Professor Bert Weckhuysen is the recipient of the 2011 Paul H. Emmett Award in Fundamental Catalysis

Pro­fes­sor Bert Weck­huy­sen of the Debye Insti­tute for Nano­ma­te­ri­als Sci­ence of Utrecht Uni­ver­sity (The Nether­lands) is the recip­i­ent of the 2011 Paul H. Emmett Award in Fun­da­men­tal Catal­y­sis, spon­sored by the Grace Davi­son 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 22nd North Amer­i­can Meet­ing of the Catal­y­sis Soci­ety to be held in Detroit, Michi­gan on June 5–10, 2011. Pro­fes­sor Weck­huy­sen will present a ple­nary lec­ture dur­ing this 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.

Pro­fes­sor Weck­huy­sen is being rec­og­nized for his pio­neer­ing devel­op­ment and use of in-situ spec­tro­scopic meth­ods to probe solids at the microm­e­ter and nanome­ter scale dur­ing their acti­va­tion and their func­tion as cat­a­lysts. These stud­ies have led to fun­da­men­tal insights into the dis­tri­b­u­tion of active sites and the mech­a­nism of mol­e­c­u­lar dif­fu­sion and deac­ti­va­tion phe­nom­ena in zeo­lite and Fischer-Tropsch cat­a­lysts. Specif­i­cally, spa­tial het­ero­geneities in activ­ity, selec­tiv­ity and cok­ing within indi­vid­ual ZSM-5 zeo­lite crys­tals were detected using a novel com­bi­na­tion of micro-spectroscopy and rate data and inter­preted in terms of com­plex but broadly applic­a­ble zeo­lite inter­growth mod­els directly rel­e­vant to mol­e­c­u­lar dif­fu­sion and to meso­poros­ity gen­er­a­tion dur­ing syn­the­sis. In other stud­ies, X-ray microscopy com­bined with an in-situ reac­tor led to unprece­dented details of nanoscale processes involved in Fischer-Tropsch syn­the­sis, espe­cially as they per­tain to the dynamic evo­lu­tion and the cat­alytic rel­e­vance of the var­i­ous inor­ganic and organic phases formed dur­ing catalysis.

Harold Kung to Receive Gabor A. Somorjai Award

Harold Kung, pro­fes­sor of chem­i­cal and bio­log­i­cal engi­neer­ing at North­west­ern University’s McCormick School of Engi­neer­ing and Applied Sci­ence, will receive the 2011 Gabor A. Somor­jai Award for Cre­ative Research in Catal­y­sis from the Amer­i­can Chem­i­cal Society.

The award rec­og­nizes out­stand­ing the­o­ret­i­cal, exper­i­men­tal, or devel­op­men­tal research result­ing in the advance­ment of under­stand­ing or appli­ca­tion of catal­y­sis, and the list of win­ners includes the great­est researchers in the field of catalysis.

Kung is a world leader in the field of het­ero­ge­neous catal­y­sis research and the devel­op­ment of novel mate­ri­als and processes. He applies his exper­tise to the crit­i­cal areas of sus­tain­abil­ity, renew­able energy and envi­ron­men­tal chemistry.

Cur­rently Kung and his research group are focused on the syn­the­sis of novel nano­ma­te­ri­als for cat­alytic appli­ca­tions to min­i­mize energy con­sump­tion and envi­ron­men­tal impact and on new lithium-ion bat­tery tech­nolo­gies, such as new forms of elec­trodes for improved elec­tri­cal energy storage.

Dur­ing his career Kung has made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions in var­i­ous areas of het­ero­ge­neous catal­y­sis, start­ing with sem­i­nal work that demon­strated the rela­tion­ship between sur­face atomic struc­tures of an oxide and its chem­i­cal and cat­alytic prop­er­ties. He has led the field in study­ing oxide-based cat­a­lysts for the removal of the atmos­pheric pol­lu­tant nitric oxide by reduc­tion with hydro­car­bons in an oxi­diz­ing atmos­phere. More recently, Kung became the first to syn­the­size an inter­nally func­tion­al­ized hol­low nanos­phere that can be used to trap and bind mol­e­cules and metal complexes.

