The Dow Chemical Company has been named a winner of the 2013 U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award for its development of EVOQUE Pre-Composite Polymer Technology. This Dow innovation helps coatings formulators improve paint performance properties while using less titanium dioxide (TiO2), a white pigment that is energy intensive to manufacture but ubiquitous in architectural paint for its ability to provide quality hiding. This win marks the ninth time that Dow and its affiliates have won the U.S. EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.
“EVOQUE Pre-Composite Polymer Technology was developed with the goal of driving gains in sustainability through more efficient raw material use coupled with increased paint performance,” said Keith Watson, global R&D director, Dow Coating Materials and Performance Monomers. “This is our latest development in bringing more sustainable chemistry to the coatings industry, which began when we introduced waterborne binder technology 60 years ago. With the development and market acceptance of EVOQUE Pre-Composite Polymer Technology, we are once again driving innovation that is changing the way that paint is made and how we expect it to perform.”
The Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards are sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention in partnership with the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute and other members of the chemical community. The U.S. EPA grants the Award each year to organizations that incorporate the principles of green chemistry into chemical design, manufacture and use.