Charles Joseph Noelke, a chemical engineer, was one of two recipients of the award.
Noelke led the team that developed HFC 134-A, a replacement to chlorofluorocarbons, a refrigerant recognized in the early 1970s to be accumulating in the atmosphere and potentially depleting the earth’s ozone layer. The pioneering work was a key part of the DuPont effort that was recognized with the prestigious National Medal of Technology in 2002 “for policy and technology leadership in the phaseout and replacement of chlorofluorocarbons.”
“The contribution that Charlie has made to DuPont and to creating more sustainable solutions further demonstrates the importance and high honor of the prestigious Lavoisier Medal,” DuPont Senior Vice President & Chief Science and Technology Officer Uma Chowdhry said in a statement. “It is an honor all scientists at DuPont aspire to achieve.”
The Lavoisier Medal is named in honor of Antoine Lavoisier, the father of modern chemistry, who mentored the founder of the company, E.I. du Pont, more than 200 years ago.
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