August 21, 2017

The Home of the Future

 

Jesal Chopra, Global Business Director at The Chemours Company, shares how chemistry will make life in tomorrow’s home even easier and more sustainable.



A headshot of Jesal Chopra, Global Business Director of Fluoropolymers at The Chemours Company.

 

The progression of modern society owes a great deal to science and engineering, and a large part of this evolution is due to the chemistry at work within the home.



Your house, like mine, is as much a product of chemical invention as it is of structural engineering and architecture. In fact, while chemistry drives advances across every industry and commercial segment, it is in the home where we can most clearly see modern chemistry innovations at work.

Indeed, the future will be written by this chemistry. This includes the home of the future, which will be a smart home, enabled by artificial intelligence and wireless technology. By using high-speed wired and wireless technology and communications, your future home will prepare itself for your return. Your fridge will order the milk you’re running out of, and your washer will do the laundry during off-peak hours for electric rates. This and much more will become common because of chemistry. Consider that Teflon™ fluoropolymers make smart homes possible at every stage, from integrated circuit manufacture to the communications systems found in smartphones, tablets, and connected devices.

Future homeowners will look for energy efficiency and sustainability. Chemistry makes this possible too. Chemours Teflon™ fluoropolymers are already part of every stage of home and grid clean-energy generation, from films and coatings that increase solar panel efficiency to battery management systems used to store energy. Not only will new foam-blowing agents and refrigerants such as our portfolio of Opteon™ products keep our future homes comfortable more efficiently, but they will do so while having zero ozone depletion potential and low global warming potential.

Future large-scale infrastructure and industry will mirror these at-home trends. Connected factories have combined fluoropolymer-enabled communications and robotics to usher in an era of highly efficient market responsiveness and mass customization. Low global warming potential refrigerants are dropping into existing and new cold chain infrastructure. Utility-scale clean energy is cost competitive with fossil-fuel generation, in part because of fluoropolymers and flow-battery solutions that use Nafion™ membranes. In sum, no matter where you look, high-value chemistry helps to enable—and even to define—not just the home of tomorrow but the society that surrounds it.

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This content was featured in the Chemical & Engineering News 08/21/17 issue.