HOUSTON—The International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers has named the recipients of its two most prestigious awards, which will be presented at its Annual General Meeting next April in Cape Town, South Africa.
Vladimir Busygin of Nizhnekamskneftekhim will be the recipient of the General Award, while Youichiro Kubo, retired from Zeon Corp., will receive the Technical Award.
Busygin, who is chairman of the board of Nizhnekamskneftekhim, has made significant contributions to the Russian and global petrochemical industry, according to the IISRP. He is a prominent inventor and scientist, the author of more than 60 scientific works, 118 inventions and 23 utility models, with 28 inventions and eight utility models currently in production at his firm's sites.
He held the position of director general at Nizhnekamskneftekhim, one of Russia's largest petrochemical companies, for 14 years while also serving as vice president of the Russian Chemists Union and as a board member of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs. He holds a doctorate in technology and a post-doctoral degree in economics from Perm State Technical University.
Kubo received his doctorate in applied chemistry from the Tokyo Institute of Technology, where he focused his research on the preparation and properties of cobalt and iron complexes with TPPP.
His 31-year career has been in the area of the development, manufacturing and processing of synthetic rubber and catalysts, and in establishing the technology of catalysts for hydrogenating the reaction of nitrile-butadiene rubber in industrial processes.