K 2019 / Covestro

Sustainable and digital breakthroughs awarded

| Editor: Steffen Donath

Covestro Science Celebration at K2019: Dr. Markus Steilemann, CEO Covestro (l.) and Sucheta Govil, CCO Covestro (3rd from left), honour Prof. Newell Washburn of Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh (2nd from left), and the Covestro team for sustainable production technology of chlorine.
Covestro Science Celebration at K2019: Dr. Markus Steilemann, CEO Covestro (l.) and Sucheta Govil, CCO Covestro (3rd from left), honour Prof. Newell Washburn of Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh (2nd from left), and the Covestro team for sustainable production technology of chlorine. (Source: Covestro)

Covestro rewards scientific pioneering research with two different awards. The company presented both at the Covestro Science Celebration at K 2019.

Covestro acknowledges scientific ingenuity for green and digital chemistry and engineering with two awards. The American scientist Dr Newell Washburn is the recipient of the global Covestro Science Award, in recognition of his role in pioneering a scientific digital innovation that speeds the development of customised polymer formulations. Dr Washburn is an associate professor of chemistry and biomedical engineering with a courtesy appointment in the department of materials science and engineering at Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).

The second award, the Covestro Science Medal, goes to a team of Covestro chemists and engineers. Dr Rainer Weber, Andreas Bulan, Michael Großholz, Rainer Hellmich and Giorgio Dolfini have developed and successfully applied a scientific research on producing a basic chemical with less energy consumption and thus less environmental impact: They have succeeded in saving 25 % of electricity when producing chlorine. They accepted the awards during the Covestro Science Celebration at K 2019.

“These pioneers in industry sustainability and applied artificial intelligence contribute to a new era of material science,” said Sucheta Govil, Chief Commercial Officer of Covestro, responsible for innovation. “Only science can provide breakthrough solutions for the future. We want to reward the outstanding contributions of these scientists and researchers in the fields of sustainability and digitalisation. By fostering open innovation of academia and industry we help to speed up solutions for our customers and thus keep pushing the boundaries of what is possible.”

Covestro Science Celebration at K2019: Dr. Markus Steilemann, CEO Covestro (l.) and Sucheta Govil, CCO Covestro (3rd from left), honour Prof. Newell Washburn of Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh (2nd from left), and the Covestro team for sustainable production technology of chlorine.
Covestro Science Celebration at K2019: Dr. Markus Steilemann, CEO Covestro (l.) and Sucheta Govil, CCO Covestro (3rd from left), honour Prof. Newell Washburn of Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh (2nd from left), and the Covestro team for sustainable production technology of chlorine. (Source: Covestro)

Machine Learning in lab research

Dr Washburn was singled out for a proprietary technology that solves a common industry challenge. Traditionally, formulating polyurethane elastomers, foams and coatings to a customer’s exact specifications is a time-consuming process, filled with trial and error in the lab. Dr Washburn’s Hierarchical Machine Learning approach, developed in collaboration with Dr Barnabás Póczos in CMU’s Machine Learning Department, leverages data analytics and simulation to more quickly determine the formulation that meets sustainable customer requirements. Dr Washburn is working closely with Covestro experts in the Coatings, Adhesives and Specialties, and Polyurethanes businesses to optimise this novel approach.

“The experience I’ve had with Covestro has been extremely valuable,” said Dr Washburn. “I’m thankful for the opportunity to work with an organisation that nurtures innovation and recognises the value it brings to its business, and the business of its customers.”

Energy-saving chlorine production

The second rewarded innovation points to a more sustainable production. About two thirds of all chemical products need chlorine for their production which is generated in an electricity consuming process. Covestro helps to change that. Together with industry partners the team of chemists and engineers developed a process that reduces the amount of electricity needed by around 25 %.

The principle of chlorine production has been well known for more than hundred years. It works via electrolysis — meaning sending power through a saline solution. The novelty within Covestro’s newly developed process is: the hydrogen producing electrode is replaced by a so-called oxygen depolarised cathode. This was developed by Covestro and it works with two volts instead of three. In the upcoming years Covestro will introduce this process in two of their plants and thus save up to 40.000 tons of CO2 per year.

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