SCI Honors Dow RO Researcher

July 27, 2016
Abhishek Roy of Dow will receive 13th annual SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal.

The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), America Section, will award the 13th annual SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal to Abhishek Roy, Ph.D. Roy is the lead product research and development manager and technical platform leader for the reverse osmosis (RO) membrane chemistry platform in Dow Energy and Water Solutions. The 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. The Moore Medal will be awarded on September 13, 2016, during a luncheon at the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) headquarters in Philadelphia as part of Innovation Day 2016.

Roy is credited as the primary inventor of DOW Filmtec ECO Reverse Osmosis Elements. The solution reportedly fights water scarcity by delivering 40% better purification with 30% less energy and has the potential to impact millions of lives. Filmtec ECO Elements require less energy to pump water through the membrane and less chemicals for cleaning, according to Dow.

Roy was honored with the Dow Sustainability Innovator Award in 2014. The Dow Filmtec ECO Reverse Osmosis element is also a 2014 Edison Award winner in the Energy and Sustainability category, according to the company.

Roy earned his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech under the guidance of James E. McGrath in the macromolecular science and engineering program. He has reportedly authored 30 peer reviewed journal articles and holds 10 issued patents, with many pending on his RO work. Roy is recognized with numerous awards including Virginia Tech’s outstanding recent alumnus award from College of Science. Roy is reportedly the fourth Dow researcher to win the medal over the thirteen years of its existence. He joins Jerzy Klosin (2013), Edmund M. “Ted” Carnahan (2008) and George Barclay (2004) as Moore medalists from Dow.

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