Innovation Day 2022

Conrad Erb

The Science History Institute and the Society of Chemical Industry America presented the 19th annual Innovation Day on September 13, 2022.

We intend to present this event as a combination of in-person and online sessions. In-person sessions of Innovation Day will be held at the Science History Institute Conference Center in historic Old City Philadelphia.

COVID-19 Policy  •   Schedule  •  Awards   •  Sponsors  •  Steering Committee


The Innovation Day Steering Committee built an amazing agenda for the 2022 meeting. We opened with a poster session and networking, followed by the annual Schlinger Symposium with an address from the SCI 2022 Gordon E. Moore Medalist, Kevin M. Maloney of Merck. Next, panel experts offered stimulating presentations and discussions on topics that explore sustainability and digitization with particular focus on the following tracks:


  • Artificial Intelligence for Manufacturing
    In using AI in manufacturing, we aim to use data to make decisions faster and more accurately than a human can do. Current applications of AI face skepticism, but hold great promise for predictive maintenance and quality, increasing yield, reducing waste, and forecasting. In this session we took a look at how we’ve used AI to meet some of the problems facing manufacturing today and what the future holds for AI in manufacturing.
  • Artificial Intelligence for Materials Discovery
    Front-end innovation ensures that no opportunities are missed when choosing ideas that represent the best opportunity for development and commercialization. This process is crucial to materials discovery, which is often high-risk and complex. With a seemingly infinite number of possibilities in material discovery, how can we use AI to impact this early and creative phase? In this session we explored the latest in using AI in the materials discovery process, with emphasis on front-end innovation.


  • Materials Science
    The demand for new materials is driving innovation in industry. In this session we reviewed new sustainable, smart, and responsive materials that offer improved physical properties, lessen the burden of waste on the planet, and/or provide a boost for circular systems and allow for the implementation of a circular economy. We also discussed the challenges and solutions we’ve discovered while reassessing internal processes from the perspective of materials’ lifecycle.
  • Carbon Capture and Net Zero Goals
    In this session we explored innovative efforts that are laying the groundwork for a transition to a sustainable energy future. We discussed breakthroughs in carbon management, including carbon capture and storage and other key technologies, that aim to minimize the environmental impacts of fossil fuels and meet climate goals.

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COVID-19 Policy

Masks are preferred for museum visitors. Masks are optional for all other visitors, including staff, fellows, library patrons, conference center attendees, business visitors, consultants, and contractors.

Proof of vaccination is no longer required for museum and conference center visitors. Our vaccine policy remains in effect for all staff, fellows, and library patrons, who must provide proof of vaccination and a booster shot before entering the Science History Institute’s building.

Please refer to for the latest information on Institute policy.


Attire: Business/Business Casual

8:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

Check-in Opens (Lobby)
Coffee and continental breakfast until 9:45 a.m.

9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

Virtual Poster Sessions
(remote attendees and all poster presenters)

Poster Session Guide (PDF)
Posters (PDF)

9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

Museum opens at 9:00 a.m.
Museum programming begins at 9:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.
Museum closes at 3:30 p.m.

Downstream exhibition talk: 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
Science and Activism museum tour: 1:15 p.m. to 1:40 p.m.

10:15 a.m.–11:15 a.m.

Poster Sessions
(in-person attendees and all poster presenters)

Poster Session Guide (PDF)
Posters (PDF)

11:30 a.m.

Innovation Day Luncheon

12:15 p.m.
In-Person and Online


David A. Cole, President and CEO, Science History Institute
John Paro, Chair and CEO, Hallstar, and Chair, SCI America


The Warren G. Schlinger Symposium

Kevin Maloney, Merck, 2022 SCI Gordon E. Moore Medalist
30-minute talk followed by Q&A

1:00 p.m.–1:45 p.m.

Break and Continuation of Poster Networking
Science and Activism museum tour: 1:15 p.m. to 1:40 p.m.

