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.

Pro­fes­sor Chen will present lec­tures at the local catal­y­sis clubs and soci­eties dur­ing the two-year period cov­ered by this award.

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.

Pro­fes­sor Chen is being specif­i­cally rec­og­nized for his pio­neer­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the mech­a­nis­tic under­stand­ing and appli­ca­tions of car­bide and bimetal­lic cat­a­lysts in het­ero­ge­neous catal­y­sis and elec­tro­catal­y­sis. His research has uti­lized rig­or­ous com­bi­na­tion of sur­face sci­ence, the­o­ret­i­cal mod­el­ing, reac­tor and elec­tro­chem­i­cal cell descrip­tions, and in-situ char­ac­ter­i­za­tion to sig­nif­i­cantly advance the under­stand­ing of the active sites and reac­tion descrip­tors in tran­si­tion metal car­bides for a wide range of cat­alytic and elec­tro­cat­alytic reac­tions. He has also pio­neered stud­ies for iden­ti­fy­ing the unique elec­tronic and cat­alytic prop­er­ties of mono­layer bimetal­lic cat­a­lysts, com­bin­ing sur­face sci­ence and in-situ inves­ti­ga­tions over sin­gle crys­tal sur­faces, well-characterized poly­crys­talline thin films, and oxide-supported pow­der cat­a­lysts. His dis­cov­ery of the dynamic behav­ior in the struc­tural arrange­ment of bimetal­lic cat­a­lysts has pro­vided guid­ance on the design of bimetal­lic struc­tures, as well as the metal-oxide inter­faces, that would remain cat­alyt­i­cally active and sta­ble under reac­tion con­di­tions.
 
Bruce Cook
VP, North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Society

Bruce Gates is the recipient of the 2017 Michel Boudart Award for Advances in Catalysis

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We are pleased to announce that Pro­fes­sor Bruce Gates of the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia at Davis is the recip­i­ent of the 2017 Michel Boudart Award for Advances in Catal­y­sis. This award is spon­sored by the Hal­dor Top­søe Com­pany and is admin­is­tered jointly by the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety and the Euro­pean Fed­er­a­tion of Catal­y­sis Soci­eties. The pre­sen­ta­tion to Pro­fes­sor Gates will be made at both the 25th North Amer­i­can Meet­ing of the Catal­y­sis Soci­ety (Den­ver, June 2017) and the Europacat XIII Meet­ing (Flo­rence, Italy, August 2017).

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 the prac­tice of het­ero­ge­neous catal­y­sis. It rec­og­nizes indi­vid­u­als who bring together the rigor and the inter­na­tional impact that exem­pli­fied the accom­plish­ments and the career of Pro­fes­sor Michel Boudart.

Pro­fes­sor Gates is being rec­og­nized for his pio­neer­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the field of sup­ported mol­e­c­u­lar catal­y­sis. His work can be cred­ited directly with stim­u­lat­ing the area of sin­gle site sup­ported metal catal­y­sis and has led to acces­si­ble and well defined fam­i­lies of pre­cise cat­alytic struc­tures (such as dimers and 4 atom clus­ters) which are inter­me­di­ate between sin­gle atom metal com­plexes and metal par­ti­cles. These advances, for which he and his group are widely known to be world lead­ing, arise from the inte­grated com­bi­na­tion of highly tar­geted organometal­lic syn­the­sis, detailed spec­tro­scopic char­ac­ter­i­za­tion and rig­or­ous per­for­mance eval­u­a­tion under­pinned by com­pu­ta­tional mod­el­ling. By exert­ing con­trol over the elec­tronic prop­er­ties and dis­per­sion of sys­tems through mod­i­fi­ca­tion of lig­and envi­ron­ment, mol­e­c­u­lar­ity and sup­port effects, Pro­fes­sor Gates and his group have been able to tai­lor the cat­alytic prop­er­ties of mate­ri­als in a con­trolled man­ner. Through the appli­ca­tion of IR and x-ray absorp­tion spec­troscopy to work­ing sys­tems, the cru­cial influ­ence of the sup­port upon the iden­ti­ties of inter­me­di­ates and metal-support inter­ac­tions has been clearly elu­ci­dated for reac­tions such as olefin hydro­gena­tion and oligomer­iza­tion. Pro­fes­sor Gates’ work has also resulted in unprece­dented advances in the under­stand­ing of the inter­con­ver­sion of species aris­ing from changes to reac­tion atmos­phere and structure-function rela­tion­ships at the atomic scale. Such advances were not pre­vi­ously achieved in the mech­a­nis­tic descrip­tion of sur­face catalysis.

