Awards

SCI America recognizes the achievements of those in the chemical enterprise with three awards:  

  • Chemical Industry Medal – for lifetime excellence in management and contribution to the industry; given in New York City in March. 
  • Perkin Medal – for lifetime technical achievement; given in Philadelphia in September. 
  • Gordon E. Moore Medal – for significant technical innovation by an individual who is 45 years old or less; given at Innovation Day in Philadelphia in September. 

The award dinners are always well attended by CEOs and senior executives from across the industry and provide excellent opportunities to network and renew acquaintances. Proceeds benefit SCI America’s scholarship programs.   

Chemical Industry Medal

History and Purpose:

The Chemical Industry Medal, established in 1933, replaced the coveted Grasselli Medal, which had been sponsored by the Grasselli Chemical Company and awarded by SCI America for more than a decade. Presentation of the Chemical Industry Medal is made annually to a recipient who has rendered conspicuous service to applied chemistry and is selected by the SCI America Executive Committee. The Chemical Industry Medal is a testimonial to men and women whose leadership, foresight, and contributions to applied chemistry have been, to a considerable degree, responsible for the growth of that industry. A desire to honor such people, those who have made a personal contribution to the advance of society and economy through technology, is at the core of the America Group’s identity. For over 100 years, leaders of the Group, all of whom operate at the highest ranks of American industry, have been enthusiasts for the excitement of the possibilities that can flow from marrying science with industry. The medal has attained distinction by reason of the outstanding achievements and caliber of those who have been honored The Chemical Industry Medal is conferred at a special banquet held in honor of the winner at New York’s famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Throughout the 20th century, and now in the 21st century, these events have been regarded as ‘must attend’ occasions.

2024 Chemical Industry  Medalist

2024 Chemical Industry Medalist

John J. Paro

Chairman of the Board and CEO of Hallstar

John J. Paro is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Hallstar, a privately-owned, global specialty chemical company with an extensive patent portfolio.

Paro began his career in sales and product management at FMC Corporation. He joined Hallstar in 1986 and served in multiple leadership roles, including Director of Marketing and Vice President, before being named Chief Operating Officer in 2000. He became President and CEO in 2006 and was elected Chairman of the Board in 2009. In October 2018, when Hallstar was divided into Industrial and Beauty businesses, he conferred the president role to each division’s lead executive, reporting to him.

Under Paro’s leadership, Hallstar has implemented several strategies that have transformed the company, evolving from chemical distributor to specialty chemical manufacturer. A firm believer in the value of an employee ownership culture, Paro created an opportunity for employees to purchase equity in the company and a bonus program tied to performance metrics. Since establishing these programs, Hallstar has achieved—and sustained—dramatically higher levels of profitability.
Hallstar’s vision is centered on chemistry over chemicals, recognizing that a constantly changing world will always need chemistry innovation. “Chemistry” at Hallstar references not only its outstanding product portfolio but the way the company’s people collaborate with customers and colleagues. Paro passionately promotes the promulgation of Hallstar’s core values, the development of effective leaders, and the strong business growth that benefits all global team members.

He earned his BA with a concentration in chemistry from Bucknell University in 1978 and an MBA in marketing and finance from the University of Chicago in 1984. Outside of Hallstar, Paro is actively engaged with the chemical industry. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Chemistry Council for 15 years and chaired the board of the Society of Chemical Industry from April 2020 to March 2023. He was a director and member of the Audit and Governance Committee for Calgon Carbon Corporation from 2013 to 2018, helping steward that organization through its 2018 acquisition. He also lends his time and expertise to several philanthropic causes and is currently a board trustee of Guadalupe Center in Naples, Florida, whose educational programs are aimed at breaking the cycle of poverty for the community’s agricultural workers. In the past, Mr. Paro has also served in leadership roles for the Village of Hinsdale Commission, Chicago’s Adler Planetarium, and Wellness House, which offers free programs and services aimed at improving quality of life for cancer patients.

Mr. Paro is an avid golfer, skier and traveler, and enjoys spending time with his family. He and his wife, Valerie, have two children and five grandchildren, and live in Naples, Florida.