1:45 p.m.–3:15 p.m.
In-Person and Online

Breakout Panels – Session 1

  • Sustainability Track 1: Materials Science

    Robert Butterick, Dow Inc.
    Felicia Parks, Hallstar

    Daniel De Bonis, Department of Defense Commodity Manager for Chemical Agent Resistant Coating (CARC)
    Jackie DeGroot, Senior Fellow, Dow Inc.

  • Digitization Track 1: Artificial Intelligence for Manufacturing

    Gregory Briner, Hexion, Inc.
    Robert Li, ExxonMobil

    Jitendra Kadam, Principal Autonomous Technologies Engineer, ExxonMobil Technology and Engineering Company
    Chandra Reddy, Senior Technical Staff Member, AI Applications, IBM Research

3:15 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Museum is open until 3:30 p.m.

3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
In-Person and Online

Breakout Panels – Session 2

  • Sustainability Track 2: Carbon Capture and Net Zero Goals

    Robert Harding, W. R. Grace & Company
    Deidre Sandrock, Milliken & Company
    Daniel White, Lyondell Chemical Company

    Raghubir Gupta, Cofounder and President, Susteon Inc., Cofounder and Chief Technology Officer, Sustaera
    Dan Hancu, Senior Program Manager, Carbon Capture, U.S. Department of Energy


  • Digitization Track 2: Artificial Intelligence for Materials Discovery

    Duncan Coffey, DuPont
    Chris Killian, Eastman Chemical Company
    Hai Zhu, DuPont

    Arthi Jayaraman, Centennial Term Professor for Excellence in Research and Education, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering; Affiliated Faculty, Data Science Institute, University of Delaware
    Gregory J. Mulholland, CEO, Citrine Informatics

5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Cocktails and Networking

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Kevin Maloney headshot

Courtesy of Kevin Maloney

SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal

The Society of Chemical Industry, America Group (SCI America), established the SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal to recognize early-career success in innovation, as reflected both in market impact and improvement to quality of life. By highlighting extraordinary individuals and their work, SCI America aims to promote public understanding of research and development in 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.

The 2022 Moore Medal was awarded to Kevin M. Maloney.



Dennis Liotta headshot

Courtesy of Dennis Liotta

SCI Perkin Medal

The SCI Perkin Medal was established to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the discovery of mauvene. Today the medal is widely acknowledged as the highest honor in American industrial chemistry. William Henry Perkin was a founding member of SCI, and this medal was first presented in New York to Perkin himself.

The 2022 Perkin Medal was awarded to Dennis Liotta.

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Premier Sponsor
The Warren and Katharine Schlinger Foundation

Presenting Sponsors
Eastman Chemical Company
ExxonMobil Product Solutions
Hexion, Inc.

Sustaining Sponsors
BASF Corporation
Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP
Covestro LLC
The Dow Chemical Company
Univar Solutions
W. R. Grace & Company

Contributing Sponsors
Air Liquide NA
Arkema Inc.
Milliken & Company

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Steering Committee

Gregory Briner
NA R&D Technology Manager
Hexion, Inc.

Robert Butterick
Northeast Dow Center Site Leader
Dow Inc.

Duncan Coffey
Field Engineering and Supply Chain Development Program Leader
Engineering Technology Center

Robert Harding
Senior Technology Advisor
W. R. Grace & Company

Chris Killian
Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer
Eastman Chemical Company

Robert Li
Product Innovation Research Manager
ExxonMobil Technology and Engineering

Felicia Parks
Technical Director, North America

Deidre L. Sandrock
Director of Sustainability and Innovation
Milliken & Company

Daniel White
Manager, R&D Acetyls, BDO and Olefins Research
Houston Technology Center
Lyondell Chemical Company

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Cohosted with the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI) since 2004, Innovation Day features the Warren G. Schlinger Symposium and the awarding of the SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal.

For more information contact [email protected].