—Researcher Gets Prison Term “” At a hearing on Oct. 20, a Delaware federal court sentenced former DuPont research chemist Hong Meng to 14 months in jail for theft of trade secrets. In a June plea agreement with the U.S. attorney, the 44-year-old chemist admitted he downloaded to his personal computer DuPont technology for lengthening the life of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) used in displays (C&EN, June 14, page 25). Meng drew less than the maximum penalty for his crime. David C. Weiss, the U.S. attorney for the District of Delaware, said when charging Meng a year ago that his infraction made him liable for a 10-year prison sentence and a fine of $250,000. After the sentencing, Weiss revealed that the chemist had solicited funding from a regional Chinese government to set up a factory employing 1,000 people to make OLED televisions.
by Marc S. Reisch |
November 01, 2010