Past Chemical Industry Medalists
YearNameCompany
2023Bob PatelW.R. Grace & Co.
2022Mark P. VergnanoChemours
2021Craig A. RogersonHexion
2020Christopher D. PappasTrinseo
2019Neil A. ChapmanExxon Mobil Corporation
2018Cal DooleyAmerican Chemistry Council
2017Andreas C. KramvisHoneywell
2016James L. GalloglyLyondellBasell
2015Stephen D. PryorExxonMobil Chemical
2014Sunil KumarInternational Specialty Products
2013Andrew N. LiverisDow Chemical
2012David N. WeidmanCelanese Chemical Company
2011J. Brian FergusonEastman Chemical
2010Michael E. CampbellArch Chemicals
2009Jeffrey M. LiptonNova Chemicals
2008Dennis ReilleyPraxair
2007Raj GuptaRohm and Haas
2006Jon M. HuntsmanHuntsman Corporation
2005Daniel S. SandersExxonMobil Company
2004Thomas E. ReillyReilly Industries
2003Whitson SadlerSolvay
2002Earnest W. Deavenport, Jr.Eastman Chemical
2001William S. StavropoulosDow Chemical
2000Vincent A. CalarcoCrompton
1999J. Lawrence WilsonRohm and Haas
1998Edgar S. Woolard, Jr.Dupont
1997J. Roger HirlOccidental Chemical
1996John W. Johnstone, Jr.Olin
1995Robert D. KennedyUnion Carbide
1994Keith R. McKennonDow Corning
1993W. H. ClarkNalco
1992H. Eugene McBrayerExxon
1991Dexter F. BakerAir Products
1990George J. Sella, Jr.American Cyanamid
1989Richard E. HeckertDupont
1988Vincent L. Gregory, Jr.
1987Edwin C. HolmerExxon
1986Edward G. JeffersonDupont
1985Louis FernandezMonsanto
1984James AffleckAmerican Cyanamid
1983Paul F. OrreficeDow
1982H. Barclay MorleyStauffer
1981Thomas W. MastinLubrizol
1980Edward DonleyAir Products
1979Irving ShapiroDupont
1978Jack B. St. ClairShell
1977F. Perry WilsonUnion Carbide
1976Harold E. ThayerMallinckrodt
1975Leonard P. PoolAir Products
1974Carl A. GerstackerDow
1973Ralph LandauScientific Design
1972Jesse WernerGAF
1971Carroll A. HochwaltThomas & Hochwalt, Monsanto
1970William H. LycanJohnson & Johnson
1969Charles B. McCoyDupont
1968Harold W. FisherStandard Oil of New Jersey
1967Chester M. BrownAllied
1966Monroe E. SpaghtShell
1965Ralph ConnorRohm and Haas
1964Leland I. DoanDow Chemical
1963Max TishlerMerck
1962Kenneth H. KlipsteinAmerican Cyanamid
1961William E. HanfordOlin Mathieson
1960Hans StaufferStauffer
1959Harry B. McclureUnion Carbide
1958Fred J. EmmerichAllied
1957Clifford F. RassweilerJohns Manville
1956R. Lindley MurrayHooker Electrochemical
1955Joseph G. DavidsonUnion Carbide
1954Ernest H. VolwilerAbbot
1953Charles S. MunsonAir Reduction
1952J. R. Donald; C. H.GreenewaltDuPont
1951Ernest W. ReidCorn Products
1950William M. RandMonsanto
1949William B. BellAmerican Cyanamid
1948James A. RaffertyUnion Carbide
1947George W. MerckMerck
1946Willard H. DowDow Chemical
1945Sidney D. KirkpatrickChemical & Metallurgical
1944Bradley DeweyDewey & Almy
1943John J. GrebeDow Chemical
1942Harrison HoweAmerican Chemical Society
1941Elmer K. BoltonDupont
1939Robert E. WilsonStandard Oil of Indiana
1938John V. N. DorrDorr
1937Evan J. CraneChemical Abstracts
1936Walter S. LandisAmerican Cyanamid
1935Edward R. WeidleinMellon Institute
1934Floyd G. MetzgerAir Reduction
1933James G. VailPennsylvania Quartz
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Chemical Industry Medal Award Rules

The Chemical Industry Medal

1. The Chemical Industry Medal may be awarded annually, at the discretion of the Executive Committee of the Society of Chemical Industry America Group. The recipient of the Medal shall be a person who, in the opinion of the Executive Committee, has rendered conspicuous service to applied chemistry.

