Scott Allen of Novomer and Bradley Jones of JMP have won the American Statistical Association's 2012 Statistics in Chemistry Award. Allen is co-founder and Vice President of Catalyst Development for Novomer, a Massachusetts-based sustainable chemistry company and JMP customer. Jones is Principal Research Fellow at JMP and a renowned expert in design of experiments.
The pair were chosen by the SPES committee on Chemometrics for their collaboration in developing novel catalysts used to sequester CO2 by incorporating it into new thermoplastics that are up to 50 percent by weight CO2. In development by Novomer, these catalysts have the potential to convert CO2 from an industrial waste into materials that can be used in the manufacture of bottles, films, laminates, coatings for food and beverage cans, for instance.
Jones picked up the award for the pair at the Joint Statistical Meetings conference in San Diego Tuesday evening.
Their work involved the use of definitive screening designs developed by Jones and Christopher Nachtsheim of the University of Minnesota. (See “A Class of Three-Level Designs for Definitive Screening in the Presence of Second-Order Effects,” Journal of Quality Technology, Vol. 43, No. 1, January 2011).
The ASA noted that the award honors "outstanding collaborative efforts between statisticians and chemists for the innovative use of statistical methods to solve a problem in chemistry. The work by Drs. Allen and Jones clearly helped to solve a practical, real-world problem in polymer chemistry with far-reaching implications for future products that sequester and utilize CO2."