Germroth Receives Prestigious ACS National Award in Industrial Chemistry

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Germroth Receives Prestigious ACS National Award in Industrial Chemistry

Eastman Chemical Company chemist Ted Germroth has received one of the industry’s most prestigious awards and one that recognizes outstanding contributions to chemical research.
This week in San Diego, the American Chemical Society presented Ted Germroth with its National Award in Industrial Chemistry – one of the most prestigious honors in the profession.

This week in San Diego, the American Chemical Society presented Ted Germroth with its National Award in Industrial Chemistry – one of the most prestigious honors in the profession.

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SAN DIEGO, March 17, 2016 /3BL Media/ – Germroth received the award Tuesday night as part of the ACS Spring National Meeting in San Diego. He also was awarded a $5,000 stipend, which Germroth is donating to a non-governmental organization that empowers women in Tanzania, Africa, through education.

Ted Germroth, who grew up on a Virginia farm, still embraces the value of delivering hard work – and he embraces the value of giving back. Read this feature story to learn how Germroth still strives to “earn his keep” at Eastman, how he helped shaped the career of a young engineer who would later become Eastman’s CTO, and how he and his wife plan to donate a stipend from the American Chemical Society to empower young women in Tanzania.

Since he moved to Kingsport and began working at Eastman in 1979, Germroth has fashioned an outstanding career marked by continual technology discovery. As a senior technology fellow – one of the highest positions a scientist can achieve at Eastman – Germroth has long been a vital contributor to Eastman’s reputation for world-class technologies and its ability to innovate and deliver new processes and products.

“It would be impossible to calculate the value that Ted Germroth has contributed to Eastman, because he has been a vital part of so many successful and innovative projects throughout his career,” said Steve Crawford, Eastman senior vice president and chief technology officer. “Ted has also been generous with his knowledge and insights by serving as a mentor for a long list of scientists and engineers including myself. ACS chose a truly worthy recipient of this prestigious award in Ted Germroth. I’m proud and honored that Ted is a part of the Eastman team.”

A native of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, Germroth has had an integral role in a long list of Eastman projects and technology breakthroughs that resulted in significant commercial applications. Just a few of them include Eastman Tritan™; Titan™ liquid crystal polymer, Eastar™ Bio copolyester; and the development and design of the Primester™ yarn ester process.

“I am humbled and honored to be recognized by my peers with such an esteemed award,” Germroth said. “I’m grateful to Eastman for consistently providing me with opportunities that keep me energized and place me in a position to contribute to impactful, practical solutions for customers.”

Germroth, who earned a master’s degree and Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry from the University of California at Berkeley, is now a program leader and technical contributor to two key Eastman programs, new polymer commercialization for liquid crystal display compensation film and Eastman Crystex® new process/product development. More than 30 years after he joined the company, Germroth is still at the forefront of perpetuating Eastman’s reputation as a world leader in innovation.

“I get energized by tough problems,” said Germroth, “especially if I believe that a better molecular level understanding of the chemistry and mechanism can lead to a solution. The more practical the impact, the more this type problem attracts and energizes me.”

The award is sponsored by the ACS Division of Industrial & Engineering Chemistry. The complete list of 2016 National Award winners is available at the ACS website. Germroth will be donating his ACS award stipend to Moyo wa Afrika Foundation, a non-profit organization that connects remote Tanzanian villages – especially girls and young women in those villages – to education and health services.

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