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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Matt Neurock is the recipient of the 2015 Robert Burwell Lectureship in Catalysis

Matt_NeurockI am pleased to announce that Professor Matthew Neurock of the University of Minnesota is the recipient of the2015 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 2015 North American Meeting of the Catalysis Society. An additional $4,500 is available to cover travelling expenses in North America.

Professor Neurock 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 Matthew Neurock is being recognized for his seminal contributions to the development and application of theoretical and computational methods to elucidate catalytic mechanisms and the active sites involved. He has pioneered first-principle kinetic Monte Carlo methods that explicitly track molecular transformations on realistic surfaces at relevant conditions, ab initio molecular dynamics methods that describe complex metal-solution interfaces, and ab initio constant potential methods for electrochemical systems to understand and aid the design of catalytic and electrocatalytic systems.

His group has used these methods, together with ab initio quantum chemical treatments, to explore metals, alloys, oxides, sulfides and zeolites and the mechanisms by which they mediate catalysis. These treatments have uncovered previously unrecognized routes that prevail at the high surface coverages relevant to catalytic practice, the direct participation of protic media as a co-catalyst, and the role of acid-base sites formed by hydroxyl intermediates on metals. His effective collaborations with experimental groups have led to fundamental and practical insights into the mechanisms of alkane activation, Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, selective oxidation and hydrogenation of alkenes and oxygenates, hydrocarbon and oxygenate hydrogenolysis reactions, acid-catalyzed transformations, and electrocatalytic reduction-oxidation cycles.
 
Enrique Iglesia
President
North American Catalysis Society
 
Bruce Cook
Vice President
North American Catalysis Society

Hajo Freund of the Fritz Haber Institute has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Michel Boudart Award for the Advancement of Catalysis

HajoFreundWe are pleased to announce that Professor Hans Joachim Freund of the Fritz Haber Institute is the recipient of the 2015 Michel Boudart for the Advancement of Catalysis, sponsored by the Haldor Topsøe Company and administered jointly by the North American Catalysis Society and the European Federation of Catalysis Societies. The Award will be presented at the 24th North American Meeting of the Catalysis Society (Pittsburgh, June 2015) and at Europacat XII (Kazan, Russia, August 2015).

This 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 is meant to recognize individuals who bring together the rigor and the international impact that exemplified the accomplishments and the career of Professor Michel Boudart.

Professor Hajo Freund is being specifically recognized for his groundbreaking experimental advances in understanding elementary steps of reactions on catalytic surfaces and for his studies bridging relevant catalysis and surface reactions at single crystal surfaces through the use of novel model catalysts with well-controlled structural features. His research group has synthesized a broad range of relevant materials, such as oxides of Al, Si, Ce, Ca, and V, useful as active materials or supports, with geometric and electronic structures, including surface defects, probed at the atomic level using tunneling and atomic force microscopy techniques. His work has established the state-of-the-art in new techniques and instrumentation and in the use of relevant model systems to establish mechanistic pathways and structural and electronic requirements in heterogeneous catalysis. One example involves the first implementation of electron spin resonance to single crystals, which has enabled the monitoring of the formation and reactions of radical species derived from adsorbates and metal nanoparticles on well-defined surfaces. His studies of supported metal nanoparticles (Pd, Au) have led to unprecedented insights into how supports influence the geometric and electronic properties and how dopants influence the binding properties of such nanoparticles, even when dopants reside below support surfaces, through dopant-induced polarons that strongly influence oxygen activation. Recently, his group successfully prepared hexagonal SiO2 double layers, which allowed the first direct observation of the atomic structure of amorphous silica using tunneling and atomic force microscopy and the synthesis of a two-dimensional zeolite with bridging hydroxyl structures, such as those present in chabazite frameworks.
 
Enrique Iglesia
President, North American Catalysis Society
 
Johannes Lercher
President, European Federation of Catalysis Societies

Christophe COPÉRET is the recipient of the 2015 Paul H. Emmett Award in Fundamental Catalysis

Coperet_ChristopheWe are pleased to announce that Professor Christophe COPÉRET of the Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences ETH Zürich is the recipient of the 2015 Paul H. Emmett Award in Fundamental Catalysis, sponsored by the Grace Catalyst Technologies operating segment of 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 24th NAM meeting in Pittsburgh. Professor COPÉRET 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.

