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NAM27 Save the Date: May 22–27, 2022

Dear Catal­y­sis Com­mu­ni­ty,
Mark your cal­en­dars! NAM27 will be held May 22–27, 2022 in New York City. After the dif­fi­cult but nec­es­sary deci­sion to post­pone NAM27, we are pleased and excit­ed to see New York City begin­ning its reopen­ing. Restau­rants, shops, and are­nas are open­ing at full capac­i­ty this sum­mer and Broad­way is on track to open this fall. We are con­fi­dent we will be able to bring our com­mu­ni­ty safe­ly togeth­er for a suc­cess­ful and excit­ing con­fer­ence next spring.

Abstract sub­mis­sion will reopen on Sep­tem­ber 8, 2021. Along with the call for abstracts, we will also pro­vide the com­mu­ni­ty more details regard­ing the con­fer­ence at that time. Mean­while, we will con­tin­ue to update our web­site and com­mu­ni­cate any addi­tion­al details as they become avail­able. Vis­it our web­site to sub­mit abstracts and for more infor­ma­tion.

We wish every­one an enjoy­able sum­mer.
With regards,
The Orga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee of the 27th North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety Meet­ing
NAM27 Loca­tion
New York Hilton Mid­town
1335 6th Ave
New York, NY 10019
Hotel Accom­mo­da­tions
Hous­ing will be avail­able at a dis­count­ed rate at the New York Hilton Mid­town.
Reser­va­tion infor­ma­tion will be pro­vid­ed soon.

2021 Michel Boudart Award in Fundamental Catalysis for Graham Hutchings for Groundbreaking Work on Gold and Selective Oxidation Catalysis

Pro­fes­sor Gra­ham Hutch­ings, Copy­right, Cardiff Uni­ver­si­ty

Gra­ham Hutch­ings, an alum­nus of Uni­ver­si­ty Col­lege Lon­don (UCL, Unit­ed King­dom), is cur­rent­ly affil­i­at­ed at Cardiff Uni­ver­si­ty (Unit­ed King­dom) as a Regius Pro­fes­sor. He has been the found­ing Direc­tor of the Cardiff Catal­y­sis Insti­tute, which he has been head­ing in the peri­od 2008–2019. The com­bi­na­tion of indus­tri­al and aca­d­e­m­ic expe­ri­ences in both the UK (ICI, Uni­ver­si­ties of Liv­er­pool and Cardiff) and South Africa (AECI Ltd and Uni­ver­si­ty of Wit­wa­ter­srand) has giv­en Pro­fes­sor Gra­ham Hutch­ings a research per­spec­tive that has enabled him to engage with com­plex catal­y­sis prob­lems, study them with inge­nu­ity, and pro­vide prac­ti­cal solu­tions through advances in basic sci­ence.

Gra­ham Hutch­ings is per­haps best known for his ground­break­ing fun­da­men­tal work on gold catal­y­sis. In 1985 he pre­dict­ed gold to be the best cat­a­lyst for acety­lene reac­tions, sub­se­quent­ly con­firm­ing this exper­i­men­tal­ly. He remains a pio­neer of field of gold catal­y­sis and con­tin­ues to play a lead­ing role in the dis­cov­ery of nano-gold cat­a­lysts for new appli­ca­tions. The work of his research group on gold catal­y­sis has enabled the com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion of gold as a cat­a­lyst for vinyl chlo­ride pro­duc­tion by acety­lene hydrochlo­ri­na­tion (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 14548–14557) replac­ing a high­ly pol­lut­ing mer­cury cat­a­lyst. Work­ing in col­lab­o­ra­tion since 2007 with John­son Matthey enabled the com­mer­cial­iza­tion of the cat­a­lyst. Using advanced char­ac­ter­i­za­tion, his research group con­firmed the nature of the active site as sup­port­ed ful­ly dis­persed gold cations, which is con­sis­tent with his orig­i­nal 1985 pre­dic­tion (Sci­ence 2017, 355, 1399–1402). Replac­ing the mer­cury cat­a­lyst that has been used com­mer­cial­ly for decades has enabled the Min­i­ma­ta Con­ven­tion ( to become inter­na­tion­al law in May 2017 ensur­ing that mer­cury can no longer be used in any appli­ca­tion.

