'Heroes of Chemistry' honored for medical, energy, environmental breakthroughs

hnology and founder of DEKA Research & Development, which develops technologies that enhance the quality of life. Following are descriptions of the companies' products and achievements and the names of the 22 people selected as this year's Heroes of Chemistry:

Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP, The Woodlands, Texas, developed the Selective 1-Hexene Process (S1H), a revolutionary process used to manufacture hexene, a critical component used in making polyethylene, a plastic resin used to produce plastic pipe, film, detergent bottles and food and beverage containers. S1H is the first and only commercial process to selectively produce comonomer grade 1-hexene from ethylene, thereby revolutionizing alpha olefin technology. In fact, the process yields 93 percent selectivity to 1-hexene with world-class product purity. The 1-hexene co-monomer improves polyethylene, making it an ideal product for packaging foods and allowing for the safe and economical shipment and storage of food products around the world.

  • Ronald D. Knudsen, Ph.D., is a former senior research associate at Chevron Phillips Chemical and is now a senior consultant for the company. He received a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Brigham Young University in 1974.

DuPont, Wilmington, Del., with partners Genencor International, Palo Alto, Calif., and Tate & Lyle, Decatur, Ill., developed a new method to use corn instead of petrochemicals to produce propanediol (PDO), which can be formulated into a number of industrial products. Bio-PDO, a key ingredient in the production of DuPont Sorona, a new renewably sourced DuPont polymer for clothing, carpeting, plastics and other products, uses 30-40 percent less energy than petroleum-based PDO. Bio-PDO is also being marketed as a glycol replacement in formulations ranging from aircraft de-icing to cosmetics and is the key ingredient in DuPont's newest polymer family, DuPont Cerenol polyols. Production of 100 mil


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