Innovator: ANDREW OUDERKIRK
Discovery: Film and Light Management; Multilayer Optical Film Technology
With the invention of the 3M Multilayer Optical Film (MOF) technology platform in the early 1990s, 3M scientist Andrew Ouderkirk has developed a way to use polymer chemistry to manage light. The imagination and pioneering work of this scientist and his team have opened a world of possibility for reflective film. Today, innovations in this area have resulted in brighter screens on your televisions and cell phones, films for solar control in automotive glass, and reflectors for high-efficiency solar light piping in buildings.