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 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.
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
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org).
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: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
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).
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:
We 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
The 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
Dr. 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.
President, North American Catalysis Society
I 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.
President, North American Catalysis Society
Vice President, North American Catalysis Society