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Meet the DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions Leadership Team

Thomas R. Earnest, Jr. 
Thomas R. Earnest, Jr.  
Global Market Development Manager, DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions

Dr. Earnest has been with DuPont for more than 30 years, working in multiple strategic business units in a variety of technology, marketing, business and planning roles in Delaware, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. Prior to joining DuPont, he was a Visiting Scientist at Imperial College of Science and Technology, London, UK. After receiving a B.S. degree in textile engineering and chemistry from N.C. State University in 1974, Dr. Earnest attended graduate school at the University of Massachusetts, receiving his M.S. degree in 1976 and Ph.D. in 1978, both in polymer science and engineering.

Areas of Expertise:


  • Global solar energy market and technology trends
  • Long term reliability of PV modules
  • Photovoltaic materials and technologies driving improved efficiency, lifetimes, and overall PV system cost reduction
  • Tedlar® polyvinyl fluoride films for PV backsheets