Exploratory Chemistry Research in US Industry: Case Analysis of DuPont Central Research

February 11, 2016

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The recent reorganization of DuPont’s venerable Central Research & Development department into a new, smaller centralized research unit called Science & Innovation, can in fact be understood in terms of changes in the business and scientific landscape spanning eight decades.  Join Bill Nugent and Alexander H. Tullo to take a look at the underlying causes and future implications.

What You Will Learn

  • How serendipity and the freedom to explore chance observations led to two Nobel prizes in Chemistry and numerous new businesses for DuPont.
  • Statistical analysis of chemical publications can be used to monitor and understand the changing role of exploratory chemical research in US industry over the past 60 years.
  • The universal abandonment of exploratory chemical research across US industry can – and should – be a boon to industry-university relations.

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Bill Nugent
Ohio State University
Formerly of DuPont CR&D

Alexander Tullo
Chemical & Engineering News

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