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ACS pays tribute to Rohm and Haas Chemistry
Sep '08
The development of water-based acrylic emulsion technology found in everything from house paints to adhesives, roof coatings, highway line markings and home insulation by Rohm and Haas Company has been designated a National Historic Chemical Landmark by the American Chemical Society (ACS).

The landmark status will be conferred by the world's largest scientific society during ceremonies in Philadelphia on September 15th.

The ACS established the chemical landmarks program fifteen years ago to acknowledge chemists' roles in expanding frontiers of knowledge, advancing medicine and industry, and creating products ranging from aspirin to zippers.

Rohm and Haas's acrylic emulsion technology joins such esteemed company as flame-retardant cotton, Bakelite plastics, the introduction of nylon, the creation of Scotch transparent tape, and Tide, the first heavy-duty synthetic laundry detergent.

“It is quite an honor to be recognized as the key developer of acrylic emulsion technology by such an esteemed organization as the ACS,” said Raj L. Gupta, chairman and CEO, Rohm and Haas Company.

“The pivotal role Rohm and Haas has played reflects the inventiveness and leadership of both our customers and the thousands of employees whose work has transformed multiple industries all the while eliminating the air pollution caused by the technologies our water-based chemistry replaced.

The good news is that there is tremendous life yet for acrylic emulsion technology. We continue to find new markets and geographies for our chemistry – breaking barriers in industrial and building applications that were once thought impossible. The best may be yet to come for acrylic emulsion technology.”

Thomas H. Lane, Ph.D, ACS president-elect, will present a commemorative plaque for the landmark designation to Rohm and Haas on September 15th.

“The ACS has recognized only 62 chemical landmarks since the inception of the program in 1993. This makes the award to Rohm and Haas a mark of distinction for contributions that reach far beyond the boundaries of scientific practitioners, touching many lives over many decades,” said Lane, who is director, Global Science and Technology Outreach and Senior Research Scientist, Dow Corning Corporation.

“Rohm and Haas is dedicated to developing technologies that are not only integral to how we live, but that are also environmentally advanced,” said Pierre R. Brondeau, president and chief operating officer, Rohm and Haas.

“This prestigious honor validates what the company has strived for since its inception nearly 100 years ago. We are committed to continuing to take this innovation and extend its applications even further into the future.”

In recent years, Rohm and Haas has been successful in bringing environmentally advanced technology to uses in industrial coatings, where applying high-performance water-based technology on metal surfaces was once thought impossible.

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