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Green technology earns researcher international honour

A new technology developed by Philip Jessop, Canada Research Chair in Green Chemistry at Queen’s University, has earned him the prestigious Eni Award in New Frontiers of Hydrocarbons.

Dr. Jessop has invented several “switchable” materials that facilitate the separation of oil from solids or from water. His discoveries could be used to further develop a promising green solvent technology with a wide array of potential uses, including efficient, clean recovery of bitumen from oil sands, plastics recycling and oil extraction from seeds or algae.

“This award is a wonderful validation for the hard work of the students, postdocs and collaborators of the Jessop group and our friends at GreenCentre Canada,” says Dr. Jessop. “I'm so grateful to everyone.”

Eni is a major Italian energy company that sponsors the annual Eni Awards, which recognize outstanding researchers who have made innovative advances towards the better use of energy sources and environmental sustainability. Award winners are internationally active researchers whose projects demonstrate a high degree of innovation and have strong potential for applications outside the laboratory. Through the awards, Eni has developed an extensive scientific network for the development of long term research and development projects.

“Dr. Jessop has made some truly groundbreaking advances in the study of switchable materials, which have the capacity to transform a variety of industrial applications,” says Steven Liss, Vice-Principal (Research). “This award is a well-deserved recognition of his ingenuity, innovation and perseverance.”

Dr. Jessop will receive his award in Rome at Quirinal Palace, the official residence of the Italian President, on June 27. He will present the results of his research to university students in Italy on June 26.

For more information on the award and Dr. Jessop, click here.