Paul J. Fagan joined the Central Research and Development Department at the DuPont company and worked in this department for 33 years. He is a Senior Principal Scientist, and for the last 2 years, has worked in the Industrial Biosciences, Biomaterials business at DuPont. He is currently located at the Experimental Station in Wilmington, Delaware. Paul has extensive experience with making biomaterials and studying their creation and properties.
Paul graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, a Ph.D. degree from Northwestern University in Inorganic chemistry, and spent two years as an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Madison before joining DuPont. He has two children (Paul and Alice), and enjoys playing tennis and golf.
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DuPont Everact™: A Renewably-Sourced Furan-Based BioPolymer for The Packaging Industry
DuPont and ADM have jointly developed a breakthrough process to produce furan dicarboxylic methyl ether (FDME) from fructose utilizing a chemical process that integrates the dehydration and oxidation steps. This integration provides higher yields, improved energy utilization, and requires fewer unit operations, thus substantially reducing the required capital investment. It is planned to integrate the commercial FDME facility with one of ADM’s world-scale corn processing facilities to provide low cost, high purity fructose based on ADM’s years of expertise in this area.
The new DuPont-ADM FDME process also produces high-purity FDME enabling the production of high purity polymers which meet the exacting demands of food and beverage packaging applications. In parallel to the monomer work, DuPont has developed the process to make, and applications technology to use, DuPont Everact™ - poly trimethylene furandicarboxylate (PTF), the furan polymer analog of DuPont Sorona®, utilizing FDME. DuPont has demonstrated production of PTF with acceptable color for the most demanding packaging applications. PTF is also made with Bio-PDO™, making it a 100% renewable solution for applications requiring outstanding carbon dioxide and oxygen barrier properties.
Our initial targeting market will be the packaging industry, particularly for beverage packaging. The value propositions we have developed have been well accepted by our key potential customers.