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DuPont calls for entries for the 2013 Plunkett Awards

07 February 2013

To mark the 75th anniversary of the discovery of PTFE by a DuPont scientist, DuPont Chemicals & Fluoroproducts (DC&F) is calling for entries to the 2013 Plunkett Awards.

These awards recognise outstanding uses of DuPont fluoropolymers to create inventive market solutions that benefit the environment, showcase extraordinary innovation, or deliver a game-changing market application. 

In 1938, Dr. Roy J. Plunkett transformed an apparent mistake into the discovery of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE), which was the first fluoropolymer and remains one of the most valuable and versatile materials ever invented.

Fluoropolymer-based products play a critical role in providing cable and Internet service, generating clean and renewable energy, manufacturing more efficient and reliable cars, making mobile communications devices, and designing safe buildings, ships and aircraft.

“This year marks the 75th anniversary of Dr. Plunkett’s incredible discovery,” said Sylvie Gallou, Director DC&F Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA). “We are excited to see submissions from individuals and teams who continue to find new ways to use fluoropolymers to meet market needs. The Plunkett Awards are a fitting way to celebrate Dr. Plunkett’s spirit of innovation and to honour innovators who demonstrate great chemistry at work.”

Entries will be evaluated for their degree of innovation; contribution to enhanced sustainability; and economic and commercial significance. Winners are to be announced in November 2013. Detailed information about the contest, including registration forms, are available here.  

Submissions must be in English and must reach DuPont no later than May 31, 2013. They can be submitted by post (to Martine Bourrin, DuPont de Nemours Int. SA - Fluoroproducts, 2 chemin du Pavillon, CH - 1218 Grand-Saconnex, Geneva) or transmitted via the web page above.

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