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Nanocomposites Feature in Additional $25 Dupont MIT Alliance Funding

20 May 2005

Dupont has received an additional $25 million as part of the continued funding for the DuPont MIT Alliance (DMA), a research program focused on creating innovative, next-generation materials which will include an investment into nanocomposite materials.

Originally funded in 2000 as a five-year, $35 million investment, DuPont Chief Technology Officer Thomas M. Connelly earlier this week said that DuPont will receive another $25 million to continue funding through 2010. This 10-year, $60 million commitment makes the DMA the largest corporate R&D investment at MIT.

""The successes and experiences of the Alliance warrant our continued funding,"" Connelly said. ""In 2000, we asked MIT scientists to give us their best ideas on science that could enhance our everyday lives. The response and resulting research has led to significant scientific achievements. These first five years focused on inventing new materials using nature and biology as the design roadmap. The second stage of the Alliance will expand the collaborative capabilities of DuPont and MIT beyond bio-based science to also include nanocomposites, nanoelectronic materials, alternative energy technologies, and next generation safety and protection materials.""

""The DuPont MIT Alliance is an example of academic-industry collaboration at its best, with MIT faculty and DuPont colleagues working together to define exciting research opportunities, to create wonderful new science and technology, and to educate graduate students in science and engineering in the midst of the excitement generated by the collaboration,"" said Robert A. Brown, MIT Provost.

Since its inception, the DuPont MIT Alliance has asked for proposals from the MIT community that draw upon the science, engineering and business expertise at MIT to extend DuPont's reach in the areas of biology, genetics, bioinformatics and catalysis. It has brought together the shared strengths of DuPont and MIT in materials and chemical and biological sciences to develop new materials and processes directed at bioelectronics, biosensors, biomimetic materials, alternative energy sources and new high-value materials.

The image shows water beads on glass slides that have been coated with a material that makes them superhydrophobic, materials developed during the first stage of the funding.





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