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DuPont Calls for Entries for the 2013 Plunkett Awards In Honor of a Special Anniversary

Wilmington, DE, February 11, 2013

The Plunkett Awards Program Recognizes Market-Changing Innovations Based on Fluoropolymers, Which Were Discovered 75 Years Ago and Led to the Creation of the Teflon™ Brand

To mark the 75th anniversary of the discovery of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) by a DuPont scientist, the DuPont Chemicals & Fluoroproducts (DuPont) is calling for entries to the 2013 Plunkett Awards. These awards recognize 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 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 John Moriarty, global business director for DuPont Fluoropolymer Solutions. “We are excited to see submissions from individuals and teams from around the world 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 honor innovators who demonstrate great chemistry at work.”

Submissions to the 2013 Plunkett Awards will be accepted until May 31, 2013. 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.

Submitting an entry to the 2013 Plunkett Awards is easy. The entry form can be downloaded at www.plunkett.dupont.com, completed in four steps and emailed to myaward@plunkettaward.com.

DuPont Fluoropolymer Solutions is a leading producer of fluoropolymer resins, additives, films, finishes and dispersions made of PTFE (polytetrafluoroethylene), PFA (perfluoroalkoxy), FEP (fluorinated ethylene propylene), ETFE (ethylene-tetrafluoroethylene) and PVF (polyvinyl fluoride). Major markets for these fluoropolymer products include the automotive, chemical processing, semiconductor, oil exploration, chemical handling, data communication, aerospace, electronics, housewares, building and renewable energy industries. Further information is available at www.teflon.com.

DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit www.dupont.com.

 

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