23 July 2018
SCI America are pleased to announce that Dr Steven Swier of The Dow Chemical Company will be awarded the SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal. This medal is the premier recognition for early career success, as reflected both in market impact and improvement to quality of life. Established to draw attention to young innovators and connect with the SCI Perkin medal, the award was named after Gordon E. Moore, co-founder of Intel and a seminal figure in the establishment and development of the semi-conductor industry.
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 phrase 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 an R&D 100 Award Finalist in 2017.