WILMINGTON, Del., – DuPont (NYSE: DD) today announced that it has been named winner of five 2022 R&D100 Awards in the Mechanical/Materials category. The R&D 100 Awards, sponsored by R&D World Magazine, recognizes the 100 most innovative technologies of the previous year. The awards add to DuPont’s impressive streak of new product innovation, having 22 finalists and 10 R&D 100 winners in the last five years.
“Innovation is at the center of everything we do at DuPont, and receiving this award exemplifies DuPont’s tireless pursuit of outcome-driven research that is driving growth in our strategic focus areas,” said Alexa Dembek, DuPont Chief Technology & Sustainability Officer. “I’m so proud of the innovation and ingenuity our teams contribute every day to translate cutting-edge thinking into customer impact while living our purpose to empower the world with essential innovations to thrive.”
DuPont winning technologies include solutions for water, next generation automotive, electronics and sustainable construction:
Brine Concentration with FilmTec™ Fortilife™ XC120 membranes – FilmTec™ Fortilife™ XC120 is a spiral-wound reverse osmosis element that recovers more water and achieves higher brine concentrations in wastewater treatment systems than conventional products. This is accomplished with an innovative membrane and specialized feed and permeate spacers, leading to unique performance in minimal liquid discharge applications.
DuPont™ BETATECH™ Thermal Interface Material – BETATECH™ thermal interface material is a novel solution that helps control heat in electric vehicle batteries. High thermal conductivity allows for efficient thermal management, helping maintain optimal battery temperatures during both charging and operation, extending vehicle range and enhancing vehicle safety due to decreased chance of thermal runaway.
KapFlo™: Clear Polyimides without compromising High Temperature Stability for Next Generation OLED Smartphone Displays – Smartphone manufacturers have been trying numerous ways to create a truly edge-to-edge display that reaches all four edges of the frame with no interruption. This requires a flexible, optically clear, and high-temperature stable polymer as OLED substrate material. KapFlo(TM) is the first of its kind material to enable this technology.
Low GWP Froth-Pak™ Spray Foam – The new Froth-Pak™ spray foams boast a blowing agent GWP reduction of more than 99% as compared to blowing agents used in past formulations, while maintaining the performance attributes professional contractors expect. Froth-Pak™ Spray Foam is a portable kit for professional contractors to efficiently fill wall cavities and penetrations – improving energy efficiency, building resilience and comfort for homeowners.
Innovations from DuPont’s Mobility & Materials businesses were also recognized:
R&D 100 Award Winner: DuPont™ GreenTape™ 9KC LTCC and Ag metallization for mmWave 5G wireless devices – DuPont™ GreenTape™ 9KC Low Temperature Co-fired Ceramic (LTCC) system with Ag metallization is known for the lowest dielectric loss at Df ≤ 0.0009 throughout the 5G millimeter wave wireless communication frequencies. This system enables economic mass production for high reliability modules featuring heterogenous IC packaging, antennae, signal routing.
R&D 100 Award Finalists: DuPont Zytel® HTN50Gxx series (HTN50G35HSL, HTN50G35FWS): from a new polymer backbone HTN500 PPA (Polyphthalamide) resin for Automotive Application and DuPont Zytel® RS32G10DO Renewably-Sourced Low-Density Material for Light-Weighting Consumer Electronics.
DuPont announced that it will divest a majority of the Mobility & Materials segment to Celanese on February 18, 2022.
The R&D 100 Awards, now in its 60th year, are widely recognized as the “Oscars of Invention,” as they identify and celebrate the top technology products and services of the year. This year, the R&D Awards received entries from a dozen different countries and regions and nominations were judged by 50 well-respected industry professionals around the world.