06 August 2015

IChemE Global Awards 2015 shortlists announced

The shortlists for the IChemE Global Awards 2015 have been announced with over 100 entries making the final stages of the awards on 5 November 2015.

The IChemE Global Awards, in association with Aramco, celebrate excellence, innovation and achievement in the chemical, process and biochemical industries.

Successful organisations shortlisted include Air Products, Atkins, BP, Costain, Dow Chemical Company, Johnson Matthey, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, GSK, Saudi Arabian Oil Company, McGill University, University of Liverpool, United Utilities, University of Bath, Pfizer, Seoul National University, PETRONAS and Sellafield Ltd.

The winners of the global awards will be announced on 5 November 2015 at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole, UK. The ceremony in Birmingham is just one of several international events organised by IChemE to celebrate the achievements of the chemical engineering profession. Other events include the IChemE Singapore Awards (22 October 2015) and the IChemE Malaysia Awards (26 October 2015).

A record-breaking number of applicants, from over 40 countries1, entered the global awards, which will be hosted by Steph McGovern – BBC business and finance journalist, and award winning engineer.

Steph will announce the winners from 16 awards categories including the overall Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chemical and Process Engineering, which will be selected from nearly 500 entries received worldwide.

IChemE deputy chief executive, Justin Blades, said: "We have received a record-breaking number 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 Global Awards so special and sought after across the world.

“Our sponsors and I 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.”

In addition to event partner Aramco, the event is being supported by Costain, AstraZeneca, Sellafield Ltd, PM Group, Bouygues Energies & Services, NES Global Talent, Simon Carves Engineering, ABB Consulting, GlaxoSmithKline, Rolls-Royce, Jacobs and Reliance Industries.

Official shortlists for the IChemE Global Awards 2015

Education and Training Award sponsored by Bouygues Energies & Services 

  • ‘Mentors forum’, Air Products, UK
  • ‘MEng oil and gas engineering course’, Atkins; University of Edinburgh, UK
  • ‘Igloo system heats up training’, BP European Acetyls Hull Site; BP Information Technology and Services Digital Innovation Organisation; Loughborough University, Igloo Vision, UK
  • ‘Leadership diversity: why women matter’, Dow Chemical Company Ltd, UK
  • ‘Building process safety knowledge & performance’, Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals; Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland
  • ‘Public engagement with hydrogen power’, UCell UCL Fuel Cells, UK
  • ‘Industrial tours to large classes’, University of Birmingham; Solvay Solutions; Smurfit Kappa SSK, UK
  • ‘ReallySmallScience’, University of Strathclyde, UK
  • 'Education for all', Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia 
  • 'Innovative teaching of chemical process safety', Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore 

Young Chemical Engineer in Industry Award sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline

  • Ashwini Bhagwat, Wood Group PSN, UK
  • Anthony Finot, Air Products, UK
  • Christopher Jansen, WorleyParsons, Australia
  • Madeleine Jones, Sellafield Ltd, UK
  • Veeash Oomardath, Tronox KZN Sands, South Africa
  • Hayleigh Pearson, Costain, UK
  • James Perrin, Lion – Beer, Spirits & Wine (NZ) Ltd, NZ
  • Ezmal Rashid, PETRONAS, Malaysia

Young Chemical Engineer in Research Award sponsored by ExxonMobil 

  • Biao Kong, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Patrizia Marchetti, Imperial College London, UK
  • Bhavish Patel, Imperial College London, UK
  • Ho Wai Shin, University Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia
  • Pau-Loke Show, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, Malaysia
  • Patrick Tang Siah Ying, Monash University Malaysia, Malaysia
  • Han Gang, National University of Singapore, Singapore 

