Putting Science to Work

Over the past two centuries, DuPont has been at the cutting edge of science and discovery, developing products that appear in everyday life, enhance industrial capabilities, protect people and the environment, and improve the quality of living for people all over the globe. Below are just some of the thousands of DuPont products that are testaments to our mission of putting science to work.

DuPont in Space
DuPont Sorona®
DuPont SentryGlas®
Solae™
DuPont Filaments for Premium-Quality Brushes
DuPont Solamet® for Photovoltaics
DuPont Qualicon for Food Safety
EcoConcept Finishing System for Cars

DuPont in Space

Nylon, invented by DuPont, was a major component of the early Apollo program's space suits, which continued to be improved for greater mobility and heat-resisistance. For the historic Apollo 11 mission that allowed mankind's first steps on the moon in 1969, 20 of the 21 layers in each space suit was made with DuPont inventions, including Nomex® fiber, Teflon® fluoropolymer, Kapton® polyimide film, Mylar® polyester film, Lycra® spandex, neoprene, and nylon. In fact, the first U.S. flag placed on the moon was made of DuPont's nylon. More

You can also learn more about the Apollo 11 space suits through the Smithsonian Institute's National Air and Space Museum.

 

DuPont Sorona®

DuPont has been defining the fiber industry for more than 50 years with the discovery and commercialization of well-known fibers such as nylon, rayon, and spandex. With the introduction of Sorona®, DuPont has commercialized the most advanced polymer platform in over six decades. Sorona® is made partially with agricultural feedstocks instead of petrochemicals, reducing our dependency on oil. In addition to fabric for clothing and fibers for durable, stain-resistant carpets, Sorona® can be used in films, filaments, engineering resins, and other applications. More

You can also check out an interview with Dr. Joseph Kurian, the DuPont scientist behind Sorona®, and see how SmartStrand carpet made from Sorona® held up against a 2,800-lb mud-loving rhino.

 

DuPont SentryGlas®

DuPont SentryGlas® is composed of safety interlayers that help make glass lighter, stronger, and more protective for windows, doors, and safety-glazed building elements. Five times stronger and 100 times stiffer than conventional laminating materials, DuPont SentryGlas® interlayers help create glass that protects against bigger storms, larger impacts, and heavier loads. More

SentryGlas® also makes up the super-strong glass floors that let sightseers walk and look down from high above the city of Chicago or the Grand Canyon.

 

Solae™

The Solae Company (an alliance between DuPont and Bunge Limited) specializes in products that come from a natural, reliable, and renewable source—the soybean. The Solae Company offers a wide range of products that are specifically designed to meet customer application needs. The products provide economic, functional, nutritional, and health benefits to four primary segments within the food industries: meat and poultry products, consumer food products, dairy-alternative products, and nutritional products. More

Find about more about the health benefits of soy.

 

DuPont Filaments for Premium-Quality Brushes

DuPont Filaments offers a wide range of monofilaments for premium-quality brushes and unique industrial applications. From cosmetic brushes to toothbrushes, industrial brushes to paintbrushes, DuPont makes filaments in the colors, stiffness, and softness needed for various applications. Did you know that 70% of all toothbrushes use DuPont Tynex® filaments? More

 

DuPont Solamet® for Photovoltaics

A new series of DuPont Solamet® screen-printable thick film materials enables solar cell manufacturers to significantly reduce their cost per watt by achieving higher cell efficiencies, higher production yields, and lower material consumption. The improved power output is a vital advancement for solar energy productivity. More

 

DuPont Qualicon for Food Safety

Screening food and pharmaceuticals for pathogens and other unwelcome organisms is crucial to maintaining public health and protecting brands. DuPont Qualicon products have established themselves at the forefront of DNA-based diagnostic solutions. Innovations like the award-winning BAX® and RiboPrinter® systems automate microbial testing and are used around the world to help ensure a safer food supply. More

 

EcoConcept Finishing System for Cars

Combining two coating steps into one waterborne basecoat, the EcoConcept finishing system saves carmakers substantial amounts of energy, time, and capital while also reducing emissions. More

 

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