The aim of the Kirkpatrick Chemical Engineering Achievement
Award is to recognize and honor the most noteworthy
chemical-engineering technology commercialized anywhere in the world during the two years prior to a given award year. Chemical Engineering magazine has awarded this biennial prize continuously since 1933.
The long and distinguished roster of past winners includes such milestones as Lucite International for its Alpha process for making methyl methacrylate (2009); Cargill Dow LLC: For its production of thermoplastic resin from corn (2003); Monsanto hollow-fiber membranes for gas separation (1981); Union Carbide low-pressure low-density polyethylene (1979); M.W. Kellogg single-train ammonia plants (1967); Linde zeolite adsorbents (1961); Dow Corning silicones (1955), Merck streptomycin (1947); the U.S. synthetic rubber industry (1943) and Standard Oil Development Co. aviation fuels (1939). The most-recent winners’ achievements are summarized in the table.
Although the staff of Chemical Engineering organizes and bestows the award, neither the editors nor others associated with the magazine play any role in the selection or judging of the winner. Instead, the winner is selected by a Board of Judges comprised of current chairs of chemical engineering departments at accredited U.S. and EU universities. The members of the Board of Judges are, in turn, selected by over a hundred Ch.E. department chairs of accredited U.S. and EU universities. It is this unbiased selection process, combined with a more than 80-year tradition that makes the Award one of the most prestigious honors that a CPI company can receive.
Chemical Engineering magazine is now accepting nominations. Nominations can be submitted by employees at the company being nominated, or by others familiar with the process technology being nominated.
Please submit 500 word nominating brief to:
The 500-word nomination summarizes the achievement, as well as spells out the novelty of the technology and the difficulty of the chemical-engineering problems that were encountered and solved. The nomination must specify how, where and when the development reached its initial commercial status during the two years prior to the award year.
After the deadline, the Secretary reviews the nominations to make sure they are valid; for instance, that the first commercialization did in fact take place during the two years prior to the award year. Then he will submit copies to more than 100 senior professors who head accredited university chemical engineering departments and accordingly constitute the Committee of Award. Working independently of each other, each will vote for what he or she considers to be the five best achievements, without ranking them.
The five entries that collectively receive the most votes become the finalists. Each finalist company is then asked to submit a package of more-detailed information; for instance, a description of the teamwork that brought forth the achievement, a fuller description of the technology, performance data, and exhibits of press coverage.
The Secretary sends copies of these packages to the Board of Judges, which meanwhile has been chosen by and from within the Committee of Award. In late summer, the Chair of that Board will inform the Secretary as to which finalist achievement has been judged the most noteworthy.
The company that developed the technology will then be named the winner of that year’s Kirkpatrick Chemical Engineering Achievement Award. The other finalist companies will be designated to receive Honor Awards. The Achievement Award and Honor Awards are bestowed at the CHEM SHOW 2021 in New York City.
|1933||Carbide & Carbon Chemicals Co.||Petrochemical syntheses|
|1935||E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co.|
|1939||Standard Oil Development Co.||For its aviation fuels|
|1941||Dow Chemical Co.||Magnesium from seawater|
|1943||American Synthetic Rubber Industry||Rapid wartime commercialization of synthetic rubber|
|1946||Atomic Bomb Project|
|1947||Merck & Co.||Large-scale manufacture of streptomycin|
|1948||Shell Development Co.|
|1949||Celanese Corp. of America|
|1951||Phillips Petroleum Co.|
|1953||Carbide & Carbon Chemicals Co.|
|1955||Dow Corning Corp.||Silicone products|
|1957||Contributors to Extractive Metallurgy of Atomic Age Metals|
|1961||Linde Co., Div. of Union Carbide Corp.||For its zeolite adsorbents|
|1963||American Potash & Chemical Corp.|
|1967||The M.W. Kellogg Co||For its single-train ammonia technology|
|1969||General Mills, Inc.||Textured protein foods|
|1971||E.I du Pont Nemours & Co.||Hollow-fiber reverse osmosis|
|1973||BP Proteins Ltd.|
|1975||Amoco Oil co.|
|1977||Union Carbide Corp., Davy Powergas Ltd, and Johnson Matthey & Co.|
|1979||Union Carbide Corp.||For its low-pressure low-density polyethylene process|
|1981||Monsanto Co.||For its hollow-fiber membranes for gas separation|
|1983||Stauffer Chemical Co.|
|1985||Tennnessee Eastman Co.||Coal-based acetic anhydride|
|1987||Air Products & Chemicals|
|1989||Union Carbide Corp.|
|1991||Amoco Chemical||Anaerobic treatment of process wastewater|
|1993||BHC||For its streamlined production of ibuprofen|
|1995||Air Products & Chemicals||For oxygen-based technology enabling efficient recycle of office wastepaper|
|1997||Membrane Technology and Research||For a system to recover monomer from polyolefin-plant purge streams|
|1999||CK Witco||For a streamlined process to manufacture organofunctional alkoxysilanes|
|2001||BOC Group, Inc.||For low-temperature NOx absorption out of fluegases|
|2003||Cargill Dow LLC||For its production of thermoplastic resin from corn|
|2005||Chevron Phillips Chemical||For significant advances in alpha-olefins technology|
|2007||Axens||For its Esterfip-H process for making biodiesel|
|2009||Lucite International UK Ltd.||For its Alpha process for making methyl methacrylate (MMA)|
|2011||VELOCYS, INC. and OXFORD CATALYSTS GROUP||Small Scale, Modular Synthetic Fuel Technology|
|2013||Genomatica||For its process to produce Bio-based butanediol|
|2015||Dow Performance Plastics||
Intune Olefin Block Copolymers
|2017||AlkyClean process — the world’s first solid catalyst alkylation process|
Emissions-to-Ethanol Fermentation Technology
* Click on year or name of company for more information on winning process and honor process.
