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Kevin Allen Earns American Chemical Society Award

WASHINGTON, Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- For the second time this year, the American Chemical Society (ACS) presented an award recognizing a ShellChemical Company individual affiliated with Corterra* Polymers, the Shell Chemicals** trade name for polytrimethylene terephthalate (PTT), a polymer that can be spun into fibers and yarns with applications in carpet, textiles and other end uses. Kevin Allen, Shell Chemical Company research chemist, received the annual Technical Achievement in Organic Chemistry Award recognizing industry scientists and academia who have had the greatest impact on fundamental or process chemistry while holding a B.S. or M.S. degree.Allen accepted the award at the August 2000 ACS National Meeting in Washington, D.C., where he made an open presentation to scientists regardingthe development of a process route for 1,3-propanediol (PDO) and the polymerization process of PTT polymer. Allen's award encompasses his efforts in research, development and technology on the PDO and PTT processes. PDO is the basic raw material required in the manufacturing of CorterraPolymers. Produced in commercial quantities at a Shell Chemical Companymanufacturing facility in Geismar, La., PDO also has commercial applicationsin paints, composites, adhesives, laminates, UV-cured coatings, solvents,anti-freeze and other products. Although PTT was first developed in the early 1940s, it was not untilShell Chemicals scientists discovered and patented the hydroformylationprocess for producing PDO that economical commercial production of PTT becamepossible. For more information on Corterra Polymers, visit the web site athttp://www.corterra.com or call: 1-888-Corterra (1-888-267-8377). * Corterra is a trademark of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of companies. The trade designation for Corterra is not registered for fibers per se, but is registered for the polymer used to make the fibers. ** The expression 'Shell Chemicals' refers to the companies of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group which are engaged in the chemical businesses. Each of the companies which make up the Royal Dutch/Shell Group of companies is an independent entity and has its own separate identity.SOURCE Shell Chemical CompanyWeb Site: http://www.corterra.com

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