In addi­tion to his orig­i­nal and impact­ful work on gold, he has mod­i­fied the prop­er­ties of gold cat­a­lysts by alloy­ing this noble met­al with oth­er met­als. Notably his group has shown that sup­port­ed gold-pal­la­di­um alloys are high­ly effec­tive sol­id cat­a­lysts for a range of tech­ni­cal­ly demand­ing chem­i­cal reac­tions. Exam­ples include selec­tive methane oxi­da­tion to methanol (Sci­ence 2017, 358, 223–226) and hydro­gen per­ox­ide syn­the­sis (Sci­ence 2016, 351, 965–968). He has recent­ly used these mate­ri­als for water purifi­ca­tion and is now inter­est­ed in com­bin­ing bio- and chemo­catal­y­sis for new appli­ca­tions (Nat. Com­mun. 2019, 10, 4178).

Pro­fes­sor Hutch­ings is a high­ly rec­og­nized schol­ar in the field of catal­y­sis, and received many nation­al and inter­na­tion­al sci­en­tif­ic hon­ors and awards. He also has done a num­ber of out­reach activ­i­ties and ser­vices to the catal­y­sis com­mu­ni­ty and has kept the Unit­ed King­dom at the fore­front of catal­y­sis research over the years and is very well con­nect­ed with­in Europe and world­wide. His lec­tures are out­stand­ing and he is able to reach and cap­ti­vate the younger gen­er­a­tions. His ser­vices to the field are diverse, impact­ful and high­ly appre­ci­at­ed with­in the sci­en­tif­ic com­mu­ni­ty.
More infor­ma­tion on Pro­fes­sor Gra­ham Hutch­ings:
More infor­ma­tion on the Michel Boudart Award for the Advance­ment of Catal­y­sis: The Award is admin­is­tered joint­ly by the Euro­pean Fed­er­a­tion of Catal­y­sis Soci­eties (EFCATS) and the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety (NACS), and is spon­sored by the Hal­dor Top­søe Com­pa­ny. The Award is pre­sent­ed bien­ni­al­ly in odd num­bered years. The recip­i­ent will give ple­nary lec­tures at the bian­nu­al meet­ings of both EFCATS (EuropaCat) and NACS (NAM). The award con­sists of a plaque and a prize of $6,000. The Award rec­og­nizes and encour­ages indi­vid­ual con­tri­bu­tions to the elu­ci­da­tion of the mech­a­nism and active sites involved in cat­alyt­ic phe­nom­e­na and to the devel­op­ment of new meth­ods or con­cepts that advance the under­stand­ing and/or prac­tice of het­ero­ge­neous catal­y­sis. The Award selec­tion process will empha­size accom­plish­ments and con­tri­bu­tions pub­lished with­in the five pre­ced­ing years. Can­di­dates may be nom­i­nat­ed with­out any restric­tion of nation­al ori­gin, thus reflect­ing the inter­na­tion­al scope of the career and con­tri­bu­tions of Michel Boudart.

Manos Mavrikakis is the recipient of the 2021 Robert Burwell Lectureship in Catalysis

I am pleased to announce that Pro­fes­sor Manos Mavrikakis of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Wis­con­sin is the recip­i­ent of the 2021 Robert Bur­well Lec­ture­ship in Catal­y­sis, spon­sored by John­son Matthey and admin­is­tered by the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety. It is award­ed bien­ni­al­ly in odd-num­bered years. The award con­sists of a plaque and an hon­o­rar­i­um of $5,000, which will be pre­sent­ed at the award ban­quet at the NAM27 meet­ing. An addi­tion­al $4,500 is avail­able to cov­er trav­el­ling expens­es in North Amer­i­ca. The awardee is expect­ed to lec­ture at many of the local catal­y­sis clubs.

