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.


2019 Medalist: John Sworen

John Sworen

John Sworen

John Sworen.

The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), America Section, awarded the 16th annual SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal to John Sworen at a luncheon in his honor during Innovation Day 2019. Hosted jointly by SCI and the Science History Institute on September 9 and 10 at the Institute’s headquarters in Philadelphia, Innovation Day is expected to gather more than 150 leading researchers from industrial laboratories to discuss current trends and issues in chemical research.

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 now used 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. Under his leadership his team invented and commercialized 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 Sworen’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.


Previous Winners of the Gordon E. Moore Medal

  • Steven Swier (2018)
  • 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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