Nominations invited for 2025 IChemE medals and prizes

Nominations invited for 2025 IChemE medals and prizes

3rd June 2024

Chemical and process engineers from across the globe are being urged to highlight the world-leading contributions of their colleagues as IChemE’s 2025 medals and prizes open for nominations.

Presented to those who have demonstrated and delivered distinguished work across research, teaching, and services to the profession, the annual awards are the Institution’s most prestigious accolades, designed to celebrate the outstanding achievements of chemical engineers in all sectors.

Alongside highlighting distinctive and extraordinary work throughout various chemical and process engineering disciplines such as particle technology, separations, and thermodynamics, IChemE’s medals and prizes also acknowledge excellence in volunteering, education, and the mentorship of early career professionals.

IChemE Fellow and Chair of the IChemE Medals and Prizes Committee Mark Simmons said: “With chemical engineering’s central role in shaping the world’s future, we must take the time to shine a light on the individuals and teams who are working tirelessly to ensure that our profession is fully equipped to provide effective solutions to the global challenges we are facing as a society.

“IChemE’s medals and prizes have always celebrated the impact and innovation of chemical and process engineers across a range of specialisms, and this year is no exception. The many accolades contained within the categories of research and teaching, publications, special interest groups, and services to the Institution represent a fantastic opportunity to acknowledge the remarkable contributions made by chemical engineers at various stages of their career, from students and early career individuals all the way through to long serving professionals.

“As Chair of the Medals and Prizes Committee, I encourage everyone within the chemical engineering community to submit their nominations and show their support for the peers and colleagues involved in exceptional work across all areas of the discipline."

Nominations for the 2025 medals and prizes should be submitted by 31 October 2024. There are 20 medals and prizes open for nominations. Candidates for an additional four awards – the Hanson Medal, the Hutchison Medal, and the Moulton Medals – are shortlisted by the relevant editorial boards.

Visit the IChemE medals and prizes page for more information.

IChemE medals and prizes 2025

Ambassador Prize

The Ambassador Prize is awarded to a volunteer who has made an exceptional contribution within a member group, special interest group, or when working more widely on behalf of the Institution.

Andrew Medal

Introduced in 2012 in commemoration of the late Professor Syd Andrew, the Andrew Medal is awarded every three years in recognition of a major contribution to the science of formulations of heterogenous catalysts.

Clean Energy Medal

The Clean Energy Medal is awarded by the Clean Energy Special Interest Group in acknowledgement of an individual's outstanding service to the field of clean energy. The medal was first presented in 2019.

Davidson Medal

Created in memory of John Davidson, a popular and talented mentor during his time as head of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Cambridge, UK, the Davidson Medal recognises outstanding mentorship in academia or industry.

Donald Medal

Established by the Biochemical Engineering Special Interest Group, the Donald Medal acknowledges excellence and innovation within the field of biochemical engineering, with a focus on sustainability.

Franklin Medal

The Franklin Medal is presented to an individual who has demonstrated superior service to the fields of safety and loss prevention, occupational health, and care for the environment.

Geldart Medal

The Geldart Medal was first given in 2014 and is presented in acknowledgement of a major contribution to research in the area of particle technology.

Greene Medal

The Greene Medal takes its name from founding member of IChemE and Past President, Frank Arnold Greene. It is awarded to an IChemE volunteer who has made a most meritorious long-term contribution to the progress of the Institution.

Guggenheim Medal

Named after Edward A. Guggenheim, one of the most well-known thermodynamicists of the 20th century, the Guggenheim Medal was first awarded in 2014 to acknowledge outstanding work in the field of thermodynamics and complex fluids.

Lees Medal

Named after Frank Lees, professor of chemical engineering at Loughborough University, UK, the Lees Medal is awarded to the most meritorious publication on the topic of safety and loss prevention in an IChemE publication in the last 12 months.

Macnab-Lacey Prize

The Macnab-Lacey Prize is awarded to an undergraduate student design project team whose project design submission best demonstrates how chemical engineering can help to engineer a more sustainable world. The successful team will receive £750 in prize money.

Morton Medal

Created in memory of IChemE Past President Professor Frank Morton, The Morton Medal is presented to an individual for their dedication to excellence in chemical engineering education. The award will be given to someone notable for being a ‘game changer’ in this field.

Nicklin Medal

The Nicklin Medal is an early careers award created to recognise the talented chemical engineers up and coming in their field. Nominees must have no more than ten years of postgraduate research experience at the time of the nomination deadline.

Sargent Medals

The Sargent Medals are given in acknowledgement of exceptional research around computer-aided product and process engineering. Named after Past President Roger Sargent, the Junior Sargent Medal recognises the contribution of early career researchers to this field and the Sargent Medal acknowledges the work completed by more senior professionals.

Sharma Medal

Launched in 2014, the Sharma Medal is awarded to those who have shown a long-term commitment to chemical engineering research. The winning individual will also receive a cash prize of £1000.


Since its launch in 2019, the SIESO Medal has sought to raise awareness of process safety among science, business, and engineering students. It is awarded annually to individual students or teams who give the best presentation of a major accident and its learning outcomes. The winning entry will also receive £750 and travel expenses of up to £250 to attend a relevant awards presentation.

Trustees Medal

The Trustees Medal is given to a member volunteer who has provided exceptional service to an IChemE special project. Although typically presented to an individual, it may also, in exceptional circumstances, be awarded to a team.

Underwood Medal

First presented in 2014, the Underwood Medal is reserved for one or more individuals who have made a significant, sustained contribution to research around separations.

Warner Medal

The Warner Medal is typically given to an early career professional who has displayed exceptional promise in sustainable chemical process technology, nuclear technology, or combatting climate change, and making the discipline of chemical engineering more accessible to the wider scientific community.


IChemE Medals and Prizes 


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