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The Dow Chemical Company

  • National Medal of Technology and Innovation
  • Chemistry

For leadership in science and technology, for the vision to create great science and innovative technology in the chemical industry, and for the positive impact that commercialization of this technology has had on society.

Mike Parker on Dow Chemical living up to its mission statement

The Dow Chemical Company has lived up to its mission to “constantly improve what is essential to human progress by mastering science and technology.”

And how. Founded in 1897, The Dow Chemical Company is a leading science and technology company that provides innovative chemical, plastic and agricultural products and services to customers in more than 180 countries and to a wide range of markets, including food, transportation, health and medicine, personal and home care, and building and construction, among others.

The Dow Chemical Company, in regard to this award, is lauded for its innovation in the chemical industry and the impacts the commercialization of their technology has had on society at large.

Among its many advancements, the company is recognized for its inventions involving polyethylene and polypropylene—two of the most common types of plastic.

The Dow Chemical Company is responsible, for example, for creating polypropylene foam, a plastic foam used in automotive safety features because of its superior energy absorption, and for developing SiLK dielectric rein, which was commercialized for the fabrication of high-performance integrated circuits.

By Sydni Dunn