The Robert Bur­well Lec­ture­ship in Catal­y­sis is giv­en in recog­ni­tion of sub­stan­tial con­tri­bu­tions to one or more areas in the field of catal­y­sis with empha­sis on dis­cov­ery and under­stand­ing of cat­alyt­ic phe­nom­e­na, cat­alyt­ic reac­tion mech­a­nisms and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and descrip­tion of cat­alyt­ic sites and species. The awardee is select­ed on the basis of his/her con­tri­bu­tions to the cat­alyt­ic lit­er­a­ture and the cur­rent time­li­ness of these research con­tri­bu­tions. The recip­i­ent may be invit­ed to (1) vis­it and lec­ture to each of the affil­i­at­ed Clubs/Societies with which mutu­al­ly sat­is­fac­to­ry arrange­ments can be made and (2) pre­pare a review paper(s) for pub­li­ca­tion cov­er­ing these lec­tures. Pub­li­ca­tion will be in an appro­pri­ate peri­od­i­cal.

Pro­fes­sor Mavrikakis has elu­ci­dat­ed the mol­e­c­u­lar lev­el mech­a­nisms of impor­tant het­ero­ge­neous­ly cat­alyzed and elec­tro­cat­alyt­ic chem­i­cal reac­tions. Through a com­bi­na­tion of quan­tum mechan­i­cal cal­cu­la­tions with micro­ki­net­ic mod­el­ing and reac­tion kinet­ics exper­i­ments, his group has elu­ci­dat­ed nov­el reac­tion mech­a­nisms, includ­ing new key inter­me­di­ates, among oth­ers, for the water-gas-shift reac­tion and methanol syn­the­sis over indus­tri­al­ly rel­e­vant cop­per-based cat­a­lysts. Fur­ther, Mavrikakis has devel­oped a rig­or­ous iter­a­tive approach for elu­ci­dat­ing the nature of the active sites for a cat­alyt­ic reac­tion, while the reac­tion is tak­ing place. In par­tic­u­lar, through the com­bi­na­tion of approach­es men­tioned above, his group devel­oped an approach capa­ble of deriv­ing infor­ma­tion on the inter­me­di­ates and at what cov­er­ages they dec­o­rate the active sites as a func­tion of pres­sure, tem­per­a­ture, and feed com­po­si­tion. This iter­a­tive approach is unique­ly posi­tioned to pre­dict the nature of the active sites as a func­tion of reac­tion con­di­tions, a goal that remains most­ly elu­sive from the most elab­o­rate in-situ and operan­do exper­i­men­tal char­ac­ter­i­za­tion tech­niques. Mavrikakis has con­tributed exten­sive­ly to under­stand­ing and pre­dict­ing the struc­ture sen­si­tiv­i­ty of cat­alyt­ic and elec­tro­cat­alyt­ic reac­tions, and has guid­ed the inor­gan­ic syn­the­sis com­mu­ni­ty towards the syn­the­sis of improved elec­tro­cat­a­lysts for a vari­ety of reac­tions.
Jing­guang Chen
Pres­i­dent, North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety

NAM27 Postponement Announcement

Dear Catal­y­sis Com­mu­ni­ty,

Dur­ing these very uncer­tain times, we remain focused on our objec­tive to find the best way to bring our com­mu­ni­ty safe­ly togeth­er for a suc­cess­ful con­fer­ence. As we con­tin­ue to mon­i­tor the evolv­ing glob­al sit­u­a­tion, it has become clear an in-per­son con­fer­ence in May 2021 will not be pos­si­ble in the for­mat we know to be for an effec­tive meet­ing. Work­ing close­ly with our venue, we have agreed to post­pone the con­fer­ence one year to May 22–27, 2022.

We believe this path will enable us to bring the com­mu­ni­ty togeth­er once again for an in-per­son con­fer­ence allow­ing for the valu­able inter­ac­tions and dis­cus­sions we are used to. In the com­ing weeks, we will con­tin­ue to update our web­site and com­mu­ni­cate any addi­tion­al rel­e­vant details.

