SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal

The Gordon Moore Medal is the premier recognition for early-career success in innovation, as reflected both in market impact and improvement to quality of life.


As a research chemist and then director of R&D, Gordon Moore carried out pioneering work on silicon transistors, the integrated circuit, semiconductor computer memory, and the microprocessor—while well under the age of 45. The Moore Medal, which bears his name, honors similarly talented young scientists.

It is presented by the Society of Chemical Industry each year during Innovation Day.

2018 Medalist: Steven Swier

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Steven Swier

The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), America Section, awarded the 15th annual SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal to Steven Swier of the Dow Corning Corporation at a luncheon in his honor on Innovation Day 2018. The luncheon, hosted jointly by SCI and the Science History Institute on September 25 at the Institute’s headquarters in Philadelphia, gathered more than 150 leading researchers from industrial laboratories to discuss current trends and issues in chemical research.

Over the last 13 years working within Dow Performance Silicones, a common thread of Swier’s work has been his development of silsesquioxane resins and, more recently, their phase-separated copolymers with linear units for high temperature applications. Swier began at Dow in 2005 as a resin specialist. He advanced to a technical leader and used his innovation and leadership expertise to progress to his current role as a principal research scientist, where he champions and implements technologies from inception to commercialization.

Swier has also been a global technical leader for emerging LED film encapsulation and a technical lead for technology and implementation teams. He won the Solvay Award for his PhD thesis in 2004. His DPS Technical Achievement Awards include his discovery of silsesquioxane-siloxane copolymers in 2010, solid LED encapsulants for lighting in 2012, and a new hybrid technology in 2017. He was a R&D 100 Award Finalist in 2017. He has published 27 journal articles and 77 internal technical research reports, as well as two book chapters.

Swier received a BS in chemical engineering in 1997 and a PhD in applied science (polymer science) from the University of Brussels, Belgium.

Previous Winners of the Gordon E. Moore Medal

  • Melinda Keefe (2017)
  • Abhishek Roy (2016)
  • John A. McCauley (2015)
  • Andrew Taggi (2014)
  • Jerzy Klosin (2013)
  • Dean Rende (2012)
  • Doron Levi (2011)
  • Emmett Crawford (2010)
  • Emma Parmee (2009)
  • Edmund M. Carnahan (2008)
  • Paul A. Sagel (2007)
  • Jonathan M. McConnachie (2006)
  • Jeffrey John Hale (2005)
  • George Barclay (2004)

For more information see SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal on the SCI website.

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