20 September 2013

IChemE Awards 2013 shortlists announced

IChemE Awards
The shortlists for the 2013 Institution of Chemical Engineers (IChemE) Awards have been announced today. This year’s shortlists include entries from major organisations in academia and industry including GlaxoSmithKline, BP, Sellafield, Petronas, Harvard University, National University of Singapore, Foster Wheeler Energy and United Utilities.

The IChemE Awards attract interest from all over the world and this year’s shortlists include entries from Australia, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK and the USA.

The winners will be announced at the IChemE Awards and Annual Dinner, in association with Saudi Aramco, on 7 November 2013 at the Bolton Whites Hotel, Bolton, UK.

The ceremony in Bolton is just one of a series of events organised by IChemE to celebrate excellence, innovation and achievement in the chemical and process industries across the world. Other IChemE events include award ceremonies in Malaysia (21 October 2013), Singapore (23 October 2013) and North America (4 November 2013).

Chair of judges and chairman of Haden Freeman Group, Nigel Hirst FIChemE, said: "We have received a fantastic set of entries this year and all the judges would like to thank the individuals and organisations that have taken the time to support the awards once again and submit their impressive applications.

“There can be no better feeling than to receive an award from your peers and we believe this is what makes the IChemE Awards so special and sought after across the world.

“I would also like to thank the judges for their hard work, expertise and knowledge. Each year we receive an ever growing and diverse range of applications and all the judges work incredibly hard to assess each entry in detail.

“We all look forward to seeing you at the awards ceremony for another fantastic evening showcasing the talent and success in the chemical and process industries”.

The event in Bolton will be hosted by Nick Hewer, from BBC TV’s The Apprentice and host of Channel 4’s day time quiz show, Countdown. The best overall entry will receive the Outstanding Achievement in Chemical and Process Engineering Award sponsored by BP.

To reserve a table at the events visit IChemE’s website or contact Nigel Stephens at Mainline Media.

Official shortlists for the IChemE Awards 2013

Education and Training Award sponsored by Costain

  • Biodiesel - engineering a greener future through education, University of Manchester, UK
  • Chemical safety hazard awareness, Sellafield Ltd, UK
  • Winning graduates, Foster Wheeler Energy Ltd, UK
  • Chemical engineering training for system engineers, Sellafield Ltd, UK
  • Flashbang Science and how it educates!, Flashbang Science, UK
  • Sellafield Big Bang Project, Sellafield Ltd, UK


Young Chemical Engineer of the Year Award sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline

  • Linda Butcher, process support engineer, BP Refinery (Bulwer Island) Pty Ltd, Australia
  • Kevin Gibson, process project engineer, Ipsen Biopharm Ltd, UK
  • Tom Williams, system engineer, Sellafield Ltd, UK
  • Tom James, director, Organic Drive, UK
  • Sarah Button, process engineer, Johnson Matthey Davy Technologies, UK
  • Chen Xinwei, research fellow, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • Greg Simmonds, engineering operations manager, GlaxoSmithKline, UK


Innovator of the Year Award sponsored by NES Global Talent 

  • Bart Peeters, manufacturing technologist, Monsanto Europe NV, Belgium
  • Dr Philseok Kim, senior research scientist, Harvard University, USA
  • Dr Richard J. Spontak, alumni distinguished professor, North Carolina State University, USA
  • Richard Noble, Alfred T. & Betty E. Look professor of chemical engineering, University of Colorado, USA
  • Professor Liang-Shih Fan, C. John Easton professor of engineering, Ohio State University, USA
  • Dr Jiaping Paul Chen, associate professor, National University of Singapore, Singapore


Bioprocessing Award sponsored by Newcastle University, UK

  • Pig slurry and food waste anaerobic digester, PROjEN plc, UK
  • UK LAIV automation upgrade project, Medimmune LLC, USA
  • Worm-inspired microneedle tissue adhesive, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, USA
  • Membrane science and technology in bioprocessing and water treatment, Swansea University, UK
  • improved sustainable production of plant-based raw materials for industry, University of Münster & Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology, Germany