Catal­y­sis Researcher is the recipient of the 2016 AIChE Wilhelm Award

ISRAEL E. WACHS, the G. Whit­ney Sny­der Pro­fes­sor of Chem­i­cal and Bio­mol­e­c­u­lar Engi­neer­ing at Lehigh Uni­ver­sity, is the recip­i­ent of the 2016 R. H. Wil­helm Award from the Amer­i­can Insti­tute of Chem­i­cal Engi­neers (AIChE). The award “rec­og­nizes an individual’s sig­nif­i­cant and new con­tri­bu­tions in chem­i­cal reac­tion engi­neer­ing.” Wachs was rec­og­nized for “sem­i­nal con­tri­bu­tions towards devel­op­ment of inno­v­a­tive con­cepts for mol­e­c­u­lar chem­i­cal reac­tion engi­neer­ing of mixed oxide cat­alyzed reac­tions by estab­lish­ing fun­da­men­tal mol­e­c­u­lar cat­a­lyst structure-activity kinetic relationships.”

The R. H. Wil­helm Award, spon­sored by Exxon­Mo­bil Research and Engi­neer­ing Com­pany, is con­sid­ered the top award in chem­i­cal reac­tion engi­neer­ing given by the AIChE. Wachs was for­mally rec­og­nized for this award at the Awards Cer­e­mony held at the AIChE Annual Meet­ing (Novem­ber 13–18, 2016) in San Fran­cisco, CA.

More infor­ma­tion about the award can be found here:
http://www.lehigh.edu/engineering/news/faculty/2016/20161114-aiche-wilhem-award-israel-wachs.html

Suljo Linic is the recipient of the 2017 Paul H. Emmett Award in Fundamental Catalysis

suljo-linicWe are pleased to announce that Pro­fes­sor Suljo Linic of the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan is the recip­i­ent of the 2017 Paul H. Emmett Award in Fun­da­men­tal Catal­y­sis, spon­sored by W.R. Grace & Co. and admin­is­tered by The North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety. The Award con­sists of a plaque and an hon­o­rar­ium of $5,000. The plaque will be pre­sented dur­ing the clos­ing ban­quet cer­e­monies at the 25th NAM meet­ing in Den­ver. Pro­fes­sor Linic will also present a ple­nary lec­ture dur­ing the conference.

The Paul H. Emmett Award in Fun­da­men­tal Catal­y­sis is given in recog­ni­tion of sub­stan­tial 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. More infor­ma­tion on this award and the award process can be found at: http://nacatsoc.org/awards/emmett/

The award rec­og­nizes Pro­fes­sor Linic for ground­break­ing con­tri­bu­tions at the inter­face of het­ero­ge­neous catal­y­sis, sur­face chem­istry, nanoscience, and com­pu­ta­tional catal­y­sis. These include his work in plasmon-driven catal­y­sis that has opened new ways to intro­duce energy into chem­i­cally react­ing sys­tems, his com­bined use of exper­i­men­tal and the­o­ret­i­cal approaches to advance mol­e­c­u­lar under­stat­ing of epox­i­da­tion catal­y­sis as well as his devel­op­ment of pre­dic­tive structure-performance rela­tion­ships for metal alloys that has led to the design of novel alloy cat­a­lysts for elec­tro­chem­i­cal oxy­gen reduc­tion and hydro­car­bon oxi­da­tion reac­tions.
 
Bruce R. Cook
Vice Pres­i­dent, North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Society

2016 CRE Practice Award winner is Stacey Zones

 s_i_zonesThe Catal­y­sis and Reac­tion Engi­neer­ing Divi­sion Lead­er­ship and Board of Direc­tors would like to con­grat­u­late the CRE Divi­sion award recip­i­ents announced at the 2016 AIChE Annual Meet­ing in San Fran­cisco. The CRE cur­rently pro­vides three awards: The Prac­tice Award, Grad­u­ate Stu­dent Travel Awards, and Poster Pre­sen­ta­tion Awards.

