Innovation Day

Conrad Erb

September 24–25, 2018

On Innovation Day emerging industry leaders come together to celebrate today’s innovations in the chemical industry and to seek solutions for tomorrow’s challenges. By taking early-career scientists out of the lab and giving them broader access to their colleagues and to the historical and social context of their research, Innovation Day supports a 21st-century chemical enterprise that addresses society’s most pressing needs.

Schedule   •   Awards   •   Sponsors  


Monday, September 24

3:00–5:00 p.m.

Innovation Day Workshop

5:00–6:30 p.m.

Opening Reception


Tuesday, September 25

7:30 a.m.

Registration Opens

8:00 a.m.

Continental Breakfast for Attendees

8:30–9:25 a.m.

The Warren G. Schlinger Symposium and Opening Plenary
The Schlinger Symposium brings together senior executives, research and technology managers, and young industry scientists to examine frontier research areas in the chemical industry.

Keynote Speaker:

Lynn Loo
Director, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Princeton University

9:30–11:00 a.m.

Breakout Sessions

  • Track 1
    Materials for Extreme Environments: Extremophiles
  • Track 2
    Tools and Techniques for Sustainability: Macroscopic Issues and Tools
  • Track 3
    Innovation in a Shifting Global Landscape: Technology in the Global Landscape

11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Poster Session


Zackary Biro
Program Associate, Center for Applied History, Science History Institute

12:15–2:00 p.m.

SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal Ceremony and Luncheon


Steven Swier
Principal Research Scientist, The Dow Chemical Company

2:00–2:15 p.m.


2:15–3:45 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

  • Track 1
    Materials for Extreme Environments: Materials for Extreme Temperatures
  • Track 2
    Tools and Techniques for Sustainability: Market-Specific Solutions
  • Track 3
    Innovation in a Shifting Global Landscape: Sustainable Development in the Global Landscape

3:45–4:45 p.m.

Closing Reception


Gordon E. Moore Medal

The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), America Section, established the SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal to recognize early-career success in innovation, as reflected both in market impact and improvement to quality of life. By highlighting extraordinary individuals and their work, SCI America aims to promote public understanding of research and development in modern chemical industries, enhance the interest of students in applied chemistry by providing role models, and emphasize the role of creative research in the global economy.

The 2018 Moore Medal was awarded to Steven Swier.

Perkin Medal

The Perkin Medal was established to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the discovery of mauvene. Today the medal is widely acknowledged as the highest honor in American industrial chemistry. William Henry Perkin was a founding member of SCI, and this medal was first presented in New York to Perkin himself.

The 2018 Perkin Medal was awarded to Barbara Haviland Minor at a ceremony following the Innovation Day events.


Premier Sponsor
The Warren and Katharine Schlinger Foundation

Major Sponsors
The Dow Chemical Company
Eastman Chemical Company
W. R. Grace & Co.

Contributing Sponsors
Air Liquide
The Chemours Company