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Mark Shiflett receives national award

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Mark Shiflett, Foundation Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas in the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, was the recipient of a prestigious award from the American Institute for Chemical Engineers.

The AIChE Industrial Research and Development Award was presented November 13 at the 2016 national meeting in San Francisco, California.

The award recognizes several of Shiflett’s pioneering discoveries at DuPont where he was a Technical Fellow for more than 20 years before joining KU in August.

Shiflett’s work has led to non-ozone depleting refrigerants with revenues in excess of one billion dollars, as well as new applications with ionic liquids and an environmentally friendly process for making highly durable grades of titanium dioxide.  He was also recognized for his valuable efforts mentoring and educating chemical engineers.   

After earning a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University in 1989, Shiflett earned master’s and doctorate degrees in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware.  He is an inventor on 41 U.S. patents and author of 70 publications. 

Shiflett’s other major awards include the 2006 ACS Heroes of Chemistry Award and DuPont’s 2005 Bolton Carothers Innovative Science Award. He was awarded Fellow status in AIChE in 2014 and in the ACS Industry and Engineering Chemistry Division in 2015.

Shiflett currently conducts research at KU’s Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis in ionic liquids, fluoropolymers, nanoporous materials, and membrane separations.

--Story by Claudia Bode

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