Dow Breakthrough Coatings Technology Wins 2015 R&D 100 Award

RD Magazine names ACRYSOL™ RM-725 Rheology Modifier one of the 100 most influential innovations in 2015

PHILADELPHIA – During the annual R&D 100 Awards event held on Nov. 12 and 13, R&D Magazine, one of the most respected publications in the R&D industry, honored Dow Coating Materials (DCM), a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW), with an R&D 100 Award. 

R&D Magazine recognized ACRYSOL™ RM-725 Rheology Modifier as a winner in the Mechanical Devices/Materials category. ACRYSOL™ RM-725 Rheology Modifier offers excellent applied hiding, enhanced surface appearance and better touch-up in a broad range of paint formulations.

Known as the "Oscars of Innovation," the R&D 100 Awards honor products and technologies released in the last year that make a significant impact within the research and development community.

"We're excited to have R&D Magazine recognize our teams' efforts and contributions to the coatings industry," said Sarah Eckersley, global R&D director, Dow Coating Materials, Monomers and Plastics Additives. "Honoring ACRYSOL™ RM-725 Rheology Modifier, R&D Magazine celebrates the work of our talented research team and continues to accelerate our momentum. Dow Coating Materials continues to leverage our market acumen, customer collaboration and industry expertise to develop customized solutions for the industry's growing application needs."

Addressing paint formulators' needs for highly efficient, easy pouring thickeners while answering applicators' desires for better hiding and smoother surfaces, ACRYSOL™ RM-725 Rheology Modifier is a next-generation HEUR enabled by ACID SUPPRESSION™ Technology, employing pH-triggered association versus requiring the use of solvent or surfactant. This year's addition to Dow's functional family of additives provides a near-zero VOC additive option with excellent sag/flow balance and broad formulation capabilities for vinyl acrylic (PVA), vinyl acetate ethylene (VAE) and other acrylic binder systems.

"Our research team is always tasked with creating innovations that balance low VOC with high performance in both industrial and architectural coatings—we work hard to holistically address this ongoing industry challenge and develop solutions that not only offer decoration and protection, but broader functionality," said Eckersley.

As consumer, contractor, regulatory and specification demands evolve, the R&D team at Dow Coating Materials will continue to develop new products and technologies which provide high-performance sustainable solutions for the coatings industry.

ACRYSOL™ RM-725 Rheology Modifier joins six other technologies from Dow honored with R&D 100 Awards, one of which received special recognition in Green Technology this year.

1Manufactured without added solvent

2Manufactured without the use of APEO surfactants

About Dow Coating Materials

Dow Coating Materials is the most innovative coatings raw material supplier in the world; driving fundamental shifts in the coatings industry and moving the market as the expert's expert in coatings solutions. Through its mission of collaboration, inspiration, innovation and growth, the business provides material products, science, technology, and manufacturing solutions to the architectural and industrial coatings industry worldwide. Dow Coating Materials operates 43 manufacturing plants worldwide and 13 dedicated R&D facilities across all major geographic markets where Dow does business. For more information please visit

About Dow

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company is driving innovations that extract value from the intersection of chemical, physical and biological sciences to help address many of the world's most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, clean energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow's integrated, market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 180 countries and in high-growth sectors such as packaging, electronics, water, coatings and agriculture. In 2014, Dow had annual sales of more than $58 billion and employed approximately 53,000 people worldwide. The Company's more than 6,000 product families are manufactured at 201 sites in 35 countries across the globe. References to "Dow" or the "Company" mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at

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