DuPont Protection Solutions Supports Kevlar® Exhibit at the University of Delaware

This is a great opportunity to celebrate the life of Stephanie Kwolek, the discovery of Kevlar® and the engineering necessary to commercialize the fiber.

DuPont Protection Solutions (DuPont) provided support for an exhibit that commemorates Stephanie Kwolek and highlights the chemistry and engineering behind the development of DuPont™ Kevlar®. This high-strength material was first commercially used in the early 1970s as a replacement for steel in racing tires, but today finds use in many applications ranging from sporting goods and apparel, industrial personal protection and body armor. In addition, the display includes references to the associated fiber, DuPont™ Nomex®.

With support from the University of Delaware Department of Chemistry, the Delaware Academy of Chemical Sciences collected materials from Hagley Museum & Library, the Chemical Heritage Foundation and DuPont and transformed these materials into a 3-story exhibit that includes:

  • a floor dedicated to the life and contributions of Stephanie Kwolek,
  • a floor focused on the chemistry and engineering behind the aramid fibers, with samples; and finally,
  • a floor displaying the broad array of products that incorporate Kevlar® fibers, including sportswear, body armor, firefighter gear and honeycomb composites.


The exhibit at the University of Delaware (UD) Lammont du Pont Laboratory in Newark, Del., opened on May 5. The opening reception included some special guests, including Rita Vasta, who was mentored by Stephanie Kwolek, and who became one of her closest friends; Tom Connelly, executive director and CEO of the American Chemical Society; Carlo Fiorella, from DuPont Protection Solutions and Prof. Murray Johnston, UD Chemistry Department Chair.

“This is a great opportunity to celebrate the life of Stephanie Kwolek, the discovery of Kevlar® and the engineering necessary to commercialize the fiber,” said Ed Adams, president of the Delaware Academy of Chemical Sciences and public affairs manager, DuPont. The exhibit at the Lammont du Pont Laboratory will be open until the end of the year.

DuPont Protection Solutions is a global leader in products and solutions that protect what matters — people, structures and the environment — and enables its customers to win through unique capabilities, global scale and iconic brands. DuPont™ Kevlar® helps protect law enforcement officers, military personnel, athletes and astronauts; DuPont™ Nomex® helps protect firefighters, industrial workers and race car drivers, as well as mass transit and wind energy systems; DuPont™ Tyvek® helps protect chemical industrial workers, as well as sterile medical devices and building construction; and DuPont™ Corian® resists the growth of…

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