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The DuPont Experimental Station is the largest research and development facility of E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company. Located on the banks of the Brandywine Creek in Wilmington, Delawaremarker, it is home to some of the most important discoveries of the modern chemical industry.

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The Experimental Station marked its 100th anniversary in 2003. It was founded as an effort to move the DuPont Company from gunpowder and explosives into the new age of chemistry.[1] The site overlooks the original powder mills upon which the company was founded - now Hagley Museum and Librarymarker, a nonprofit educational institution documenting the history of DuPont business and technology. The Experimental Station is east from Hagley Museum and west-southwest from the Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children.

As one of the first industrial research laboratories in the United States, the campus-style Experimental Station in Wilmington, Delaware, serves as the primary research and development facility for DuPont. It is home to DuPont's Central Research and most other business units of DuPont are also represented on site. The Experimental Station is the birthplace of many of the innovative materials and products developed by DuPont since 1903, including:



Today nearly 2,000 scientists and researchers - including roughly 600 with Ph.D.s - pursue new opportunities for a broad range of global markets including agriculture and nutrition, electronics, safety and protection, coatings and performance materials. There are over 50 buildings encompassing 250,000 square meters of research space. This centralized facility allows collaborations to enhance scientific discovery. More recent successes include Suva refrigerants, the BAX food safety systems and Sorona polyester.
DuPont scientist Armando Byrne discusses potential new directions in biofuels research with President George W.
Bush as DuPont's then CEO, Chad Holliday, looks on.


Research and development now under way includes nanotechnology, emerging video display technologies, fuel cells, and biomaterials produced from renewable resources such as corn. These developments could lead to foods that help prevent diseases and brittle bones, "smart" materials that can adjust performance on their own, microorganisms that produce biodegradable products and innovative materials for personal protection.

On the morning of January 24, 2007, President George W. Bush became the first president to visit the Experimental Station. He saw examples of how DuPont is putting science to work to provide products for agricultural energy crops, feedstock processing and advanced biofuels such as ethanol and bio-butanol. He also viewed other alternative energy sources and technologies dealing with energy conservation. These are all part of DuPont’s sustainable growth mission.

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