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Four Bayer Scientists Receive Otto Bayer Medals for Innovations in Polyether Polyols

Bayer MaterialScience AG : 11 April, 2001  (New Product)
Bayer Corporation researchers Dr. Bi Le-Khac, Dr. Ken McDaniel and Dr. Jos
The scientists were honored for their work in the optimization of the process for manufacturing high-purity polyether polyols used as polyurethane raw materials. They developed IMPACT catalysis and the IMPACT polyether polyol process, which are now being used in large-scale plants both in the U.S. and in Europe. This new technology minimizes by-products, considerably increases process safety and improves product quality. IMPACT technology enables the synthesis of new types of polyether polyols, creating polyurethanes with improved properties.

Research is Essential

'Top-quality research is essential to generate the innovations required for our company's commercial success in the future,' declared Bayer's Management Board Chairman, Dr. Manfred Schneider, in his speech at the ceremony. Schneider emphasized that the scientists from around the globe who were receiving awards for their outstanding scientific achievements were visible proof of the dedication with which high-quality research is pursued at Bayer.

'This award ceremony is not only about acknowledging the achievements of our leading researchers, it is also an incentive for all researchers to exploit their creativity to the full.'

Award-Winning IMPACT Technology Acquired from Lyondell

The new IMPACT technology optimized by these researchers was acquired from Lyondell Chemical Company when Bayer purchased its polyol business in April 2000. Bayer dedicated the world's first continuous production polyol facility in Channelview, Texas, in February 2001 and began marketing IMPACT polyol products from this facility at the beginning of this year.

'IMPACT polyol technology allows us to offer our customers superior raw materials produced through one of the most innovative developments in polyurethane chemistry in many, many years,' said Lawrence D. Stern, Executive Vice President of Bayer Corporation and President, Polyurethanes for NAFTA.

'Having the researchers responsible for this technology awarded with this prize is an honor for everyone in Bayer's polyurethanes business,' says Stern.

Bayer Diagnostics Division Researcher Honored

Also among the medal winners was Bayer Corporation's Dr. Walter P. Carney. The Cambridge, Mass.-based scientist was honored for developing a special blood serum test to detect breast cancer.

Winners Selected from a Global Field

The four polyurethanes scientists and Dr. Carney were among 15 Bayer researchers from within Bayer's global organization and one scientist from outside the Bayer Group honored in the 16th Otto Bayer Medal Awards Ceremony. The awards are named for Dr. Otto Bayer, the inventor of polyurethane chemistry and a long-time member of the Bayer AG Board of Management.
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