Innovation Day

About Innovation Day

This year’s Innovation Day will be held Monday, September 9, 2024 at the Science History Institute in Philadelphia, with a concurrent virtual component.

Member companies may send groups of their most promising young researchers to this event which exposes them to topics on the frontiers of today’s chemical research. Plenary sessions and a series of interactive discussion groups address currently relevant subjects. The event also gives attendees plenty of time for informal interaction and networking with their peers from other companies. First held in 2004, the program is organized by the Innovation Day Steering Committee, an advisory group of SCI member chief technology officers, who help organize and moderate discussion groups. The Gordon E Moore medal is presented at lunch on Innovation Day.

2024 Innovation Day Format

The Innovation Day Steering Committee has built an amazing agenda for this year’s meeting. We open with a poster session and networking, followed by the annual Schlinger Symposium with an address from the SCI Gordon E. Moore Medalist. Next, panel experts offer stimulating presentations and discussions on topics such as biomaterials and bioprocessing, life cycle analysis, and plastics recycling. Cocktails and networking close out the event. Most of the events and sessions will have an online component for those unable to attend in person.

Innovation Day Steering Committee

Robert Butterick

Northeast Dow Center Site Leader

Dow Inc.

Jeff Carbeck

Vice President, Corporate Innovation

Eastman Chemical Company

Michael Demko

Technology Director, Tedlar


Robert Harding

Senior Technology Advisor

W. R. Grace & Co.

Robert Li

Novel Products Research Manager

Peter Loggenberg

Executive Vice President of Specialty Polymers and Corporate Strategy


Arthur W. Martin

Vice President R&D North America

Arkema Inc.

Felicia Parks

Technical Director, North America


Elizabeth I. Ross-Medgaarden

Sr. Manager, Acetyls and Basic & Fundamental R&D

Houston Technology Center
Lyondell Chemical Company

Mitchell Refvik

Senior Manager Polyolefin Catalysis

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP

Dave Slinkman

SVP of R&D and Chief Technology Officer

Quaker Houghton

Chris Wren

NA OSB R&D Leader

Hexion, Inc.

Innovation Day Sponsors 2024

We are grateful to The Warren and Katharine Schlinger Foundation
and our member companies whose support makes Innovation Day possible.

Premier Sponsor

The Warren and Katharine Schlinger Foundation

Presenting Sponsor

ExxonMobil Product Solutions


Endorsing Sponsor

Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP

Sustaining Sponsors




Univar Solutions

Contributing Sponsors



NOVA Chemicals


Past Innovation Days