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DowDuPont Specialty Products names 2017 Pedersen award medalists


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October 16, 2017 by Canadian Plastics

DowDuPont’s Specialty Products division has named three outstanding scientists as 2017 Pedersen Award Medalists, which is given in recognition of individuals who have made technical contributions that have delivered significant value to customers.

Paul Fagan, of Wilmington, Delaware, is being recognized for his technical leadership in the application of chemistry to the development of renewably sourced materials. “He has made significant technical contributions, leading numerous important projects such as the production of sustainable polymers and the conversion of sugars to bio-based products,” DowDupont said.

Paul Fagan

Arthur Ouwehand, of Inga, Finland, is being recognized for his “outstanding technical contributions in the fields of microbiome sciences and probiotics for applications such as animal and human nutrition,” DowDupont said.

Arthur Ouwehand

And David Rodini, of Richmond, Virginia, is being recognized for his technical expertise in the areas of aramid monomer and polymer production, as well as fibre functionalization and modification. “Rodini was responsible for development of antistatic technology for DuPont Nomex fibre, fabric, and thermal apparel business,” the company said.

David J. Rodini

“Our customers rely on science-based innovations from DuPont to help them succeed,” said Alexa Dembek, chief technology and sustainability officer of DowDuPont Specialty Products division. “We are pleased to honor Paul, Arthur and David, who all exemplify qualities needed to innovate in today’s marketplace: deep technical knowledge, a collaborative mindset and a strong commitment to meeting customer needs.”

The 2017 Pedersen Medalists were honored in award ceremonies last week in Wilmington, Delaware. The award is named in honor of DuPont’s Nobel Laureate, Charles J. Pedersen.