Chemistry Seminar: Dr. Robert Appell, Dow DuPont

Friday, November 22, 2019 at 4:00pm

A. Paul Schaap Science Center, 1000
35 East 12th Street, Holland, MI 49423-3605

Life on the other side: A window into industrial R&D; Dr. Robert Appell, DowDuPont

Abstract: Undergraduate and graduate students in the physical sciences are challenged to make key career decisions have some experience about what an academic career would be like but little to no experience about what an industrial career in R&D would be.  This presentation will be a discussion of what industrial R&D is, compare to academic R&D and give some actual examples from the speaker’s 29 years as a process R&D chemist in an industrial setting.

Biography: Rob joined The Dow Chemical Company in 1990 and has been involved in a variety of activities in the pharmaceutical space, covering both active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and excipients for drug formulation.  In his 29 years as a process R&D chemist, Rob has been involved in small-molecule and polymer development, scale-up, manufacturing support and commercial manufacturing launch for both his parent company and 3rd party contract manufacturers.  In this role, he has had the opportunity to support manufacturing in three continents.  Through merger with Dupont and subsequent 3-way company spin-offs, Rob is now a DuPont employee in their Nutrition & Biosciences division as of 2017.

Rob received his B.S. degree from Hope College in 1986 and his Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry from The University of Chicago in 1990 under Prof. Phillip Eaton.  He has more than 30 patent applications (10 granted), 12 external publications and has made more than 20 external presentations.

He is the proud father of two Hope College grads.

Interesting piece of trivia:  Rob is Hope College’s first ever NCAA national champion (any sport) and the first (and only) Track and Field three-time conference MVP in MIAA history.

Event Type

Academics, Natural & Applied Sciences Division, Chemistry and Biochemistry

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