The 2016 CRE Prac­tice Award win­ner is Stacey I. Zones, Research Fel­low with Chevron Energy and Tech­nol­ogy Com­pany. This award rec­og­nizes indi­vid­u­als who have made pio­neer­ing con­tri­bu­tions to indus­trial prac­tice of catal­y­sis and chem­i­cal reac­tion engineering.

More infor­ma­tion on the awards can be found at the CRE divi­sion web­site here: http://www.aiche.org/community/divisions/catalysis-and-reaction-engineering-division-cre

Jeffery Bricker is named the recipient of the 2017 Eugene J. Houdry Award of the North American Catalysis Society

jeffery_brickerDr. Jef­fery Bricker, Senior Direc­tor of Research at Hon­ey­well UOP is the recip­i­ent of the 2017 Eugene J. Houdry Award of the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety. The Eugene J. Houdry Award in Applied Catal­y­sis is spon­sored by Clari­ant. It is admin­is­tered by The Catal­y­sis Soci­ety and awarded bien­ni­ally in odd-numbered years. This award 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. The award con­sists of a plaque and a prize of $5,000, which will be pre­sented at the 25th North Amer­i­can Meet­ing of the Catal­y­sis Soci­ety to be held in Den­ver, CO, June 4–9, 2017. The Award Ple­nary lec­ture will also be pre­sented dur­ing this meeting.

Dr. Bricker’s achieve­ments include the dis­cov­ery of key reac­tion mech­a­nisms in thiol oxi­da­tion chem­istry in refin­ery fuels, lead­ing to the com­mer­cial­iza­tion of an oxi­da­tion cat­a­lyst that func­tions in the absence of caus­tic. He also invented new light paraf­fin dehy­dro­gena­tion cat­a­lysts with supe­rior dif­fu­sional prop­er­ties, that is cur­rently used in more than 60 per­cent of world­wide on-demand capac­ity. He invented and devel­oped a very selec­tive and sta­ble cat­a­lyst for the oxi­da­tion of hydro­gen for inter-stage reheat­ing in eth­yl­ben­zene dehy­dro­gena­tion for com­mer­cial styrene pro­duc­tion. Finally, Dr. Bricker and his team used dif­fu­sion con­trol to improve the dehy­dro­gena­tion tech­nol­ogy for pro­duc­tion of lin­ear alkyl ben­zenes (LAB), which are the pre­cur­sors for biodegrad­able deter­gents. LAB is pro­duced by selec­tive dehy­dro­gena­tion of lin­ear C10 to C15 alka­nes into lin­ear mono-alkenes fol­lowed by alky­la­tion with ben­zene. This new cat­a­lyst tech­nol­ogy reduces by-product heavy alky­late by 20 per­cent and is used to pro­duce more than 80 per­cent of the world’s LAB.

Bricker received a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence in Math­e­mat­ics and Chem­istry from Hei­del­berg Uni­ver­sity in 1979 and a Ph.D. in Chem­istry from The Ohio State Uni­ver­sity in 1983. Jeff’s inno­va­tions and 61 US patents have been rec­og­nized with sev­eral awards includ­ing the 2011 ACS National Award for Cre­ative Inven­tion; the UOP Stine Star Award, given for the best break­through of the year; Spe­cialty Mate­ri­als Growth and Inno­va­tion Award and the 2015 Hon­ey­well Dis­tin­guished Tech­nol­o­gist Award, given for out­stand­ing tech­ni­cal con­tri­bu­tions over the course of a career. He fre­quently lec­tures on catal­y­sis glob­ally and was the 2008 Devon W. Meek Lec­turer.
 
Enrique Igle­sia
Pres­i­dent, North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Society

Gary L. Haller is the recipient of the 2016 NACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Catalysis

gary-hallerI am pleased to announce that Pro­fes­sor Gary L. Haller has been selected as the recip­i­ent of the 2016 NACS Award for Dis­tin­guished Ser­vice in the Advance­ment of Catal­y­sis. The Award is pre­sented every two years to rec­og­nize an indi­vid­ual who has advanced cat­alytic chem­istry or engi­neer­ing through both sig­nif­i­cant ser­vice to the catal­y­sis com­mu­nity and out­stand­ing tech­ni­cal accom­plish­ments. This award includes an hon­o­rar­ium ($5,000) and a plaque. It is awarded by the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety and spon­sored by Exxon­Mo­bil and Clari­ant and will be pre­sented to Pro­fes­sor Haller dur­ing the 2017 NAM in Denver.