2. Any nominee should have been an active guiding force in the management of his/her company during periods of maximum growth or development of new chemical or allied fields.  Generally the award is made for lifetime achievement.

3. Nominees for the Award shall be proposed by the Medals Committee of the Executive Committee following a careful screening of the qualifications of all candidates, provided that all SCI Members shall be invited to submit one or more candidates for consideration.  Nominees should not include active officers or Executive Committee members of the Section.  Nominees not selected for the award in any given year may continue to be considered for two years after the original nomination.

4. The Chairman of the Medals Committee shall submit a slate of nominees to the Executive Committee prior to its regular September meeting, at which meeting the Executive Committee shall select a single nominee by an affirmative ballot vote of a majority of Executive Committee members present or having cast absentee ballots.  In case a majority choice cannot be obtained, the Chairman of the Medals Committee shall call for a second ballot, among Executive Committee members present, limited to the two leading candidates, as determined by votes cast on the initial vote except that if two or more candidates are tied for second place, the ballot shall include the first place candidate and all second place candidates. The Chairman may conduct additional ballots if, in his/her opinion, a winner will be selected.  If a majority vote cannot be obtained, the Chairman shall mail a letter ballot to all members of the Executive Committee, following the Letter Ballot Procedure below.

The incumbent Medals Committee shall complete the selection process prior to assigning their responsibilities to the new Medals Committee.

5. Letter Ballot Procedure (same as used in Perkin Medal balloting):

(a) The Chairman of the Committee shall send to each member of the Executive Committee a copy of these rules and a list of all nominees and the reasons for their nominations, presenting these in the form of statement submitted by their proposers, but withholding the identification of the latt(b) The Chairman of the Medals Committee shall request a letter ballot showing both “First Choice” and “Second Choice” votes.  The candidate receiving a majority of the “First Choice” votes cast shall be considered nominated.  In case a choice shall not have been made on the first letter ballot, the Chairman shall request a second letter ballot limited to the two leading candidates, as determined by “First Choice” votes cast on the first letter ballot, excepting that if two or more candidates shall be tied for either first or second place, the second letter ballot shall include any and all first and second place candidates.  If this selection does not eliminate at least one candidate from the second letter ballot, the Chairman shall determine a weighted average vote for each candidate by assigning two points for each “First Choice” vote and one point for each “Second Choice” vote case on the first letter ballot.  The candidate(s) with the lowest weighted average shall not be included on the second letter ballot.  All voting may be done electronically by email.

The Chairman may call for additional letter ballots if he/she believes progress in selecting a candidate can be made.

6. The nomination and voting process shall be scheduled roughly as follows:

  • Mid-April:  Medals Chair requests nominations from all SCI Members
  • Early June:  deadline for nominations
  • June/July:  Medals committee selects candidates for Executive Committee vote
  • August: nomination packages sent to Executive Committee
  • September:  Executive Committee meeting and vote

7. Immediately following the selection of a nominee by the Executive Committee, the Chairman of the Section shall notify the nominee of his/her selection.  On receipt of the nominee’s acceptance, including his/her agreement to deliver an address at the time of the award, his/her selection shall be official.  Until these conditions are met, the nomination shall not be made public.

8. In the event the nominee selected by the Executive Committee declines to accept the award, the Executive Committee shall be polled by the Chairman to select a new nominee.  The Executive Committee may, if necessary, call upon the Medals Committee for a new slate of nominees.

9. The presentation of the Chemical Industry Medal shall be made by the Chair of the Section at the following March meeting of members of the America Group, to which non-members of the Society shall also be invited to honor the Medalist.  In the absence of both the Chairman and the Vice Chairman, the Executive Committee shall designate a past or present officer to make the presentation.  Following the presentation, the Medalist shall deliver a lecture on a subject of his/her own choosing.

