DuPont is uniquely positioned to innovate at the meeting point of science and markets. Our company has over 10,000 scientists and engineers, and DuPont invested over $2.1 billion in research and development in 2012. Our core technologies, from polymer synthesis to protein engineering, provide a base for sustainable innovation worldwide. DuPont’s major research and development facilities are located in the U.S. in Wilmington, Delaware; Johnston, Iowa; Palo Alto, California, and outside the U.S. in Paulinia, Brazil; Hyderabad, India; Shanghai, China; and Meyrin, Switzerland. An additional 150 global research and development sites are dedicated to bringing DuPont scientific innovations to customers around the world. We apply deep expertise across a broad range of technical disciplines to improve products and processes, and to invent new ways of working for our customers. DuPont research and development explores the frontiers of science in search of discoveries that can help transform products, markets, society and DuPont.
“Market insight and foresight guide our innovation investment decisions”
Thomas M. Connelly, Executive Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer
What’s in our Innovation Pipeline
Research and development now under way uses a diverse toolkit that includes industrial and agricultural biotechnology, nanotechnology, chemistry, materials science, engineering, and more. Cutting-edge science is being applied to the development of new seed, crop protection and nutrition products to increase food production and nutritional value. We’re also focused on offerings that help decrease global dependence on fossil fuels, including biofuels, high efficiency solar cells, and high strength heat resistant polymers for transportation light-weighting. And we are actively working on new low global warming refrigerants, food contaminant testing, and life-saving materials that protect people and the environment.
DuPont measures our innovation success by sales from new products, number of new products launched, and patents filed and granted. A DuPont science overview for 2012 shows that the company recorded about $10 billion in sales from new products and applications launched between 2009 and 2012. In 2012, DuPont introduced 2,047 new products and was granted 935 US patents aimed at meeting the needs of people around the world.
Building on a History of Market-Driven Science and Innovation
The roots of DuPont science trace back to 18th century France to Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier, often called the "father of modern chemistry." Eleuthere Irenee du Pont, one of Lavoisier's students and protégés, founded the DuPont Company in 1802, bringing Lavoisier's advanced technology for manufacturing black gunpowder to the then-emerging nation of the United States of America.
DuPont is home to one of the world’s first industrial research and development facilities – the Experimental Station. The 150-acre campus-style Experimental Station in Wilmington, DE was established to diversify DuPont from explosives into new industries, a process that started by research into cellulose chemistry in 1903. The breakthroughs made by scientists and engineers at the Experimental Station are recognized throughout the world, including nylon - the world’s first synthetic fiber, Kevlar® advanced aramid fibers that have helped save thousands of lives globally, Suva® refrigerants that help keep food fresh and people comfortable, and Tyvek® nonwovens protective material that improves energy efficiency & air quality.
In 2013 the Experimental Station continues to be home to some of the world’s most important scientific discoveries in advanced materials, industrial biotechnology and agricultural science. Today, this landmark site is joined by 150 R&D locations in 35 countries. Global research and development is focused on a diverse range of markets including agriculture, automotive, construction, electronics, chemicals, industrial materials, and alternative energy.