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24. May 2018

Call for entries for the Plunkett Awards 2018

To mark the 80th anniversary of the discovery of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) by Dr. Roy Plunkett, Chemours is calling for entries to the Plunkett Awards 2018.

The awards recognize advancements in products and applications across the Chemours fluoropolymer portfolio, including Teflon fluoropolymers, coatings, fabric protector, and additives; Krytox lubricants; Viton fluoroelastomers; Nafion ion exchange materials; and Capstone fluorosurfactants. Entries will be considered globally from three regions: the Americas, Europe/Middle East/Africa, and Asia Pacific.

“This year marks the 80th anniversary of Dr. Plunkett’s incredible discovery,” said Jesal Chopra, global business director for Chemours Fluoropolymers. “The Plunkett Awards are a fitting way to celebrate Dr. Plunkett’s spirit of innovation and to honor innovators around the world who develop important applications for fluoropolymers.”

Submissions to the Plunkett Awards will be accepted until 1 June 2018. Entries will be evaluated for their degree of innovation; contribution to enhanced sustainability; and economic and commercial significance. The entry form to submit an application for an award can be downloaded at www.chemours.com/plunkett-awards. The winners will be announced in September 2018.


In 1938, Dr. Roy J. Plunkett (1911-1994) transformed an apparent mistake into the discovery of PTFE, which was the first fluoropolymer and remains one of the most versatile materials ever invented. The use of fluoropolymers help make a variety of products safer, more effective, longer lasting and lower emissions such as those from automobiles. Fluoropolymers play a critical role in enabling high speed data transmission, generating clean and renewable energy, manufacturing more efficient and reliable cars, making mobile communications devices, and designing safe buildings, ships and aircraft. Dr. Roy Plunkett was inducted into the Plastics Hall of Fame in 1973, and, in 1985, into the National Inventors' Hall of Fame.

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