10. The medal may not be received in absentia except under conditions of grave emergency approved by the Chairman of the Section.

11. The Executive Committee of the America Section shall have the power to amend these rules or to decide any matter not specifically provided in them.

How to Nominate

Nomination Form – Download here
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Perkin Medal

History and Purpose:

The Perkin Medal was established to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the discovery of mauvene. Today it is widely acknowledged as the highest honor in American industrial chemistry. Perkin was a founding Member of SCI and this Medal was first presented in New York to Perkin himself.

Since 1906 SCI America has honored many inspiring and brilliant scientists in Perkin’s name. Ranging from Edward Acheson of graphite and carborundum fame to Carl Djerassi who developed the first contraceptive pill, awards have demonstrated the contribution of science to today’s world. Names like I Langmuir, Glen Seaborg and Heinman Hass sit alongside those of Arthur D Little and Milton Harris, who transformed the way research and whole enterprises were managed.

The award is presented in September in Philadelphia, as a capstone event to Innovation Day. Attended by a wide range of scientists and executives from science-based industries, it provides an excellent opportunity to network with those working to advance modern industrial chemistry.

Sir William Henry Perkin:

Sir William Henry Perkin (1838-1907) at the age of 18 created the world’s first synthetic aniline dye, which revolutionized color chemistry and opened up new possibilities for a whole range of industries; most notably, textiles and clothing.

Perkin was born in England and entered the Royal College of Science at 15. At 18, in private experiments attempting to make quinine, he inadvertently created a dye. Just six months later mauve was being used in a London dyehouse. He enjoyed international acclaim and went on to more discoveries and opened his own factories. He ‘retired’ from industry to focus on ‘pure science’ at the age of 36.

2024 Perkin Award Medalist

2024 Perkin Award Medalist

Max McDaniel

Max McDaniel is a Senior Fellow Scientist at Chevron Phillips Chemical, where he has been responsible for significant advances in catalyst technologies for the polymerization and trimerization of ethylene, to produce high performance polyethylene and 1-hexene. In 2024, he was awarded his 500th U.S. patent.

Leading a small group of researchers for 40 years, he invented and commercialized numerous new chromium and metallocene based catalyst technologies which have been adopted by dozens of polyethylene manufacturing plants throughout the world. Notably, he was the first scientist to investigate the ability of chromium catalysts to impart long chain branching (LCB) in polyethylene, and the important role that the catalyst physical structure plays in that process.
McDaniel devised catalysts to simultaneously produce comonomer and copolymer. LCB controls nearly every aspect of polymer processing and molding behavior. His discoveries led to the manipulation and development of many diverse polyethylene grades with both improved properties and processability.

McDaniel received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Southern Illinois University and received his doctorate in physical chemistry from Northwestern University. After receiving his doctorate, he continued research as a Chercheur Associé, at the Institüt Catalyse (C.N.R.S) in Lyon, France.

