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Materials Science

Our innovative technologies and sophisticated chemistries provide cutting-edge and environmentally-sustainable solutions

Humble Beginnings

Our first products were soap and candles, among the basic necessities in the early 19th century. From those humble beginnings, PQ has grown into a global company with a presence on six continents. Yet we haven’t strayed far from our original vision to advance living standards to create a cleaner, safer world. We know that future generations are counting on us to stick to our vision. We intend to use our scientific talents and our innovative spirit to do our part to ensure that we are good citizens of the world.

We Take Pride in Our Scientists’ Achievements

Our scientists are part of a unique, diverse community where collaboration and complementary skill sets are found across the spectrum. Our developmental facilities are state-of-the-art and our scientists and engineers are arguably among the best in their craft. They can handle the most complex customer challenges, and, with dedication, achieve one of the best lab → pilot → commercial-scale timelines in the industry.

“I find satisfaction in my job knowing that the little things I do here now are capable of becoming great things in the future.”

-Senior Technician

Innovation meets Science

Our deep understanding of chemistry and use of state-of-the-art techniques allow us to continually develop new material structures and properties in response to the evolving needs of our customers. The chemistries we practice modify the most abundant materials in the Earth’s crust (i.e. silicon dioxide and aluminum oxide) at a nano-scale to create novel functional materials. We’d like to share some historical accomplishments along with planned future developments:

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