A new session format is included with the goal of presenting new ideas and methodologies for decoding the complexity inherent in catalysis and catalytic processes. Presenters are encouraged to discuss exciting combinations of theory and experiment and the combination of multiple experimental techniques. Presentations will be scheduled early in the program with a discussion workshop to generate consensus on the current state and direction of the field.
The oxidative catalytic applications important to industry in a great sense drive the fundamental work discussed above. The petrochemical processes focused on syngas generation/conversion, combustion, partial and selective oxidation, amines and C1 chemistry, along with processes for biomass conversion to fuels will be presented. Fine chemical and pharmaceutical production that generally employ homogeneous oxidations are covered among the subtopics of olefin and aromatic oxidation, epoxidation and the chemistry of radical species. Finally, the contribution of catalysis to environmental technologies such as VOC oxidation, wastewater treatment and autoexhaust catalysis will be presented.
The Congress begins with a full day on Sunday, June 9th, and lasts through Wednesday June 12th. It will be held in Saint Louis, Missouri on the campus of Washington University. With Washington University acting as host the Congress is made quite economical and many will find the registration prices coupled with the availability of campus housing a pleasant surprise. The Congress dinner will be on Tuesday, June 11 and a group excursion to the top of the Gateway Arch will take place on Wednesday, June 12. For more information about the 7th World Congress, visit www.7wcoc.org.
The Catalysis Club of Chicago is pleased to announce that Prof. W. Nicholas Delgass (Maxine Spencer Nichols Emeritus Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University) is the recipient of the 2013 Herman Pines Award in Catalysis. This Award is given to recognize Prof. Delgass’ outstanding contributions to catalyst characterization, reaction and catalyst chemistry, and advanced catalyst design. Prof. Delgass first introduced the applications of Mössbauer spectra and XPS to the catalysis community.
Prof. Delgass has served on the editorial boards of leading catalysis journals such as Journal of Catalysis and as chairs for international catalysis conferences. He is a gifted teacher, winning the Purdue School of Chemical Engineering Teaching Awarding for seven times. Prof. Delgass has been invited to give more than 190 lectures on national and international scientific meetings. He has published over 160 publications.
The award includes an honorarium ($1,000) and a plaque. Prof. Delgass will receive this Award during the Catalysis Club of Chicago Spring Symposium on May 7, 2013 at BP Research Center (Naperville, IL). Prof. Delgass will deliver the Award address at the Symposium.
Previous recipients of the Herman Pines Award
1999 Harold Kung (Northwestern University)
2000 John Monnier (Eastman Chemical)
2001 Lanny Schmidt (University of Minnesota)
2002 James Brazdil (BP)
2003 James Dumesic (University of Wisconsin)
2004 Alak Bhattacharyya (BP)
2005 Israel Wachs (Lehigh University)
2006 Jeffrey Miller (BP)
2007 Chunshan Song (Pennsylvania State University)
2008 Aleksey Yezerets (Cummins)
2009 Tobin Marks (Northwestern University)
2010 James Rekoske (UOP)
2011 Jingguang Chen (University Delaware)
2012 Stuart Soled (ExxonMobil)
The electronic election for six Director-at-Large positions and for the modifications of by-laws previously approved by the NACS Board is now complete.
I am pleased to announce that
- Jingguang Chen (Columbia University)
- Robert J. Davis (University of Virginia)
- Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos (Tufts University)
- Bruce C. Gates (University of California at Davis)
- Fabio H. Ribeiro (Purdue University
- Stuart L. Soled (ExxonMobil)
were elected to four-year terms as Directors-at-Large from 11 candidates. They will be seated as NACS Board members at the start of the NAM23 meeting on June 2, 2013. Umit Ozkan (The Ohio State University), as the candidate with the next higher voter count, will be serving as Alternate Director-at-Large. This is not a Board position, but the Alternate would succeed a DAL in case any of the elected DAL is unable to serve.
The proposed modifications to the by-laws were approved by a vote of 338 to 7.
Votes were recorded from 590 of 1954 members of the North American Catalysis Society.
The electronic ballots were collected, recorded, and certified by Creative Scanning Solutions, Inc. an independent organization contracted by the North American Catalysis Society for this purpose.