The award will be pre­sented at the spring meet­ing of the ACS in 2011.
 
This arti­cle was repro­duced from www.mccormick.northwestern.edu/news/articles/article_753.html.

Chunshan Song Selected as Winner for 2010 Henry H Storch Award from ACS

Chun­shan Song, dis­tin­guished pro­fes­sor of fuel sci­ence in the Depart­ment of Energy and Min­eral Engi­neer­ing and Direc­tor of EMS Energy Insti­tute at Penn State, received the Henry H. Storch Award in Fuel Chem­istry from Amer­i­can Chem­i­cal Soci­ety (ACS) at the 240th ACS national meet­ing held in Boston, MA, dur­ing Aug 21–26, 2010. He received this pres­ti­gious award in recog­ni­tion of his out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to fuel sci­ence espe­cially in the areas of clean fuels, catal­y­sis, and CO2 cap­ture and con­ver­sion research.

The Henry H. Storch Award, co-sponsored by the Divi­sion of Fuel Chem­istry of the ACS and Else­vier Ltd., is given annu­ally to rec­og­nize an indi­vid­ual in the field of fuel sci­ence for an excep­tional con­tri­bu­tion to the research on the chem­istry and uti­liza­tion of hydro­car­bon fuels. Spe­cial con­sid­er­a­tion is given to inno­va­tion and nov­elty in the use of fuels, char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of fuels, and advances in fuel chem­istry that ben­e­fit the pub­lic wel­fare or the envi­ron­ment. The award is the high­est honor for research awarded by the ACS Fuel Chem­istry Division.

Song was recently named a Dis­tin­guished Pro­fes­sor of Fuel Sci­ence by Penn State’s Office of the Pres­i­dent. He is also pro­fes­sor of chem­i­cal engi­neer­ing in the Depart­ment of Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing and Asso­ciate Direc­tor of the Penn State Insti­tutes of Energy and the Envi­ron­ment. He received a BS in chem­i­cal engi­neer­ing in 1982 from Dalian Uni­ver­sity of Tech­nol­ogy, China, and a MS in 1986 and PhD in 1989 in applied chem­istry from Osaka Uni­ver­sity, Japan. He worked at the Research Cen­ter of Osaka Gas Com­pany in Japan prior to join­ing Penn State in Nov 1989.

Song is inter­na­tion­ally rec­og­nized for his orig­i­nal and inno­v­a­tive con­tri­bu­tions to clean fuels, catal­y­sis and CO2 cap­ture and con­ver­sion research. His early research at Penn State on cat­alytic coal liq­ue­fac­tion and the effects of dry­ing coal on coal con­ver­sion at low tem­per­a­tures led to a new way of prepar­ing highly active dis­persed cat­a­lysts using water and sul­fide pre­cur­sor. Based on this dis­cov­ery, fur­ther fun­da­men­tal stud­ies using probe mol­e­cules resulted in two patents for inven­tions on nano-sized ultra-high-surface metal sul­fide cat­a­lysts that have been licensed to indus­try. From his efforts to make bet­ter use of coal-derived aro­mat­ics for value-added chem­i­cals, he has designed shape-selective alky­la­tion cat­a­lysts for syn­the­sis of pre­cur­sors for advanced poly­mers and engi­neer­ing mate­ri­als from naph­tha­lene, which have been patented and licensed to indus­try. He has made major con­tri­bu­tions to the devel­op­ment of coal-based advanced ther­mally sta­ble jet fuels through his work on fun­da­men­tal chem­istry con­cern­ing the effects of intrin­sic fuel com­po­si­tion and struc­ture on ther­mal degra­da­tion of jet fuels, and his work on model com­pounds stud­ies related to sta­ble bicyclic struc­tures and hydroaro­mat­ics and their tai­lored pro­duc­tion through catal­y­sis. These devel­op­ments were part of the large, 20 year, U.S. government-funded jet fuel project led by Harold Schobert at Penn State, which has been scaled up to pilot plant pro­duc­tion. For ultra-clean fuels and fuel cells, Song and his group devised an inno­v­a­tive approach to selec­tive adsorp­tion for remov­ing sul­fur from liq­uid hydro­car­bon fuels over solid sur­face with­out using hydro­gen, which has also been licensed to indus­try and already used for mak­ing pro­to­type systems.

