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Cover Story: 39th Kirkpatrick Award Announced  

By Chemical Engineering |

Last month at a gala dinner at New York’s Rainbow Room, Chemical Engineering (CE) had the pleasure of honoring this year’s finalists and the winner of the 2007 Kirkpatrick Chemical Engineering Achievement Award, a biennial prize that the magazine has bestowed continuously since the early 1930s (for more, see CE, January 2007, p. 23). This year’s event recognized the most noteworthy chemical engineering technology commercialized anywhere in the world during 2005 or 2006 and was sponsored in part by Emerson Process Management (St. Louis, Mo.; www.emersonprocess.com). CE presented the top prize to Axens (Rueil-Malmaison, France; www.axens.net; photo, above) for its Esterfip-H process for making biodiesel. Honor Awards were also presented to: Oxford Catalyst Ltd. (U.K.; www.oxfordcatalysts.com) for a process to make steam chemically; APSI (Elmhurst, Ill.; www.swensontechnology.com) for its mechanical vapor recompression technology; and Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, Tenn.; www.eastman.com) for its IntegRex technology used for making PET resin. Meanwhile, the event paid tribute to CE’s late Editor-in-Chief Nicholas P. Chopey, a longtime champion of the Kirkpatrick Awards, and announced that up to $10,000 in donations…
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