President, North American Catalysis Society
The Spring Symposium for the Southwest Catalysis Society will be help on April 26th on the Rice campus (Grand Hall in the Memorial Center). The circular is attached. Registration will begin at 7:30 AM with the technical program beginning at 8:25. We anticipate the meeting concluding by 3:30 PM. There is plenty of parking on the Rice campus: rice.edu/maps/maps.html.
There’s visitor parking all over campus (shaded yellow), and the one lot closest to our meeting site is “Central Campus Garage” underneath the Jones Business School (#51).
SOUTHWEST CATALYSIS SOCIETY
2013 SPRING SYMPOSIUM
Friday, April 26th, 2013
Grand Hall of the Rice Memorial Center
Invited Speakers (alphabetical order)
Developing HDS understanding based on real feed-stocks
Tushar V. Choudhary, Phillips 66, Bartlesville, OK
From Hydrodesulfurization to Hydrodeoxygenation: What are the similarities at the atomic-scale?
Lars C. Grabow, University of Houston, TX
Shell Alternative Transport Fuels,
Kim Johnson, Shell Chemical Co., Houston, TX
Advances in Hydroprocessing Catalyst Technology: The Discovery of ExxonMobil/Albemarle’s Nebula Catalyst
Doron Levin, ExxonMobil, Annandale, NJ
Nanostructured Gold Model Catalysts on Oxygen-free Substrates
Li Liu, Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University
Natural Gas to Syngas using Rh-substituted pyrochlore (La2Zr2O7) catalysts
Jerry Spivey (LSU), D. Pakhare (LSU), D. Haynes (DoE/NETL), D. Shekhawat (DoE/NETL), V. Abdelsayed (DoE/NETL)
2013 Southwest Catalysis Society Applied Catalysis Awardee: Prof. Jerry Spivey, Department of Chemical Engineering, LSU, Baton Rouge, LA.
After graduation, Michel remained at Princeton University until 1961, first at the Forrestal Research Center as a research associate (1950–1953) and assistant to John B. Fenn, the director of Project SQUID (1953–1954), then in the Department of Chemical Engineering as Assistant Professor (1954–1958) and Associate Professor (1958–1961) and where he quickly established a reputation as one of the brightest young “stars” in the discipline. After a three-year stay at the University of California at Berkeley as Professor of Chemical Engineering, he became Professor of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at Stanford University in the Department of Chemical Engineering, which he helped lead to a position of international prominence and chaired from 1975 until 1978. He was the Keck Professor of Engineering from 1980 to 1994, and Keck Professor of Engineering, Emeritus from then until his passing on May 2, 2012.
His honors include: Belgian American Educational Foundation Fellowship, 1948; Procter Fellowship, 1949; Curtis McGraw Research Award of the American Society for Engineering Education, 1962; the R.H. Wilhelm Award in Chemical Reaction Engineering of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, 1974; the 1977 Kendall Award and the 1985 Murphree Award, both of the American Chemical Society; the 1991 Chemical Pioneer Award of the American Institute of Chemists; and the International Precious Metals Institute 1994 Tanaka Distinguished Achievement Award. The Symposium “Advances in Catalytic Chemistry III” (May 1985, Salt Lake City, Utah) was organized in his honor, as was the Catalysis Symposium of the 68th ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium (June 1994, Stanford University). The Catalysis Society selected him as the 1986 Ciapetta Lecturer. Michel was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1975, to the National Academy of Engineering in 1979, to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1991, to the Legion D’Honneur in France and to three Academies in his native Belgium where he and his wife Marina were also honored as Knights of the Crown. He also received several honorary degrees, served on several editorial boards, and, in recognition of Michel Boudart’s broad global influence, the North American Catalysis Society and the European Federation of Catalysis Societies joined hands and in 2006 established the Michel Boudart Award for the Advancement of Catalysis in recognition of the truly international impact of his achievements and guidance in this field.
Boudart’s textbook, Kinetics of Chemical Processes (1968), has been translated into Japanese, Spanish, and French, and was published again (1991) in the Butterworth-Heineman Series of Chemical Engineering Reprints. He is also the author of Kinetics of Heterogeneous Catalytic Reactions (with G. Djéga-Mariadassou), Princeton University Press, 1984, originally published as Cinétique des réactions en catalyse hétérogene (Masson, Paris, 1982). Together, these two books represent a legacy that continues to define the field. He was also co-editor (with J.R. Anderson) of Catalysis: Science and Technology, Volumes 1–9 (Springer-Verlag). He published more than 250 journal articles and held four US patents.
