Indian-born scientist earns Dow's top honour

Madan Bhasin, a senior scientist with The Dow Chemical Co. at the South Charleston Technology Park, has received the highest honour Dow awards to its scientists and researchers.
Bhasin was one of three scientists who received the Herbert H. Dow Medal on Aug. 30 during Dow’s annual science and technology meeting at the Midland Center for the Arts in Midland, Mich.
Bhasin is senior scientist in ethylene oxide and ethylene glycol research and development. He was awarded the Herbert H. Dow Medal “for significant contributions to the advancement of catalysis, particularly for ethylene oxide.”
The citation accompanying the medal said, “His creativity is remarkable, impacting diverse areas. Through effective collaboration, Madan has had a great impact at Dow and in the chemical industry.”
The Herbert H. Dow Medal Award was created in 1979 to recognize researchers for continuous career achievements having significant impact on Dow business. The 24-carat-gold medal features a likeness of Dow founder Herbert Henry Dow.
Since its inception in 1979, only 26 people have received the Dow Medal. Also receiving the award this year were Clifford Gerwick, senior scientist at Dow AgroSciences research and development, and James Carl Stevens, a research fellow with Performance Plastics and Chemicals research and development.
Earlier this year, Bhasin was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for his development of efficient catalysts for the production of ethylene oxide and for contributions to the fundamental understanding of catalysts.
Election to the National Academy of Engineering is one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. The academy honors those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice or education, to engineering literature, and to the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology.
A press release announcing Bhasin’s election credited him and other members of the Dow ethylene oxide-ethylene glycol research team with major research that included the development and application of 11 generations of new epoxidation catalysts that improve efficiency and production capability and reduce the emission of greenhouse gases.
Bhasin joined Union Carbide in 1963 as a chemist at what was then known as the South Charleston Technical Center. He progressed through various roles to the position of corporate fellow. He was promoted to senior scientist at Dow in 2001.
He has received numerous national and international awards for his work. He is the author of many publications in his field and holds 21 United States patents.
Bhasin received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Delhi. He completed graduate studies at Indiana University and earned a doctorate in physical chemistry from the University of Notre Dame.

Contact writer George Hohmann at or 348-4836.

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