We wish every­one a safe and Hap­py Thanks­giv­ing.
With regards,
The Orga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee of the 27th North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety Meet­ing
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Deadline extend for abstract submissions to the 27th North American Catalysis Society Meeting

Dear Catal­y­sis Com­mu­ni­ty,

As our con­fer­ence plan­ning efforts car­ry on, we con­tin­ue to work very close­ly with our venue and the NACS board to ensure a suc­cess­ful and safe con­fer­ence. We ful­ly under­stand that these are uncer­tain times and the sit­u­a­tion is con­stant­ly evolv­ing. We have been and will be con­tin­u­al­ly work­ing close­ly with all stake­hold­ers to mon­i­tor changes and pro­vide time­ly infor­ma­tion. We have decid­ed to extend the dead­line for abstract sub­mis­sions to Novem­ber 30th.

As always, we will con­tin­ue to update the con­fer­ence web­site and will com­mu­ni­cate with the com­mu­ni­ty as more con­fer­ence details become known. Abstract sub­mis­sions can be man­aged at the tech­ni­cal pro­gram sec­tion of our web­site.
With regards,
The Orga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee of the 27th North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety Meet­ing
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Announcement of 2021–2022 Emmett Award Winners

I am pleased to announce the win­ners of the 2021–2022 the Paul H. Emmett Award in Fun­da­men­tal Catal­y­sis. This award rec­og­nizes and encour­ages indi­vid­ual con­tri­bu­tions in the field of catal­y­sis with empha­sis on dis­cov­ery and under­stand­ing of cat­alyt­ic phe­nom­e­na, pro­pos­al of cat­alyt­ic reac­tion mech­a­nisms and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of and descrip­tion of cat­alyt­ic sites and species. The award win­ner must not have turned 46 on April 1st of the award year. The award con­sists of a plaque and an hon­o­rar­i­um of $5,000. The Paul H. Emmett Award in Fun­da­men­tal Catal­y­sis is spon­sored by the W.R. Grace & Co. It is admin­is­tered by The Catal­y­sis Soci­ety. The plaque will be pre­sent­ed dur­ing the clos­ing ban­quet cer­e­monies at the next North Amer­i­can Meet­ing of the Catal­y­sis Soci­ety (NAM27 in New York City). The awardees will also present a Ple­nary Lec­ture at the NAM meet­ing.

The NACS Board has recent­ly approved to hon­or up to two Emmett awardees every two years. The two awardees for the 2021–2022 cycle are (list­ed alpha­bet­i­cal­ly):

2021 Win­ner: Pro­fes­sor Thomas Jaramil­lo of Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty

2022 Win­ner: Pro­fes­sor Beat­riz Roldan Cuenya of the Fritz Haber Insti­tute

Pro­fes­sor Jaramil­lo is rec­og­nized for his efforts in the design and devel­op­ment of cat­a­lysts for sus­tain­able chem­i­cal process­es. Jaramillo’s research has deep­ened our under­stand­ing of cat­alyt­ic mech­a­nisms and inter­fa­cial phe­nom­e­na, lead­ing to cat­a­lyst sys­tems with improved prop­er­ties, and serv­ing as a foun­da­tion for the devel­op­ment of new tech­nolo­gies. This includes, for instance, process­es that employ renew­able ener­gy for the sus­tain­able pro­duc­tion of fuels and chem­i­cals. In this respect, Jaramil­lo has syn­the­sized and inves­ti­gat­ed advanced cat­a­lyst sys­tems for hydro­gen (H2) pro­duc­tion by water elec­trol­y­sis and by solar pho­to­elec­tro­chem­istry, as well as for the elec­tro­chem­i­cal con­ver­sion of CO2 to pro­duce valu­able car­bon-based prod­ucts, e.g. acetalde­hyde and ethanol, among oth­er process­es. Much of Jaramillo’s work has focused on devel­op­ing cat­a­lysts from earth-abun­dant ele­ments, either min­i­miz­ing or avoid­ing the use of pre­cious met­als. A key aspect of his research has involved method devel­op­ment, includ­ing cat­a­lyst bench­mark­ing efforts, new reac­tor designs, cou­pling ana­lyt­i­cal chem­istry tech­niques for the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and quan­tifi­ca­tion of reac­tion prod­ucts, and operan­do meth­ods to study cat­a­lysts under true oper­at­ing con­di­tions. Jaramillo’s research has advanced cat­a­lyst devel­op­ment efforts for cost-effec­tive, clean ener­gy tech­nolo­gies, engi­neer­ing cat­a­lyst mate­ri­als at the nano- and atom­ic-scale to achieve active sites with desired prop­er­ties.

