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Alumnus Paul German Shares ExxonMobil Chemical’s Most Valuable Patent Award

July 1, 2013

Chemical engineering alumnus Paul German was among an ExxonMobil Chemical Company team of engineers, researchers, and scientists receiving the company’s Outstanding Patent Award for developing primarily end-use applications for a new polyolefins product area. 

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  Patent Award Winner: Paul German (right), a 1975 chemical engineering alumnus, is congratulated by ExxonMobil Chemical Company Vice President of Global Technology Will Cirioli for receiving the company’s Outstanding Patent Award.

German, a 1975 graduate, is technology senior staff engineer for ExxonMobil Chemical’s Global Polyolefins Technology Center in Baytown, Texas. He has worked for the company for 33 years, specializing in the development of new polyolefin products and end-use applications. 

The Outstanding Patent Award has been presented annually since 1987 by a technical committee. The award is given to the creators of patents which have demonstrated commercial impact on the business, as reflected in substantial worldwide income, projected sales, and licensing, environmental savings, or safety benefits. The scope of the patents and their pioneering nature are key aspects considered in the selection process.

German was a member of a five-person team that defined the applications for the Enable metallocene polyethylene (mPE) family of resins. The patent (US 7,951,873) covers a wide range of applications for the potential use of Enable mPE, which is recognized as one of the most successful new product launches in the history of ExxonMobil Chemical. Sales of the product have rapidly grown to almost 300,000 tons per year since it was commercialized in 2008. By 2020, Enable sales are projected to exceed 1 million tons. 

“Enable has been introduced into a wide range of applications around the world," says Will Cirioli, vice president of global technology. "The ability to broadly participate in these applications was led by the breadth of this outstanding patent."

ExxonMobil Chemical is awarded nearly 200 patents each year, and German has been responsible for approximately one per year. He has been the lead inventor on more than 20 patents.

Before joining ExxonMobil Chemical, German spent five years in polyolefins production and development for Amoco Chemicals, and was the inventor on one patent. He has also been active in film extrusion industry technical associations.

“I love the opportunity to innovate and develop novel approaches,” stated German, who lives in Friendswood, Texas. “My Rose-Hulman education provided an excellent foundation.”