Electronic Fluorocarbons’ Chief Scientist, Bob Syvret, has been awarded the 2020 American Chemical Society National Award for Creative Work in Fluorine Chemistry, making him the second industrial chemist to receive the award since its annual inception in 1972.

Syvret led the technical development Selectfluor® fluorination agent in the mid-90s. His efforts enabled the commercial production of 6-position cortical steroids, the most widely used member being fluticasone propionate.

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Source: Electronic Fluorocarbons

His work in electronics contributed to the development of fluorination process chemistry for production of high purity electronics materials; including two high-volume fluorinated materials NF3 and C4F6.

Syvret’s efforts in the fluorochemical (refrigerants) industry led to technical developments enabling critical catalyst aviation and the efficient production of the new low global warming potential (low-GWP) refrigerants 1234yf and 1233zd.

Syvret will receive the award in March 2020.