DuPont scientists and engineers innovate globally.
DuPont is a community of solvers. At the heart of our community are 10,000 scientists and engineers working in more than 150 facilities worldwide creating science based solutions for global challenges in food, energy and protection.
Since our founding in 1802, DuPont has pioneered the development and application of science to become the world’s most dynamic science company. DuPont scientists and engineers have always provided the knowledge and ingenuity to create new solutions and make existing solutions work better. Today more than ever before, the world needs scientists and engineers to invent and develop new ways to feed, protect, and energize a rapidly growing population. The DuPont culture is a catalyst for innovation, from crop protection to renewable energy to helping make vehicles lighter or protective equipment stronger. Collaborations and partnerships strengthen our ability to innovate as we work towards a common purpose: to apply our science to solving the world’s greatest challenges.
Technology Awards & Recognition
DuPont is proud of the awards and recognition our people and technology have earned. Learn more about our innovations and some of the most notable achievements of our individual scientists and engineers.
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Aileen Van-Nguyen, Ph.D.
Strategic Alliance Manager
Manufacturing Technology Engineer
Steven R. Allen, Ph.D.
Sergio Nanita is an analytical chemist and mass spectrometrist known for his innovative methods for rapid trace-level detection of chemicals in the most complex systems. His analytical methods have proven useful at DuPont to address challenges in agricultural chemistry, environmental sciences, food safety, chemical genomics, industrial waste treatment and forensic sciences. Sergio’s work is inspiring scientists to adopt his methods for faster analysis and increase operational efficiency of laboratories around the world. At DuPont Crop Protection, Sergio has led several analytical chemistry projects that support the development of novel agricultural products, their registration and launch into global markets to address the need for increased food production.
Sergio Nanita, Ph.D. - Research Investigator
“Humankind has exponentially improved the efficiency of work over thousands of years, leading to the powerful technologies and scientific innovation we enjoy today. We are now faced with the challenge of wisely executing technology renewal with safer options to supply energy, food, and health, while maintaining harmony with the environment to ensure better quality of life for generations to come.”
Aileen Van-Nguyen is a strategic alliance manager for DuPont Crop Protection Research and Development. She leads the global alliance network, including Alliance Partners, Research Collaborators and Contract Research Organizations to affordably meet business requirements for discovery, new product development, as well as existing product support.
Aileen Van-Nguyen, Ph.D. - Strategic Alliance Manager
“DuPont has been a great place to work and where I have found my dream in professional growth realized through many dream makers. It is a great privilege to serve in a business that cares for the quality of life in developing countries and to help produce good, safe and high quality food to feed the world growing population. Every day I come home from work with great personal satisfaction and I look forward for the next day when I realize that what I do has a positive impact on lives of many people around the globe. ”
As the son of a DuPont chemist, Andrew was born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. He received his B.A. in chemistry at Cornell University, and subsequently his M.A. and Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University, where he developed new catalytic asymmetric reaction methodologies catalyzed by cinchona alkaloids. This research earned him a fellowship from the Division of Organic Chemistry, of the American Chemical Society. In his time at DuPont Andrew has been a chemistry team leader on many projects dedicated to the discovery of fungicides and herbicides for use in global cereals production.
Andrew E. Taggi, Ph.D. - Research Associate
“Working at DuPont allows me to do cutting-edge science, with a positive societal impact.”
Chase Barnhart serves as a manufacturing technology engineer in a facility that produces a diverse portfolio of thermoplastic engineering resins. His daily focus is to improve existing manufacturing processes and support new developments. ase is also responsible for providing engineering guidance for capital projects worth more than $1 million and leading initiatives to improve the reliability of manufacturing assets. Chase’s contributions have resulted in manufacturing productivity improvements and improving quality for Crastin® polyester resin, Rynite® polyester resin, and Delrin® acetal resins.
Chase Barnhart - Manufacturing Technology Engineer
“Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”
Hari Sunkara is a Senior Research Associate and a pioneer in “green chemistry.” With approximately 130 patent applications, he thrives on the discovery of new chemical materials that combine sustainability and performance benefits. Hari is a Technical Team Leader guiding work on industrial uses for DuPont’s Plenish™ high oleic soybean oil. Besides leading a team, he also conducts his own project-related research. Hari is also a DuPont Fellows Forum Associate and has published several articles on bio-based polyols.
Hari Sunkara, Ph.D. - Senior Research Associate
“I’m proud of DuPont’s forward looking vision and support of the green aspects of chemistry. Our company is committed to making useful, sustainable materials from renewable sourced feed stocks.”
As a Research Fellow, Steve Allen’s innovative work and the analytical techniques he has pioneered are now used to guide the development of the next generation of high performance fiber products and processes. In 2013, Steve received DuPont’s Pedersen Medal in recognition of his contributions to the development of the fundamental science of advanced fibers linking their chemistry, processing, structure and properties. Beyond the processing of polymers to create fibers, Steve has developed new test methodologies and mechanical characterizations that have led to fundamental understanding of the polymer physics that underlie today’s high performance fibers such as Kevlar® and Nomex®.
Steven R. Allen, Ph.D. - Research Fellow
“Learning something new and expanding our ability to further influence our processes and products provides a continual excitement and desire for me to keep learning every day.”
Calvin Chien, a DuPont Fellow, is a world renowned engineering authority in environmental containment, transport modeling, and hydrogeology. He is also a member of the DuPont Lavoisier Academy for Technical Achievement. He joined DuPont from Conoco in 1986 to become a technology leader in the investigation and remediation of soil and groundwater contamination. His precedent-setting work over his career brought together the research, industry, and regulatory communities to examine and address collaboratively tough environmental technical challenges. Today Calvin spends much of his time in China leading collaboration in cooperation with Chinese universities and government and industrial institutes in the development of remediation technology. Calvin helped initiate the multi-year Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) effort that will have a significant lasting impact on soil remediation and environmental protection in China.
Calvin Chien, Ph.D. - DuPont Fellow
“DuPont is a special company….not just because of its long history and great people, but because of its unique culture. Simply put, the people of DuPont demonstrate in their daily work our core values: safety and health, environmental stewardship, the highest ethical behavior, and respect for people. DuPont provides ideal environment and sufficient support and freedom for the technical professionals to offer the best they can to the company. Every morning, I can’t wait to come to the office.”
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