Ted Carnahan is an R&D Fellow in the Performance Plastics division of The Dow Chemical Co. He received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Following a brief post-doctoral assignment at Harvard University, he joined the Research Division of W. R. Grace & Co. as a research chemist.
In 1996 he joined the Dow Chemical Co as a senior scientist. His research covered many aspects of olefin polymerization catalysis for solution, slurry, and gas-phase processes. In recent years, his focus has been on using the catalysis of olefin polymerization to manipulate polymer microstructure and provide products with new and valuable combinations of properties. This work includes the discovery of routes for the catalytic synthesis of novel olefin-block copolymer families commercialized by The Dow Chemical Company as INFUSETM Olefin Block Copolymers and INTUNE™ OBCs. Carnahan is the recipient of the 2008 Gordon E. Moore Medal and the 2016 ACS Award in Polymer Chemistry.
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