ExxonMobil Research Leader Doron Levin to Receive 2011 SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal

Doron Levin

September 9, 2011 - Philadelphia

The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), America Section, will award the SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal to Doron Levin, Advanced Engineering Associate of ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company. He will receive the medal at a luncheon in his honor on September 20, during Innovation Day 2011 at the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) in Philadelphia. Innovation Day gathers more than 200 leading researchers from industrial laboratories to contribute to cutting-edge ideas.

Levin will receive the 2011 SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal for his remarkable track record of discovery, development, and commercialization of novel catalytic processes for the improved environmental performance of the production processes for chemicals, clean fuels and high performance lubricants.

“Doron Levin’s innovative work began during a graduate-school internship with ExxonMobil, when he developed a catalyst that increased efficiency in hydroprocessing units and saved millions for our refineries,” said Emil Jacobs, Vice President of Research and Development. “He is a creative, focused, driven researcher, who has made significant contributions in our search for efficient, effective energy solutions.”

About Doron Levin

Doron Levin is a leader in catalysis research and engineering technology. In making significant advances for commercial processes through catalysis, he holds 40 U.S. patents with more than 200 patents and patent applications filed around the world, in addition to scientific publications and presentations.

Levin discovered a novel crystallographic phase of metal oxides that set the scientific foundation for the invention and commercialization of a breakthrough hydroprocessing catalyst, NebulaTM. This hydroprocessing catalyst allowed refineries around the world to meet the increasing demand for cleaner-burning ultra-low sulfur diesel and high-performance lubricants. He currently leads a multidisciplinary team across various organizations for the development of another breakthrough hydroprocessing catalyst that exhibits even higher activity than NebulaTM.

Another example of Levin’s innovations was the invention and development of a next generation catalyst system called TransPlus NG for heavy aromatics transalkylation. The TransPlus process produces xylenes, particularly p-xylene, from heavy aromatics and benzene/toluene. p-Xylene is a co-monomer precursor of two of the world's most widely used polymers: polyester fibers and polyethyleneterephthalate (PET) resin. The TransPlus process is used by ExxonMobil aromatics plants and is available for licensing worldwide. Levin decoupled key reactions taking place in aromatics transalkylation and designed the appropriate catalytic functions resulting in improved product yields, increased catalyst cycle length, and optimum process energy usage. The TransPlus process will be used in the largest aromatics transalkylation unit in the world, currently being built in Asia.

Levin holds a B.Sc. degree in chemical engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg), an honors B.Sc. degree in operations research from the University of South Africa, and a M.S. degree in chemical engineering practice and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company in 1997. Levin is the recipient of two ExxonMobil Chemical Global Technology Awards and received the ExxonMobil Process Research Innovator of the Year Award in both 2009 and 2010.

About the SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal

The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) has 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:
• 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 International Group, 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, e-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 Section events are managed by CHF, including the SCI Perkin Medal Dinner, the final event of Innovation Day,  a full day of research collaboration in the molecular sciences held annually at CHF.

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