SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal

2012 Medalist: Dean Rende

Dean Rende

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Dean Rende will receive the 2012 Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) Gordon E. Moore Medal for his outstanding track record of discovery, development, and commercialization of novel catalysts and adsorbents. His significant contributions are exemplified by the breakthrough discovery of new catalysts used in the production of biodegradable detergents and petrochemical monomers. This discovery has broad applicability in catalysis and has led to commercialization of a novel catalyst-manufacturing methodology currently used to produce catalysts in multiple technologies.

Numerous catalytic reactions suffer from an imbalance between the intrinsic reaction rate and the mass transfer rate for the reactant. Rende and his team invented a layered catalyst technology involving an inner nonporous core bonded to a thin outer porous layer. The outer layer is either the active catalytic component itself or the layer where the catalytic components can be conveniently impregnated or incorporated in a controlled manner. Rende’s innovation affected multiple petrochemical technologies, including those used to manufacture detergent-range mono-olefins and styrene monomers. This new manufacturing technique and the resulting catalysts have been commercialized around the world.  

To realize this catalyst innovation Rende developed and advanced key areas of science:

  • Pt-modifier sub-nanometer bimetallic catalysis (catalysis science);
  • Material bonding—porous outer layer to inner nonporous core (materials science);
  • Product manufacturing—bonding recipe and metal addition (manufacturing science);
  • Intraparticle diffusion control (reaction engineering and catalysis science/kinetics); and
  • Identification of a new deactivation pathway in paraffin dehydrogenation.

Rende began his career at Honeywell as a manager for catalysis research in the company’s performance materials and technologies UOP business unit. He is currently senior manager and technical leader for adsorbents development at UOP. His accountabilities include breakthrough inventions in adsorbents and leading a group of about 20 scientists and engineers. Rende’s team works on increasing selectivity and capacity for some of UOP’s existing adsorbents and developing adsorbents for new applications. One example involves the successful use of UOP IONSIV ion exchangers at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant for removing and reducing radioactive materials in the contaminated wastewater created by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Rende holds a B.A. degree in chemistry from Franklin and Marshall College and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Ohio State University. He is the author of 9 peer-reviewed scientific articles and 15 U.S. patents, and has been awarded the prestigious Honeywell Specialty Materials Growth and Innovation Award.

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 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. For more information, see SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal on the SCI Web site.

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