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The chemistry industry has played a pivotal historic and economic role in Delaware.

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DuPont, one of the world's first and largest chemical manufacturing companies, has been operating in Delaware for more than 200 years. Pharmaceuticals, industrial chemicals, plastics and other synthetics are Delaware's primary manufactured products, and the industry is among the State's top sectors for employment and revenue. Multinational companies like DuPont and Siemens, along with innovative startups like Sepax Technologies and Supercritical Fluids, continue to benefit from the State's long legacy in the industry and from the vast talent pool in the area.

The University of Delaware is ranked 10th in the nation for chemical engineering and has ranked in the top 25 U.S producers of ACS-certified B.S. chemistry graduates for 18 consecutive years. Its graduate programs in Chemistry and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering are nationally ranked and include some of the world's top scientists, among them Richard F. Heck, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Delaware's strategic location in the Mid-Atlantic region, with its easy access to highway, rail and air transportation as well as access to the Port of Wilmington, make Delaware an ideal area for setting up manufacturing operations. The State also offers targeted state and local economic development programs and venture capital funding, competitively priced office space, industrial space and land to build on, competitive energy rates and superior quality of life for the sector's highly educated workforce, including some of America's most beautiful and cleanest beaches, parks and the Delaware Greenways, a statewide trail system for hiking and biking.

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Air Liquide
Ashland
BASF - The Chemical Company
CRODA

DOW Chemical
DuPont
FMC Health and Nutrition
Formosa Plastics Corporation

Kuehne Company
PBF Energy
Sepax Technologies
W. L. Gore & Associates

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Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance

Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance

www.desustainablechem.org

The DESCA encourages sustainable innovation in chemistry throughout the greater Delaware region among key stakeholders in the public and private sectors. Working with thought leaders in industry, government and academia, DESCA seeks to link resources to optimize R&D funding and convert new and sustainable discoveries in chemistry into commercial opportunities.



Chemical Industry Council of Delaware

Chemical Industry Council of Delaware

www.cicdelaware.com

The CICD's membership consists of Delaware companies that manufacture chemicals or petrochemicals. Its primary focus is to represent member concerns on environmental legislation in Dover as well as state regulatory matters.



Delaware Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Delaware Manufacturing Extension Partnership

www.demep.org

The DEMEP is a National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)-accredited center committed to helping Delaware manufacturers improve their global competitiveness. The DEMEP provides services designed to enable Delaware firms to acquire and apply technologies, utilize new resources, reduce waste, streamline processes and drive sales growth.



Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Delaware

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Delaware

www.chem.udel.edu

The mission of the DCB is to equip the next generation of chemists, scientists, engineers, thinkers and educators with the tools they need to resolve modern day scientific challenges. The department includes over 25 research faculty, 150 graduate students and $10 million in annual research.




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