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2019 SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal awarded to The Chemours Company’s John Sworen

 

Technical Fellow to be honored by the Society of Chemical Industry and Science History Institute

PHILADELPHIA, April 16, 2019 – The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), America Group, announced today that John Sworen of The Chemours Company will be awarded the 16th annual SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal.

John Sworen
John is a Technical Fellow at The Chemours Company, where his work includes product development of non-fluorinated durable water repellents for use in the consumer textile market. John led a team that invented the Zelan™ technology platform, a superhydrophobic material that has been adopted by many major brand houses.

“Increased demand for renewably sourced products without sacrificing performance durability calls for innovative ideas to deliver a superior product,” said Craig A. Rogerson, Chairman, President, and CEO of Hexion Inc. and Chair of SCI America. “John’s work on Zelan™/ Teflon EcoElite™ exceeds expectations, delivering a breakthrough technology committed to reducing the environmental footprint of treated fabrics. SCI is pleased to honor John’s outstanding work and contribution to science and industry.”

“The world is demanding more sustainable solutions, and John has delivered,” said Paul Kirsch, president of Fluoroproducts at Chemours. “His work on Teflon EcoElite™ has given the textile industry the first-ever non-fluorinated plant-based durable water repellant, which is no small feat. We are so proud that he has received this richly-deserved recognition and can’t wait to see what he will discover next,” he added.

John began his career as a research investigator at Chemours predecessor company DuPont. There he led the company’s development of fluorinated surface protection products, inventing and commercializing 18 products used as paper, textile, and tile repellents with best-in-class toxicology profiles. He has published 13 journal articles and holds 27 granted and pending patents. In 2018 Teflon EcoElite™ was the third-place winner for the Product of the Year award at the Bio-Based World News Innovation Awards.

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. John will be presented the award at a luncheon in his honor during Innovation Day, hosted jointly by SCI and the Science History Institute (the Institute) on September 10, 2019 at the Institute’s headquarters in Philadelphia.

About John Sworen
John is a Technical Fellow at The Chemours Company, where his work includes product development of non-fluorinated durable water repellents for use in the consumer textile market. John led a team that invented the Zelan™ technology platform, a superhydrophobic material that has been adopted by many major brand houses.

John began his career as a research investigator at Chemours predecessor company DuPont. While at DuPont, he led the company’s development of fluorinated surface protection products, inventing and commercializing 18 products used as paper, textile, and tile repellents with best-in-class toxicology profiles.

In 2008 John received the Bolton/Carothers Innovative Science Award for the development of a short-chain soil protectant used in carpeting materials. In 2018 Teflon EcoElite™, one of the products developed by John’s team at Chemours, was the third-place winner for the Product of the Year award at the Bio-Based World News Innovation Awards. Teflon EcoElite is the company’s non-fluorinated, renewably sourced, 60% plant-based water repellent.

He holds a B.S. in Chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University and a Ph.D. in Organic and Polymer Chemistry from the University of Florida. John is a Six Sigma Black Belt, has published 13 journal articles, and he holds 27 granted and pending patents.

About the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) Gordon E. Moore Medal
The Society of Chemical Industry – America Group has established the SCI America Gordon E. Moore Medal as the premier recognition for early career success in innovation, as reflected both in market impact and improvement to the quality of life.

About the Society of Chemical Industry
SCI America was founded in 1894 in New York City. It provides a unique networking forum for chemical industry leaders, industrial scientists, and technologists to exchange new business ideas and best practices. It celebrates achievements in industrial chemistry through three medal awards: The Perkin Medal, the Chemical Industry Medal, and the Gordon E. Moore Medal. The organization works to inspire students to enter technical careers by offering its members an opportunity to participate in an annual scholars program. SCI America also offers its members the opportunity to become part of its growing network by participating in its annual Innovation Day, where young industry leaders come together to celebrate innovation in the chemical industry and to seek solutions for tomorrow’s challenges.

By highlighting extraordinary individuals and their work, SCI America 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. For more information, visit SCI America’s website: www.sci-america.org. SCI America events are managed by the Science History Institute.

About the Science History Institute
The Science History Institute collects and shares the stories of innovators and of discoveries that shape our lives. The Institute preserves and interprets the history of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences. Headquartered in Philadelphia, with offices in California and Europe, the Institute houses an archive and a library for historians and researchers, a fellowship program for visiting scholars from around the globe, a community of researchers who examine historical and contemporary issues, an acclaimed museum that is free and open to the public, and a state-of-the-art conference center.

About The Chemours Company
Powered by more than 7,000 employees around the globe, The Chemours Company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of fluoroproducts, chemical solutions, and titanium technologies. Chemours was founded in 2015 and is a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company that previously operated as DuPont’s performance chemicals business. Last year the company served 3,700 customers in 120 countries and reported $6.6 Billion in revenue.

In 2018 Chemours announced its first corporate responsibility goals that the company seeks to accomplish by 2030. The goals, which are aligned to correspond with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, include working to reduce its carbon footprint, developing sustainable applications for its products, hiring a diverse workforce, and investing $50 million in STEM education programs in the communities where it operates.

Contacts
Jody Roberts, Science History Institute
jroberts@sciencehistory.org
Resa Thomason, Executive Director, SCI-America
rthomason@sciencehistory.org