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Dow's Steven Swier to Receive 15th Annual SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal

Research Scientist to be honored by the Society of Chemical Industry

The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), America Group, announced today that Dr. Steven Swier of The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) will be awarded the 15th 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. Steven will be presented the award at a luncheon in his honor during Innovation Day hosted jointly by SCI and the Science History Institute (the Institute) on September 25, 2018 at CHF headquarters in Philadelphia.

Steven has applied his expertise in the multi-faceted area of silicone science to discover and implement several life changing technologies. A Principal Research Scientist for Dow, Steven has used his materials science knowledge to control the molecular architecture and micro-structure of silicone materials to enhance performance. He’s been granted 28 U.S. patents and developed technologies specifically leveraging high temperature silsesquioxane resins in a wide variety of applications including protective coatings, printed circuit boards, LED lighting, beauty/health care, and electronics.

"Steve's work with silicones has truly made a positive impact on our planet," said Craig A. Rogerson, Chairman, President and CEO of Hexion Inc. and Chair of SCI America. "He’s been a big part of Dow making vast improvements and inventions in a wide variety of areas from LED light and film technology to green tires. His work affects people on a day-to-day basis while also reducing our carbon footprint. The SCI is pleased to honor Steve’s outstanding work and contribution to science."

"Dr. Swier’s contributions to innovation in the field of silicone copolymers and LED encapsulation are simply extraordinary," said Florian Schattenmann, vice president of Research & Development for Consumer Solutions at Dow. "He truly has a passion for his work. He has made many essential discoveries that significantly enhance properties of many Dow Performance Silicones products, impact people's lives, and contribute to the sustainability of our planet. On behalf of Dow, we join SCI in celebrating this prestigious award."

About Steven Swier
Steven is a Principal Research Scientist for The Dow Chemical Company. Over the last 13 years working within Dow Performance Silicones, a common thread of Steven's work has been his devleopment of silsesquioxane resins and, more recently, their phase separated copolymers with linear units for high temperature applications. Steven began as a Resin Specialist in 2005. He advanced to a technical leader and used his innovation and leadership expertise to progress to his current role as a Principal Research Scientist where he champions and implements technologies from inception to commercialization.

Steven has also been a global techincal leader for emerging LED film encapsulation and technical lead for technology and implementation teams. He’s published 27 journal articles and 77 internal technical research reports as well as two book chapters.

Steven received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1997 and a Ph.D. in Applied Science (Polymer Science) from the University of Brussels, Belgium. He won the Solvay Award for his PhD thesis in 2004. His DPS Technical Achievement Awards include his discovery of silsequioxane-siloxane copolymers in 2010, solid LED encapsulants for lighting in 2012, and a new hybrid technology in 2017. He was a R&D 100 Award Finalist in 2017.

About the SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal
In 2004, the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) has established the SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal as the premier recognition for early career success in innovation, as reflected both in market impact and improvement to the quality of life. By highlighting extraordinary individuals and their work, the Society aims to promote public understanding of research and development in the modern chemical industries, enhance the interest of students in applied chemistry by providing role models, and emphasize the role of creative research in the global economy. Based on the criteria for this award which draws attention to young innovators and connects to the established Perkin Medal, the SCI Executive Committee decided to name the award for Gordon E. Moore, co-founder of Intel and a seminal figure in the establishment and development of the semiconductor industry. Mr. Moore has often described Intel as a chemical company. As a research chemist and then director of R&D, Gordon Moore carried out pioneering work on silicon transistors, the integrated circuit, semiconductor computer memory, and the microprocessor, while well under the age of 45. Each year, a new award recipient will be selected to recognize a significant innovation made by an industrial scientist early in his/her career.

About the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI)
SCI America Group, launched in 1894, is part of the Society of Chemical Industry's international organization. It provides a unique networking forum for chemical industry leaders, industrial scientists and technologists to exchange new business ideas and best practices. It celebrates achievement to promote public awareness of the contributions of industrial chemistry and inspire students to enter technical careers. SCI America events are managed by the Science History Institute.

About the Science History Institute
Formed by the merger of the Chemical Heritage Foundation and the Life Sciences Foundation, the Science History Institute collects and shares the stories of innovators and of discoveries that shape our lives. We preserve and interpret the history of chemistry, chemical engineering, and the life sciences. Headquartered in Philadelphia, with offices in California and Europe, the Institute houses an archive and a library for historians and researchers, a fellowship program for visiting scholars from around the globe, a community of researchers who examine historical and contemporary issues, an acclaimed museum that is free and open to the public, and a state-of-the-art conference center. For more information visit

About Dow
The Dow Chemical Company (Dow) combines science and technology knowledge to develop premier materials science solutions that are essential to human progress. Dow has one of the strongest and broadest toolkits in the industry, with robust technology, asset integration, scale and competitive capabilities that enable it to address complex global issues. Dow’s market-driven, industry-leading portfolio of advanced materials, industrial intermediates, and plastics businesses deliver a broad range of differentiated technology-based products and solutions for customers in high-growth markets such as packaging, infrastructure, and consumer care. Dow is a subsidiary of DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP), a holding company comprised of Dow and DuPont with the intent to form three strong, independent, publicly traded companies in agriculture, materials science and specialty sectors. More information can be found at

For further information contact

Rachel Acker
The Dow Chemical Company

Bob Kenworthy
SCI Administrator
Chemical Heritage Foundation