His group recently devel­oped a novel approach to CO2 cap­ture by “molecular-basket sor­bents” con­sist­ing of nanoporous matrix and func­tional poly­mers with supe­rior capac­ity and selec­tiv­ity. In addi­tion, his group devel­oped sulfur-tolerant and carbon-resistant bimetal­lic and trimetal­lic cat­a­lysts for low-temperature steam reform­ing of liq­uid fuels and non-pyrophoric cat­a­lysts for oxygen-assisted water gas shift. He recently pro­posed a new design con­cept of sulfur-tolerant noble metal cat­a­lysts for low-temperature hydrotreat­ing and dearom­a­ti­za­tion for ultra clean fuels.

Song is an active leader in hydro­car­bon pro­cess­ing research and has been elected as Chair of the Fuel Chem­istry and the Petro­leum Chem­istry Divi­sions of Amer­i­can Chem­i­cal Soci­ety as well as Chair of the Advi­sory Board for the Inter­na­tional Pitts­burgh Coal Con­fer­ence. He has also served as chair or co-chair for over 35 inter­na­tional sym­posia, and is cur­rently on eight research jour­nal advi­sory boards, includ­ing Energy & Fuels, Catal­y­sis Today, Applied Catal­y­sis B: Envi­ron­men­tal, RSC Catal­y­sis series, Research on Chem­i­cal Inter­me­di­ates, Jour­nal of Fuel Chem­istry and Tech­nol­ogy, Acta Petrolei Sinica, and Coal Con­ver­sion. In addi­tion, he serves on the sci­en­tific advi­sory boards for sev­eral inter­na­tional con­fer­ence series and for sev­eral R&D orga­ni­za­tions worldwide.

A pro­lific author of many high-impact pub­li­ca­tions, Song has deliv­ered 40 ple­nary or keynote lec­tures at inter­na­tional con­fer­ences and 190 invited lec­tures world­wide. He has 170 ref­er­eed jour­nal arti­cles (which received over 4400 cita­tions), 6 ref­er­eed books, 25 book chap­ters, 11 spe­cial jour­nal issues, 20 patents and patent appli­ca­tions, and over 280 con­fer­ence papers. He has also received a num­ber of major awards, includ­ing the 2010 Class of ACS Fel­lows, the Ful­bright Dis­tin­guished Scholar from US-UK; the Her­man Pines Award for Out­stand­ing Research in Catal­y­sis from Catal­y­sis Club of Chicago in North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety; the Chang Jiang Scholar from the Min­istry of Edu­ca­tion of China; Most Cited Authors in Catal­y­sis from Else­vier; Out­stand­ing Scholar Over­seas from the Chi­nese Acad­emy of Sci­ences; the Dis­tin­guished Catal­y­sis Researcher Lec­ture­ship from Pacific North­west National Lab­o­ra­tory; the Robin­son Dis­tin­guished Lec­ture­ship from Uni­ver­sity of Alberta, Canada; the NEDO Fel­low­ship and AIST Fel­low­ship Awards from Japan; Dis­tin­guished Ser­vice Awards from the Amer­i­can Chem­i­cal Society’s Petro­leum Chem­istry Divi­sion, and from the Annual Inter­na­tional Pitts­burgh Coal Con­fer­ence. Within the Penn­syl­va­nia State Uni­ver­sity, he has received the Wil­son Award for Excel­lence in Research, the Fac­ulty Men­tor­ing Award, Inven­tor Incen­tive Awards and the Mate­ri­als Sci­ence & Engi­neer­ing Ser­vice Award. . In addi­tion, Song has held vis­it­ing pro­fes­sor­ships with Impe­r­ial Col­lege Lon­don, Uni­ver­sity of Paris VI, Tsinghua Uni­ver­sity, Dalian Uni­ver­sity of Tech­nol­ogy, Taiyuan Uni­ver­sity of Tech­nol­ogy, Tian­jin Uni­ver­sity, and Dalian Insti­tute of Chem­i­cal Physics as well as Insti­tute of Coal Chem­istry within Chi­nese Acad­emy of Sciences.

