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Dow’s Peter Trefonas, Ph.D., to Receive Prestigious Perkin Medal

PHILADELPHIA, May 05, 2016 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Society of Chemical Industry (SCI), America Group, announced today that Peter Trefonas, Ph.D., corporate fellow in Electronic Materials at The Dow Chemical Company DOW, +0.02% has won the 2016 SCI Perkin Medal.

This honor recognizes Trefonas’ contributions in the development of chemicals that enable microlithography for the fabrication of microelectronic circuits. His outstanding work in the creation of polymer photoresists used in the lithographic process, especially the development of antireflective coatings, enables patterning of smaller features, fitting more circuits in the same area. These advances in miniaturization enable the faster microprocessors and multitude of new electronic devices that are such a large part of daily life.

Trefonas will receive the medal at a dinner in his honor on Tuesday, September 13, 2016, at the Hilton Penn’s Landing Hotel in Philadelphia.

“Discovery, innovation, and achievement have defined the career of Dr. Trefonas,” said Fred Festa, chairman and chief executive officer of W.R. Grace & Co., and Chair of SCI America. “The SCI is pleased to recognize his remarkable success in our industry, his contributions to science, and his impact on the quality of our lives.”

“It is hard to imagine life without the smart devices we use, devices we upgrade frequently as technology improves. Peter’s advances in materials used in lithography make them possible, enabling circuit designs that are smaller and faster. Peter has been a driving force in our Electronic Materials business for decades, developing innovative technology, mentoring others and driving the organization to a high level of performance,” says A.N. Sreeram, Dow senior vice president and chief technology officer. “Peter’s selection as the recipient of the Society of Chemical Industry’s Perkin Medal is a fitting recognition of his innovative work.”

About Peter Trefonas

Peter Trefonas, Ph.D., is a corporate fellow at Dow where he works within the Dow Electronic Materials business group.

Trefonas made major contributions to the development of many successful products which are used in the production of integrated circuits spanning multiple device design generations, from 2 micron to 14 nm node...