Chemical Engineering Industry Leader Award sponsored by NES Global Talent

  • Announced on 5 November 2015

Research Project of the Year Award sponsored by Simon Carves Engineering

  • ‘C1 gas fermentation facility’, Centre for Process Innovation, UK
  • ‘Plasma vitrification of nuclear waste’, Costain; Tetronics International, UK
  • ‘UNIHEAT project’, Imperial College London; BP, UK; Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, Russia
  • ‘Sub–10 nm polyamide nanofilms for molecular separation’, Imperial College London; BP-ICAM, UK
  • ‘COMET ventilation air methane abatement’, Johnson Matthey, UK
  • ‘Industrial off-gas supports biofuel production’, Laurentian University; Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations, Canada
  • ‘Making fracking greener’, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA
  • ‘Make to order product properties’, Perceptive Engineering Ltd; University of Strathclyde; Centre For Process Innovation; AstraZeneca, UK
  • ‘A step-change innovation in perfume delivery’, QUILL Research Centre, UK
  • ‘Catalysis on sub-nanoscale Au’, University College London, UK; University of Pittsburgh; University of Delaware, USA
  • ‘Safer and cheaper solar cell processing’, University of Liverpool, UK
  • ‘Drosophila smell receptors for industrial applications’, University of Sussex, UK; CSIRO; Monash University, Australia
  • 'Carbon capture using innovative adsorbents', National University of Singapore, Singapore 

Chemical Engineering Industry Project of the Year Award sponsored by Sellafield Ltd 

  • ‘Dimlington terminal modifications’, Costain, UK
  • ‘C10 plasticiser alcohol process’, Johnson Matthey, UK; Dow Global Technologies International LLC, USA
  • ‘A fertilizer composition for black pepper’, Malaysian Pepper Board, Malaysia
  • ‘Gravitational milk of lime dosing system’, Nzoia Sugar Co. Ltd, Kenya
  • 'Installation of ShGP flare gas recovery system’, Aramco, Saudi Arabia
  • ‘Eliminating LPG vapour lock’, Unilever; Old Park Engineering Services Ltd, UK

Energy Award sponsored by Rolls-Royce

  • ‘Retrievals liquor balance model’, AECOM; Sellafield Ltd, UK
  • ‘Innovative energy from waste technology’, Chinook Sciences Ltd, UK
  • ‘Plasma vitrification of nuclear waste’, Costain; Tetronics International, UK
  • ‘Commercial rollout of XENERGYTM, Dow Building Solutions, UK
  • ‘Electrolysis for sustainable fuels and chemicals’, University of Bath, UK; Catalytic Innovations LLC, USA
  • ‘Safer and cheaper solar cell processing’, University of Liverpool, UK
  • ‘Spray-cast perovskite photovoltaic devices’, University of Sheffield; University of Cambridge, UK

Oil and Gas Award sponsored by Jacobs

  • ‘Carbon dioxide for enhanced oil recovery’, Costain, UK
  • ‘Non mechanical intensified thin film evaporator’, Hybrid Gasification, UK
  • ‘Separating oil from water’, Ohio State University, USA
  • ‘Making fracking greener’, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA
  • ‘Saving energy, boosting yield’, Palmer International Partnership LLP, UK
  • ‘De-acidification of high acid crude oils’, PETRONAS, Malaysia; Quill of QUB, UK
  • ‘Nanostructure for sulfur cleanup’, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA
  • 'First PETRONAS drilling fluid', PETRONAS, Malaysia 

Sustainable Technology Award sponsored by Costain 

  • ‘Sunscreen from cod fish bones’, Catholic University of Portugal, Portugal
  • ‘Innovative energy from waste technology’, Chinook Sciences Ltd, UK
  • ‘Gold catalysts for VCM production’, Johnson Matthey; Cardiff University, UK
  • ‘Micronized rubber powder – green for free’, Lehigh Technologies, USA
  • ‘Maple syrup extract potentiates antibiotic susceptibility’, McGill University, Canada
  • ‘Innovative biodiesel production strategies and techniques’, Neutral Fuels, UAE
  • ‘Converting cigarette butts to energy’, Seoul National University, South Korea
  • 'Carbon capture using innovative adsorbents', National University of Singapore, Singapore 
  • 'Palm-based polyester polyols and polyol esters', PETRONAS, Malaysia 

