The DuPont Experimental Station  –  A Rich History of Scientific Discovery

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Scientists and engineers at the DuPont Experimental Station have been making history for over 100 years. The focus of the world-renowned scientists and engineers at this site is to advance the science and technology platforms that can deliver break-through solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. From the first synthetic rubber, neoprene, in the 1920’s and the first synthetic fiber, nylon, in the 1930’s, our scientists have put science to work to address real world needs. The map highlights just a few of the brand names and product categories that started with an invention at the DuPont Experimental Station.

Today, the Experimental Station serves as the primary research and development center for DuPont in advanced materials and one of two primary research centers in industrial biotechnology and agricultural science. Here more than 2,000 scientists and researchers pursue science-based solutions for global markets including agriculture, nutrition, energy, transportation, electronics, safety and protection, construction, coatings and performance materials. Collaborating with partners around the world to build on a legacy of scientific discovery, they create solutions that help increase food production and delivery, decrease the world’s dependence on fossil fuels, and protect lives and the environment.

Research and development now under way involves fields such as nanotechnology, high efficiency photovoltaics, materials for energy storage, advanced biofuels, renewably-sourced polymers, analytical systems for food safety, and seeds with higher yields and increased end use value. These developments could lead to foods that help prevent diseases and brittle bones, "smart" materials that can adjust performance on their own, microorganisms that produce biodegradable products and innovative materials for personal protection.

"When the Experimental Station opened over 100 years ago, our focus was to move DuPont from an explosives company to become a global chemicals and materials company," said chief innovation officer Tom Connelly. "Today, as part of our next transformation, we put our science to work to make real differences in everyday life. Our ability to evolve in response to the dynamic external environment has established DuPont as one of the world's most innovative companies. The Experimental Station and all of its people over the years have truly provided advances that have helped make life better, safer and healthier."