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Reaching that Alpha moment where you achieve an important milestone in your product and process innovation happens in an instant, but you don’t get there without unrelenting perseverance, knowledge and skill.
ICIS Alpha Innovator of the Year Awards to be Announced October 2016
Nominations for the 2016 ICIS Innovation Award, including the new Alpha Innovator of the Year award, which recognizes individual achievements in product development or process optimization, and progressing environmental and sustainability goals in the chemical industry—are now closed.
The ICIS Innovation Awards judging panel, which includes experts from ExxonMobil Chemical, BASF, Covestro, Elsevier and Accenture, will evaluate the entries and results will be announced in October 2016. Winners will enjoy benefits, including an invitation to the Awards event in December in London, UK, to receive their commendations and meet the ICIS Awards community.
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How Do You Get to Alpha?
With increased demand for performance products, quicker returns on innovation, lower research and manufacturing costs, lower emissions and safer processes, the future of the chemical industry is in those who have the drive to conquer challenges as they invent, innovate and commercialize the best solutions.
Read about the stories of scientists, engineers and other innovators who exemplify the relentless spirit of continuous innovation and optimization:
Alpha Moments in Industry – A Coating Polymer For Extreme Conditions
Discover how an adhesive company relied on a chemistry research tool to sift through the clutter and pinpoint a high performance, low cost monomer to enable their polymer coating’s commercial viability.
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Alpha Moments in History – Aerogel: The World’s Lightest Super Material
Discover the true story of how Dr. Samuel Kistler invented aerogel, a gel-like substance devoid of liquids with widespread applicability.
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Alpha Moments in Industry – From Molecule to Market in Less Time
Discover how a CRO managed customer needs while minimizing R&D costs with tools that boost productivity and enhance predictability, allowing for greater margins and shorter lead times.
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Alpha Moments in History – Neoprene: Stretching the Limits Beyond Rubber
Discover how a team of DuPont scientists, in 1930, polymerized chloroprene, clearing the path for neoprene to become the go-to rubber substitute.
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Alpha Moments in Industry – A Proprietary New Polymer For Automotive
Discover how a chemist at a major company dug into the data in pursuit of a new polymer, making product improvements.
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Alpha Moments in History – Nylon: Synthetic Fiber Becomes a Market Success
Discover how DuPont scientists created nylon fiber in 1935, giving manufacturers an artificial alternative to silk that became a massive success in the women’s hosiery market and went on to help the Allies win World War II.
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Alpha Moments in Industry – Producing Blue Denim Using 92% Less Water
Discover how one innovative company developed new dyes and processes for producing blue denim that are far more sustainable, while still offering the classic look.
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Alpha Moments in Industry – Low-Resource, High-Yield Reactive Dye Molecules
Discover how Huntsman netted itself a 2014 ICIS Innovation Award with its new reactive dyes and made a big impact in the industry, especially in industrializing countries.
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Alpha Moments in Industry – An Epoxy Resin for the Commercial Market
Discover how a principal research scientist at a major specialty chemical company identified high-performance polymers with the right properties, and created a new commercial concept.
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Alpha Moments in the Chemical Industry – Breaking into a New Area of Chemistry
Discover how a team of chemists at a start-up used chemistry and scientific research databases to limit the chemical reactivity of sodium metal, and reserve funding for business development in the process.
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Alpha Moments in the Chemical Industry – A New Material for a Niche Product
Discover how an engineer at a global coatings company used an abstract and indexing database to develop a new coating product that is expected to bring in a significant stream of new incremental revenue.
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