Pro­fes­sor Roldan has made excep­tion­al con­tri­bu­tions to the mech­a­nis­tic under­stand­ing of ther­mal and elec­tro-cat­alyt­ic reac­tions based on the use of well-defined nanos­truc­tured mate­ri­als com­bined with advanced in situ and operan­do micro­scop­ic and spec­tro­scop­ic char­ac­ter­i­za­tion. Her chal­leng­ing exper­i­men­tal cat­alyt­ic research has great­ly advanced our fun­da­men­tal knowl­edge of how geo­met­ric and elec­tron­ic prop­er­ties influ­ence the cat­alyt­ic per­for­mance. In par­tic­u­lar, she has pro­vid­ed insight into re-uti­liza­tion of CO2 through its ther­mal or elec­tro­chem­i­cal con­ver­sions to high­er val­ue chem­i­cals and fuels such as methanol, eth­yl­ene, or ethanol. A high­light of her research pro­gram are stud­ies fea­tur­ing the dynam­ic nature of nanocat­a­lysts under reac­tion con­di­tions using syn­chro­tron-based operan­do spec­troscopy and dif­frac­tion meth­ods com­bined with envi­ron­men­tal trans­mis­sion elec­tron microscopy. She has pio­neered the com­bi­na­tion of col­loidal chem­istry approach­es and elec­tro­chem­i­cal syn­the­sis for the prepa­ra­tion of mod­el cat­alyt­i­cal­ly active mate­ri­als, and their chem­i­cal func­tion­al­iza­tion and restruc­tur­ing using plas­ma treat­ments. Over­all, her work has served to bridge the gap between sur­face sci­ence and “real” catal­y­sis by cre­at­ing scal­able ex situ syn­the­sis approach­es lead­ing to monodis­persed nano­ma­te­ri­als and expos­ing them to in depth physi­co-chem­i­cal char­ac­ter­i­za­tion under real­is­tic reac­tion con­di­tions. Her research will help to guide the ratio­nal design of the next gen­er­a­tion of cat­a­lysts based on atom­istic under­stand­ing.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Pro­fes­sor Jaramil­lo and Pro­fes­sor Roldan!

Jing­guang Chen
Pres­i­dent, North Amer­i­can catal­y­sis Soci­ety

Deng-Yang Jan of Honeywell UOP is the recipient of the 2021 Eugene J. Houdry Award in Applied Catalysis

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Deng-Yang (DY) Jan of the Hon­ey­well UOP is the recip­i­ent of the 2021 Eugene J. Houdry Award in Applied Catal­y­sis. This award is spon­sored by Clari­ant and is admin­is­tered by the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety. The award con­sists of a plaque and a prize of $5,000. The plaque will be pre­sent­ed dur­ing the clos­ing ban­quet cer­e­monies at the 2021 North Amer­i­can Meet­ing of the Catal­y­sis Soci­ety (NAM27 in New York City).

The pur­pose of the Eugene J. Houdry Award is to rec­og­nize and encour­age indi­vid­ual con­tri­bu­tions in the field of catal­y­sis with empha­sis on the devel­op­ment of new and improved cat­a­lysts and process­es rep­re­sent­ing out­stand­ing advances in their use­ful appli­ca­tions.

