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Materials Sciences

Creating better, more sustainable materials

Our expertise in Materials Sciences is what helps us produce many of the engineering thermoplastics, resins, high performance fibers and coatings that appear in products essential to our everyday lives – from cars to electronics to packaging to construction to sports and medical equipment and the energy sector.
Polymer granules

Just one example is Arnitel® VT, our flexible thermoplastic elastomer used for outdoor clothing and medical gowns. Not only is it 100% waterproof, but it’s also highly breathable and comfortable, while containing no perfluorinated chemicals.

DSM Materials Sciences & societal impact

Our breakthroughs in Materials Sciences address pressing global issues. One example is our anti-reflective coating for solar panels, which helps make solar energy more efficient and thus more affordable, viable and sustainable. Another game-changer in the pipeline is a sustainable powder coating that can be used for the first time in applications on temperature-sensitive substrates like wood panels.

Materials Sciences: Advanced areas of expertise

  • Polymer physics
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Shaping & fluid mechanics

Materials Sciences for health & wellbeing

Our Materials Sciences competences also make a major contribution to nutrition, health, medicine and biotechnology. For example, they helped create our Akulon® polymer, used in packaging to significantly extend food’s shelf life and reduce food waste – a defining challenge for society.

Meanwhile in the Biomedical field, our medical-grade Dyneema Purity® fiber has the potential to aid in therapeutic repairs that are more comfortable, last longer and create stronger mechanical performance – all of which contributes to improved quality of life.

Materials Sciences: Knowledge centers

Our key RT&D centers in the Materials Sciences field of expertise are located in Geleen, (the Netherlands), and Shanghai (China).