To recognise the breadth of innovation in the chemical sector, ICIS Innovation Awards are given in four categories, as detailed below.
ICIS selects an overall winner each year, chosen from the winners in the four categories. This Award will be presented by BASF, as lead sponsor of the ICIS Innovation Awards 2018.
The entries shortlisted for this year are described below:
The Best Process Innovation category gives entrants a chance to show how innovative they are in the fundamental areas of new process development and process improvement - vital areas of innovation underlying better use of energy and raw materials, improved economics, safer performance and lower environmental impact.
Stora Enso – Stora Enso biomaterials division – Repurposed lignin as a renewable replacement for fossil-based materials
AkzoNobel – Peter Greenwood – Small particles with a big impact on coatings
Applied Research & Photonics - Applied Research & Photonics - Terahertz nanoscanning spectrometer 3D imager
Teijin - Toshiaki Hotaka - World’s first polycarbonate-resin pillar-less automotive front window
The Best Product Innovation category gives entrants a chance to show how innovative they are in the traditional but still vital area of product innovation.
Skuld – Mark DeBruin – Additive manufacturing evaporative casting
Grillo-Werke - Timo Ott and Ingo Biertuempel - Sustainable, direct route from methane to methanesulphonic acid (MSA)/p>
Greenyug - Sagar Gadewar, Luca Zullo and Brian Vicente - Renewable ethyl acetate using reactive distillation
Galaxy Surfactants - Nirmal Koshti - Green process for manufacture of amino acid surfactants
The Best Innovation by a SME category gives SMEs, that great source and reservoir of innovation, a chance to shine.
Enerkem – Mick Kopis – High-octane biofuel via waste-to-biofuel technology
Electrochem Technologies & Materials - Francois Cardarelli - Electrowinning iron from copperas: a zero-carbon iron-making process
The chemical industry and innovative can play an important role in addressing many of today's environmental concerns, including global warming, pollution, recycling, water supply security and nutrition.
The category is designed to recognise those companies that have incorporated the ideas of environmental performance and sustainability into their innovation in the areas of product and process developments and approach to business overall.
Entries might include improved manufacturing processes or products, with reduced environmental impact, or new products that tackle the issues above. They should show a distinct benefit to the environment and to the sustainability of the company and its customers.
Dow Chemical – Ling Zhang-Watson – Dow Ecofast Pure - a sustainable textile treatment
U.S. Water - Mike Mowbray, Don Erickson and Paul Young - Sustainable cooling tower treatment eliminates phosphorus discharge to the environment
Lehigh Technologies - Alan Barton - Enabling the circular economy with micronised rubber power (MRP)
DSM - Kelly Hall, Lukas Hoex, Norbert van der Nap, Brigit Verschuren, Chris Reutelingsperger and Valerie Reid - Transforming the carpet industry towards full circularity