SCI awards Perkin Medal to Chemours’ Barbara Minor
The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), America Group, announces that Barbara Haviland Minor, corporate fellow at The Chemours Company, has won the 2018 SCI Perkin Medal. This honor recognizes her contributions in the research and development of new refrigerants, known as Opteon refrigerants, to address
concerns related to ozone depletion and global warming potential (GWP).
Most recently, Minor developed several new low GWP refrigerants based on HFO technology for supermarket, transport and self-contained refrigeration and large building air conditioning. Opteon XP40 was designed for retrofit and new supermarket refrigeration systems to replace R-404A. Thousands of supermarkets globally have already been converted to XP40 since 2013, providing a significant, positive environmental impact, according to SCI. Other refrigerants in commercial use today include XP44 for refrigerated trucks and trailers, XP10 and XP30 for large building chillers and recently commercialized XL20 and XL40 for condensing units, ice machines and reach-in coolers and freezers.
Barbara Haviland Minor