Water Management and Supply Award sponsored by the Water Special Interest Group

  • ‘Marine ballast water treatment system’, Coldharbour Marine, UK
  • ‘Googong water recycling plant’, MWH Global; Googong Township Proprietary Ltd; Mirvac; Canberra Investment Corporation, Australia
  • ‘Separating oil from water’, Ohio State University, USA
  • ‘Membrane for heavy metal treatment’, National University of Singapore, Singapore
  • ‘Low temperature ZLD evaporator crystallizer’, Saltworks Technologies Inc, Canada
  • ‘Watergy program’, Aramco, Saudi Arabia
  • ‘Shrink-fit sewage treatment in Heritage Dock’, United Utlities; GCA, UK
  • ‘3D printed microbial water sensor’, University of Bath, UK
  • ‘Xeros polymer bead cleaning system’, Xeros Technology Group plc, UK

Best Business Start-Up Award sponsored by Shell

  • Green Energy Biofuels (GEB), Nigeria
  • Horizon Proteins, UK
  • Nova Process Ltd, UK
  • Novvi LLC, USA
  • Recycling Technologies Ltd, UK
  • Renergi Pty Ltd, Australia
  • Puridify Ltd, UK
  • TeeGene Biotech Ltd, UK
  • Tomi's Treats Ltd, Nigeria

Process Safety Award sponsored by ABB Consulting

  • ‘Igloo system heats up training’, BP European Acetyls; BP Information Technology and Services Digital Innovation Organisation; Loughborough University, Igloo Vision. UK
  • ‘Dow Dewsbury process safety excellence’, Dow Chemical Company Ltd, UK
  • ‘Permission to supervise – re-engaging supervisors’, GSK, UK
  • ‘Hydrogen technical guide for safety management’, London South Bank University; Sellafield Ltd, UK
  • ‘Building process safety knowledge & performance’, Pfizer Ireland Pharmaceuticals; Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland
  • ‘Methane hazard – fact or fairytale?’, Sellafield Ltd, UK
  • ‘Laser-based sensor technology improves process safety’, Senscient Ltd; GexCon AS; Suncor Energy Inc, UK
  • ‘G.R.A.N.D.’, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia
  • 'Continuous API manufacturing project', Glaxo Wellcome Manufacturing Pte Ltd, Singapore 
  • 'Leading indicators approach to process safety', Asean Bintulu Fertilizer, Malaysia 

Innovative Product of the Year Award sponsored by AstraZeneca

  • ‘Phase change materials for disruptive optoelectronics’, Bodle Technologies, UK
  • ‘Marine ballast water treatment system’, Coldharbour Marine, UK
  • ‘Commercial rollout of XENERGYTM', Dow Building Solutions, UK
  • ‘Chemically engineered soap base’, IOI Olechemical Industry Berhad, Malaysia
  • ‘Gold catalysts for VCM production’, Johnson Matthey; Cardiff University, UK
  • ‘IntelliRed autonomous leak detection’, Providence Photonics, USA; ExxonMobil Research Qatar Ltd, Qatar
  • ‘Low-cost sustainable water filter’, Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, Tanzania
  • ‘REPID – insect repellent with detector’, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia
  • ‘Xeros polymer bead cleaning system’, Xeros Technology Group plc, UK

The Dhirubhai Ambani Award for Outstanding Chemical Engineering Innovation for the Resource-Poor People sponsored by Reliance Industries

  • ‘Conversion of biomass into cellulose ethanol (cooking fuel)’, Green Energy Biofuels (GEB), Nigeria
  • ‘Low cost technology for dialysis membranes’, Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, India
  • ‘Production of biodiesel from waste cooking oil’, London South Bank University, UK
  • ‘Low-cost sustainable water filter’, Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology, Tanzania
  • ‘Multifunctional concentrated solar adsorption for food preservation’, Sir Joseph Swan Centre for Energy Research, Newcastle, UK 
  • ‘3D printed microbial water sensor’, University of Bath, UK

Food and Drink Award sponsored by PM Group

  • ‘Membrane processing in New Zealand’, Fonterra Research and Development Centre, NZ
  • ‘The Pride – Sustainability’, Lion – Beer, Spirits, & Wine (NZ) Ltd, NZ
  • ‘Health drink from grains and fruit’, Naturlich Global Beverages, India
  • ‘Organic baby food’, Tomi's Treats Ltd, Nigeria
  • ‘Sodium reduction in aqueous-based liquid foods’, University of Nottingham, UK
  • ‘Winery effluent constructed wetlands’, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

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