Managing R&D for Growth at Arkema

Ryan Dirkx

Ryan Dirkx

This installment of the Joseph Priestley Society (JPS) lecture series featured a networking reception in partnership with the Chemical Consultants Network, and the keynote presentation, “Managing R&D for Growth at Arkema,” by Ryan Dirkx, vice president, research and development, Arkema, Inc.


Arkema is an $8 billion global chemical company with operating units in 40 countries around the world. Our diverse portfolio of products is managed by 13 business units operating around the world and supported by R&D resources present in the three main regions. We have set ambitious targets for new product development and for sales of products coming from sustainable developments. These are backed by R&D investments both in the business units as well as in the newly formed R&D Incubator. We have identified five Innovation Platforms that we think will be important in our key markets. By mapping our core technologies against these platforms, we have identified and implemented multiple development projects. These will play an important role in meeting our ambitious growth targets.

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About the keynote speaker

Ryan Dirkx, Ph.D., is vice president of research and development for Arkema, Inc. He is responsible for all R&D in North America and R&D coordination between the United States and France. Arkema research supports the company’s businesses in thiochemicals, fluorochemicals and hydrogen peroxide, functional additives, technical polymers, and PMMA.

A twenty-year veteran of Arkema, Inc. (formerly Atofina Chemicals), Dirkx was most recently worldwide director of R&D for PMMA (Altuglas International). Before that he directed R&D for businesses within the Technical Polymers and Performance Products divisions, as well as holding business and market management positions within the Specialty Chemicals division.

Dirkx has a Ph.D. in solid-state science from Pennsylvania State University and a B.S. in ceramic engineering from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. He holds thirteen patents, is a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and is active within the Industrial Research Institute.

Chemical Consultants Network Exhibitors

At our November meeting JPS teamed up with the Chemical Consultants Network of the Philadelphia Section of the American Chemical Society to provide a multifaceted opportunity for you to celebrate innovation and entrepreneurship. This event took place in the Conference Center at CHF and gave attendees the chance to enjoy this venue as well as the presentations of the exhibitors.

We welcomed twelve important companies that presented the many ways in which they can benefit the business of clients.

  • Becht Engineering (Hea Division)
  • The Cecon Group, Inc.
  • Chemical Consultants Network
  • Cheminnolab
  • Chemspec
  • Exida Consulting, LLC
  • Key Synthesis, LLC
  • Polymer Phases
  • Richman Chemical, Inc.
  • Ken Rollins
  • Tyger Scientific Inc.
  • Value Recovery, Inc.

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