17th December 2017

SCI NAMES MEDAL RECIPIENT

The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), America Group has named Dr. Melinda H. Keefe of the Dow Chemical Company as the recipient of 14th annual SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal.

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 with the award at a luncheon in her honor during SCI's Innovation Day hosted jointly by SCI and the Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) on September 12, at CHF headquarters in Philadelphia.

In a press release, Dow said had successfully combined her passion for art and chemistry into a career encompassing the multi-faceted area of coating science. Currently a senior R&D manager for architectural coatings with Dow, Keefe and her co-workers were responsible for the development of the EVOQUE Pre-Composite Polymer platform which facilitates higher performing and more sustainable paints.

Over the past 10 years she has also led a technical collaboration between Dow and the art conservation science community. In this skill-based volunteerism effort, Dr. Keefe and her colleagues have successfully leveraged Dow’s coating, analytical, solvent, and formulation science ability and resources to specific challenges in the art conservation field. This includes a collaboration between Dow and the Tate Gallery in London which resulted in the successful restoration of Mark Rothko’s painting Black on Maroon, 1958.
“Dr. Keefe’s influence on the world of paint is remarkable,” said Christopher D. Pappas, president and CEO of Trinseo and Chair of SCI America. “She is in the unique position to not only have a positive ecological influence on the commercial paint market but her developments in the field of art conservation science are equally impactful. I can’t think of another scientist whose skills translate in such a singular and specific way.”

“Dr. Keefe is a scientist with a passion,” added Dr. Sarah Eckersley, global R&D director, Dow Coating Materials. “In a short period of time she has pursued and achieved a career’s worth of accomplishments. On behalf of Dow, we join SCI in celebrating Dr. Keefe for her contributions to coatings innovation, to the conservation of precious art, and to science.”

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