Michel established his potential for leadership right from the beginning. During his graduate studies, he recognized the catalytic consequences of the electronic properties of solids and, a mere few months after they were reported, brought Linus Pauling’s concepts of the d‑character of metals into the study of catalysis. Later, he combined these concepts with knowledge emerging from theory and surface science to propose a classification of reactions based on their sensitivity to surface structure, measured in practice from the effects of the size and composition of metal clusters on the rates of chemical reactions. Such pioneering breakthroughs required that he lead his research group through the development of protocols for counting the numbers of exposed metal atoms using molecular titrants, and for assessing the structure of such atoms using spectroscopic methods very soon after they became available. He pioneered the use of Mössbauer, infrared, and X‑ray absorption spectroscopies in heterogeneous catalysis, and established the use of emerging formalisms of irreversible thermodynamics in the mechanistic assessment of catalytic sequences. Michel Boudart was also interested in industrial developments and how catalysis can help solve major societal problems. In 1974, Boudart co-founded the company Catalytica.
Michel’s intense focus on the properties of surfaces at the atomic scale and on the mechanism of molecular transformations, through the prism of bond-making and bond-breaking elementary events, was always ahead of the times. He served as the beacon that led the evolution of catalysis from its roots in phenomenological industrial practice into a science grounded in the chemistry and physics of the synthesis and the structural and functional characterization of catalytic solids. The birth and growth of this discipline into a mature science owes its intellectual nutrients to the remarkable insights, keen eye for relevance and elegance, and excellent taste in research topics that characterized Michel and his career over five decades.
Michel’s constant quest for understanding made him a natural steward of the field. His curiosity, his own success, and his close reading of the literature allowed him to bring sharp focus to the research frontier and to champion all who were pushing it forward. When asked about his greatest achievement, however, Michel was firm and consistent in his response – his students and their own achievements. For example, late in his career he posed the following question: “Why is an academic career so desirable.” His answer: “Because of the students!” The scientific and critical approaches he imprinted into those whom he mentored, and the role model that he provided for them as a person and as a scholar, represent his most enduring legacies — his ripple in time — and his recognized claim to an academic tree that continues to advance the field of catalysis and which extends over many generations and throughout the world. His advice to students and postdocs setting out on their careers was “do not lament what you don’t know, make the most of what you do know” still rings true today, provided that making the most of what you do know includes, as Michel’s career exemplifies, continuous extension of what you know and vigorous application and protection of the highest level of scientific rigor.
Contributed by W. Nicholas Delgass, James A. Dumesic, Enrique Iglesia, Fabio Ribeiro and Henrik Topsøe on March 22, 2013.
This year, for the second time, the North American Catalysis Society (NACS) will be using on-line balloting as the only way to vote for Directors-at-Large. We have contracted with a firm that is experienced in on-line voting to ensure the accuracy and confidentiality of the process. The elections are scheduled for March 18th to April 5th. You will be receiving an email message on March 17th with your username, unique password and a link to a restricted voting webpage. The subject headline is “NACS Elections for Directors-at-Large”. Please don’t delete this email until you cast your vote. If you have a problem receiving this email, then you need to contact Edrick Morales at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The web log-in page will have instructions on how to use your electronic ballot with links to technical assistance in case you have difficulty with the log-in and PDF documents with the proposed amendments and revised version of the by-laws.
You can cast your vote starting on March 18th at 12:01 am. The voting webpage will be held open to those members of NACS (including students) who reside within North America. Background information for each candidate will be available on the ballot site with a hyperlink associated to each candidate’s name. On the ballot website, you will be selecting only six (6) or less members from the slate of 11 candidates for the office of Director-at-Large and one vote to approve or not approve the amendments to the by-laws. The top six candidates will be elected to office if the amendments to the by-laws are approved; otherwise, the top four (4) candidates will be elected.
Voters will need to log back in and complete the ballot from scratch if they log-out or close the browser window without submitting their ballot. Your password will be deactivated after you record your vote.
Interview of nonagenarian Dr. Haldor Topsøe, founder of Haldor Topsøe A/S Catalyst Company, by Professor Burt Davis during the June 2005 NAM meeting in Philadelphia, PA