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Dixie Chemical: Committed to open innovation for syntactic foam research with Evonik and the NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Dixie Chemical has been an integral part of the rapid growth in the fiber-based composites industry and sees the continuation of this trend for even lighter-weight multifunctional structures.

Syntactic foams, being a composite foam, will allow design engineers to minimize weight by simultaneously tailoring mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties. Dixie Chemical has partnered with Evonik and Dr. Nikhil Gupta a professor at New York University-Tandon School of Engineering, to develop an online syntactic foam design tool for the industry to freely use. The equations behind the website tool are established, peer-reviewed and industry-accepted theory and models, so that users can develop an optimum formulation. This tool is an important resource for engineers to investigate it a syntactic foam will work in a particular application and ultimately reduce the time and effort required to bring a product to the market.

Logo for NYU Tandon School of Engineering where Syntactic Foam Research occurs Nikhil Gupta, Syntactic Foam Research at NYU Tandon School of Engineering headshot

Since 1946, Dixie Chemical has been committed to manufacturing high-quality, high-performance products that improve our world. With 300 customers in 25 countries, Dixie Chemical is a proven partner for open innovation in thermoset materials, alkaline paper sizing, and fuel and lube markets. To discuss your syntactic foam design criteria and application with one of the Dixie Chemical experts contact us at

To see if a syntactic foam is right for your application, please try the online syntactic foam tool:


(Image and logo courtesy of NYU Tandon School of Engineering)