The award recognizes the contributions of Professor Christophe COPÉRET to the preparation of well-defined heterogeneous catalysts through a molecular approach based on the controlled functionalization of surfaces and the atomic description of the surface species and active sites, in particular via solid-state NMR spectroscopy. This approach has allowed a detailed understanding of the structure of active sites and of the reaction mechanism of catalytic processes, such as olefin metathesis and polymerization, thereby providing access to structure–activity relationships and to rational catalyst design.
 
Enrique Iglesia
President, North American Catalysis Society
 
Bruce R. Cook
Vice President, North American Catalysis Society

Dr. Anne Gaffney is named the recipient of the 2015 Eugene J. Houdry Award of the North American Catalysis Society

Gaffney AnneAnne Gaffney is the recipient of the 2015 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 24th North American Meeting of the Catalysis Society to be held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 14-19, 2015. The Award Plenary lecture will also be presented during this meeting.

Anne Gaffney is being recognized for outstanding achievements in catalysis as described below: (1) Development of improved rhodium based hydroformylation catalyst for butanediol (BDO) synthesis from propylene oxide; (2) Development of modified zeolite catalyst for Superflex process for conversion of inexpensive HC feeds such as naphtha to valuable light olefins which has been commercialized in 2007; (3) Development of AlkyClean™ process and a new zeolite-based bimetallic catalyst for the alkylation of C3-C5 olefins with isobutane, which has been commercialized in 2013. Her other noteworthy achievements include development of new catalysts based on promoted lanthanide oxides for methane conversion to ethylene by oxidative coupling; invention of a new direct propylene oxide (PO) catalyst for the selective oxidation of propylene with molecular oxygen; development of new catalytic systems for the partial oxidation of methane to syngas at the millisecond contact time; invention of new mixed metal oxide catalysts for the selective oxidation of propane to acrylic acid and the oxidative dehydrogenation of alkanes to olefins.

She received a Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry from University of Delaware in 1981, and a B.A. in chemistry and mathematics from Mount Holyoke College in 1976. Having worked at ARCO, DuPont, Rohm and Haas, and Lummus in various R&D and leadership roles, she has been a most prolific inventor and an author with 233 patent/patent applications and 94 publications (plus 2 book chapters and 2 books edited) as well as 96 presentations or seminars. She has received many awards such as the ACS Award in Industrial Chemistry in 2013, ACS Fellow in 2010, the Tribute to Women in Industry Award in 2007, and the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award in 1999.

Dr. Burt Davis has been selected for the 2014 NACS Award for Distinguished Service

Burt_DavisDr. Burtron H. Davis has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 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 Research and Engineering and Clariant and will be presented during the 2015 NAM in Pittsburgh.

Dr. Davis is being recognized in particular for his contribution to industrial research problems with a detailed understanding of catalytic transformations. His work in isotopic labeling studies has helped obtain in depth knowledge of reaction pathways of industrially relevant processes and probing catalytic mechanisms. Specifically, Dr. Davis has focused on Fischer-Tropsch reaction mechanisms and catalytic transformations using cobalt, iron and ruthenium-based catalysts researching fundamental questions
with industry relevance. During his five decade career, Dr. Davis has co-authored more than 500 peer reviewed publications and organized numerous symposia in various areas of catalysis.

In service to the catalysis community, Dr. Davis has served the North American Catalysis Society in various capacities including organizing the 12th NAM in Lexington and serving as the Honorary Chair of the 23rd NAM in Louisville. For the past three decades Dr. Davis has functioned as a historian of the NACS and the catalysis community. His foresight, dedication and efforts to archive and record the history of the society and catalytic science has led to an unprecedented NACS hosted collection of more than 1300 videos of conference presentations and one on one interviews. This collection stands as a testament to the dedication of Burt Davis to the preservation of the history of catalysis for generations to come.

Israel E. Wachs named 5th Vanadis Award winner

Israel E. Wachs, Professor of Chemical Engineering at Lehigh University, has been named the recipient of the 5th Vanadis Award. The award was presented following the award lecture by Dr. Wachs at the 8th International Vanadium Symposium (V8) held August 15-18, 2012 in Crystal City, VA. This biannual award goes to a researcher having contributed to the chemistry/biological chemistry/toxicology of vanadium. Dr. Wachs was selected for his wellstoried contributions to vanadium science and contributions to the area of metal-oxide-based catalyses.