This award acknowl­edges Pro­fes­sor Haller’s com­mit­ment to the catal­y­sis com­mu­nity and his self­less ded­i­ca­tion to the advance­ment of the field. He has served as a teacher and researcher, as a car­ing men­tor of stu­dents and younger fac­ulty, and as a warmly regarded aca­d­e­mic leader. Gary Haller has served the com­mu­nity in many key lead­er­ship posi­tions through­out his career. His roles as Edi­tor of the Jour­nal of Catal­y­sis and as Gen­eral Chair­man of the 11th Inter­na­tional Con­gress on Catal­y­sis brought vision, effec­tive plan­ning, and sen­si­tiv­ity to the many con­stituen­cies served and left a last­ing impact and an endur­ing exam­ple of ser­vice in our com­mu­nity. He served as Pres­i­dent and Vice-President of The Catal­y­sis Soci­ety, as well as a mem­ber of its Board of Direc­tors. He has been a mem­ber of the board of edi­tors and edi­to­r­ial boards for Amer­i­can Sci­en­tist, Catal­y­sis Reviews, Jour­nal of Catal­y­sis, Catal­y­sis Let­ters, Reac­tion Kinet­ics and Catal­y­sis Let­ters, and Jour­nal of Mol­e­c­u­lar Catal­y­sis A: Chem­i­cal. He has been the Chair of the Gor­don Research Con­fer­ence on Catal­y­sis and of the Divi­sion of Col­loid and Sur­face Chem­istry of the Amer­i­can Chem­i­cal Soci­ety. In these roles, through his vision and exam­ple, he has served as a role model for those who fol­lowed him in such roles.

His tech­ni­cal accom­plish­ments and those of his aca­d­e­mic prog­eny have been widely rec­og­nized for bring­ing new under­stand­ing about how sup­ports influ­ence the reac­tiv­ity of dis­persed metal par­ti­cles and how struc­ture affects the behav­ior of acid sites in oxides. His work has advanced, con­cep­tu­ally and prac­ti­cally, our under­stand­ing of the cat­alytic prop­er­ties of car­bon nan­otubes. He has been a pio­neer in har­ness­ing the power of spec­tro­scopic meth­ods for the ben­e­fit of cat­alytic under­stand­ing. For these con­tri­bu­tions he has been rec­og­nized with the Bur­well Lec­ture­ship (Catal­y­sis Soci­ety) Nether­lands Insti­tute for Catal­y­sis Research Lec­ture­ship, the Lacey Lec­ture­ship (Cal­tech), the Ipati­eff Pro­fes­sor­ship (North­west­ern), the Harry Fair Lec­ture­ship (Okla­homa), the Yale Sci­ence and Engi­neer­ing Asso­ci­a­tion Award for Mer­i­to­ri­ous Ser­vice, the Catal­y­sis Soci­ety of Met­ro­pol­i­tan New York Award for Excel­lence in Catal­y­sis, the George C. A. Schuit Lec­ture­ship (Delaware).

On behalf of our mem­bers, we con­vey warm con­grat­u­la­tions to Pro­fes­sor Gary Haller along with our grat­i­tude for his con­tri­bu­tions and for his exam­ple.
 
Enrique Igle­sia
Pres­i­dent, North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety
 
Bruce Cook
Vice Pres­i­dent, North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Society

Kerry Dooley is the recipient of the 2016 SWCS Award for Excellence in Applied Catalysis

Kerry_DooleyIt is with great plea­sure to announce that Dr. Kerry Doo­ley, the BASF Pro­fes­sor of Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing at LSU, has been selected as the recip­i­ent of the 2016 SWCS Award for Excel­lence in Applied Catalysis.

