Ray Miller | AIChE

Ray Miller

Independent Consultant
Verdecute Consulting

Mr. Miller joined DuPont in 1972 after earning his Chemical Engineering degree with highest honors from Georgia Tech.   After numerous assignments in chemicals, polymer intermediates and downstream polymer businesses, in 1990 Mr. Miller was named Technology Manager, DuPont Nylon Enterprise.  

In 1995, Mr. Miller launched Sorona Triexta, which later became the first DuPont polymer platform to use a bio-based raw material.   He also initiated joint development programs with Genencor and Tate & Lyle, which led to commercialization of Bio-PDO™. 

In December 2002, Mr. Miller was appointed Program Director, Biorefinery Development.   He led a consortium of partners in a $38MM DOE program which created the technology for the Nevada, Iowa cellulosic ethanol plant. 

In May 2005, Mr. Miller organized and launched a bio-based performance polyols business, DuPont Cerenol®.  

In June, 2010, Mr. Miller was named Global Business Development Manager, Biomaterials and Specialties, a position he held until his retirement from DuPont at the end of December, 2011. 

On May 14, 2012, Mr. Miller was named Chief Business Officer at Verdeyzne, Inc., a small, innovative biomaterials company located in Carlsbad, California.  At the end of 2015, he retired from that position, but consulted for them until July, 2016. 

During this period, he launched a sole proprietorship consulting company, Verdecute Consulting, and he continues to serve as a senior advisor on several boards, including the Delaware Sustainable Chemistry Alliance (DESCA) and until recently the Center for Bioindustrial Renewable Chemicals (CBiRC). 

Mr. Miller was inducted into the Georgia Tech Academy of Distinguished Engineering Alumni in 2001.  He was part of the joint DuPont/Genencor team that received the 2003 EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge award for “Microbial Production of 1,3-propanediol”.  He was recognized by DuPont with 5 corporate excellence awards, including the prestigious Bolton-Carothers Award for the development of Sorona®  and the Sales and Marketing Excellence Award for successfully petitioning the FTC to obtain the new sub-generic designation “triexta” for PTT fibers. 

Mr. Miller is an inventor of 8 issued patents, has published 5 journal articles and has made numerous presentations to conferences on bio-based materials and bio fuels.