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Honoring Innovation

By Chemical Engineering |

 

 

Bringing recognition to high-quality chemical engineering performance has been a priority for this magazine since its founding more than 105 years ago. To signify this, Chemical Engineering will present its Kirkpatrick Award for Chemical Engineering  Achievement at a gala dinner on October 29, 2007.

 

The Award has been bestowed since the early 1930s. Beginning 1959, its name has reflected that of former Chemical Engineering Editorial Director Sidney D. Kirkpatrick, the creator of the Award, who retired in that year. For each such competition, we invite nominations of innovative processes or products first commercialized during the preceding two years. The criteria for judging the nominations are the novelty of the technology and the difficulty of the chemical engineering problems encountered and solved.

 

For the most recent award, the top prize went to Chevron Phillips Chemical (The Woodlands, Tx.), for a selective process to produce 1-hexene. Honor Awards were also given to: Engelhard Corp. for an adsorption system to treat natural gas; Lurgi AG for a “mega-methanol” process; Praxair, Inc. for an oxygen-enhanced NOx-reduction process; and Uhde GmbH for single-column extractive distillation to recover aromatics. The winners over the years constitute an honor roll of chemical-process development covering most of this century. Key examples appear in the box below.

 

 

 

 

SOME PAST WINNERS

 

The wide scope of chemical engineering technology is evident from a glance at the diversity of past Kirkpatrick Award winners. Shown here are the Award winners during the past ten years, plus a sampling from earlier years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2005: Chevron Phillips Chemical — selective process to produce 1-hexene
2003: Cargill Dow LLC — corn-based thermoplastic resin
2001: The BOC Group — a process for low-temperature NOx absorption
1999: CK Witco — a simpler process for alkoxysilanes
1997: Membrane Technology and Research — membrane-based recovery of unreacted monomer during the manufacture of polyolefins
1995: Air Products and Chemicals — oxygen-based recycling of mixed office waste paper
1993: BHC — catalytic manufacture of ibuprofen
1991: Amoco Chemical — anaerobic treatment of process wastewater
1985: Tennessee Eastman — coal-based acetic anhydride
1979: Union Carbide — low-pressure process for low-density polyethylene
1971: du Pont — hollow-fiber reverse osmosis
1969: General Mills — textured protein foods
1961: Linde — synthetic zeolite adsorbents
1955: Dow Corning — silicone products
1947: Merck — large-scale manufacture of streptomycin
1943: 67 American companies jointly — rapid wartime commercialization of synthetic rubber
1941: Dow — magnesium from seawater
1939: Standard Oil Development — aviation fuels
1933: Carbide & Carbon Chemicals — petrochemical syntheses

 

 

For more information about the 2007 Kirkpatrick event, please contact:

 

Holly Rountree
Marketing Manager
110 William Street
New York, NY 10038
hrountree@chemengonline.com

 

 

 

 

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