Dr. Jan’s tech­ni­cal focus is devel­op­ing plat­form knowl­edge and intro­duc­ing enabling con­cepts to devel­op future gen­er­a­tion prod­ucts and process­es in Aro­mat­ics & Deriv­a­tives, and Olefins & Deter­gents. Since 2000, Dr. Jan and Team UOP have been focus­ing on zeolitic catal­y­sis by apply­ing UOP Zeolitic Mate­r­i­al plat­form to the tech­nol­o­gy port­fo­lio includ­ing aro­mat­ics alky­la­tion, iso­mer­iza­tion, trans-alky­la­tion, new routes for pro­duc­ing para-xylene, eth­yl­ben­zene, cumene, lin­ear alkyl­ben­zene and motor fuel. DY achieve­ments include com­mer­cial­ize high­ly selec­tive cumene alky­la­tion (UOP Q‑Max) with low cap­i­tal and oper­at­ing costs, lin­ear alkyl­ben­zene (UOP Detal for biodegrad­able deter­gent) at low util­i­ty cost enabling replace HF alky­la­tion, Aro­mat­ics Iso­mer­iza­tion (UOP Iso­mar), Aro­mat­ics Trans-Alky­la­tion (UOP Tatoray) enabling flex­i­ble process of feed­stock of vary­ing com­po­si­tions.

Dr. Jan received B.S. in Chem­istry from Nation­al Cheng-Kung Uni­ver­si­ty, M.S. in Inor­gan­ic Chem­istry in Nation­al Tsinghua Uni­ver­si­ty (Tai­wan) and a Ph.D. in Chem­istry from The Ohio State Uni­ver­si­ty in 1985. He has over 100 issued US patents and 30 peer review jour­nal pub­li­ca­tions. Dr. Jan has been rec­og­nized with sev­er­al awards, includ­ing the the 2007 Hon­ey­well Fun­da­men­tal Tech­nol­o­gy Devel­op­ment Award, the 2016 Her­man Pines Award for his con­tri­bu­tion to com­mer­cial­iz­ing EB/Cumene and Deter­gent, and the 2017 Hon­ey­well Dis­tin­guished Tech­nol­o­gy Award giv­en for out­stand­ing tech­ni­cal con­tri­bu­tions over the course of a career.

Jing­guang Chen
Pres­i­dent, North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety

27th North American Catalysis Meeting — Abstracts submission deadline is November 9, 2020

Dear Catal­y­sis Com­mu­ni­ty,

It has been a chal­leng­ing time for all of us over the past six months as the glob­al com­mu­ni­ty has dealt with this health cri­sis and forced our com­mu­ni­ty to adapt to a new nor­mal. COVID-19 has cer­tain­ly cre­at­ed new chal­lenges for sci­en­tif­ic meet­ings and NAM27 will not be an excep­tion. We have spent the last sev­er­al months work­ing to plan NAM27 under these new cir­cum­stances and con­tin­ue to work very close­ly with the Mid­town Hilton to ensure anoth­er suc­cess­ful NAM con­fer­ence in 2021. Around our region, pos­i­tive signs of progress are now being seen as busi­ness­es con­tin­ue to reopen, includ­ing our venue the Mid­town Hilton, that has spent the past sev­er­al months imple­ment­ing an extreme­ly com­pre­hen­sive plan to ensure the safe­ty of all guests. Giv­en this pos­i­tive progress, we are con­tin­u­ing to plan for an in-per­son con­fer­ence. We have launched the tech­ni­cal pro­gram with the call for abstracts on Fri­day, Sep­tem­ber 18th. We have been and will con­tin­ue to update the con­fer­ence web­site with per­ti­nent infor­ma­tion regard­ing the con­fer­ence. The call for abstracts sub­mis­sion dead­line is Novem­ber 9th, 2020. Please vis­it our web­site for the tech­ni­cal pro­gram and go to for abstract sub­mis­sion. While it will cer­tain­ly be a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, we look for­ward to pro­vid­ing one of the first oppor­tu­ni­ties to bring our com­mu­ni­ty back togeth­er in per­son next May.
With regards,
Mar­co Castal­di, Israel Wachs, Lucas Dorazio
Meet­ing Chairs
On behalf of the Orga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee of the 27th North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety Meet­ing

