IChemE calls for nominations for medals and prizes

IChemE calls for nominations for medals and prizes

24th August 2021

Would you like to nominate a chemical engineer for their exceptional work and contribution to the profession? Maybe a volunteer who has given outstanding service to the Institution? Or perhaps a chemical engineer who has demonstrated progress towards the zero-carbon economy and the UN Sustainable Development Goals? Are you aware of a team of chemical or process engineers who deserve acknowledgement for their excellent work?

The Institution of Chemical Engineers’ (IChemE) 2022 medals and prizes are now open for nominations. Each year, IChemE’s Medals and Prizes Committee awards prizes to both individuals and groups to provide peer recognition of excellence in research, teaching, services to the profession as well as for outstanding contributions to the Institution from volunteers. Several of the accolades commemorate some of the most illustrious leaders in chemical engineering and their historical achievements.

New for 2022, the judging criteria for all medals have been reviewed in line with a commitment made in the IChemE position statement on climate change to align the medals and awards programme to reward progress towards the zero-carbon economy and the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Nominations open on 1 September and close on 31 October 2021. IChemE would like to celebrate and honour outstanding chemical engineers from all nations and ethnicities worldwide, and particularly encourages nominations of women and chemical engineers from minority groups. The full list of medals and prizes open for nominations is included below.

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

“Through our medals and prizes programme, we recognise and celebrate chemical engineering excellence, contributions to the profession and our up-and-coming stars. Hearing their stories inspires us all.

“Our member surveys show that IChemE members want us to celebrate chemical engineering achievements and recognise service to the profession, and the diverse medals and prizes awarded enable us to recognise achievements across industry, academia and volunteering. Early careers engineers, students and universities can also gain international recognition for their excellence.

“The medals and prizes programme brings other benefits to IChemE and its members, with the winners sharing knowledge in a series of webinars. This year I especially enjoyed learning about the modernisation of the profession through digitalisation as I watched Sargent Medal winner Professor Rafiqul Gani present Systems Thinking and Industry 4.0.

“Given that the world is experiencing disruptive change, I’m also excited to celebrate achievements made by chemical engineers who are working to build a sustainable future for society.”

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.

Andrew Medal

The Andrew Medal is awarded to recognise a major contribution relevant to the science of formulation of heterogeneous catalysts. It commemorates the late Professor Syd Andrew, a distinguished expert in the field of catalysis.

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.

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.

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.

Macnab-Lacey Prize

The Macnab-Lacey Prize is awarded to a student design project that best shows how chemical engineering practice can contribute to a more sustainable world. The medal is open to all design projects involving students on university courses accredited by IChemE.

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 five 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 (which is 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.


The SIESO Medal is awarded to an individual, or a group of students (maximum 6) for the most creative presentation of a major accident and the learning outcomes, using a range of formats.

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 (Ned) Warner was a founding member of the Royal Academy of Engineering in the UK, a former IChemE President, and (at the time of his death in July 2010) IChemE’s longest-serving member. He had a strong interest in sustainability and was a key member of the team that investigated the Chernobyl disaster. 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 and Prizes


For more information please contact:

Lucy Cook, Communications Manager, IChemE
t: +44 (0) 1788 534454
e: lcook@icheme.org

Rachael Fraser, Communications Executive, IChemE
t: +44 (0) 1788 534435
e: rfraser@icheme.org

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