A Storch Award Sym­po­sium in Honor of Chun­shan Song was held at ACS Fall 2010 National Meet­ing in Boston dur­ing August 22–26, 2010.

Catalysis scientists elected Fellows of the American Chemical Society

The Amer­ica Chem­i­cal Soci­ety has announced (pubs.acs.org/cen/fellows/) the elec­tion of 192 mem­bers to its 2010 ACS Fel­lows pro­gram for their out­stand­ing achieve­ments and con­tri­bu­tions to the sci­ence, the pro­fes­sion, and ser­vice to the soci­ety. These fel­lows include the fol­low­ing mem­bers of our catal­y­sis community:

  • Galen B. Fisher, Uni­ver­sity of Michigan
  • Cyn­thia M. Friend, Har­vard University
  • Anne M. Gaffney, AMG Chem­istry & Catal­y­sis Consulting
  • Enrique Igle­sia, Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia at Berkeley
  • Bruce D. Kay, Pacific North­west National Laboratory
  • Robert J. Madix, Stan­ford University
  • Chun­shan Song, Penn­syl­va­nia State University
  • Kath­leen Tay­lor, Gen­eral Motors (retired)
  • Yong Wang, Pacific North­west National Laboratory
  • Joseph R. Zoeller, East­man Chem­i­cal Company

 
CONGRATULATIONS!

Henrik Topsøe Selected as Winner for 2010 Distinguished Researcher Award, ACS Division of Petroleum Chemistry

The Petro­leum Chem­istry Divi­sion of Amer­i­can Chem­i­cal Soci­ety is pleased to announce that Dr. Hen­rik Top­søe has been selected as the win­ner of the 2010 Dis­tin­guished Researcher Award.

Hen­rik Top­søe is being rec­og­nized for his out­stand­ing research con­tri­bu­tions to the under­stand­ing of hydrotreat­ing cat­a­lysts. Hen­rik Top­søe is Exec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent at Hal­dor Top­søe A/S in Lyn­gby, Den­mark. He received his Ph.D. degree in Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing in 1972 from Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity. After a post­doc­toral stay at Stan­ford, he joined the Hal­dor Top­søe Research Lab­o­ra­to­ries in 1974. Here he started the fun­da­men­tal catal­y­sis group and he has also been the man­ager of the catal­y­sis research depart­ment. Hen­rik Top­søe is adjunct pro­fes­sor at the Tech­ni­cal Uni­ver­sity of Den­mark (DTH) and has for many years been pres­i­dent of the Dan­ish and Nordic Catal­y­sis Soci­eties and he is on the edi­to­r­ial boards of sev­eral catal­y­sis jour­nals. His awards include UOP Inter­na­tional lec­turer, Ford Dis­tin­guished lec­tures, Mason lec­turer and the 2003 Glenn Award from ACS Fuel Chem­istry Divi­sion. He was the first indus­trial researcher to be awarded The Fran­cois Gault Lec­ture­ship from the Euro­pean Fed­er­a­tion of Catal­y­sis Soci­eties (2000). In 2005, the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety awarded Hen­rik Top­søe the Eugene J. Houdry Award in Applied Catalysis.

