IChemE celebrates 2023 Global Awards winners

IChemE celebrates 2023 Global Awards winners

30th November 2023

IChemE has announced the winners of its 2023 Global Awards at a ceremony held this evening at the Hilton Metropole, Birmingham, UK.

Widely recognised as the world's most prestigious chemical engineering awards, the event, hosted by television presenter Dallas Campbell, showcased organisations and teams from around the world that are demonstrating excellence in chemical, biochemical and process engineering.

A panel of 30 judges, representing diverse industries worldwide, selected from more than 100 excellent finalists across 19 award categories, to shine a spotlight on organisations and individuals that are leading the way in their fields, and deserve wide recognition for their exceptional contributions and innovations. Among the many distinguished winners was Kent, who won both the Best Consultancy Award, sponsored by Womble Bond Dickinson, and the Process Safety Award, sponsored by PM Group; PETRONAS and University Kebangsaan, Malaysia won the Industry Project Award, sponsored by adi Group.

The organisation winners were also in contention for IChemE’s top prize - the Outstanding Achievement in Chemical and Process Engineering Award, sponsored by ExxonMobil. This coveted trophy was won by the University of Oxford’s spin out, Oxsed, for their development of a rapid test for SARS-COV-2 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. The University chemical engineering team pooled their expertise in biochemical engineering, bioprocessing and product design to develop a test that was performed millions of times at major airports in the UK and in Hong Kong to enable international travel.

The IChemE judges considered that the significant social impact, economic returns, and clear demonstration of the direct contribution that chemical engineers made to combating the pandemic, meant that this entry was a very worthy winner. The Oxford University team stepped on stage three times during the evening, also collecting the Business Start-up Award sponsored by Sellafield, and the Innovative Product Award, sponsored by The Chemical Engineer.

There was global representation across the award categories with winners and highly commended finalists from Trinidad and Tobago, the United States, Saudi Arabia, China, Portugal, Australia and Malaysia. 

IChemE President Nigel Hirst said: “This event is a highlight of the year for IChemE, and a fantastic opportunity to learn about the latest developments in our profession. The IChemE Global Awards showcase the enormous breadth of activity being undertaken by chemical and process engineers, and I warmly congratulate all our winners. I also extend my sincere appreciation to all our award sponsors, for their generous support.

“It’s very encouraging that many of tonight’s finalists are helping to make IChemE’s vision - engineering a sustainable world - a reality, with entries such as accelerating the adoption of green hydrogen, reinventing the way plastics are used and recycled, and developing energy-efficient ship hull coatings.

“Volunteering underpins all the Institution’s work and having served as Head Judge myself for many years, I know first-hand how much work goes into the judging process. On behalf of IChemE’s Board of Trustees, I thank all the members of the volunteer judging panel, led for the final time this year by Keith Batchelor. I was delighted to present Keith with the inaugural IChemE Judges’ Award this evening, in recognition of his tremendous dedication over many years.”

For more information on the IChemE Global Awards visit www.icheme.org/globalawards.

Full list of IChemE Global Awards 2023 winners

Outstanding Achievement in Chemical and Process Engineering sponsored by Exxon Mobil 

Winner:University of Oxford; Oxsed

Best Consultancy sponsored by Womble Bond Dickinson 

Winner: Kent  

Highly commended: 


Worley Group 

Biochemical Engineering sponsored by DPS Group Ltd 

Winner: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; Virginia Commonwealth University 

Highly commended:HiCOE 

Business Start-up sponsored by Sellafield 

Winner: University of Oxford; Oxsed 

Highly commended: 

Rolls-Royce SMR Limited 


Diversity and Inclusion sponsored by Harbour Energy 

Winner: PM Group 

Highly commended: 



Energy sponsored by Rolls Royce 

Winner: Rolls-Royce SMR  

Highly commended: 

University of Manchester; Ganjiang Innovation Academy, Chinese Academy of Sciences; University of Melbourne 

PETRONAS; Universiti Kebangsaan, Malaysia 

Industry Project sponsored by adi Group 

Winner: PETRONAS; Universiti Kebangsaan, Malaysia  

Highly commended: 

RJM International; Ince Bio Power  

Johnson Matthey 

Innovative Product sponsored by The Chemical Engineer  

Winner: University of Oxford; Oxsed  

Highly commended: 



Nuclear Engineering sponsored by the IChemE Safety Centre 

Winner: Sellafield  

Highly commended: 

Rolls-Royce SMR  

Michigan State University 

Oil and Gas sponsored by the Loss Prevention Bulletin 

Winner: Saudi Aramco  

Highly commended: 

PETROLIAM Nasional Berhad 

Trinidad Petroleum Holdings  

Pharma sponsored by Bouygues Energies & Services 

Winner: Eli Lilly; Imperial College London; University College London; Queen Mary University London  

Highly commended: 

University of Strathclyde; National Physical Laboratory  

Hovione Farmaciência  

Process Automation and Digitalisation sponsored by Digital Chemical Engineering journal 

Winner: British Bakels; Newcastle University; Teesside University  

Highly commended: 


Worley Group 

Process Safety sponsored by PM Group 

Winner: Kent  

Highly commended: 

Trinidad Petroleum Holdings  

PETROLIAM Nasional Berhad 

Research Project sponsored by Chemical Engineering Research & Design 

Winner: HiCOE; Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS  

Highly commended: 

Cardiff University; UBE Corporation, Japan; Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China  

DOW Polyurethanes; Dow Chemical Company 

Sustainability sponsored by Johnson Matthey 

Winner: UKRI Interdisciplinary Centre for Circular Chemical Economy 

Highly commended: 

BP; Hempel, Denmark  


Team sponsored by Baker Hicks 

Winner: WSP; Mace; HOK; Balfour Beatty  

Highly commended: 

WSP Canada 

All Energy Pty  

Training and Development sponsored by WSP 

Winner: adi Group 

Highly commended: 

Saudi Aramco - NAHR Academy 

Briggs of Burton 

Water sponsored by IChemE Water Special Interest Group 

Winner: Wessex Water Services; AECOM, UK 

Highly commended: 

BP; Solenis, Germany  

All Energy  

Young Industrialist supported by DiscoverChemEng 

Winner: Matt Chadwick, ExxonMobil 

Highly commended: 

Mohamad Fakhrul Ridhwan Samsudin, PETRONAS  

Charlotte Ransom, Sellafield 

Young Researcher sponsored by Elsevier 

Winner: Billie Hiew Yan Zhang, Heriot-Watt University Malaysia 

Highly commended: 

Zong Yang Kong, Sunway University Malaysia 

Juan Bartolome García Martínez, Alliance to Feed the Earth in Disasters


For more information please contact: 

Ann Baylis, Communications Executive & PR Lead, IChemE 
t: +44 (0) 1788 534477
e: abaylis@icheme.org  

Daniel Owens, Communication Executive, IChemE 
 +44 (0) 1788 534458
e: dowens@icheme.org







Group photo of IChemE Global Awards winners. An image gallery of the awards evening will be available on Flickr

Notes for editors

The winner of the Outstanding Achievement in Chemical and Process Engineering, sponsored by Exxon Mobil, is the University of Oxford and Oxsed. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the chemical engineering team at the University of Oxford pooled their expertise in biochemical engineering, bioprocessing and product design and developed a rapid test for SARS-COV-2. The test was clinically validated and successfully commercialised through a new University spinout company, Oxsed. Find out more about the story of Oxsed.

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