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With decades of industry experience and over 400 patents granted worldwide, the Arkema team behind Forane® 1233zd has integrated innovation with a collaborative spirit to develop impactful projects. While some original team members moved on, others like Principal Scientist Ben Chen and Sr. Technical Service Engineer Joe Costa, together with R&D Director Lucy Clarkson, Senior Research Chemist Mary Sharp, R&D Technician Sophie Audurea and Staff Engineer Damien Rodowski continue to contribute each day.


Scroll below to learn about each of their contributions to the industry.

Mary Sharp, Senior Research Chemist

“Everything we do has an impact on the environment.”


With 26 years at Arkema and a background in analytical chemistry, Mary Sharp enjoys working in a new role/group with more of an applications focus. “I enjoy working with foam insulation, understanding the chemistry and investigating ways to improve the foam properties,” says Sharp.  “I work with many talented colleagues that have a vast amount of knowledge in foam applications and blowing agents.”


Although the current change in blowing agents is regulatory driven, her latest tasks are taking further steps to improve performance of Arkema’s blowing agent. “Everything we do has an impact on the environment, especially since Forane®1233zd is so environmentally friendly. We’re focused now on continually improving the performance of our products for our customers.”

Sophie Audureau, R&D Technician

“I think about what we do now and how it can have an impact for our children’s future.”


Sophie Audureau is an Arkema technician with 28 years of company experience and 14 years in Fluorochemicals. She has worked on everything from organic synthesis to LiSFI for batteries and foam.  Her role has gradually become more customer facing. “It is a refreshing change of pace,” explains Audureau. “I enjoy meeting our customers and it’s nice to get out into the field after spending so much time in the lab.”


Working on the foam team has been a particular pleasure for Audureau. She works closely with her American colleagues while also impressing her family. “My family is proud of what we do. Sustainability is important for everyone,” she proclaims. “I think about what we do now and how it can have an impact on our children’s future. How we live, travel, eat and work.”

Outside of work, Sophie is passionate about martial arts. She is a red belt, 1 black bar in taekwondo and a former volunteer president of a high-level local taekwondo club.  As the world begins again, she hopes pursue her black belt just like her son, a high-level athlete in important international competitions


Dr. Donghui Lin, Process Technology Director, Asia


Dr. Donghui Lin has had a successful 30-year history of working in Fluorochemicals for Arkema in France, US, and China.  He has worked on a multitude of impactful projects including validating the process and product quality in cooperation with our 1233zd partner, AoFan, who will be manufacturing 1233zd for Arkema. His strong technical and multi-cultural background would enable Arkema to have the 1233zd toller in China ready within a short timeframe from early design to the mechanical completion. The commercial startup is expected late 2022. He is learning how to play golf in his free time and enjoys walking on the golf course.