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DuPont Scientists Highlight R&D Advances for President Bush

Ellen Pressley

WILMINGTON, Del., January 24, 2007 - Several DuPont scientists showed President Bush advances being made at the DuPont Experimental Station during his visit to Wilmington, January 24, 2007.

  DuPont scientist Lisa Laffend shows President Bush and Chad Holliday some of DuPont's leading-edge research at the Experimental Station.
The President toured DuPont’s biofuels research programs and met with scientists Bill Hitz, Mark Emptage, Lisa Laffend and Armando Byrne and business director Bill Frey.  His tour spanned efforts to market seed that produces higher yields of ethanol to work underway to develop and integrate a BioRefinery that converts corn stover to biofuels and biobutanol – a next generation biofuel that has uncompromised performance attributes.

“Great inventions came from our labs, including the discovery of nylon, DuPont™ Kevlar®, DuPont™ Tyvek® and DuPont™ Sorona®, our first renewably sourced polymer family,” said Uma Chowdhry, senior vice president and chief technology officer.  “Our work to make better biofuels – including ethanol from cellulose and biobutanol – and our efforts in the areas of photovoltaics, fuel cells, wind power and more are just a few examples of our ability to deliver solutions to global problems such as energy security which is high on the President’s list of priorities.”

DuPont scientist Armando Byrne discusses biofuels research progress with President Bush.
Uma was joined by Chairman and CEO Chad Holliday, Executive Vice President Ellen Kullman, and Vice President for Biochemical Sciences and Engineering John Pierce  in providing the president an overview of DuPont, the company’s 2015 sustainability goals and offerings in alternative energy products, including photovoltaic solar panels and DuPont™ Tyvek® building wrap.  John also gave an overview of Bio-PDO™ and DuPont™ Sorona® -- the company’s first two products made from crops.