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DuPont and Outlast join forces

Wilmington, DE — Taking another step toward its goal of delivering 25 innovations over the next five years, DuPont Textiles & Interiors (DTI) has struck a deal with Outlast Technologies for partial ownership of its patented phase change materials (PCMs), which interactively absorb, store and release energy in response to the unique needs of each individual and the demands of the environment.

According to Donna Kelloway, comfort products team manager for DTI, when applied to a sheet, PCMs continually absorb the heat of the sleeper, initially providing a cooling effect. As the night passes and the sleeper cools off, the PCMs in the sheet release the absorbed heat. If the user ever got out of bed, he or she would return to sheets as warm as they had left them," Kelloway said. The technology already is being used in gloves, apparel and industrial products.

DTI agreed to work jointly with Outlast to leverage PCM technology "to design new products that extend the application possibilities and increase the value to the consumer."

David Trerotola, vp of home & industrial textiles for DTI, said Outlast's partnership with DTI "will also yield new innovations in home and industrial products."

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