A cen­tral theme in the research of Hen­rik Top­søe has been the estab­lish­ment of a mol­e­c­u­lar basis for the design and pro­duc­tion of improved indus­trial cat­a­lysts. In order to achieve this goal, Hen­rik Top­søe and his col­leagues have over the years devel­oped many impor­tant novel mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary tech­niques and approaches. Par­tic­u­lar empha­sis has been placed on under­stand­ing and devel­op­ing improved hydrotreat­ing cat­a­lysts, but many stud­ies were also devoted to ammo­nia syn­the­sis, methanol syn­the­sis and DeNOx cat­a­lysts. At the time Hen­rik Top­søe and his col­leagues started their research on hydrotreat­ing cat­a­lysts, the cat­a­lyst sys­tems were poorly under­stood. Con­se­quently, spe­cial efforts were devoted to the devel­op­ment of new tools and in situ approaches which could pro­vide the nec­es­sary atomic and mol­e­c­u­lar insight under rel­e­vant con­di­tions. The stud­ies were the first ones to reveal the nature of the active struc­tures, the so-called Co-Mo-S fam­ily of pro­moted struc­tures. Later stud­ies have pro­vided addi­tional atomic insight into these struc­tures and have elu­ci­dated the fac­tors gov­ern­ing their pro­duc­tion and how their activ­ity and selec­tiv­ity may be enhanced based on the opti­miza­tion of sup­port inter­ac­tions and other cat­a­lysts fea­tures. This insight has been used by the indus­try world­wide for the intro­duc­tion of many improved gen­er­a­tions of cat­a­lysts – the lat­est being the Top­søe BRIMTM tech­nol­ogy for sev­eral crit­i­cal refin­ing ser­vices includ­ing the pro­duc­tion of Ultra Low Sul­fur Diesel (ULSD). Hen­rik Top­søe has co-authored 180 pub­li­ca­tions, 3 books and has given more than 140 invited lectures.

An ACS Sym­po­sium in Honor of Hen­rik Top­soe is being orga­nized by Prof. Chun­shan Song of Penn State on behalf of ACS Petro­leum Chem­istry Divi­sion at the ACS National Meet­ing in Boston dur­ing August 22–26, 2010.

Dr. Jeffrey T. Miller is the recipient of the NACS 2010 F.G. Ciapetta Lectureship in Catalysis

Dr. Jef­frey T. Miller, cur­rently Het­ero­ge­neous Catal­y­sis Group Leader at Argonne National Lab­o­ra­tory, is the recip­i­ent of the 2010 F.G. Cia­petta Lec­ture­ship in Catal­y­sis Award spon­sored by the Grace Davi­son oper­at­ing seg­ment of W.R. Grace & Co. and The North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety. The Award is pre­sented bien­ni­ally in even num­bered years and con­sists of a plaque and an hon­o­rar­ium of $5,000. The award plaque will be pre­sented at the clos­ing ban­quet dur­ing the 2011 Meet­ing of the North Amer­i­can catal­y­sis Soci­ety. Dr. Miller will present lec­tures at the reg­u­lar meet­ing of the affil­i­ated local clubs and soci­ety dur­ing 2010 and 2011.

Dr. Miller is being rec­og­nized for his con­tri­bu­tions to the sci­en­tific lit­er­a­ture and to the prac­tice of catal­y­sis. His ded­i­ca­tion and inten­sity in the pur­suit of knowl­edge has led to indus­trial appli­ca­tions of his inven­tions and to a large num­ber of sci­en­tific papers. His excel­lent con­tri­bu­tions have advanced our knowl­edge of fun­da­men­tal cat­alytic phe­nom­ena, while his inter­ac­tions with acad­e­mia have enriched the edu­ca­tional expe­ri­ence of many grad­u­ate students.

His research at BP/Amoco led to the devel­op­ment of sev­eral refin­ing and petro­chem­i­cal cat­a­lysts that remain in use. These include cat­a­lysts and processes for upgrad­ing of highly aro­matic feeds, for toluene dis­pro­por­tion­a­tion and transalky­la­tion reac­tions, and for con­ver­sion of waste chem­i­cals to high-value aro­matic chem­i­cals and fuel com­po­nents. Through his aca­d­e­mic col­lab­o­ra­tions, he has con­tributed to our fun­da­men­tal under­stand­ing of acid-catalyzed hydro­car­bon crack­ing by zeo­lites and to the syn­the­sis, char­ac­ter­i­za­tion and func­tion of metal and alloy nanopar­ti­cles. He is widely regarded as a leader in the appli­ca­tion of X-ray absorp­tion meth­ods dur­ing catal­y­sis to probe syn­thetic path­ways, iden­tify active sites, and deter­mine the dynam­ics of spe­cific ele­men­tary steps within com­plex cat­alytic sequences. Upon retire­ment from BP/Amoco, he joined Argonne National Lab­o­ra­tory, where he con­tin­ues his research on future sources of energy and his ped­a­gog­i­cal endeav­ors in the appli­ca­tion of X-ray spec­tro­scopic meth­ods to the study of cat­a­lysts and cat­alytic chemistries.

