Dow Chemical Company Research Fellow Jerzy Klosin to Receive 10th Annual SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal


Discovery of New Generation of Catalysts Represents a Significant Achievement and a Major Milestone in Industrial Chemistry

PHILADELPHIA—May 6, 2013The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), America Section, will award the 10th annual SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal to Dr. Jerzy Klosin, Research Fellow, The Dow Chemical Company, at a luncheon in his honor on Innovation Day 2013. The luncheon, which will be held on Sept. 17 at the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) headquarters in Philadelphia, is a joint event hosted by SCI and CHF, which gathers more than 150 leading researchers from industrial laboratories to discuss current trends and issues in chemical research.

The SCI established the Gordon E. Moore Medal to recognize early-career success in innovation, as reflected both in market impact and improvement to quality of life.

Dr. Klosin is being recognized for his outstanding contributions to the advancement of industrial chemistry in the discovery, scale-up, and commercialization of a new generation of catalysts used in the production of a wide range of important polyolefins including ELITETM, AFFINITYTM, ENGAGETM, INFUSETM, and NORDELTM.

Klosin’s catalysts deliver great control of co-monomer incorporation and termination reactions, thus enabling the creation of wholly new polymer architectures. The resulting “designer polyolefins” can be tailored to help streamline processes and enhance sustainability by significantly improving the energy efficiency of production.   Dr. Klosin is the third scientist from Dow to receive the Gordon E. Moore Medal since its inception 10 years ago.

“We are honored that Jerzy Klosin has been recognized as the Gordon E. Moore Medal recipient for his exceptional innovation in chemical research,” said Andrew N. Liveris, Chairman and CEO of Dow.  “Jerzy has mastered catalysis at the molecular level and has helped to create new and improved materials that are integral to products society benefits from every day.  We are proud to be part of his journey and applaud him for the technical excellence this award represents.”

About Jerzy Klosin

Klosin is a Research Fellow at Dow’s Core R&D facility located in Midland, Mich., where he has worked for 18 years. He focuses on the design of organometallic polyolefin catalysts. Through control of complex ligand frameworks, selection of metal centers, and co-catalyst combinations, he has enabled the successful commercialization of a number of product families. Klosin’s fundamental understanding of the influence of electronic and steric effects have allowed him to tailor the activity of catalytic metal centers to produce novel polyolefin materials. He has also been able to impart temperature stability that led to dramatic improvements in productivity and energy consumption.

Klosin holds 22 U.S. patents related to his areas of research. Respected throughout the industry for his thought leadership, Klosin has authored more than 40 papers that have been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented more than 25 invited lectures. He holds a Master of Science from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland, and a Ph.D in organic chemistry from the University of Florida in Gainesville.

About the SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal

The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) established the SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal to recognize early-career success in innovation, as reflected both in market impact and improvement to quality of life. By highlighting extraordinary individuals and their work, SCI aims to promote public understanding of research and development in modern chemical industries, enhance the interest of students in applied chemistry by providing role models, and emphasize the role of creative research in the global economy.

Past SCI Gordon E. Moore Medalists

Now in its 10th year, the Moore Medal has recognized outstanding young technologists across the chemical and pharmaceutical industries. Dean Rende (2012)

  • Doron Levin (2011)
  • Emmett Crawford (2010)
  • Emma Parmee (2009)
  • Edmund M. Carnahan (2008)
  • Paul A. Sagel (2007)
  • Jonathan M. McConnachie (2006)
  • Jeffrey John Hale (2005)
  • George Barclay ( 2004)

About the Society of Chemical Industry
SCI America, launched in 1894, is part of the Society of Chemical Industry’s international organization. It provides a unique networking forum for chemical industry leaders, industrial scientists, and technologists to exchange new business ideas and best practices. It celebrates achievement to promote public awareness of the contributions of industrial chemistry and inspire students to enter technical careers. SCI America section also offers its members the opportunity to become part of an international network of industry thought leaders and researchers. Through specialized conferences, online events, and publications, it helps foster best practices in fields as diverse as fine and commodity chemicals, food, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, agriculture, and environmental protection.  SCI America events are managed by CHF. These include the SCI Perkin Medal Dinner, which takes place on the final evening of Innovation Day, which is a day and a half program devoted to advances in industrial research. Innovation Day this year will be held on Sept. 16 and 17 at CHF’s building in Philadelphia.

About the Chemical Heritage Foundation

The Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) fosters an understanding of chemistry’s impact on society. An independent nonprofit organization, we strive to

  • Inspire a passion for chemistry;
  • Highlight chemistry’s role in meeting current social challenges; and
  • Preserve the story of chemistry and its technologies and industries across centuries.

CHF maintains major collections of instruments, fine art, photographs, papers, and books. We host conferences and lectures, support research, offer fellowships, and produce educational materials. Our museum and public programs explore subjects ranging from alchemy to nanotechnology.

About the Dow Chemical Company

Dow (NYSE: DOW) combines the power of science and technology to passionately innovate what is essential to human progress. The Company connects chemistry and innovation with the principles of sustainability to help address many of the world’s most challenging problems such as the need for clean water, renewable energy generation and conservation, and increasing agricultural productivity. Dow’s diversified industry-leading portfolio of specialty chemical, advanced materials, agrosciences and plastics businesses delivers a broad range of technology-based products and solutions to customers in approximately 160 countries and in high growth sectors such as electronics, water, energy, coatings and agriculture. In 2012, Dow had annual sales of approximately $57 billion and employed approximately 54,000 people worldwide. The Company’s more than 5,000 products are manufactured at 188 sites in 36 countries across the globe. References to “Dow” or the “Company” mean The Dow Chemical Company and its consolidated subsidiaries unless otherwise expressly noted. More information about Dow can be found at