The Chemours Company’s John Sworen to Receive 16th Annual SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal
Sworen is a technical fellow at the Chemours Company, where his work includes product development of nonfluorinated, durable water repellents for use in the consumer textile market. He led a team that invented the Zelan technology platform, a superhydrophobic material that has been adopted by many major brand houses.
“Increased demand for renewably sourced products without sacrificing performance durability calls for innovative ideas to deliver a superior product,” said Craig A. Rogerson, chair, president, and CEO of Hexion Inc. and chair of SCI America. “John’s work on Zelan/Teflon EcoElite exceeds expectations, delivering a breakthrough technology committed to reducing the environmental footprint of treated fabrics. SCI is pleased to honor John’s outstanding work and contribution to science and industry.”
“The world is demanding more sustainable solutions, and John has delivered,” said Paul Kirsch, president of fluoroproducts at Chemours. “His work on Teflon EcoElite has given the textile industry the first-ever nonfluorinated, plant-based, durable water repellent, which is no small feat. We are so proud that he has received this richly deserved recognition and can’t wait to see what he will discover next,” he added.
Sworen began his career as a research investigator at DuPont, where he led the company’s development of fluorinated surface-protection products. Under his leadership his team invented and commercialized 18 products used as paper, textile, and tile repellents with best-in-class toxicology profiles. Sworen has published 13 journal articles and holds 27 granted and pending patents. In 2018 Teflon EcoElite was the third-place winner for the Product of the Year award at the Bio-Based World News Innovation Awards.
SCI established the Gordon E. Moore Medal to recognize early-career success in innovation, as reflected both in market impact and improvement to quality of life. Sworen will be presented the award at a luncheon in his honor during Innovation Day, hosted jointly by SCI and the Science History Institute on September 10, 2019, at the Institute’s headquarters in Philadelphia.
About John Sworen
John Sworen is a technical fellow at the Chemours Company, where his work includes product development of nonfluorinated, durable water repellents for use in the consumer textile market. He led a team that invented the Zelan technology platform, a superhydrophobic material that has been adopted by many major brand houses.
Sworen began his career as a research investigator at DuPont, where he led the company’s development of fluorinated surface-protection products, inventing and commercializing 18 products used as paper, textile, and tile repellents with best-in-class toxicology profiles.
In 2008 Sworen received the Bolton/Carothers Innovative Science Award for the development of a short-chain soil protectant used in carpeting materials. In 2018 Teflon EcoElite, a nonfluorinated, renewably sourced, 60% plant-based water repellent developed by John’s team at Chemours, was the third-place winner for the Product of the Year award at the Bio-Based World News Innovation Awards.
Sworen is a Six Sigma Black Belt, has published 13 journal articles, and holds 27 granted and pending patents. He received a BS in chemistry from Pennsylvania State University and a PhD in organic and polymer chemistry from the University of Florida.
About the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) Gordon E. Moore Medal
The Society of Chemical Industry, America Group, has established the SCI America Gordon E. Moore Medal as the premier recognition for early-career success in innovation, as reflected both in market impact and improvement to quality of life.
About the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI)
SCI America Group, launched in 1894, is part of the Society of Chemical Industry’s international organization. It provides a unique networking forum for chemical industry leaders, industrial scientists, and technologists to exchange new business ideas and best practices. It celebrates achievement to promote public awareness of the contributions of industrial chemistry and inspires students to enter technical careers. SCI America events are managed by the Science History Institute. The Perkin Medal award dinner will be the final event of Innovation Day, a full day of research collaboration in the molecular sciences held at the Institute in Philadelphia on September 10, 2019.
About the Science History Institute
The Science History Institute collects and shares the stories of innovators and of discoveries that shape our lives. We preserve and interpret the history of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences. Headquartered in Philadelphia, with offices in California and Europe, the Institute houses an archive and library for historians and researchers, a fellowship program for visiting scholars from around the globe, a community of researchers who examine historical and contemporary issues, an acclaimed museum that is free and open to the public, and a state-of-the-art conference center.
About the Chemours Company
Powered by more than 7,000 employees around the globe, the Chemours Company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of fluoroproducts, chemical solutions, and titanium technologies. Chemours was founded in 2015 and is a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company that previously operated as DuPont’s performance chemicals business. Last year the company served 3,700 customers in 120 countries and reported $6.6 billion in revenue.
In 2018 Chemours announced its first corporate responsibility goals that the company seeks to accomplish by 2030. The goals, which are aligned to correspond with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, include working to reduce its carbon footprint, developing sustainable applications for its products, hiring a diverse workforce, and investing $50 million in STEM education programs in the communities where it operates.