Dave Estell, 2014 Lavoisier Medalist
Outstanding Enzymologist, Prolific Inventor and Pioneer of Protein Engineering.
David (Dave) A. Estell, DuPont Fellow, is recognized for his significant lifetime contributions to the field of enzyme engineering. Dave’s keen ability to challenge existing scientific paradigms has helped DuPont develop scores of new, engineered, protein-based products that have been introduced into the industrial market place across the fields of Fabric & Household Care, Personal Care, Biorefineries, Food, and Animal Nutrition. Throughout his career at DuPont, Dr. Estell has successfully dissected the physical and chemical properties at the center of the interaction of the catalyst and the substrate. Whether it has been modulation of interactions at surfaces, operation at novel pHs and temperatures, or elevating the overall catalytic activity of an enzyme, his inventions and contributions have had impact across multiple venues. Today, as a DuPont Fellow, Dave mentors the project leaders and teams that continue to advance protein engineering in DuPont.