Dow’s Melinda H. Keefe Will Receive SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal

By Chemical Processing Staff

May 26, 2017

The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), America Group, announces that Dr. Melinda H. Keefe of The Dow Chemical Company will be awarded the 14th annual SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal. 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. Dr. Keefe will be presented the award at a luncheon in her honor during Innovation Day hosted jointly by SCI and the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) on September 12, 2017 at CHF headquarters in Philadelphia.

Currently a senior R&D manager for architectural coatings with The Dow Chemical Company, Keefe and her co-workers were responsible for the development of the Evoque Pre-Composite Polymer platform, which reportedly facilitates higher performing and more sustainable paints. Over the last 10 years, Dr. Keefe has also led a technical collaboration between Dow and the art conservation science community. In this volunteerism effort, Dr. Keefe and her colleagues successfully address specific challenges in the art conservation field, including a collaboration between Dow and the Tate Gallery in London that resulted in the restoration of Mark Rothko's painting Black on Maroon 1958.

Dr. Keefe received a B.S. in Chemistry from Penn State University in 1997 and a Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Northwestern University in 2001. She was awarded the 2013 R&D 100 Award, 2013 Presidential Green Chemistry Award, the 2014 Fortune 500 "Heroes of the 500" Award and the 2015 ACS Rising Star Award from the Women Chemists Committee of the American Chemical Society.

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