Past Perkin Medalists
YearNameCompany
2023Frances ArnoldCalifornia Institute of Technology
2022Dennis LiottaEmory University
2020Jane FrommerCollabra Inc.
2019Chad A. MirkinNorthwestern University
2018Barbara H. MinorThe Chemours Company
2017Ann E WeberKallyope
2016Peter TrefonasDow Chemical Company
2015Cynthia A. MaryanoffJohnson & Johnson
2014John C. WarnerWarner Babcock
2013Bruce D. RothGenentech
2012Robert S. LangerMIT
2011Rodney BanksNalco
2010Ronald C. BreslowColumbia University
2009Richard B. SilvermanNorthwestern University
2008Ian ShanklandHoneywell Specialty Chemicals
2007Herbert W. BoyerGenentech
2006James C. StevensThe Dow Chemical Company
2005Robert W. GoreW.L. Gore & Associates
2004Gordon E. MooreIntel Corporation
2003William H. JoyceHercules
2002Paul S. AndersonBristol-Myers Squibb
2001Elsa ReichmanisLucent Technology, Bell Labs
2000Norman N. LiNI Chemical Technologies
1999Albert A. Carr HoechstMarion Roussel
1998David R. BryantUnion Carbide
1997Stephanie KwolekDuPont
1996Marion D. FrancisProcter & Gamble
1995Delbert H. MeyerAmoco
1994Marinus LosAmerican Cyanamid
1993Lubomyr T. RomankiwIBM
1992Edith M. FlanigenUOP
1991Miguel A. OndettiBristol-Myers Squibb
1990John E. FranzMonsanto
1989Frederick J. KarolUnion Carbide
1988James F. RothMonsanto, Air Products
1987J.P. HoganR.L. Banks Phillips Petroleum
1986Peter RegnaPfizer, Squibb,Harrington
1985Paul B. WeiszMobil
1984John H. SinfeltExxon
1983N. Bruce HannayBell Labs, AT&T
1982Herbert C. BrownPurdue University
1981Ralph LandauScientific Design Company
1980Herman F. MarkPolytechnic University of Brooklyn
1979James D. Idol, Jr.Ashland Oil
1978Donald F. OthmerPolytechnic University of Brooklyn
1977Paul J. FloryDuPont, Cornell University
1976Lewis H. SarettMerck
1975Carl DjerassiSyntex, Stanford University
1974Edwin H. LandPolaroid
1973Theodore L. CairnsDuPont
1972Robert Burns MacMullinMathieson, MacMullin Associates
1971James F. HydeDow Corning
1970Milton HarrisHarris Research Labs, Gillette
1969Robert W. CairnsHercules
1968Henry B. HassPurdue University, GAF
1967Vladimir HaenselUOP
1966Manson BenedictM.W. Kellogg, MIT
1965Carl S. MarvelUniversity of Illinois
1964William J. SparksEsso
1963William O. BakerBell Labs, AT&T
1962Eugene G. RochowGeneral Electric
1961Carl F. PruttonFMC
1960Karl FolkersMerck
1959Eugene J. HoudryHoudry Process, Sun Oil Company
1958William J. KrollConsulting Metallurgist
1957Glen T. SeaborgUniversity of California – Berkley
1956Edgar C. BrittonThe Dow Chemical Company
1955Roger WilliamsDuPont
1954Roger AdamsUniversity of Illinois
1953Charles A. ThomasThomas & Hochwalt, Monsanto
1952Robert M. BurnsBell Labs, AT&T
1951Henry HowardMerrimac Chemical
1950Eger V. MurpheeStandard Oil Development
1949Carl S. MinerMiner Laboratories
1948Clarence W. BalkeUniversity of Illinois, Fansteel
1947Robert R. WilliamsBell Labs, AT&T
1946Francis C. FraryAlcoa
1945Elmer K. BoltonDuPont
1944Gaston F. DuboisMonsanto
1943Robert E. WilsonMIT, Standard of Indiana
1942Martin IttnerColgate
1941John V.N. DorrDorr
1940Charles M. StineDuPont
1939Walter S. LandisAmerican Cyanamid
1938Frank J. ToneUnion Carbide
1937Thomas Midgeley, JrGeneral Motors
1936Warren K. LewisMIT
1935George O. Curme, JrUnion Carbide
1934Colin G. FinkGeneral Electric, Columbia University
1933George OenslgerB.F. Goodrich
1932Charles F. BurgessUniversity of Wisconsin
1931Arthur D. LittleA.D. Little
1930Herbert H. DowThe Dow Chemical Company
1929Eugene C. SullivanDow Corning
1928Irving LangmuirGeneral Electric
1927John E. TeepleConsulting Chemical Engineer
1926Richard B. MooreUS Bureau of Mines, Dorr
1925Hugh K. MooreMoore Process
1924Frederick M. BecketUnion Carbide
1923Milton C. WhitakerColumbia University
1922William M. BurtonStandard Oil of Indiana
1921Willis R. WhitneyGeneral Electric
1920Charles F. ChandlerColumbia University
1919Frederick G. CottrellUniversity of California – Berkley
1918Auguste J. RossiConsulting Metallurgist
1917Ernst TwichellEmery Candle
1916Leo H. BaekelandBakelite Corporation
1915Edward WestonWeston Electric Meter
1914John W. HyattCelluloid Manufacturing
1913James GayleyU.S. Steel
1912Herman FraschUnion Sulphur
1911Charles M. HallAlcoa
1910Edward G. AchesonCarborundum
1909Arno BehrMathiessen & Wiechers
1908J.B.F. HerreshoffGeneral Chemical
1906Sir William Henry Perkin
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Perkin Medal Award Rules