Announcement of 2021 NACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Catalysis

I am pleased to announce that Pro­fes­sor Enrique Igle­sia of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia at Berke­ley and Pacif­ic North­west Nation­al Lab­o­ra­to­ry is the recip­i­ent of the 2021 NACS Award for Dis­tin­guished Ser­vice in the Advance­ment of Catal­y­sis. This award is joint­ly spon­sored by Clari­ant and Exxon­Mo­bil Research and Engi­neer­ing and is admin­is­tered by the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety. The award con­sists of a plaque and a prize of $5,000. The plaque will be pre­sent­ed dur­ing the clos­ing ban­quet cer­e­monies at the 2021 North Amer­i­can Meet­ing of the Catal­y­sis Soci­ety (NAM27 in New York City).

The NACS Award for Dis­tin­guished Ser­vice in the Advance­ment of Catal­y­sis rec­og­nizes an indi­vid­ual who advanced cat­alyt­ic chem­istry or engi­neer­ing by sig­nif­i­cant ser­vice to the catal­y­sis com­mu­ni­ty in addi­tion to tech­ni­cal accom­plish­ments.

Ded­i­ca­tion to catal­y­sis through ser­vice and lead­er­ship has been a hall­mark through­out the pro­fes­sion­al career of Enrique Igle­sia, from his Prince­ton stu­dent days as Pres­i­dent of AIChE and Tau Beta Pi local chap­ters, to Sec­tion Head for Catal­y­sis Sci­ence at Exxon, and as the men­tor of a pro­lif­ic group at Berke­ley. Ear­ly on, he served ACS and AIChE in lead­er­ship posi­tions, in which he cham­pi­oned the coa­les­cence of catal­y­sis with­in the Catal­y­sis Sec­re­tari­at (lat­er a Divi­sion) at ACS and the Catal­y­sis and Reac­tion Engi­neer­ing Divi­sion at AIChE. He has served IACS as Pro­gram Co-Chair of the 11th ICC, as Vice-Pres­i­dent and Pres­i­dent-Elect, and as the 17th ICC Meet­ing Chair. He has served NACS as Vice Pres­i­dent and Pres­i­dent and as Meet­ing Co-Chair for its NAM21. In each role, as well as in his tenure as NAE Sec­tion 3 Chair and Search Com­mit­tee Chair, he has focused on broad­en­ing the mem­ber­ship and on encour­ag­ing, men­tor­ing, and rec­og­niz­ing the achieve­ments of young sci­en­tists and engi­neers. Per­haps his most last­ing lega­cy comes from his thir­teen-year tenure as Edi­tor-in-Chief of Jour­nal of Catal­y­sis. Any­one who inter­act­ed with him in that role, and in all oth­ers, knows his pas­sion for excel­lence in the study and prac­tice of catal­y­sis. The award cita­tion reads “For tire­less ded­i­ca­tion to the stew­ard­ship of catal­y­sis and for encour­ag­ing, men­tor­ing, and rec­og­niz­ing its prac­ti­tion­ers”.
Jing­guang Chen
Pres­i­dent, North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety

17th International Congress on Catalysis: A Letter from the ICC2020 Organizing Committee

On behalf of the ICC2020 Orga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee, I regret to inform you that we will be unable to hold this meet­ing because it would be unsafe to do so as sched­uled.

