includes industrial and agricultural biotechnology, nanotechnology, chemistry, materials science, engineering, and more. Cutting-edge science is being applied to the development of new seed, crop protection and nutrition products to increase food production and nutritional value. We’re also focused on offerings that help decrease global dependence on fossil fuels, including biofuels, high efficiency solar cells, and high strength heat resistant polymers for transportation light-weighting. And we are actively working on protecting people by developing new food contaminant testing and life-saving materials that protect people and the environment.
Building on a History of Market-Driven Science and Innovation
The roots of DuPont Science trace back to 18th century France to Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier, often called the "father of modern chemistry." Eleuthere Irenee du Pont, one of Lavoisier's students and protégés, founded the DuPont Company in 1802, bringing Lavoisier's advanced technology for manufacturing black gunpowder to the then-emerging nation of the United States of America.
DuPont is home to one of the world’s first industrial research and development facilities – the Experimental Station. The 150-acre campus-style Experimental Station in Wilmington, DE was established to diversify DuPont from explosives into new industries, a process that started by research into cellulose chemistry in 1903. The breakthroughs made by scientists and engineers at the Experimental Station are recognized throughout the world, including nylon - the world’s first synthetic fiber, Kevlar® advanced aramid fibers that have helped save thousands of lives globally, Suva® refrigerants that help keep food fresh and people comfortable, and Tyvek® nonwovens protective material that improves energy efficiency and air quality.
Today, this landmark site is joined by 150 R&D locations in 35 countries. Global research and development is focused on a diverse range of markets including agriculture, automotive, construction, electronics, chemicals, industrial materials, and alternative energy.