US firms tie up with universities for research

US-based DuPont and China’s polymer R&D centre, Sichuan University, are to jointly cooperate on research for flame retardants, specifically for the computer, communication and consumer electronics markets. DuPont said the firm is partnering with Sichuan University because of its academic achievements in the field of polymer materials, such as halogen-free, flame retardant compounds. DuPont’s China R&D centre and the university have cooperated on various projects since 2008.

Another US firm PolyOne is also collaborating with university and industry experts to develop advanced materials and production parts using 3D printing technology, also known as additive manufacturing. The three-year project is made possible through an Ohio Third Frontier grant of nearly US$3 million to the University of Dayton Research Institute, which will collaborate with PolyOne and other companies to develop and produce polymer formulations that will be used in speciality applications for the aerospace and automotive industries.

Other project participants include GE Aviation, Rapid Prototype & Manufacturing and Stratasys. The Ohio Third Frontier is a technology-based economic development initiative that provides funding for open innovation, entrepreneurial support, value-chain development and expansion of a skilled talent pool that can support technology-based economic growth. (IMA)

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