Honeywell R&D Senior Manager Dean Rende to Receive 2012 SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal

June 1, 2012 - PHILADELPHIA

The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), America Section, will award the SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal to Dean Rende, senior manager, Honeywell UOP. He will receive the medal at a luncheon in his honor on September 13, during Innovation Day 2012 at the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) in Philadelphia. Innovation Day gathers more than 150 leading researchers from industrial laboratories to discuss current trends in cutting-edge research.

Rende will receive the Moore Medal for his outstanding record of discovery, scale-up, and commercialization of novel new catalysts used in the production of biodegradable detergents and petrochemical monomers. He has commercialized two novel industrial catalysts for commercial oxidation and alkane dehydrogenation, an area in which over 3 million tons are produced annually.  

“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,” said Rajeev Gautam, president and CEO of Honeywell UOP. “He is an outstanding chemist and leader in UOP’s research and development group. He is very creative in his approach, and meticulous about every detail. Dean worked closely with our manufacturing group to identify key procedures. He is an inspiring leader in our search for efficient, effective energy solutions.”

In addition to his innovations in catalysis, Rende led an effort that developed an adsorbent ion-exchange material that is critical to the ongoing cleanup effort at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear-reactor facility in Japan. According to a report on World Nuclear News, Honeywell ion-exchange resins are an important part of removing cesium-137 from contaminated water.

About Dean Rende

Dean E. Rende is senior manager, Adsorbents Development Research and Development, Honeywell–UOP Business Unit of Performance Materials and Technologies, where he leads a group of about 20 scientists and engineers. Rende’s team is involved in increasing selectivity and capacity for some of UOP’s existing adsorbents and also in developing adsorbents for new applications. A notable example of a new application involves the successful use of UOP IONSIV ion exchangers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear-power plant for removing and reducing radioactive cesium in the contaminated wastewater caused by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Rende is the author of 9 peer-reviewed scientific articles and 14 U.S. patents. He has an additional 13 U.S. patent applications pending. Before joining UOP, Rende did postdoctoral research at the University of Utah. Rende holds a B.A. degree in chemistry from Franklin and Marshall College and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Ohio State University.

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:

• Doron Levin (2011)
• 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 events are managed by CHF, including the SCI Perkin Medal Dinner, the final event of Innovation Day, which is a full day of research collaboration in the molecular sciences to be held at CHF on September 13, 2012.

About the Chemical Heritage Foundation

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• Inspire a passion for chemistry;
• Highlight chemistry’s role in meeting current social challenges; and
• Preserve the story of chemistry and its technologies and industries across centuries.

CHF maintains major collections of instruments, fine art, photographs, papers, and books. We host conferences and lectures, support research, offer fellowships, and produce educational materials. Our museum and public programs explore subjects ranging from alchemy to nanotechnology.


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