IChemE announces 2023 Medals and Prize nominations open

IChemE announces 2023 Medals and Prize nominations open

1st September 2022

Nominations for the Institution of Chemical Engineers’ (IChemE) 2023 medals and prizes open on 1 September aiming to recognise the most outstanding work in the chemical engineering profession. 

Each year, IChemE’s Medals and Prizes Committee awards prizes to individuals and groups whose work in research, teaching and services to the profession is regarded as world leading. As well as this, outstanding volunteer contributions to the Institution are also celebrated.  

Do you know someone who has made a ground-breaking development in research? Are you aware of a team of chemical or process engineers who deserve acknowledgement for their excellent work? Or perhaps you can think of someone who possesses outstanding mentoring capabilities? You could also nominate a volunteer who has given outstanding service to the Institution. 

The 22 medals and prizes span every area of chemical engineering, from separations to computer-aided product and process engineering; safety and loss prevention to thermodynamics and complex fluids; particle technology to biochemical engineering. 

Within each medal’s specialism, IChemE’s position statement on climate change aligns the medals and prizes programme to reward progress towards the zero-carbon economy and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. As a result, the Medals and Prizes committee will be pleased to see entries which address climate change and sustainability. Medals that particularly focus on these areas include The Sharma Medal, The Warner Medal and The Clean Energy Medal. 

As ever, IChemE would like this year’s winners to represent a diverse mix of chemical engineers and therefore particularly encourages nominations from women and chemical engineers from minority groups.  

IChemE Vice President Learned Society and Chair of IChemE's Medals & Prizes Committee, Alexandra Meldrum said: 

“IChemE’s medals and prizes programme recognises chemical engineering excellence both in industry and academia, and celebrates remarkable contributions to the profession and the Institution. 

“We know that chemical engineers will shape the future, which is why it's so important that our medals pick out the accomplishments of early career engineers, students and universities, providing international recognition for their excellence. 

“IChemE has a focus on work that addresses climate change and sustainability with international reach. This is critical as chemical engineers work to build a sustainable future. I’m extremely excited to see this year’s nominations. I am confident that we will see some fantastic evidence of chemical engineers delivering the best thought leadership and industry leadership for society.” 

The winners will be announced in early 2023 and, where relevant, will be given the opportunity to share their work in webinars from spring into the autumn. 

Several of the accolades commemorate some of the most illustrious leaders in chemical engineering and their historical achievements. The full list of medals and prizes open for nominations is included below.  

To read the criteria for each award or to download a nomination form, please visit www.icheme.org/medals for full details of IChemE’s medals and prizes programme. 

IChemE Medals and Prizes

The following IChemE Medals and Prizes are open for nominations: 

Ambassador Prize 

The Ambassador Prize is awarded to an IChemE volunteer who has made an exceptional contribution working on behalf of the Institution. The prize is typically awarded in recognition of a sustained period of work on a short to medium term project. 

Clean Energy Medal 

The Clean Energy Medal is awarded to an individual for outstanding service in the clean energy field. The Clean Energy Special Interest Group (CESIG) introduced this medal in 2019 to recognise a sustained and successful track record in energy. 

Davidson Medal 

The Davidson Medal recognises an individual from industry or academia, for their outstanding mentorship of early career chemical engineers. 

Davis Medal 

The Davis Medal honours George E. Davis - the founding father of the profession and is awarded to an eminent individual who has rendered service to chemical engineering. 

Donald Medal 

The Donald Medal is awarded to an individual for outstanding services in biochemical engineering. It commemorates Maxwell Donald, Honorary Secretary of IChemE and former Ramsay Professor at University College London (UCL), where the first UK chemical engineering department was established during 1923. 

Franklin Medal 

Ned Franklin is a former IChemE President who worked in the nuclear industry. The Franklin Medal recognises outstanding service in occupational health, safety, loss prevention, and care for the environment. 

Geldart Medal 

The Geldart Medal recognises a major contribution to research in the area of particle technology, and is named in memory of Derek Geldart, a well-respected member of the worldwide particle technology community. 

Greene Medal 

Frank Arnold Greene was a founding member of IChemE who served as President in 1943–44 and also held the post of the Institution’s Honorary Treasurer. The Green Medal is awarded each year for the most meritorious long-term individual contribution, to the progress of IChemE. 

Guggenheim Medal 

The Guggenheim Medal is named after Edward A Guggenheim, one of the most well-known thermodynamicists of the 20th century, was introduced in 2014 to recognise a major contribution to research in the area of thermodynamics and complex fluids. 

Hanson Medal 

The Hanson Medal is awarded annually for the best contributor to the Institution’s magazine The Chemical Engineer. It is named after Professor Carl Hanson who sat on the Editorial Advisory Board. 

Hutchison Medal 

The Hutchinson Medal is named in memory of Sir Kenneth Hutchinson CBE, IChemE President 1959–1960. The medal is awarded to either an individual or group, for practical, wide-ranging, philosophical, or thought-provoking published papers in an IChemE publication. 

Junior Sargent Medal 

The Junior Sargent Medal recognises a major contribution by an early career individual to research in the area of computer-aided product and process engineering. The medal is named after Roger Sargent, former president of IChemE and Courtaulds professor of chemical engineering at Imperial College. 

Lees Medal 

Frank Lees was a professor 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. 

Morton Medal 

The Morton Medal recognises an individual for their dedication to excellence in chemical engineering education. 

Moulton Medals 

The Senior Moulton Medal is awarded to the author, or authors, of the most meritorious paper published by IChemE during the last year. The Junior Moulton Medal follows the same criteria, but recognises the best author, or co-author, who has graduated within the last ten years (excluding career breaks) at the time of submission of the paper. 

Nicklin Medal 

The Nicklin Medal is an early-career award that recognises up-and-coming researchers, active in any research area within chemical engineering. Candidates must have no more than ten years’ postdoctoral research experience and should have produced international-quality research outputs. 

Sargent Medal 

Named after Roger Sargent, former IChemE President and Professor of Chemical Engineering at Imperial College London, the Sargent Medal recognises a major contribution to research in the area of computer-aided product and process engineering (CAPE). The Junior Sargent follows the same criteria, but recognises a major contribution by an early career individual, defined as no more than 10 years after completing a PhD degree, or 15 years after completing a Masters degree or equivalent (excluding career breaks).  

Sharma Medal 

The Sharma Medal, accompanied by a sum of £1,000, is awarded to an individual who has, throughout their career, made a significant contribution to the field of chemical engineering research. The award is part-funded by generous donations from Dr Rama Rao, Founder of Avra, India, and Professor Jyeshtharaj Joshi, former Director of Institute of Chemical Technology, India. 

Trustees Medal 

The Trustees Medal is awarded to a volunteer who has given exceptional service to an IChemE special project. 

Underwood Medal 

The Underwood Medal recognises a significant contribution to research in the area of separations. The award was launched in 2014. 

Warner Medal 

Sir Frederick Warner was a founding member of the Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK and a former IChemE President. The Warner Medal is awarded to an individual, normally in the early stages of their career, who has shown exceptional promise in the field of sustainable chemical process technology, nuclear technology, or in making chemical engineering more accessible to a wider scientific community. 


IChemE medals


For more information please contact:  

Claire Shepherd, Communications Executive, IChemE  
t: +44 (0) 1788 534457  
e: cshepherd@icheme.org 

Rachael Whittles, Communications Executive and PR Lead, IChemE 
t: +44 (0) 1788 534435 
e: rwhittles@icheme.org  

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