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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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