18 Sept 2013
SCI's America Group awarded the 10th annual SCI Gordon E Moore Medal to Dr Jerzy Klosin, Research Fellow, The Dow Chemical Company, at a luncheon in his honour on Innovation Day 2013. The luncheon, which was held on 17 Sept 2013 at the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) headquarters in Philadelphia, was a joint event hosted by SCI and CHF, which gathers more than 150 leading researchers from industrial laboratories to discuss current trends and issues in chemical research.
SCI established the Gordon E. Moore Medal to recognise early-career success in innovation, as reflected both in market impact and improvement to quality of life. Dr Klosin is being recognised for his outstanding contributions to the advancement of industrial chemistry in the discovery, scale-up, and commercialisation of a new generation of catalysts used in the production of a wide range of important polyolefins including ELITETM, AFFINITYTM, ENGAGETM, INFUSETM, and NORDELTM.
Dr Klosin's catalysts deliver great control of co-monomer incorporation and termination reactions, thus enabling the creation of wholly new polymer architectures. The resulting 'designer polyolefins' can be tailored to help streamline processes and enhance sustainability by significantly improving the energy efficiency of production. Dr Klosin is the third scientist from Dow to receive the Gordon E. Moore Medal since its inception 10 years ago.
'We are honoured that Jerzy Klosin has been recognised as the Gordon E Moore Medal recipient for his exceptional innovation in chemical research,' said Andrew N. Liveris, Chairman and CEO of Dow. 'Jerzy has mastered catalysis at the molecular level and has helped to create new and improved materials that are integral to products society benefits from every day. We are proud to be part of his journey and applaud him for the technical excellence this award represents.'
About Jerzy Klosin
Dr Klosin is a Research Fellow at Dow's core R&D facility located in Midland, Michigan, where he has worked for 18 years. He focuses on the design of organometallic polyolefin catalysts. Through control of complex ligand frameworks, selection of metal centers, and co-catalyst combinations, he has enabled the successful commercialisation of a number of product families.
His fundamental understanding of the influence of electronic and steric effects have allowed him to tailor the activity of catalytic metal centers to produce novel polyolefin materials. He has also been able to impart temperature stability that led to dramatic improvements in productivity and energy consumption.
Dr Klosin holds 22 US patents related to his areas of research. Respected throughout the industry for his thought leadership, he has authored more than 40 papers that have been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented more than 25 invited lectures. He holds a Master of Science from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland, and a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Florida in Gainesville.