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Dr. Paul Bloom

Vice President, Process & Chemical Research, ADM - Archer Daniels Midland Company


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Paul Bloom is vice president, Process and Chemical Research, at Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM). In that role, he leads research efforts in process development and chemical research to help ADM develop technologies that will improve the company’s cost position and drive new product opportunities. He also works with ADM’s commercial and production teams to move technologies from the laboratory to deployment.

Bloom joined ADM in 2001 as a research scientist and, in 2007, was named director, Chemical Technology Strategy; during his time at ADM, he has authored more than 20 patents. He also played a key role in developing the research portfolio for ADM’s industrial chemicals group. In 2010, Bloom took on a commercial management role within ADM’s Corn business. Most recently, he served as general manager, Evolution Chemicals™, and director, Technology Commercialization.


Bloom holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Illinois State University and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Iowa State University. He received the Research Excellence Award from Iowa State University in 2001 for outstanding research accomplishments during his graduate studies.


11:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 25 August 2015

The chemical industry has undergone significant change in the past two decades. These changes, along with interest in sustainable technology options, have created new opportunities for producing chemicals from renewable resources. While many consider the production of renewable, biobased chemicals a new field, the foundations of Chemurgy have a rich history.

Since its founding in 1902, Archer Daniels Midland Company has made a strong commitment to the development of new technologies and industrial products from agricultural resources. ADM’s initiatives in renewable chemicals continue to leverage the company’s strength as a diversified agricultural processor whose integrated business model includes sourcing of farmers’ crops, transporting, processing, transforming, distribution, marketing and sales. A perspective on challenges and opportunities in the field of Chemurgy—including examples of direct chemical replacement initiatives and bio-advantaged molecules—will be discussed.

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