Chemical Engineering Project of the Year Award sponsored by Sellafield Ltd

  • Plaxica optipure process, Plaxica Ltd, UK
  • Process scale-up: benchware glass to modular steel process plant, BPE, UK
  • Poppy straw extraction facility, Johnson Matthey Macfarlan Smith, UK
  • Mercury removal from natural gas, QUILL, Queen's University Belfast, UK and PETRONAS, MY 
  • Novel energy-saving system of internally heat integrated distillation column , Kansai Chemical Engineering Co Ltd, Japan


Energy Award sponsored by PM Group

  • Removal of detrimental sulfur from petroleum-fuels, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA
    GSK Cork sustainability programme, GlaxoSmithKline, Ireland
  • Turning Black Gold Green, United Utilities and Black and Veatch Ltd , UK
  • Efficient energy production by solid oxide fuel cell and micro gas turbine, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Microbial hyperthermophilicity using hydrogen and carbon dioxide, University of Georgia, USA
  • Low cost precipitating carbonate system for CO2 capture, Cooperative Research Centre for Greenhouse Gas Technologies, Australia


Food and Drink Award sponsored by School of Chemical Engineering, University of Birmingham

  • Nanoemulsion production, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Clandeboye lactose evaporator project, Aurecon New Zealand Ltd, New Zealand


Nuclear Innovation Award sponsored by Atkins

  • Passive venting of waste storage silo for site resilience post Fukushima, Sellafield Ltd, UK
  • Journey to excellence, Sellafield Ltd, UK
  • Illogical rationality: must do something - can't do anything, Sellafield Ltd, UK
  • Integrated test facility, Sellafield Ltd, UK
  • Addition of superplasticisers to aid in mixing quality and reduced hold-up of nuclear waste, Nuvia Ltd, Sellafield Ltd and National Nuclear Laboratory, UK


Sustainable Technology Award sponsored by ABB Consulting

  • A green approach to producing gold, Northwestern University, USA
  • Photoswitchable metal organic frameworks for low cost carbon capture, CSIRO and Monash University, Australia
  • Mercury removal from natural gas, QUILL, Queen's University Belfast, UK and PETRONAS, MY
  • GSK Irvine sustainability and energy management programme, GlaxoSmithKline, UK
  • Pig slurry and food waste anaerobic digester, PROjEN PLC, UK


Water Management and Supply Award sponsored by Saudi Aramco

  • Membrane science and technology in bioprocessing and water treatment, Swansea University, UK
  • The KNeW process - the recovery of AMD/ARD profitably, Trailblazer Technologies (Pty) Ltd, South Africa
  • Turning Black Gold Green, United Utilities and Black and Veatch Ltd, UK
  • Reduction in water usage and increase in processing rates in a biomass recovery process, Elanco, UK
  • Nano materials in water treatment, National University of Singapore, Singapore


Core Chemical Engineering Award sponsored by Simon Carves Engineering

  • F3 Factory - fast, flexible, modular production technology, Britest Ltd, UK
  • Hazardous waste reduction, AstraZeneca, UK
  • Process simulations, BP Refinery (Bulwer Island) Pty Ltd, Australia
  • Rotor-rotor multiple spinning disc extractor, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Transparent coating repellent, Harvard University, USA
  • Optimised brownfield debottlenecking using MeasCap, Atkins, UK


Health and Safety Award sponsored by Shell

  • Gold nanorod vaccine for respiratory syncytial virus, Vanderbilt University, USA
  • Managing process safety, GlaxoSmithKline, Ireland
  • Hull process simulation suite, BP, UK
  • Chemical safety hazard awareness, Sellafield Ltd, UK
  • Passive venting of waste storage silo for site resilience post Fukushima, Sellafield Ltd, UK
  • Illogical rationality: must do something - can't do anything, Sellafield Ltd, UK


Innovative Product of the Year sponsored by AstraZeneca 

  • Improved sustainable production of plant-based raw materials for industry, University of Münster & Fraunhofer Institute for Molecular Biology and Applied Ecology, Germany 
  • UK LAIV automation upgrade project, Medimmune LLC, USA 
  • A new polar aprotic solvent from renewable resources, Circa Group Pty Ltd, Australia 
  • Worm-inspired microneedle tissue adhesive, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, USA 
  • Commercial scale plant for the recycling of laminated packaging, Enval Ltd, UK

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