WILMINGTON, Del., Oct. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- DuPont, the driving innovator and present day leader behind the life-saving protective materials of DuPont(TM) Kevlar(R) and DuPont(TM) Nomex(R), is showcasing its longstanding relationship with the U.S. Armed Forces with a historical display at the Association of the U.S. Army convention. The display depicts the science company's innovations in supporting and protecting the American soldier over the last 200 years. As a global leader in safety and protection, DuPont's bullet-resistant Kevlar(R) and flame-resistant Nomex(R) are essential materials protecting today's U.S. military personnel stationed abroad and serving the public at home. DuPont(TM) Kevlar(R) brand fiber is a key component in nearly all helmets and body armor used by U.S. military soldiers. DuPont(TM) Kevlar(R) is the life-saving force in blast mitigation, bomb blankets for bomb decommissioning and detonation, armored vehicles and aircraft security applications. DuPont(TM) Nomex(R) brand fiber is designed for thermal protection and is a key component in flight suits worn by nearly all military aviation personnel. Long before these modern scientific breakthroughs, DuPont began its relationship with the country at the urging of Thomas Jefferson, who persuaded company founder E.I. du Pont to help supply gunpowder for the emerging nation in 1802. Since that time, DuPont has continued its commitment to U.S. military personnel by developing safety and protection products and services that shield, shelter, outfit and support U.S. military and civilian personnel at home and overseas. "DuPont has a storied heritage and relationship with the U.S. Armed Forces which extends back to this country's formative years," said Greg Parker, North America business manager, Life Protection. "With its proud record of service, DuPont continues to be a scientific ally for the United States Army. We help provide the armed forces with an arsenal of protection that was unimaginable in the past, and we look forward to continuing this role long into the future." One example of the DuPont commitment to enhance the technology of materials for use by today and tomorrow's warfighter is through the company's partnership with the U.S. Army Research Office and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies (ISN). The goal of ISN is to increase the protection and survival rate of U.S. soldiers with new technologies. As a founding science partner of ISN, DuPont is exploring nanotechnology and developing protective lightweight molecular materials to equip the U.S. soldier of the future with uniforms and gear that will help heal them, shield them and protect them in warfare. In addition to protecting the health of the warfighter, DuPont is developing technology to provide power for the dismounted soldier. State-of-the-art Direct Methanol Fuel Cell (DMFC) technology uses DuPont components (based on DuPont(TM) Nafion(R)) and provides 4 times the energy density of primary batteries for a 72-hour mission. A member of the Army Collaborative Technology Alliance on Power and Energy, DuPont is actively working to enhance the performance and durability of membrane electrode assemblies, the core components in a fuel cell. Through partnerships with system developers, the improved components are enabling next-generation DMFC power supplies that are smaller, lighter and able to deliver power to the soldier under a broader range of environmental conditions. "Throughout DuPont's long history with the U.S. military, there has always been a single driving force behind our work - the safety of the American soldier," said Parker. "We look forward to continuing this relationship for many years to come and developing products to help ensure American soldiers are protected from every battlefront scenario." DuPont is a science company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture, nutrition, electronics, communications, safety and protection, home and construction, transportation and apparel. The DuPont Oval, DuPont(TM), The miracles of science(TM), Kevlar(R), Nafion(R) and Nomex(R) are trademarks or registered trademarks of DuPont or its affiliates.