MORRISTOWN, N.J. - Honeywell announced that Dr. Ian Shankland, director of technology for Honeywell’s Fluorine Products business, has been awarded the 2008 Perkin Medal by the Society of Chemical Industry (SCI). The Perkin Medal is awarded to a scientist who has provided innovation in applied chemistry, resulting in outstanding commercial development. Shankland won the award for his successful work to develop alternatives to ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), commonly used in refrigerants, blowing agents, and other products.

“This is well-deserved recognition for Ian’s enormous contributions to the science of fluorocarbons, and their important role in helping to solve one of the greatest global challenges of our time,” said Ray Stark, vice president of technology for Honeywell Specialty Materials. Fluorine Products is part of the Specialty Materials strategic business group.

“Ian’s strength as a technologist is further enhanced by his ability to convert science to useful commercial applications, which is a key criteria for Perkin Medal recipients and also a great source of value for Honeywell customers,” added Terrence Hahn, vice president and general manager of Fluorine Products.

Shankland will receive the award at the Annual Perkin Medal dinner in Philadelphia on Sept. 18.

Since joining Honeywell more than 25 years ago, Shankland has led teams that have screened and tested many compounds in search of economically and commercially viable environmentally-preferable substitutes aligned with the timely phase-out of CFCs and HCFCs, including HFC-245fa, a zero ozone-depleting blowing agent for polyurethane foam applications; and R-410A and R-507 refrigerants for air conditioning and stationary refrigeration applications.

Most recently, Shankland has led Honeywell’s research effort at the Buffalo facility to discover and commercialize low-global-warming refrigerants and blowing agents. As a result of this effort, Honeywell recently announced a new material to replace HFC-134a refrigerant for mobile air conditioning in Europe, and a solution for certain foam applications in Europe.

Honeywell’s Fluorine Products business is a leader in the manufacture and supply of zero ozone-depleting refrigerants used by air conditioning and refrigeration makers worldwide and blowing agents for energy-efficient foam insulation. For additional information, visit

Publication date:07/28/2008