As an edu­ca­tor, instruc­tor, research and the­sis men­tor / admin­is­tra­tor, Kerry has been a part of the devel­op­ment and pro­gres­sion of the LSU depart­ment of Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing since 1983. Kerry is well known in the field of syn­the­sis & char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of selec­tive zeolite/metal dehy­dro­gena­tion cat­a­lysts & cat­alytic appli­ca­tions of these mate­ri­als, includ­ing car­bony­la­tions, alkane & amine dehy­dro­gena­tions & homolo­ga­tions. He has over 100 pub­li­ca­tions, patents and pre­sen­ta­tions. Kerry has an inter­est­ing body of work in cat­alytic oxi­da­tion, that includes direct oxi­da­tion of methane to methanol, and most notably his research on com­bined super­crit­i­cal fluid extrac­tion (SCFE) of pri­or­ity pol­lu­tants from con­t­a­m­i­nated soils, with cat­alytic oxi­da­tion of the extract. He has related con­tri­bu­tions in the field of high-pressure pro­cess­ing & extrac­tion. Kerry’s ser­vice to the SWCS and the catal­y­sis com­mu­nity has been excep­tional; he has held every office in the SWCS and was also Pres­i­dent of the 2007 NAM”.

Kerry will receive the award, which includes a plaque and a $1500 check, at the upcom­ing SWCS sym­po­sium on Fri­day, April 22. Please join me in con­grat­u­lat­ing Prof. Kerry Doo­ley for this award!
 
Best Regards,
 
Teng Xu
2016 Chair
South­west Catal­y­sis Soci­ety (SWCS)

Ahmad Moini of BASF is the recipient of the 2016 F.G. Ciapetta Lectureship in Catalysis

Ahmad_MoiniI am pleased to announce that Dr. Ahmad Moini of BASF is the recip­i­ent of the 2016 F.G. Cia­petta Lec­ture­ship in Catal­y­sis, spon­sored by W.R. Grace & Co. and the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety. The Award con­sists of a plaque and an hon­o­rar­ium. The plaque will be pre­sented dur­ing the clos­ing ban­quet cer­e­monies at the 2017 NAM in Den­ver, CO. The recip­i­ent will present lec­tures at most of the affil­i­ated Clubs/Societies dur­ing the two-year period cov­ered by this Lectureship.

The Award 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.

Ahmad Moini is a well-recognized expert in the area of zeo­lites and catal­y­sis. Dur­ing his career at Mobil, fol­lowed by sub­se­quent posi­tions at Engel­hard and BASF, his research stud­ies were directed at var­i­ous aspects of het­ero­ge­neous catal­y­sis for chem­i­cal trans­for­ma­tions and envi­ron­men­tal appli­ca­tions, with a par­tic­u­lar focus on zeo­lite syn­the­sis. He has been a co-inventor on more than 45 U.S. patents.

Specif­i­cally, Ahmad is being rec­og­nized for his sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions toward the devel­op­ment of the Cu chabazite (Cu-CHA) cat­a­lyst for selec­tive cat­alytic reduc­tion (SCR) of NOx emis­sion from diesel vehi­cles. Ahmad and his team were able to iden­tify unique prop­er­ties of Cu-CHA, mak­ing it a prospec­tive mate­r­ial solu­tion for NOx con­trol by SCR. This research, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the extended BASF team, led to the devel­op­ment of the Cu-CHA cat­a­lyst, widely accepted as a break­through tech­nol­ogy. Today, it is found on mil­lions of diesel vehi­cles meet­ing strin­gent emis­sion stan­dards world­wide. Since its dis­cov­ery, Ahmad has been instru­men­tal in var­i­ous aspects of prod­uct devel­op­ment, as well as fun­da­men­tal attrib­utes of the asso­ci­ated zeo­lite chem­istry. The impact of this work is also evi­dent by the expo­nen­tial increase in the amount of research activ­i­ties focused on CHA chem­istry and catalysis.

I am delighted that the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety has cho­sen to rec­og­nize the con­tri­bu­tions of Dr. Ahmad Moini with this lec­ture­ship. I speak with the voice of our grate­ful com­mu­nity in also thank­ing the man­age­ment of W.R. Grace & Co. for its con­tin­u­ing sup­port of this lec­ture­ship.
 
Bruce Cook
Vice Pres­i­dent, North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Society

ACS recognizes catalyst scientists with national and division awards

Aditya Bhan (Uni­ver­sity of Minnesota-Twin Cities) received the Ipati­eff Prize.
 
Donna G. Black­mond (Scripps Research Insti­tute) received the Gabor A. Somor­jai Award for Cre­ative Research in Catal­y­sis.
 
Stu­art Soled (Exxon­Mo­bil) received the ENFL Dis­tin­guished Researcher Award in Petro­leum Chem­istry.
 
 

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