DSM's CTO and Corporate Science Fellows.
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. 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.
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. Other game-changers are the Akulon Diablo® technology that enable use of our engineering polymers in aggressive environments and our extreme performance ForTii® high performance polyamides product line for lightweight applications.
Our competences also make a major contribution to nutrition and health, creating Akulon®, a polymer used in food packaging to extend shelf life and reduce waste, for example.
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.
Our key RT&D centers in the Materials Sciences field of expertise are located in Geleen, (the Netherlands), and Shanghai (China).