|1985||Tennessee Eastman Co.||Exxon Research & Engineering Co.||Texaco Inc||Himont, Inc.||Union Carbide Corp.|
|1987||Air Products & Chemicals||Exxon Chemical Co.||Homestake Mining Co.||Union Carbide Corp.||Unocal Corp.|
|1989||Union Carbide Corp.||Allied Signal Aquatech Systems||Brunswick Co.’s BioTechnetics Subsidary||Mobil Research & Development|
|1991||Amoco Chemical||Monsanto Chemical Co||Hoechst Celanese Corp.||Union Carbide Chemicals & Plastics Co||ABB Lummus Crest Inc. & Alusuisse Italia|
||BHC, a joint venture of The Boots Co. and Hoechst Celanese Corp.||Degussa AG||Imperial Chemical Industries||Merck & Co.||Westinghouse Electric Corp.|
|1995||Air Products & Chemicals||Chevron Research & Technology||Dow Chemical Co.||Sasol Ltd.||Texaco Inc. and UOP, Inc.|
|1997||Membrane Technology and Research||Ashland Petroleum Co.||BOC Gases||Linde AG||Praxair and Union Carbide Corp.|
|1999||CK Witco Corp.||Air Products & Chemicals, Inc.||Lyondell Chemical Co.||Mobil Oil Co. and W.R. Grace & Co||UOP LLC|
|2001||BOC Group, Inc.||DSM Anti-Infective||Itronics, Inc.||Mitsubishi Chemical Co.||TNO Environmental Energy and Process Innovation and Cirmac International|
|2003||Cargill Dow LLC||Axens||Davy Process Technology||Nippon Shokubai Co.||Teijin Ltd.|
|2005||Chevron Phillips Chemical||Engelhard Corp.||Lurgi AG||Praxair, Inc.||Uhde GmbH|
|2007||Axens||APSI||Eastman Chemical Co.||Oxford Catalyst Ltd.|
|2009||Lucite International UK Ltd.||The Dow Chemical Co. and BASF SE||Evonik Industries AG and Uhde GmbH||Solvay SA||DuPont|
|2011||NSR TECHNOLOGIES, INC.||INVENSYS OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT and CONOCO PHILLIPS||ENVIRON INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION|
|2013||Genomatica for Bio-based butanediol||Braskem for sugarcane-based ethylene and polyethylene||Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Archer Daniels Midland for propylene glycol from renewable resources||Rive Technology for Molecular Highway catalyst technology||Eastman Chemical Co. for Perennial Wood|
|2015||Dow Performance Plastics for Intune Olefin Block Copolymers||Newlight Technologies, AirCarbon Process||Clariant, HGM Technology for propylene dehydrogenation||AM Technology, Coflore Reactor||CB&I, CDAlky alkylation technology|
|2017||Chemetry Corp. eShuttle technology||The Dow Chemical Company Canvera polyolefin dispersion technology||The Dow Chemical Company Paraloid Edge Technology||Microvi Biotech Inc. Denitrovi biocatalytic nitrate removal||Praxair, Inc. Oxygen-fired combustion process with thermochemical regenerators|
Dow Packaging & Specialty Plastics Symbiex technology
Johnson Matthey Catacel SSR catalyst technology
|Reliance Industries Simultaneous production of benzene and gasoline||
Technip FMC Direct Heating Unit
Braskem Partially renewable EVA