By Steve Schaeber, MACS Technical Editor
On Sunday, August 21st, 2016, MACS member Honeywell received the 2016 “Heroes of Chemistry” award from ACS, the American Chemical Society, during a black tie dinner ceremony at the 252nd ACS National Meeting at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
The award was presented to the team at Honeywell, including Nacer Achaichia, Amy Jones, Hang Pham, Robert Richard, Rajiv Singh, Harry Tung and Ron Vogl for their work in developing HFO-1234yf, a non-ozone depleting and low global warming potential hydrofluoro-olefin refrigerant for mobile air conditioning systems.
The Honeywell team identified and developed the next generation hydrofluoro-olefin (HFO) refrigerant for mobile air conditioning (MAC) systems. This new hydrofluoro-olefin (HFO-1234yf) has a global warming potential (GWP) of 4 as compared to the GWP of 1430 that is associated with R-134a, the most commonly used hydrofluorocarbon MAC refrigerant being used today. Additionally, HFO-1234yf is a “near drop-in replacement” for R-134a, meaning it can be used in current air conditioning systems with little adaptation. HFO-1234yf is now the leading non-ozone-depleting and low GWP fluorocarbon used in mobile air conditioning applications.
A team at Honeywell’s UOP also won a 2016 HOC award for their Green Jet Fuel™, which is made from renewable sources.
More information about the ACS Heroes of Chemistry awards can be found on their website http://www.acs.org or by clicking on this link to the 2016 awards: https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/funding-and-awards/awards/industry/heroes.html#about
Here’s a link to the ACS video on YouTube about Honeywell’s 2016 award: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eNqd63k0cE