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42nd Kirkpatrick Award announced

By Gerald Ondrey |

Last month at the ChemInnovations Conference and Exhibition (Galveston, Tex.; September 25–26), Chemical Engineering ( CE) had the pleasure of honoring this year’s finalists and the winner of the 2013 Kirkpatrick Chemical Engineering Achievement Award, a biennial prize that the magazine has bestowed continuously since the early 1930s (for more, see CE, January 2013, p. 17). The award recognizes the most noteworthy chemical engineering technology commercialized anywhere in the world during 2011 or 2012. CE presented the top prize of the 42nd Kirkpatrick Chemical Engineering Achievement Award to Genomatica, Inc. (San Diego, Calif.; www.genomatica.com) for its bio-based 1,4-butanediol (BDO). Honor awards were also presented to: Rive Technology (Princeton, N.J.; www.rivetechnology.com) for its Molecular Highway catalyst technology; Braskem S.A. (Sao Paulo, Brazil; www.braskem.com.br) for its sugarcane-based ethylene and polyethylene; Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL, Richland, Wash.; www.pnl.gov) and Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM; Decatur, Ill.; www.adm.com) for their propylene glycol from renewable resources; and to Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, Tenn.; www.eastman.com) for its Perennial Wood. 2013 Board of…
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