Professor Nicholas Delgass is the recipient of the NACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Catalysis

Pro­fes­sor W. Nicholas Del­gass (Depart­ment of Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing, Pur­due Uni­ver­sity) is the recip­i­ent of the inau­gural NACS Award for Dis­tin­guished Ser­vice in the Advance­ment of Catal­y­sis. This Award will be 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. The award includes an hon­o­rar­ium ($5,000) and a plaque. The lat­ter will be pre­sented at the clos­ing ban­quet dur­ing the 2011 NAM in Detroit.

The career of Pro­fes­sor Del­gass, over its four decades, exem­pli­fies this com­bi­na­tion of pio­neer­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the sci­ence of catal­y­sis, ded­i­ca­tion and rigor in the edu­ca­tion of sci­en­tists and engi­neers, and ser­vice to oth­ers in the advance­ment of catal­y­sis. His research achieve­ments include the syn­the­sis of novel cat­alytic mate­ri­als, the devel­op­ment of mod­ern spec­tro­scopic meth­ods for cat­a­lyst char­ac­ter­i­za­tion, and the use of rig­or­ous kinetic and spec­tro­scopic meth­ods to elu­ci­date the mech­a­nism of com­plex cat­alytic reac­tions on solids. He is lead­ing a team that is devel­op­ing and imple­ment­ing model-based approaches for the design and effi­cient opti­miza­tion of new cat­a­lysts. Pro­fes­sor Del­gass has been a remark­ably gifted and ded­i­cated teacher, both in the class­room and in the research lab­o­ra­tory. He has been rec­og­nized with the most pres­ti­gious teach­ing hon­ors on the Pur­due cam­pus. In his ser­vice to stu­dents and peers as Asso­ciate Head of the School of Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing, he has shown a true com­mit­ment to men­tor and edu­cate the next gen­er­a­tion of chem­i­cal engi­neers. His pas­sion for men­tor­ing grad­u­ate stu­dents and young fac­ulty was rec­og­nized with the inau­gural Col­lege of Engi­neer­ing Men­tor­ing Excel­lence Award. Many among our catal­y­sis com­mu­nity, in acad­e­mia and in indus­try, have been touched by his thought­ful advice. For many years, he was the zeal­ous guardian and gen­tle stew­ard of the archives of our dis­ci­pline, as Editor-in-Chief of Jour­nal of Catal­y­sis. He has ded­i­cated his time and efforts to the orga­ni­za­tion of the 11th Inter­na­tional Con­gress on Catal­y­sis and of numer­ous sym­posia at AIChE, ACS and Catal­y­sis Soci­ety meet­ings. It is a fit­ting ges­ture of thanks that our com­mu­nity has cho­sen to rec­og­nize the schol­ar­ship and ded­i­ca­tion of Pro­fes­sor Del­gass with this inau­gural award for service.

Prof. Anders Holmen is the recipient of the 2010 Award for Excellence in Natural Gas Conversion

Pro­fes­sor Anders Hol­men (Nor­we­gian Uni­ver­sity of Sci­ence and Tech­nol­ogy) has been cho­sen as the recip­i­ent of the 2010 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 the sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy for the con­ver­sion of nat­ural gas to valu­able prod­ucts. The pre­vi­ous award recip­i­ents are Jack Lunsford, Jens Rostrup-Nielsen, Lanny Schmidt, Enrique Igle­sia, and David Trimm.

Pro­fes­sor Hol­men is being rec­og­nized for his achieve­ments in advanc­ing con­cepts and prac­ti­cal appli­ca­tions of direct and indi­rect routes for the effi­cient uti­liza­tion of nat­ural gas. He has con­tributed fun­da­men­tal con­cepts for the con­ver­sion of methane to acety­lene in high-temperature short-contact time reac­tors. His research group has devel­oped and used meth­ods for mea­sur­ing the dynam­ics of car­bon for­ma­tion dur­ing methane reac­tions at con­di­tions rel­e­vant to indus­trial prac­tice and for the elu­ci­da­tion of the kinet­ics and mech­a­nism of par­tial oxi­da­tion of light alka­nes. Through­out his career, Pro­fes­sor Hol­men has con­tributed to our under­stand­ing and prac­tice of the Fischer-Tropsch syn­the­sis, specif­i­cally by unrav­el­ing the com­plex effects of water on reac­tion rate and selec­tiv­ity and the role of Co crys­tal­lite size and of sup­ports on cat­a­lyst reac­tiv­ity and stability.

