When fully operational the project will establish a world-class innovation partnership and talent development pipeline between Chemours and the University of Delaware.
It will also keep 330 researcher and technician jobs in the Wilmington metro area.
Construction on the new 312,000-square-foot facility, representing an investment of approximately $150 million, is expected to begin this year; plans call for it to be completed by early 2020.
"Chemours wants to be the best in the world at using chemistry to develop products and applications that serve our customers' needs," said Chemours President and CEO Mark Vergnano, "and having a state-of-the-art innovation center and a long-term research partnership with the University of Delaware puts us in a stronger position to do just that."
"The University of Delaware is excited to welcome Chemours to the STAR Campus, where we are creating a bold future of innovation for our state and region," said UD President Dennis Assanis. "Not only will the University's students and faculty benefit from this vibrant new research partnership, but, together, we will be making our entire economy stronger and more resilient for years to come."
Delaware Governor John Carney was equally enthusiatic.
"We work together well in Delaware, and this partnership between Chemours and our flagship university will help drive innovation in our state, prepare Delaware students to succeed, and pave the way for additional economic growth," he said. "Chemours' continued investment at the STAR campus and in Wilmington is further proof that Delaware is a great place for companies to innovate, grow, and create good-paying jobs. We look forward to working together with Chemours and the University of Delaware to support this partnership."
State legislators and members of Congress have also been steadfast and vocal supporters of the Chemours and University of Delaware partnership.
"Chemours' plan to build its innovation center adds to the excitement already going on at the STAR Campus, which will soon see a brand new, multi-modal train station that will better connect the STAR Campus to the Northeast Corridor," U.S. Senator Tom Carper said. "None of this would be possible without the work of all levels of government and their partnership with academia and the private sector."
Chemours, University of Delaware leadership, the Governor, federal elected officials, and other local and state officials will attend a formal groundbreaking event at the STAR Campus on December 18, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. to unveil the project in more detail.