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Joe Powell leads research in chemical engineering and process development for Shell. He obtained his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia in 1978, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in 1984.

Joe joined the Chemical Development Department at Shell’s Technology Center Houston in 1988 and has led major R&D programs in process chemicals, biofuels, enhanced oil recovery, and related energy topics. He has been Shell’s Chief Scientist of Chemical Engineering since 2006.  

His achievements in the process development field have been rewarded with more than 55 patents and several industry awards. Joe has a keen interest in sustainability, leading the Hunters network for identification of new technology and co-authored a book on sustainability in process industries. Joe is a Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers.

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Shell Chief Scientist Joe Powell talks about how Shell is developing innovative technology to deliver the energy our customers need, make our operations more energy-efficient, offer products that help customers use less energy and manage CO2 emissions.

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These are associated with the roles he has in the American Institute of Chemical engineers (AiChE):


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