Dr. Paul Barger is the recipient of the 2014 F.G. Ciapetta Lectureship in Catalysis

Paul_BargerI am pleased to announce that Dr. Paul Barger of UOP LLC, a Honeywell Company, is the recipient of the F.G. Ciapetta Lectureship in Catalysis, sponsored by the Grace Catalysts Technologies operating segment of 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 2015 NAM in Pittsburgh, PA. 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.

Paul Barger has an established track record of championing new ideas and moving them effectively from evaluation, to catalyst development, and to commercialization. Over his thirty year career at UOP he has contributed to the discovery of catalytic phenomena and development of several catalytic processes of industrial significance. He has achieved this by sound technical insight, careful experimental design, and flawless execution as evidenced by the award of more than 55 U.S. patents.

Paul is specifically recognized with the F.G Ciapetta Lectureship for his contributions to the development of the Methanol-to-Olefins (MTO) process from concept development to commercial offering. He was a leader of the joint MTO development effort between UOP and Norsk Hydro. A series of discoveries of SAPO-34 structure-function relationships, such as the correlations of product shape selectivity, hydride transfer and coking with acid site density and crystal morphology were keys in the development of this technology. The first of four UOP-licensed commercial units was successfully started up in September 2013. Paul has also led the development and commercialization of two naphtha reforming catalysts and a solid acid detergent alkylation catalyst and currently heads up UOP’s Proof-of-Principle Lab for the evaluation of ideas for new technology opportunities.

I am delighted that the North American Catalysis Society has chosen to recognize the contributions of Dr. Paul Barger 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.
Enrique Iglesia
President, North American Catalysis Society

Nicholas Delgass is the Winner of the 2013 Herman Pines Award in Catalysis

The Catalysis Club of Chicago is pleased to announce that Prof. W. Nicholas Delgass (Maxine Spencer Nichols Emeritus Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University) is the recipient of the 2013 Herman Pines Award in Catalysis. This Award is given to recognize Prof. Delgass’ outstanding contributions to catalyst characterization, reaction and catalyst chemistry, and advanced catalyst design. Prof. Delgass first introduced the applications of Mössbauer spectra and XPS to the catalysis community.

Prof. Delgass has served on the editorial boards of leading catalysis journals such as Journal of Catalysis and as chairs for international catalysis conferences. He is a gifted teacher, winning the Purdue School of Chemical Engineering Teaching Awarding for seven times. Prof. Delgass has been invited to give more than 190 lectures on national and international scientific meetings. He has published over 160 publications.

The award includes an honorarium ($1,000) and a plaque. Prof. Delgass will receive this Award during the Catalysis Club of Chicago Spring Symposium on May 7, 2013 at BP Research Center (Naperville, IL). Prof. Delgass will deliver the Award address at the Symposium.
Previous 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)

Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos is the winner of the 2013 Michigan Catalysis Award

Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos

Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos

Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineeringat Tufts University, has been selected as the winner of the 2013 Michigan Catalysis Society Guiseppe Parravano Memorial Award for Excellence in Catalysis Research. Professor Stephanopoulos will give an Award Keynote Lecture at the 34th Annual Michigan Catalysis Society Spring Symposium, which will be held at the University of Michigan-Dearborn on May 7, 2013 in Dearborn, MI.

Professor Stephanopoulos was chosen for distinguished contributions to the field of catalysis, particularly new insights into the activity of atomic-scale metals as catalysts for fuel conversion processes and “green” production of chemicals.

The Michigan Catalysis Society has two awards to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to catalysis research and development. Both awards are sponsored by the Memorial Trust Fund for Professor Giuseppe Parravano, which has been established at the Department of Chemical Engineering, The University of Michigan. The Michigan Catalysis Society administers both awards which are presented in alternating years. Both awards consist of a medal and a prize of $1,000. The two awards differ only in the eligibility rules. The recipient of the award is selected by a committee that is appointed by the officers of the Michigan Catalysis Society.

  1. The Michigan Catalysis Society Guiseppe Parravano Memorial Award for Excellence in Catalysis Research
    • The award is given biennially in odd numbered years to an individual from North America to formally recognize outstanding contributions to catalytic science and technology.
  2. The Michigan Catalysis Society Parravano Award for Excellence in Catalysis Research and Development
    • The award is given biennially in even numbered years to formally recognize outstanding contributions to catalytic science and technology by researchers in the greater Michigan area. To be eligible, a person must be a resident of Michigan or a neighboring area such as western Ontario/northern Ohio and be nominated by a member of the Michigan Catalysis Society.

Professor Johannes Lercher receives the 2013 Tanabe Prize in Acid-Base Catalysis

The 2013 Tanabe Prize for Acid-Base Catalysis will be awarded to Johannes A. Lercher, who receives the prize in recognition of his substantial contributions to the field of acid-base catalysis.

The award ceremony will take place at the 7th International Symposium on Acid-Base Catalysis in Tokyo, Japan May 12-15, 2013.

Johannes A. Lercher studied Chemistry and received his PhD at TU Wien. After a visiting lectureship at Yale, he joined TU Wien as lecturer and later Assoc. Professor. 1993 he was appointed Professor at the University Twente, Department of Chemical Technology, and moved in 1998 to his current position as Professor of Chemical Technology at TU Munchen. Since 2011 he is also Director of the Institute for Integrated Catalysis at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

He is external member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and Member of the Academia Europaea, and holds several Honorary Professorships. He serves currently as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Catalysis.

Research is focussed on fundamental aspects of oxide and molecular sieve based sorption and catalysis, new routes to activate and functionalize hydrocarbons, deconstruction and defunctionalization of biomass, the mechanistic understanding of hydrotreating catalysts, and the in situ characterization of catalytic processes.
Source: www.shokubai.org/abc/tanabe.html

Jens Norskov named the recipient of the 2013 Michel Boudart Award for the Advancement of Catalysis

Prof. Jens K. Norskov

Prof. Jens K. Norskov

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Jens K. Norskov of the Department of Chemical Engineering and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford University is the recipient of the 2013 Michel Boudart Award for the Advancement catalysis. The Award is sponsored by the Haldor Topsøe Company and is administered jointly by the NACS and the EFCATS. More information on this award and the award process can be found in the Awards folder of the NACS home page www.nacatsoc.org.

The Michel Boudart Award for the Advancement catalysis is given in recognition of 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. The Award selection process will emphasize accomplishments and contributions published within the five preceding years.

The award recognizes Professor Jens K. Norkskov for his pioneering work on understanding trends in catalyst activity and developing catalyst design principles based on reactivity descriptors. He and his coworkers have contributed extensively to the development of computational methods and models of surface reactivity. Professor Norskov has introduced what is today a standard model of transition metal reactivity and has used it to explain trends in adsorption energies and in the activation energies of elementary processes on transition metal catalysts in terms of variations in the d-band center and other parameters characterizing the properties of surface electrons. Norskov has quantified Brønsted-Evans-Polanyi (BEP) relations and showed how they lead to predictive models that relate catalytic reactivity to adsorption energies of key relevant species. The methods developed for use in heterogeneous catalysis have been successfully transferred into the area of electrocatalysis. Most recently, his research group has introduced the first database of surface chemical properties and developed publicly available software to access and mine thermodynamic and catalytic data on active surfaces, thus opening novel opportunities for discovering trends and for designing new catalysts and catalytic processes.

Professor Norskov will present plenary lectures at the 2013 meetings of the North American Catalysis Society in Louisville and at the 2013 Europacat Meeting in Lyon.

Avelino Corma
President, European Federation of Catalysis Societies

Enrique Iglesia
President, North American Catalysis Society

Giuseppe Bellussi is named the recipient of the 2013 Eugene J. Houdry Award of the North American Catalysis Society

Giuseppe Bellusi

Giuseppe Bellussi, Senior Vice President, Research and Development, for ENI Refining & Marketing is the recipient of the 2013 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 23rd North American Meeting of the Catalysis Society to be held in Louisville, Kentucky on June 2-7, 2013. The Award Plenary lecture will also be presented during this meeting.

The 2013 Eugene J. Houdry Award recognizes Giuseppe Bellussi for his important contributions to the development of several key processes in petrochemicals and refining through research in new catalytic materials, in fundamental understanding of underlying catalytic phenomena, and in enabling engineering concepts for catalytic processes.

Dr. Bellussi joined the Eni Company in 1981. Since then, he has been engaged in research and development of new technologies with broad impact in refining, petrochemicals, and exploration-production. His specific contributions have focused on heterogeneous catalysis, with specific emphasis on the science and technology of zeolite catalysts. These contributions have ranged from selective oxidation reactions to acid catalysis with broad applications to natural gas conversion, the upgrading of heavy residues, and the synthesis of new structured materials. Many of these achievements have contributed to industrial applications, such as in oxidations with hydrogen peroxide on titanium-silicalite (TS-1) catalysts for the production of di-phenols, cyclohexanone oxime and propylene oxide and the alkylation of benzene by light olefins to ethylbenzene or cumene on Beta-zeolites. Most recently, Dr. Bellussi has been involved in the development of a gas-to-liquids technology based on Fischer-Tropsch synthesis in slurry phase reactor and of the EST (Eni Slurry Technology) for upgrading of heavy oils to clean high-quality distillates without concurrent formation of coke and other by-products.

He has been recognized for these contributions with the 1994 Don Breck Award of the International Zeolite Association, which he shared with Eni colleagues for the development of TS-1-based catalysts, the 2003 Johnson Matthey Award for innovation in catalysis, the 2007 International Zeolite Association Award for seminal contributions to the science and applications of zeolites, and the 2008 “Prof. P. Pino” Gold Medal from the Industrial Chemistry Division of Italian Chemical Society. Since 2010, Dr. Bellussi has been the President of the International Zeolite Association.

2013 Natural Gas Conversion Award

Professor Krijn de Jong (Utrecht University, The Netherlands) has been chosen as the recipient of the 2013 Award for Excellence in Natural Gas Conversion. The Award is presented every three years during the International Natural Gas Conversion Symposium to recognize enduring and significant contributions to science and technology for conversion of natural gas to valuable products. The previous award recipients are Jack Lunsford (1993), Jens Rostrup-Nielsen (1998), Lanny Schmidt (2001), Enrique Iglesia (2004), David Trimm (2007) and Anders Holmen (2010).

Professor Krijn de Jong is recognized for consistently making noteworthy contributions to the field of natural gas conversion and the development of technologies that are likely to play an important role in meeting the world’s chemical and fuel requirements in the years ahead. These contributions are based on a powerful combination of scientific excellence, originality and societal relevance. In particular he has made eminent contributions to the synthesis, structural characterization, fundamental understanding and utilization of solid catalysts for the conversion of natural gas to fuels and chemicals. As specific highlights we mention his research on cobalt particle size effects for the Fischer Tropsch synthesis and supported iron nanoparticles for the direct conversion of synthesis gas to lower olefins. In addition, Professor Krijn De Jong has been a leading figure both nationally and internationally in his field of catalysis and chemistry, via chair and board membership roles in conferences, program committees, advisory councils, professional associations and editorial board roles for top-notch international scientific journals and book series. Last but not least, De Jong is also recognized for being an inspirational and driven teacher, using his didactic talent to equip a younger generation for creating contributions themselves to technology development in natural gas conversion and other areas.

The award consists of a plague and a monetary prize, which will be presented at the 10th Natural Gas Conversion Symposium to be held in Doha, Qatar (March 2-7 2013). Professor Krijn de Jong will also give the Award Plenary Lecture during this meeting.

International Precious Metals Institute Henry J. Albert Award to Professor Fabio Ribeiro

Professor Fabio Ribeiro of the Department of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University has been named the recipient of the 2012 International Precious Metals Institute Henry J. Albert Award, sponsored by BASF Corporation, in recognition of his outstanding theoretical and experimental contributions to the science and technology of precious metals. His research group combines measurements on realistic dispersed clusters and flat model systems with precision and reliability at the state-of-the-art. He has provided the kinetic data set for water-gas shift that represents the standard used by others in benchmarking of other materials and of theoretical estimates. This work has also demonstrated the strong effects of supports in the activation of water in water-gas shift and that all exposed surface atoms are active on Pt clusters but only corner atoms with low coordination are active on Au clusters. His seminal studies of NOx reactions have unveiled the mechanism of NO oxidation and provided elegant examples of the use of spectroscopic and kinetic tools in unraveling the complex pathways in NOx trapping on Ba-promoted Pt/alumina systems. His group continues to expand the experimental frontiers with recent developments X-ray absorption spectroscopy during catalysis at high pressures in liquid and gaseous media, with infrared analysis of adsorbed species during isotopic transients, and with state-of-the-art environmental transmission electron microscopy. These successes build on his earlier studies of Pd catalysts which defined the reaction pathways involved in catalytic combustion of methane and in catalytic hydrodechlorination of a wide range of hydrochlorofluorocarbon molecules.