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DeeDee Smith


E Mobility Market Manager

Dr. DeeDee Smith is the Emobility Marketing Manager for Syensqo's Specialty Polymers business. DeeDee has a PhD from Northwestern University (Chicago, IL) in organic chemistry and started her career 13 years ago at Syensqo (formerly Solvay) working in R&D roles examining sustainable monomers and fillers for next generation polymers. She has also developed new products in Amodel® PPA, Ryton® PPS, and Ixef® PArA for the automotive market.

After several years in R&D, DeeDee took her technical expertise to a commercial role and worked directly with automotive customers to identify solutions for their applications. In her current role, she has global responsibility for setting the strategy for eMotor applications including insulation materials for EV magnet wire and slot liners. She works cross-functionally with R&D to design innovative new products for the next generation of eMotors and is passionate about working directly with customers to bring new concepts to market.


KetaSpire PEEK for insulation of magnet wire and slot liners improves performance of 800V+ eMotor systems.

For eMotor designers, seemingly small improvements in power and efficiency can have real-world tangible benefits like weight reduction, increased range, and cost savings. Optimizing the insulation materials in an eMotor is just one of the ways that can help design engineers reach their performance targets. Extruded KetaSpire® PEEK for magnet wire insulation and Ajedium PEEK slot liners have garnered significant attention in recent years as more sustainable and higher performing alternative insulation systems versus their incumbent counterparts, enameled wire and aramid papers.

In this presentation, we will show how the use of PEEK materials over traditional enamel magnet wire and aramid papers allows for reduced bill of materials across the electrified powertrain.

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