Chemistry and Innovation: Improving Life Daily
Felip Vidiella is the Director of R&D at Performance Plastics Europe, ME and Africa of Dow Chemical. He came to Chemistry for Life Nobel Campus to talk about Dow and the company’s policy on research and development. Chemists and researchers at Dow are working to improve life daily. Dow counts with five operating segments: advance materials, agricultural sciences, performance materials, performance plastics and feedstock and energy. In terms of R&D and innovation, Dow is a leading chemical and advance materials company in the world and, according to the WUH index, they are champions of technology relevance patents among chemical industries. Dow’s research focuses on four global megatrends: Energy, transportation and infrastructures, consumerism and health and nutrition. Vidiella mentioned some examples of energy research; materials and expertise for wind energy, enabling concentrated solar power, building integrated photovoltaics and transportation. According to Vidiella, a combination of energies would be the best solution to approach the energetic problem the world is facing. He also mentioned the work they are doing on advance materials. An example of a successful material engineering is the fabric wrap that will encircle London’s iconic Olympic Stadium during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, sponsored by Dow. Vidiella’s talk and the Dow’s vision on R&D pivoted around the elements that make the difference between good and poor research at Dow: Diversity, top-notch equipment, passion, focus and leadership.consumerism and health and nutrition. F. Vidiella mentioned some examples of energy research; materials and expertise for wind energy, enabling concentrated solar power, building integrated photovoltaics and transportation. According to Vidiella, a combination of energies would be the best solution to approach the energetic problem the world is facing. He also mentioned the work they are doing on advance materials. An example of a successful material is the fabric wrap that will encircle London’s iconic Olympic Stadium during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, sponsored by Dow. Vidiella’s talk and Dow’s vision on R&D center around the elements that make the difference between good and bad research: Diversity, top-notch equipment, passion, focus and leadership.

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