Overview of Perkin Award Process:
Step 1: SCI selects its nominee
April – SCI Medals Chair solicits nominees from SCI members
August – SCI Medals Committee narrows field to 2/3 candidates
September – SCI Executive Committee votes to select SCI nominee

Step 2: Nominees from SCI, ACS, AIChE, and Science History Institute are considered by selection committee who chooses winner.

Perkin Selection Committee consists of: SCI Chair, SCI Vice Chair, Immediate Past SCI Chair, ACS President, AIChE President and Science History Institute President. SCI Secretary is non voting member of selection committee and conducts process
November – Solicit nominations from ACS, AIChE and the Institute to go along with individual selected in Step 1
December/January – Nomination packages collected and distributed to selection committee
January/February – Vote conducted
March – Winner announced at SCI Executive Committee meeting and notified by SCI

RULES FOR THE AWARD OF THE PERKIN MEDAL
Founded in Commemoration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Coal Tar Color Industry, 1856 – 1906

1. The Perkin Medal may be awarded annually, at the discretion of the Perkin Medal Committee, for outstanding work in applied chemistry.

2. (a) The Award may be made to anyone residing in the United States of America who is actively engaged in the chemical profession in the judgment of the Perkin Medal Committee for outstanding work done at any time during his/her career, whether this work proves successful at the time of execution or publication, or becomes valuable in subsequent development of the industry.

(b) To be considered for the Perkin Medal Award, a candidate should have done applied chemical work resulting in outstanding commercial development. His/her contribution may represent either personal scientific accomplishment or leadership of group effort. It should not have been primarily administrative or promotional, or limited to a role in initiating the activity. His/her contribution should have clearly played a major role in the success of the development.

3. The Medal may not be received in absentia, except under conditions of grave emergency, approved by the Chairman of the America Section of the Society of Chemical Industry.

4. The Medal, when awarded, shall be presented at the regular September meeting of members of the America Section of the Society of Chemical Industry, to which non-members shall also be invited to honor the Medalist. The presentation shall be made by the senior officer of the Section present at the meeting. Following the presentation, the Medalist shall deliver a lecture on a subject of his/her own choosing.

5. The Perkin Medal Committee shall consist of the following:
• Chair The Chair of the America Section of the Society of Chemical Industry.
• Vice Chair: The Vice Chair of the America Section of the Society of Chemical Industry.
• Secretary: The Secretary of the America Section of the Society of Chemical Industry. The Secretary shall have no vote except under Rule 11 (c) below

Members at Large:

(a) The Immediate Past Chair of the America Section of the Society of Chemical Industry.

(b) The President of the America Chemical Society.

(c) The President of the America Institute of Chemical Engineers.

(d) The President of the Science History Institute.

6. (a) The Chairman, Vice Chairman and each member at large shall be entitled to one vote on the Committee. In the event that one person occupies two or more of the offices mentioned, his/her vote shall be assigned to the Society of which he/she is an officer first mentioned in the foregoing list: and his/her place and vote in the Society latter mentioned shall be assigned to a person designated by the Executive Committee or Board of Directors of the latter group.

(b) No employee of any of the above organizations may serve on the Perkin Medal Committee.

7. The Committee shall meet at the call of the Chairman or on written request of a majority of the Committee submitted to the Secretary in writing.

8. (a) Each member of the Perkin Medal Committee, as set forth in Rule 5, shall be certified in writing to the Secretary of the Committee by his respective Society on or before April 1. Certified members shall serve from April 1 to March 31 following, inclusive.

(b) Vacancies due to inability of designated persons to serve may be filled by the Executive Committee or Board of Directors of their respective organizations and such replacements will be recognized on receipt of written certification by the Secretary of the Committee.

