Honeywell UOP’s Dr. Dean Rende has been selected as the recipient of the prestigious 2012 Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) Gordon E. Moore Medal, which recognizes early-career success in innovation. Rende was recognized for his outstanding record of discovery, scale-up, and commercialization of novel new catalysts used in the production of biodegradable detergents and petrochemical monomers.
SCI noted that Rende’s discoveries have broad applicability in catalysis and have led to commercialization of a novel catalyst-manufacturing methodology currently used to produce catalysts in multiple technologies. In addition, Rende led the effort to develop an adsorbent ion exchange material that can selectively remove radioactive particles from water. The material, UOP IONSIV™ Ion Exchangers, has been used at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant for removing radioactive cesium in the contaminated wastewater caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011.
Rende is currently a senior manager for Adsorbents Research and Development at Honeywell’s UOP, where he leads a group of approximately 20 scientists and engineers. Adsorbents are critical to the success of many processes in the energy industry, where they are used to remove contaminants in crude oil and natural gas streams.
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