Mario Nappa, 2013 Lavoisier Medalist
Inventor and Visionary in Fluorine Chemistry.
Mario J. Nappa, DuPont Fellow, at DuPont Chemicals & Fluoroproducts, is recognized for his extraordinary track record of chemical inventiveness, problem solving, networking, leadership characteristics, and execution skills. An exceptional chemist with a thorough knowledge of synthetic organofluorine chemistry married with his advanced skills in physical chemistry has led to great success. During his 32 year career at DuPont, Mario’s contributions have delivered groundbreaking ideas to support developments in the field of fluorine chemistry resulting in the creation of significant intellectual property and incredible revenue potential for DuPont. Dr. Nappa’s research has focused on the development of alternative refrigerants, solvents, propellants, and blowing agents and he has served as a role model for both young scientists and peers throughout DuPont. Today, he provides a leadership role in the collaborative research programs developing the next generation fluorochemical alternatives and continues to test the limits and explore the potential of fluoromonomers, hydrofluorcarbon catalysis, next generation refrigerants, foaming agents, fire extinguishants, solvents, and fluorinated electronic gases.