Honeywell Researcher to Receive
SCI’s Moore Medal for Catalyst Research
in Chemical Week Magazine
June 1, 2012 - Philadelphia, PA
by Lindsay Frost
The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), America Section, will award Dean Rende, a senior manager with Honeywell UOP, the SCI Gordon E. Moore medal for his work on discovery, scale-up, and commercialization of novel catalysts used in the production of biodegradable detergents and petrochemical monomers.
Rende has commercialized two industrial catalysts for commercial oxidation and alkane dehydrogenation where over three million tons are produced each year. He will receive the award in September during Innovation Day 2012 at the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) in Philadelphia.
“Dean developed a new concept for catalyst design and then continued to shepherd every detail through the manufacturing scale-up phase to commercial production for two very important catalysts,” says Rajeev Gautam, president and CEO of Honeywell UOP. “He is an outstanding chemist and leader in UOP’s Research and Development group.”
Rende has also led a development effort with adsorbent ion exchange material, important to the ongoing clean-up effort at the Fukushina Daiichi nuclear reactor facility, Japan. The resins are an important part of removing cesium-137 from contaminated water, according to a report on World Nuclear News.
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