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.
President, North American Catalysis Society
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”.
President, North American Catalysis Society
I am pleased to announce that Dr. Cong-Yan Chen of Chevron is the recipient of the 2020 F. G. Ciapetta Lectureship in Catalysis. Dr. Chen is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of California at Davis. The award is administered by the North American Catalysis Society and sponsored by the W. R. Grace & Co. It is to be awarded biennially in even-numbered years. The award consists of a plaque and an honorarium of $5,000. The recipient may be invited to lecture at some of the local catalysis clubs during the two-year period covered by this award.
Dr. Cong-Yan Chen’s research for over 25 years at Chevron covers various areas in the field of fundamental and industrial catalysis including synthesis and characterization of microporous and mesoporous molecular sieves, structure-property relationships of zeolites, adsorption, diffusion and reaction mechanisms. The work has had an emphasis on invention and development of catalytic applications of zeolites and other catalysts in refining and petrochemistry. He and his group developed several catalytic processes of industrial importance. In one example, alkane disproportionation is applied in upgrading or eliminating liquid petroleum gas (LPG, consisting of propane and butanes) at remote locations, with the target of integrating the resulting ethane into natural gas and blending the resulting C5+ liquid into crude oil while saving the transportation and storage facilities for LPG. It provides an economic and environmentally benign process more attractive than complex combinations of other existing technologies. Dr. Chen’s work has been pioneering in the development of borosilicate zeolites in the area of aromatics creation and transformations in the petrochemicals sector. In another example, a novel renewable base oil technology is translated into commercial value via zeolite catalysis, raising the lubricants’ performance to the next level with environmental benefits and resource sustainability.
President, North American Catalysis Society
Sponsored by UOP and the Catalysis Club of Chicago
The Catalysis Club of Chicago is soliciting nominations for the Herman Pines Award
for outstanding research in the field of catalysis. Herman Pines was an outstanding research scientist in both industry and academia, and his work revolutionized the general understanding of organic chemistry, particularly the chemistry of hydrocarbons interacting with strong acids. The Award in his honor is co-sponsored by UOP, where Herman Pines began his industrial career in 1930 and amassed 145 US patents, and by the Catalysis Club of Chicago of which Herman Pines was a founding member while at Northwestern University.
The Award will be presented at the 2020 Catalysis Club of Chicago Spring Symposium in May 2020 and consists of a plaque, a cash award of $1,000 and reimbursement for travel and lodging as a plenary speaker at the Spring Symposium.
The nominee must meet the following criteria:
- Significant achievements in catalysis research over the past five years
- For year 2020, the award will be given to a member of industry
- Active member in catalysis community
- A resident of North America.
Deadline for nomination is January 17, 2020.
Nominations should describe the specific work for which the nominee should be recognized. A complete curriculum vitae with letter(s) of support for the nominee must be included in the nomination, together with the description of work. Letters of nomination and supporting documentation must be sent as a single PDF document to:
Neil M. Schweitzer, Ph.D.
List of past award recipients of the Herman Pines Award
1999 Prof. Harold Kung – Northwestern University
2000 Dr. John Monnier – Eastman Chemical Company
2001 Prof. Lanny Schmidt – University of Minnesota
2002 Dr. James Brazdil – BP
2003 Prof. James Dumesic – University of Wisconsin
2004 Dr. Alak Bhattacharyya – BP
2005 Prof. Israel Wachs – Lehigh University
2006 Dr. Jeff Miller – BP
2007 Prof. Chunshan Song – Pennsylvania State University
2008 Dr. Aleksey Yezerets – Cummins Inc.
2009 Prof. Tobin Marks – Northwestern University
2010 Dr. James Rekoske – UOP
2011 Prof. Jingguang Chen – University of Delaware
2012 Dr. Stuart Soled — ExxonMobil
2013 Prof. W. Nicholas Delgass – Purdue University
2014 Dr. Haiying Chen – Johnson Matthey
2015 Prof. Fabio Ribeiro – Purdue University
2016 Dr. DY Jan – Honeywell UOP
2017 Prof. Peter Stair – Northwestern University
2018 Dr. Jerzy Klosin — Dow
2019 Prof. Manos Mavrikakis — University of Wisconsin
I am pleased to announce that Professor Abhaya Datye of the University of New Mexico is the recipient of the 2019 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 NAM26 Chicago 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 Abhaya Datye and his research group have performed elegant and creative experiments that have clarified relationships between the atomic-level structure of heterogeneous catalysts and their reactivity and/or stability. He has introduced new approaches to doing catalysis research (e.g., model catalysts and sample preparation techniques) that enabled the use of electron microscopy to study industrially relevant catalysts. He thus elucidated important fundamental concepts that are crucial for designing catalysts for improved performance. He showed how catalytic activity is enhanced due to oxidation-induced roughening of metal surfaces in nanoparticles, and how phase transformations in Fe Fischer-Tropsch catalysts can cause catalyst attrition. A major contribution was the use of electron microscopy and sintering rate equations to uncover atomic-scale mechanisms of catalyst sintering. Recently, his group described a method for generating stable monomeric Pt species on the surfaces of a ceria support, termed atom trapping. In this work, high temperatures, which normally destroy catalysts, enable the synthesis of thermally stable single atom catalysts (SACs). By studying the trapping of mobile atoms on the support, his group has improved our fundamental understanding of catalyst regeneration. These insights have led to many creative ideas for new sinter-resistant catalyst materials that have great industrial relevance.
We are pleased to announce that Professor Enrique Iglesia of the University of California at Berkeley is the recipient of the 2019 Michel Boudart Award for the Advancement of Catalysis. The award is presented jointly by the North American Catalysis Society (NACS) and the European Federation of Catalysis Societies (EFCATS). The award is supported by the Haldor Topsøe Company and is awarded biennially in odd-numbered years. Professor Iglesia will give plenary lectures at the 2019 NACS and EFCATS meetings. The award consists of a plaque and a prize of $6,000. The plaque will be presented during the closing banquet ceremonies at the 2019 North American Meeting of the Catalysis Society (NAM26 in Chicago).
The Michel Boudart 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.
Professor Enrique Iglesia and his research group have advanced the design, synthesis, and structural and mechanistic characterization of solid catalysts for chemical reactions involved in the production, conversion, and use of energy carriers, in sustainable syntheses of chemicals and intermediates, and in the protection of the environment. These advances exploit novel protocols for the synthesis of well-defined nanostructures and isolated uniform sites within porous solids, as well as techniques that probe the local structure and atomic connectivity in these materials, in most instances as catalytic turnovers occur. His research approach, in the spirit and teachings of his mentor, Professor Michel Boudart, is underpinned by chemical kinetics, spectroscopic probes, thermodynamic cycles, transition state theory, and statistical mechanics and quantum methods for the purpose of elucidating the essential features of the relevant surface chemistry and the nature of the required active sites. His most recent work has brought together solvation effects on reactivity and selectivity induced by confinement and by dense phases, whether liquid or adsorbed layers, into a unifying conceptual framework. In doing so, these studies have led to the more accurate and explicit isolation of the respective effects of the binding point and the reaction environment on transition state stability, thus allowing the definition of more complete descriptors of site reactivity in oxidation and acid catalysis. The relevance of his research to the practice of catalysis is evident from his many patents, several of which have enabled improvements in catalytic processes for the conversion of natural gas and oxygenates to fuels and chemicals as well as the broader application of zeotypes in chemical syntheses and environmental control.
President, North American Catalysis Society
I am pleased to announce that Dr. Javier Pérez-Ramírez of ETH Zurich is the recipient of the 2019 Paul H. Emmett Award in Fundamental Catalysis, sponsored by W. R. Grace & Co. This prize is awarded biennially in odd-numbered years. The award consists of a plaque and an honorarium of $5,000. The plaque will be presented during the closing banquet ceremonies at the 2019 North American Meeting of the Catalysis Society. Dr. Pérez-Ramírez will present a Plenary Lecture at the 2019 North American Meeting of the Catalysis Society (NAM26, in Chicago).
The Paul H. Emmett Award in Fundamental Catalysis 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 2019 award recognizes Professor Pérez-Ramírez for significant contributions to the design of catalytic materials and process concepts to solve energy, resource, and environmental challenges of society at large. He has developed catalysts that enable pioneering selective routes for CO2 hydrogenation to methanol and halogen-mediated functionalization of natural gas components, as well as for conversion of renewables to chemical building blocks. He has advanced techniques for nanostructuring of noble metals in the form of defined ensembles or single atoms. This has enabled key sustainability targets, such as the avoidance of harmful modifiers for liquid-phase alkyne hydrogenation. The thread of his research combines creative discovery with advanced structural and mechanistic understanding, emphasizing the bridge between the molecular level and application at the technical scale.
For the design of innovative catalytic processes to address energy, resource, and environmental challenges.
Christopher W. Jones
VP, North American Catalysis Society
I am pleased to announce that Dr. Hai-Ying Chen of Johnson Matthey is the recipient of the 2019 Eugene J. Houdry Award in Applied Catalysis sponsored by Clariant.
The Eugene J. Houdry Award in Applied Catalysis recognizes and encourages 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 application. It is awarded biennially in odd-numbered years. The award consists of a plaque and an honorarium of $5,000. The plaque will be presented during the closing banquet ceremonies at the 2019 North American Meeting of the Catalysis Society (NAM26) in Chicago. Dr. Chen will also present a Plenary Lecture at the 2019 North American Meeting of the Catalysis Society in recognition of this honor.
Dr. Chen is recognized for his outstanding contributions to advancing the capabilities of catalytic converters for automotive exhaust emission control – a field pioneered by Eugene J. Houdry more than 60 years ago. Dr. Chen and his team at Johnson Matthey have developed and industrialized many innovative catalyst technologies for cleaning air pollutants from exhaust emissions. These include the development of NOx adsorber catalysts for diesel pickup trucks to meet stringent US EPA 2010 emission standards in 2007; the discovery and commercialization of a group of small-pore zeolite supported Cu catalysts for the selective catalytic reduction of NOx for heavy-duty diesel trucks to meet low NOx emission regulations in 2010; and the most recent invention of Pd-zeolite based diesel cold start concept catalysts that help fuel-efficient vehicles meet stricter future environmental regulations. Millions of emission control catalysts and systems that contain the technologies developed by Dr. Chen and his team have been installed on vehicles. This has resulted in millions of tons of reduction in air pollutants, which significantly benefits our environment and society.
Dr. Chen received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Fudan University, Shanghai, China. He conducted postdoctoral research at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. He has published more than 60 technical papers and holds more than 140 granted patents in various jurisdictions around the world.
For outstanding contributions to advancements in catalyst technologies and science for diesel exhaust emission control.
I am pleased to announce that Prof. Alexis T. Bell is the recipient of the 2018 NACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Catalysis. The award is co-sponsored by ExxonMobil and Clariant. It is awarded biennially in even-numbered years. The award consists of a plaque and an honorarium of $5,000. The plaque will be presented during the closing banquet ceremonies at the 2019 North American Meeting of the Catalysis Society.
The NACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Catalysis is given to a person who has advanced catalytic chemistry or engineering by significant service to the catalysis community in addition to their technical accomplishments.
Alex Bell’s distinguished service to the catalysis community has significantly advanced the field through a wide variety of leadership positions. He has been the Editor in Chief of Catalysis Reviews – Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering Science. In addition, Alex has taken leadership roles that have greatly impacted catalysis. He was appointed as Chair of a Panel on New Directions in Catalytic Science and Technology for the National Research Council from 1989–91. He organized a workshop on the subject and led the writing of a report entitled Catalysis Looks to the Future. Oral presentations based on the report were made to House and Senate committees dealing with science and technology. The findings of the report served to launch and strengthen research programs in catalysis in many parts of the world and provided direction and supporting information for many research proposals submitted in the US. Alex has also served in leadership positions for workshops designed to help shape DOE programs that impact catalysis. In addition to these special assignments Alex has also taken on leadership roles in the NACS and international catalysis societies. Alex established this record of service while advancing the knowledge of catalysis with the publication of over 700 technical publications, with an h‑index of 111. He has established leadership roles in mechanistic studies using vibrational spectroscopies and kinetic analysis for a variety of catalytic reactions, and applications to catalysis of theory ranging from molecular dynamics to bond order conservation methods to density functional theory. This most impressive body of work has been widely recognized, including election to the National Academies of both Engineering and Science.
The time required for these tasks was substantial, but the benefits to the catalysis community were huge and made possible only by Alex’s unique combination of skill and commitment. The community is very thankful to Alex for these important contributions.
Christopher W. Jones
VP, North American Catalysis Society
Dr. Jerzy Klosin of Dow Chemical Company has been selected as the recipient of 2018 Herman Pines Award. Jerzy is a fellow in Corporate Research and Development at The Dow Chemical Company. His research at Dow focused on homogenous catalysis including catalyst development for olefin polymerization, asymmetric hydroformylation reactions and ethylene tetramerization process. Early in his career he has been involved with the discovery and development of Dow’s INSITE Technology and Constrained-Geometry Catalysts. Jerzy together with his teams co-developed several molecular catalysts for olefin polymerization that were commercialized subsequently by Performance Plastics to produce differentiated polyolefins.
He has published 49 external papers in the area of organometallic and homogenous catalysis and holds 38 US patents. He has given over 50 invited lectures at national and international conferences and various universities. He is a recipient of 2013 SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal awarded for the discovery and commercialization of new homogenous olefin polymerization catalysts. Jerzy is a Member of Editorial Advisory Board of Organometallics, Member of Joint Board-Council Committee on ACS Publications and a board member of Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN). Jerzy was an organizer and a chair of 2015 Organometallic Gordon Conference and co-organizer of 2015 and 2017 Advances of Polyolefins conferences.
Jerzy received a MS in Chemistry from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland in 1991 and a Ph.D. in Chemistry (Organic, Organometallic) from University of Florida, Gainesville in 1995.
This award also recognizes hiss outstanding leadership and contributions to Catalysis Community throughout his career. He will present his Pines Award address at the May Spring Symposium of the Catalysis Club of Chicago.