9. (a) The Secretary of the Committee shall notify, in the month of November, the Societies or Sections (listed under Rule 5) through an appropriate officer and shall request each of these organizations to submit to him/her the name of one candidate residing in the United States whom they consider worthy of the Perkin Medal. Each organization may adopt its own procedures for selecting a candidate, and nominees may be re-nominated as desired.

(b) The request shall state that such names must be sent to the Secretary of the Perkin Medal Committee before December 1 and that the names must be accompanied by a statement setting forth the reasons for proposing each candidate, including a description of the work the candidate has done, and evidence as to how this work meets the criteria set forth in Rule 2(b) and shall bear no indication of their origin.

10. Members of the Perkin Medal Committee shall be uninstructed and left solely to their own individual judgment in voting.

11. (a) The Secretary of the Committee will conduct the voting process which may utilize written or electronic mail.

(b) The Secretary of the Committee, before January 15, shall send to each member of the Committee a copy of these rules and a list of all candidates and the reasons for their nominations, presenting these in the form of statement submitted by their proposers, but withholding the identification of the latter.

(c) The Secretary of the Committee shall request a letter ballot showing both “First Choice” and “Second Choice” votes. The candidate receiving a majority of the “First Choice” votes cast shall be considered nominated. In case a choice shall not have been made on the first ballot, the Secretary shall prepare a second ballot by assigning two points for each “First Choice” vote and one point for each “Second choice” vote case on the first letter ballot. The two candidates with the highest total points shall appear on the second ballot.

In the event any ballot results in a tie, the Secretary shall cast the deciding vote.

(d) The Committee may, at its discretion, require of the proposers through the Secretary that they furnish, at their own expense, additional information concerning the candidates, twelve copies to be supplied.

12. Within ten days after completing the selection, the Secretary shall notify the successful candidate of his/her nomination and shall state the requirement that he/she receive the medal in person and deliver a lecture on a subject of his/her own choosing. On acceptance of these conditions, the nomination shall automatically become an election. Until the nomination has been finalized by this action, it shall not be made public.

13. The Perkin Medal Committee shall have the power to decide any question on Committee procedures not specifically covered by these rules.

14. The members of the Perkin Medal Committee shall use their best offices to encourage, to the fullest extent, the full participation of members of their respective Societies at the award presentation, which will normally be made in the succeeding September following completion of the balloting.

15. These rules may be amended by a majority vote of the entire Committee or at a meeting of the Committee, provided that written notice of such meeting be sent to each member at least ten (10) days in advance of the meeting and provided further that a majority of the entire Committee shall vote for the amendment.

How to Nominate

Nomination Form – Download here
Contact SCI America at
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Gordon E. Moore Medal

The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI America) 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. By highlighting extraordinary individuals and their work, the Society aims to promote public understanding of research and development in the 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.

Based on the concept that the award name should draw attention to young innovators and connect with to the established Perkin Medal, the SCI America Executive Committee named the award for Gordon E. Moore, co-founder of Intel and a seminal figure in the establishment and development of the semiconductor industry. Mr. Moore has often described Intel as a chemical company. As a research chemist and then director of R&D, Gordon Moore carried out pioneering work on silicon transistors, the integrated circuit, semiconductor computer memory, and the microprocessor, while well under the age of 45.

2024 Gordon E. Moore Medalist

2024 Gordon E. Moore Medalist

Caleb Funk

Caleb Funk is a Lead R&D Scientist at DuPont focused on water purification membranes, including ultrafiltration, nanofiltration (NF), and reverse osmosis (RO). Much of his career has been spent on membrane manufacturing process R&D, scaling up new process technologies from lab to pilot to full-scale, as well as process advancements for element fabrication. His current role includes nanofiltration membrane chemistry development and new quality control technology development for reverse osmosis membranes.

He has been recognized with several awards including the DuPont Engineering Excellence Award in 2022 and 2023 for his work solving challenges with NF membrane manufacturing and Seawater RO membrane testing. DuPont has launched a portfolio of products incorporating an array of his membrane innovations including the FilmTec™ Fortilife™ NF1000 nanofiltration membrane for industrial wastewater separations, winner of a 2023 R&D100 Award from R&D Magazine, the Edison Award-winning FilmTec™ LiNE-XD nanofiltration membrane for direct lithium extraction, and the FilmTec™ SWBR product line for seawater mineral recovery.
As part of the broader membrane community, Funk served on the Board of the Directors of the North American Membrane Society for 8 years. During this time, he chaired both the Membership and Awards committees, served a term as President of the Society in 2017-2018, and served for 3 years on the steering committee of the World Association of Membrane Societies.

Funk received his B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Past Gordon E. Moore Medalists
YearNameCompany
2023Kaoru AouDow
2022Kevin MaloneyMerck Research Laboratories
2021Carla D. PereiraExxonMobil
2020Wei WangPPG
2019John SworenChemours
2018Steven SwierDow Chemical Company
2017Melinda H. KeefeDow Chemical Company
2016Dr. Abhishek RoyDow Chemical Company
2015Dr. John A. McCauleyMerck
2014Andrew E. TaggiDuPont
2013Jerzy KlosinDow Chemical Company
2012Dean E. RendeHoneywell
2011Doron LevinExxonMobil
2010Emmett CrawfordEastman Chemical Company
2009Emma ParmeeMerck
2008Edmund M. CarnahanDow
2007Paul A. SagelProctor and Gamble
2006Jonathan M. McConnachieExxonMobil
2005Jeffery John HaleMerck
2004George BarclayRohm and Haas
Gordon E. Moore Medal Award Rules

1. Each year, a new award recipient will be selected to recognize a significant innovation made by an industrial scientist early in his/her career.  Scientists from academia will not be considered, unless they have direct and significant involvement in commercializing an innovation.

2.  The SCI America Gordon E. Moore Medal recognizes an outstanding individual who fulfills the following criteria:

  • He/She is 45 or younger in the Award year and either a U.S. citizen or resident,
  • He/She has developed a breakthrough innovation.
  • His/Her work illuminates emerging areas of applied chemistry in the 21st century.
  • His/Her innovation significantly impacts the company’s business by creating a new market, expanding an existing market, or commercializing a breakthrough process technology.
  • His/Her innovation demonstrates the positive impact of applied chemistry on the quality of life.

3. The Medal may not be received in absentia, except under conditions of grave emergency, approved by the Chairman of the American Section of the Society of Chemical Industry.  As with the Perkin Medal, the SCI America Gordon E. Moore Medal recipient will receive a medal, but no other compensation.

4. The SCI America Gordon E. Moore Medal will be presented during the luncheon of a symposium, whose theme is creativity and innovation.  A Steering Committee (see section II below) will help identify candidates, screen nominations for adherence to the criteria, and select the top three nominations for final decision by the SCI America Executive Committee.

5. The schedule for the nomination and approval process is:

  • Nominations solicited in October 2022
  • Closing date for nominations: January 2, 2023
  • Selection of 3 potential recipients by Screening Committee: by February 3, 2023
  • Ratification by SCI America Executive Committee during March meeting.

This timing is driven to coincide with the planned March timing for announcing the Perkin Medal recipient.

6. This Committee will request nominations from:

  • CTO Steering Committee
  • Living Perkin Medalists and SCI America Gordon E. Moore Medal winners.
  • The companies of SCI America members.
  • American Chemistry Council (ACC).
  • Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association (SOCMA).
  • Science History Institute.

7. The Screening Committee will review those nominated and submit a list of 3 potential award recipients, with qualifications and recommendation(s), to the Chair of the SCI America Medals Committee, who will forward to the SCI America Executive Committee for selection at the March SCI America Executive Committee meeting.

8. Once selected by the SCI America Executive Committee, the CTO Screening Committee Chair will notify the successful candidate of his/her receipt of the award and confirm the requirement that he/she receive the award in person and make a speech.

9. Nominees who are not selected as award winners shall remain in consideration for three additional years as long as they meet the award requirements.

How to Nominate

Nomination Form – Download Here
Contact SCI America at
sci-america@sciencehistory.org