PARSIPPANY, N.J., U.S.A. – For the second straight year, a Sun Chemical employee has been recognized as the recipient of the Inventor of the Year Award from the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame.
Ralph Arcurio, a technical manager for the Polymer Science Team at Sun Chemical, was this year’s recipient of the Inventor of the Year Award from the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame during a ceremony held at the W Hotel in Hoboken, N.J. on October 27th.
Arcurio was honored with the award for his development of new reactive hydroxylated and carboxylated polymers for use as adhesion promoters. Needed in packaging materials and inks, these adhesion promoters offer the highest performance in the marketplace on less expensive substrates with no migration—an important characteristic in food packaging where chemicals do not contaminate the food.
“Ralph has devoted more than 31 years of service to Sun Chemical where he has developed and commercialized numerous polymers for surface and laminating packaging inks and coatings,” said Russell Schwartz, Chief Technology Officer, Sun Chemical. “He holds four patents and seven patent applications pending and has contributed to a significant amount of revenue for the company with his research and innovations. We’re proud of Ralph’s accomplishments here at Sun Chemical and this well-deserved recognition by the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame.”
Arcurio holds a master’s degree in polymer chemistry from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in both chemistry and economics from Rutgers University.
Recognized in the industry as a leading source of innovation, Sun Chemical and its parent company, DIC, have 17 research and development centers that create solutions designed to improve productivity, create new revenue opportunities for customers, and contribute to a more sustainable future. With an average of two patents per month, Sun Chemical introduces new solutions that enable marketers to better manage brand colors, protect product integrity through improvements in packaging, and introduce security features that defend against counterfeiting.