REWARDING INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENT

Creative and talented scientists, engineers and other R&D professionals lie at the heart of chemical industry innovation. Their passion and commitment, scientific and managerial expertise, and inspiration are vital to ensuring that the chemical industry continues to meet pressing industrial, social and environmental needs.

To recognise these individuals, lead sponsor Elsevier’s R&D Solutions teamed up with ICIS last year to introduce a new individual category within the ICIS lnnovation Awards. Now in its second year, the Alpha lnnovator of the Year Awards recognises individual scientists, engineers and other R&D professionals who are unafraid to tackle roadblocks head on, and who are unrelenting in their pursuit of innovation and optimisation as they strive to push the industry forward - not only as an industry, but as a society.

The inaugural winners in 2016 were Sudip Majumdar, chief technology officer of Compact Membrane Systems, in the Environment and Sustainability category, and Mr Marc Swan and Professor Jan Czernuszka of Oxtex, in the New Product Development/Process Optimisation category.

You can read all about their innovations here

About the Get to Alpha initiative

With increased demand for high performance products, pressure for immediate commercial returns on innovation, lower costs, lower emissions and safer manufacturing, the future of the chemical industry is in the hearts and minds of the scientists, engineers and other R&D professionals who embody the unrelenting drive to conquer challenges as they invent, innovate and commercialise the best solutions.

Elsevier R&D Solutions’ Get to Alpha initiative aims to share insights and engage chemicals industry stakeholders about the topic of empowering R&D and engineering groups to meet the industry’s conflicting challenges, and to ultimately become first and best at product and process innovation.

Learn more at elsevier.com/alpha

Alpha Innovator of the Year - New Product Development/Process Optimisation

The winning entrant will have played a critical role related to a specific project that has produced measurable results within the last three years in, for example, improving product performance or solving customer problems or by reducing resource consumption by reducing material and/or energy use and/or waste generation.

They must have shown excellence in the use of scientific or technical mastery in chemistry and/or chemical engineering, or related multidisciplinary fields, in an active hands-on effort and will have demonstrated exceptional leadership, internal collaboration across functions, and creativity.

The entry, consisting of a statement of 300 words and supporting material, should be endorsed by the entrants' line manager as reflecting the accuracy of the entry.

 

Alpha Innovator of the Year - Environment and Sustainability

The winning entrant will have played a critical role related to a specific project that produced measurable results within the last three years in the area of utilising green chemistry and engineering principles, especially in the area of replacing fossil fuel feedstocks in new product development and manufacturing.

They must have shown excellence in the use of scientific and technical mastery in an active hands-on effort and will have demonstrated exceptional leadership, internal collaboration across functions, and creativity.

The entry, consisting of a statement of 300 words and supporting material, should be endorsed by the entrants' line manager as reflecting the accuracy of the entry.

Entry details

Entries, which should be made online by 30 June 2017, will be assessed by the ICIS Innovation Awards judging panel and the results announced at the same time as the ICIS Innovation Awards, in mid-October. Winners will be invited to attend the Awards lunch in early December in London, UK, to receive their commendations.