Dr. Wachs received his undergraduate education at The City College of the City University of New York (B.E.-ChE) and continued his graduate (PhD-ChE) education at Stanford University under the mentorship of Professor Robert J. Madix, in the area of surface science. His research findings are considered the first application of surface science to heterogeneous catalysis. After graduation, he joined the Exxon Research & Engineering Company Corporate Research Labs where he was involved in development of many different catalytic technologies (selective oxidation, acid catalysis, synthetic fuel synthesis, hydrodesulfurization (HDS) and hydrocarbon conversion). One of his inventions, i.e., the selective oxidation of o-xylene to phthalic anhydride by vanadium oxide/titanium catalyst supports, is still the leading industrial catalyst for this technology. Dr. Wachs subsequently joined the faculty of the Chemical Engineering Department at Lehigh University. There, he established a world-class catalysis research laboratory focusing on oxide catalytic materials and their characterization under reaction conditions (in situ and operando spectroscopy). These fundamental studies established a foundation for molecular/electronic structure – activity/selectivity relationships and the molecular engineering of novel oxide catalysts. One of the emphases of Dr. Wachs’ research has been on the fundamentals and applied aspects of supported vanadium oxide heterogeneous catalysts for environmental applications (for reduction of acid gas emissions from power plants and paper mills). More recently, he has extended his research on vanadium oxide catalysis to aqueous enzyme mimics. Dr. Wachs’ scientific research accomplishments are internationally known and have received recognition by EPA, ACS, AIChE, the Humboldt Foundation, and now, the International Vanadium Symposium.

Historically, the Vanadis Award has been presented on the basis of documented contributions of a scientist to the area(s) or combinations of vanadium chemistry, biochemistry, biology, or pharmaceutical sciences. The award is specifically given to an individual who has contributed innovative research and had a impact on direction of their field(s) – in terms of development of new applications and lasting impact as testified by the service of the nominee to the overall progress, application, and exploration of new uses of vanadium in science. Candidates for the Vanadis Award can be nominated by any member of the vanadium community; the awardee is selected by an international committee of experts in the science of vanadium. Previous winners of the Vanadis Award have been Debbie C. Crans (2004), Dieter Rehder (2006), Toshikazu Hirao (2008), and Vincent L. Pecoraro (2010).

If you would like more information about this award, the 2012 award selection or the International Vanadium Symposium, please contact Debbie Crans at 970-491-7635 or Craig McLauchlan at 309-438-7019.

Dr. Haiying Chen is the Winner of the 2014 Herman Pines Award in Catalysis

Haiying_ChenThe Catalysis Club of Chicago is pleased to announce that Dr. Haiying Chen (Johnson Matthey) is the recipient of the 2014 Herman Pines Award in Catalysis. This Award is given to recognize Dr. Chen’s significant contributions to the advancement of environment catalysis and technology. Dr. Chen’s research has led to the discovery and successful development and commercialization of (1) small pore molecular sieve supported transition metal catalysts for the Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) of NOx with NH3; (2) NOx adsorber catalysts for heavy duty diesel emission control; and (3) sustainable technologies for the control of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from industrial processes. In addition, his research has led to the development of low temperature emission control technologies to meet future emission standards.

Dr. Chen has been invited to give lectures at various universities as well as on national and international scientific meetings. He has published 13 patents and over 50 publications. In addition, Dr. Chen has served the catalysis community in several leadership roles.

The award includes an honorarium ($1,000) and a plaque. Dr. Chen will receive this award and deliver the Award address at the Catalysis Club of Chicago Spring Symposium on May 13, 2014 at the BP Research Center in Naperville, IL.
 

List of past recipients of the Herman Pines Award

 
1999 Harold Kung (Northwestern University)
2000 John Monnier (Eastman Chemical)
2001 Lanny Schmidt (University of Minnesota)
2002 James Brazdil (BP)
2003 James Dumesic (University of Wisconsin)
2004 Alak Bhattacharyya (BP)
2005 Israel Wachs (Lehigh University)
2006 Jeffrey Miller (BP)
2007 Chunshan Song (Pennsylvania State University)
2008 Aleksey Yezerets (Cummins)
2009 Tobin Marks (Northwestern University)
2010 James Rekoske (UOP)
2011 Jingguang Chen (University Delaware)
2012 Stuart Soled (ExxonMobil)
2013 W. Nicholas Delgass (Purdue University)