The evolv­ing COVID-19 pan­dem­ic has made it increas­ing­ly evi­dent that such a large gath­er­ing would be nei­ther safe nor fea­si­ble. The deci­sion-mak­ing process was ardu­ous and rig­or­ous; we had to meet and address legal and logis­ti­cal require­ments that made it impor­tant that we defer a final deci­sion until now. At all times, the health and well-being of every­one involved remained our pre­em­i­nent con­cern. We regret that it has tak­en such a long peri­od of time to reach this deci­sion and to inform you. We trust that you under­stand that cir­cum­stances beyond our con­trol forced this delay.

Our dis­ap­point­ment is mixed with our grat­i­tude to all of you in the catal­y­sis com­mu­ni­ty for your gen­er­ous sup­port as pre­sen­ters, atten­dees, spon­sors, and exhibitors. The 2000+ abstracts sub­mit­ted rep­re­sent a com­mit­ment from all of you to the suc­cess of this meet­ing and an effort to help us suc­ceed; we are very grate­ful. Your com­mit­ment has made our own efforts grat­i­fy­ing and worth­while, even though this event can­not hap­pen as planned at this time. It would have been our priv­i­lege to serve as your hosts, with all but the last few minor details firm­ly in place to make this gath­er­ing a mem­o­rable suc­cess. Nev­er­the­less, we set aside our feel­ings of regret about this ICC meet­ing, as we turn our thoughts and con­cerns to all those who have been affect­ed so much more direct­ly and seri­ous­ly by this pan­dem­ic.

We, as an Orga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee, need some time for intro­spec­tion. Some of us need to assess our own needs, lim­i­ta­tions, and com­mit­ments to fam­i­ly and work and to decide whether to embark once again on a jour­ney that has tak­en so much time and effort. This is a jour­ney that we would have to start near­ly anew if we are to resched­ule this ICC at a lat­er date.

I speak for myself in my com­mit­ment to make this meet­ing hap­pen at a time and place that will make it safe and suc­cess­ful. The time for such dis­cus­sions and deci­sions will have to wait until we know bet­ter when a vac­cine or wide­spread immu­ni­ty will be at hand; I expect that this will require that we wait until a sim­i­lar time of the year in 2022 to hold a new ver­sion of this ICC meet­ing; this is a date that will also avoid con­flicts with the NAM and Europacat con­fer­ences. The place, the time, and whether we even try once again, most­ly from the start, to mount this effort will hinge on agree­ments and delib­er­a­tions by the spon­sor­ing orga­ni­za­tions (the Inter­na­tion­al Asso­ci­a­tion of Catal­y­sis Soci­eties and the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety). As with most oth­er mat­ters that we are fac­ing in these try­ing times, uncer­tain­ty is the rule, and only the pas­sage of time will bring less of it.

I remain com­mit­ted to orga­niz­ing this ICC meet­ing, as Chair or in any oth­er role, when the time comes to make it safe, suc­cess­ful, and mem­o­rable, to bring us togeth­er again.

There are some logis­ti­cal mat­ters that I must include along with my heart­felt com­ments above:
(i) All reg­is­tra­tion and social event fees will be refund­ed with­in the next two weeks.
(ii) Those who made hotel reser­va­tion at the Man­ches­ter Grand Hyatt should can­cel them at using your con­fir­ma­tion num­ber. Reser­va­tions made at oth­er hotels should be can­celled direct­ly with those hotels imme­di­ate­ly to avoid can­cel­la­tion fees.

We thank each one of you for your sup­port and intend­ed atten­dance and for your patience as we nav­i­gat­ed the intri­cate process that led us to this deci­sion. I only wish that we could have reached it ear­li­er.

I am per­son­al­ly indebt­ed to all the mem­bers of the ICC2020 Orga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee ( They trust­ed me to lead, and they more than matched that trust with their ded­i­ca­tion and their sup­port. To all of them and to all of you, thanks; I trust that we will make this meet­ing hap­pen and that we will see all of you under more aus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances.
Stay safe and healthy. With regards and best wish­es,
Enrique Igle­sia
Meet­ing Chair
17th Inter­na­tion­al Con­gress on Catal­y­sis (ICC2020)
ICC2020 Orga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee