Abhaya Datye is the recipient of the 2019 Robert Burwell Lectureship in Catalysis

Abhaya Datye

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.

Enrique Iglesia is the recipient of the 2019 Michel Boudart Award for the Advancement of Catalysis

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.
 
Jingguang Chen
President, North American Catalysis Society

Javier Pérez-Ramírez is the recipient of the 2019 Paul H. Emmett Award in Fundamental Catalysis

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.
 
Citation:
For the design of innovative catalytic processes to address energy, resource, and environmental challenges.
 
Christopher W. Jones
VP, North American Catalysis Society

Hai-Ying Chen is the recipient of the 2019 Eugene J. Houdry Award in Applied Catalysis

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.
 
Citation:
For outstanding contributions to advancements in catalyst technologies and science for diesel exhaust emission control.

Alexis T. Bell is the recipient of the 2018 NACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Catalysis

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 sponsored and administered by The North American Catalysis Society. 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

2018 Herman Pines Award Announcement

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.

Teh Ho is the recipient of the 2018 F.G. Ciapetta Lectureship in Catalysis

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Teh Ho of ExxonMobil (Retired) is the recipient of the 2018 F. G. Ciapetta Lectureship in Catalysis sponsored by W. R. Grace & Co. 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.

Dr. Ho will be invited to present lectures at the local catalysis clubs and societies during the two-year period covered by this award.

The F. G. Ciapetta Lectureship in Catalysis is given in recognition of substantial contributions to one or more areas in the field of catalysis with emphasis on industrially significant catalysts and catalytic processes and the discovery of new catalytic reactions and systems of potential industrial importance.

Teh Ho has recently retired from ExxonMobil’s corporate research laboratory after a 37-year industrial career (including 4 years with Halcon R&D Development Corp). He continues to spend his spare time writing papers on catalysis and reaction engineering. He has been a prolific author, writing comprehensive reviews on hydrodenitrogenation, hydrodesulfurization, and process modeling.

Teh had spent a large fraction of his career in probing reaction kinetics of several industrially important areas with particular emphasis on sulfide catalysis and the role of hydrogenation vs hydrogenolysis and the influence of basic vs. non-basic organo-nitrogen species as inhibitors. To overcome the difficulties of characterizing highly disordered sulfide catalysts, he developed a dynamic technique to determine the number of catalytic active sites and the structure-activity relationship for hydrodesulfurization catalysts. His work has always used high-level modeling for gaining predictive understanding.

He is the recipient of 2002 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award of the Research Council of New Jersey, the 2002 Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Practice Award of the AIChE, the 2004 AIChE Wilhelm Award, the 2006 AIChE Evans Chemical Engineering Practice Award. He capped off his industrial career with induction into the National Academy of Engineering in 2016.

Citation: “Catalytic removal of sulfur and nitrogen from hydrocarbons for manufacturing clean fuels and petrochemicals.”
 
Christopher W. Jones
Vice President, North American Catalysis Society

Jingguang Chen is the recipient of the 2017 Robert Burwell Lectureship in Catalysis

I am pleased to announce that Professor Jingguang Chen of Columbia University is the recipient of the 2017 Robert Burwell Lectureship in Catalysis of the North American Catalysis Society, 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. The plaque will be presented during the closing banquet ceremonies at the 2017 North American Meeting of the Catalysis Society. An additional $4,500 is available to cover travelling expenses in North America.
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Announcement of the Tanabe Prize

The Acid Base Catalysis Group hereby invites nominations for the Kozo Tanabe Prize. The Kozo Tanabe Prize for Acid Base Catalysis is sponsored by the International Acid-Base Catalysis (ABC) Group* and a selected private company. It honors the legacy and accomplishments of Professor Kozo Tanabe, who pioneered many of the modern concepts in Catalytic Chemistry of acids and bases. The prize is administered by the ABC Group* and will be presented at the 8th International Symposium on Acid-Base Catalysis (ABC-8), to be held in May 2017 in Rio, Brazil. The award consists of a plaque, an honorarium, and travel expenses to attend the meeting and present a plenary lecture. The Tanabe Prize recognizes substantial contributions to the field of acid and/or base catalysis. It may be presented to an individual of any stage of her/his career for significant contributions to the area within the ten years preceding the date of the award. Self nominations are not accepted. The nomination package must include the nomination sheet, a list of publications and patents (2007-2017), a list of plenary and keynote lectures, a curriculum vitae and two letters of recommendation. The nomination packages should be sent via email as a single PDF file titled “Name of Nominee Tanabe Prize Nomination 2017” no later than March 17, 2017 to the Tanabe Prize committee**. (Coordinator: David Jackson, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom, Email: david.jackson@glasgow.ac.uk).
 
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ABC Young Scientist Award

The Acid Base Catalysis Group invites nominations for the ABC Young Scientist Award. The award will be given to a single person who has made novel and promising contributions to the field of acid and/or base catalysis and is less than 45 years old on May 7, 2017. The awardee will be invited to present a lecture at the 8th International Symposium on Acid-Base Catalysis in Rio 2017.

Nomination packages should include a nomination letter, a one-page CV, a one-page research highlight, a list of publications, two letters of recommendation, and up to three electronic reprints of relevant publications. Self-nomination is excluded. The package should consist of a single PDF file and should be submitted per email no later than March 17, 2017. Inquiries and nomination packages should be directed to the President of the Acid Base Catalysis Group, Takashi Tatsumi, National Institute of Technology and Evaluation, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan.
 
Email: tatsumi-takashi@nite.go.jp; ttatsumi@cat.res.titech.ac.jp