New Clean Energy Medal announced as part of IChemE’s 2020 medals and prizes - nominations now open

New Clean Energy Medal announced as part of IChemE’s 2020 medals and prizes - nominations now open

30th August 2019

Would you like to nominate a chemical engineer for their exceptional work and contribution to the profession?

The Institution of Chemical Engineers’ (IChemE) 2020 medals and prizes are now open for nominations. This year includes a new Clean Energy Medal, which has been introduced by IChemE’s Clean Energy Special Interest Group (CESIG) to recognise an individual’s outstanding service in the field of clean energy.

Each year, IChemE’s Medals and Prizes Committee awards prizes to individuals and groups to provide peer recognition of excellence in research, teaching, services to the profession, and outstanding contributions to the Institution. Several of the accolades commemorate some of the most illustrious leaders in chemical engineering and their historical achievements.

Also new for 2020, and for future years, the recipient of the Sharma Medal will be awarded £1,000. Dr Rama Rao, Founder of Avra Ltd, India, and Professor Jyeshtharaj Joshi, former Director of Institute of Chemical Techonology, India, generously donated a sum of money in support of the Sharma medal, which now forms part of the award.

The nominations open on 1 September, and close on 31 October 2019. The full list of medals and prizes open for nominations are included below.

The medal winners will be announced in 2020 and presented at various events throughout the year.

IChemE Vice President (Technical), and Chair of IChemE's Medals & Prizes Committee, Jarka Glassey said:

“Through their technical expertise and experience, chemical engineers are making major breakthroughs in a diverse range of sectors every day that are key to addressing many of society’s Global Grand Challenges.

“IChemE’s annual medals and prizes programme recognises and celebrates chemical engineers’ achievements in advancing the profession and inspiring future generations. I encourage professionals in both industry and academia around the world, whether or not they are IChemE members, to nominate their peers who are significantly contributing to make the world a better place.”

To download a nomination form, and for full details of IChemE’s medals and prizes programme, visit

IChemE Medals and Prizes

The following IChemE Medals and Prizes are open for nominations this year.

Ambassador Prize

The Ambassador prize is awarded to an IChemE member who has made an exceptional contribution working through 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 young chemical engineers.

Donald Medal

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

Franklin Medal

Ned Franklin is a former IChemE president who worked in the nuclear industry. This 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 after Derek Geldart. He was 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 Honorary Treasurer. This medal is awarded each year for the most meritorious long-term contribution to the progress of IChemE.

Guggenheim Medal

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

Hanson Medal

The Hanson medal is for the best contributor to the Institution’s magazine The Chemical Engineer. It is awarded annually and is named after a past chairman of The Chemical Engineer editorial advisory board.

Hutchison Medal

The Hutchinson medal is named in memory of Sir Kenneth Hutchinson CBE, president of IChemE 1959-1960. The medal is awarded for practical, wide ranging, philosophical or thought-provoking published papers.

Lees Medal

Frank Lees was a Professor at Loughborough University and this 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 prize is open to all design projects involving students on university courses accredited by IChemE. (The deadline for nominations for the Macnab-Lacey Prize closed in June 2019 and will be awarded in 2020.)

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 10 years (excluding career breaks) at the time of submission of the paper.

Nicklin Medal

The Nicklin medal is an early careers 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 president of IChemE and Professor of chemical engineering at Imperial College, this medal recognises a major contribution to research in the area of computer-aided product and process engineering.

Sharma Medal

This medal is awarded to an individual, who has, throughout their career, made a significant contribution to the field of chemical engineering research.


This medal is awarded to individual or groups of students (maximum 6) for the best presentation of a major accident and the learning outcomes.

Sustainability Teaching Award

This award is presented to individuals or teaching teams at IChemE-accredited undergraduate courses world-wide. The award was launched by the Sustainability and Education Special Interest Groups in 2015. (Nominations for this Award closed in July 2019 and will be awarded in 2020.)

The Trustees Medal (formerly the Council Medal)

The Trustees Medal (formerly the Council Medal) is awarded to an individual who has given exceptional service on 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 Prize

Sir Frederick Warner was a founding member of RAEng, a former IChemE President and its longest-serving member at the time of his death in July 2010. The 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:

Rachael Fraser, Communications Executive, IChemE
t: +44 (0) 1788 534435

Ketna Mistry, Communications Executive, IChemE
t: +44 (0) 1788 534484

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