The award con­sists of a plaque and a mon­e­tary prize, which will pre­sented at the 9th Nat­ural Gas Con­ver­sion Sym­po­sium (NGCS) to be held in Lyon, France (May 30-June 3, 2010). Pro­fes­sor Hol­men will also present the Award Ple­nary Lec­ture dur­ing this meeting.

The selec­tion com­mit­tee for this Award con­sists of pre­vi­ous awardees together with sev­eral mem­bers of the NGCS Inter­na­tional Advi­sory Board. Nom­i­na­tions are con­sid­ered from a broad cross-section of aca­d­e­mic and indus­trial mem­bers of the nat­ural gas con­ver­sion community.

Rostam Madon receives the 2009 AIChE Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Practice Award

The Catal­y­sis and Reac­tion Engi­neer­ing (CRE) Divi­sion of the Amer­i­can Insti­tute of Chem­i­cal Engi­neers (AIChE) is delighted to announce that Ros­tam J. Madon of BASF Cat­a­lysts, LLC has been selected as the recip­i­ent of the AIChE CRE Divi­sion Prac­tice Award for 2009. This award rec­og­nizes indi­vid­u­als who have made pio­neer­ing con­tri­bu­tions to indus­trial prac­tice of catal­y­sis and chem­i­cal reac­tion engi­neer­ing. The can­di­date must have made impor­tant and spe­cific tech­ni­cal con­tri­bu­tions, ver­i­fi­able by means of well-documented evi­den­tial mate­ri­als, to the inven­tion, devel­op­ment, design or imple­men­ta­tion of indus­trial prod­ucts, cat­a­lysts or processes through inge­nious and cre­ative appli­ca­tion of chem­i­cal reac­tion engi­neer­ing and/or catal­y­sis con­cepts. Awardees are selected based on their con­tri­bu­tions to the dis­cov­ery and appli­ca­tion of inno­v­a­tive catal­y­sis or reac­tion engi­neer­ing solu­tions to tech­no­log­i­cal prob­lems, and/or com­mer­cial­iza­tion of new prod­ucts and processes. The award con­sists of a plaque and cash award of $1,000 to be pre­sented at the Divi­sion Recep­tion dur­ing the AIChE annual meet­ing in Nashville, Ten­nessee. A spe­cial ses­sion will be held in honor of the recip­i­ent at the annual meet­ing dur­ing which he will also present a lecture.

Ross Madon has made pio­neer­ing con­tri­bu­tions of remark­able breadth and depth to the chem­istry and engi­neer­ing of cat­alytic processes. Early in his career, he guided the field by address­ing arti­facts in kinetic data using meth­ods that are accepted today as defin­i­tive cri­te­ria for kinetic con­trol in catal­y­sis. In the process, he brought tran­si­tion state for­malisms for ther­mo­dy­nam­i­cally non-ideal sys­tems, first intro­duced by his advi­sor Michel Boudart, into the realm of prac­ti­cal catal­y­sis. His con­tri­bu­tions to cat­a­lyst design for Fischer-Tropsch syn­the­sis and cat­alytic crack­ing, two of the most hydro­dy­nam­i­cally, kinet­i­cally, and mol­e­c­u­larly com­plex reac­tion sys­tems known, illus­trate his unique abil­ity to con­tribute con­cepts and approaches to sys­tems that oth­ers avoid or merely mis­in­ter­pret because of their com­plex­ity. Ross Madon excels at the inter­face of chem­istry and engi­neer­ing and his achieve­ments bridge con­cep­tual advances with com­mer­cial cat­a­lysts and cat­alytic tech­nolo­gies. Recently, he elu­ci­dated the mech­a­nism by which vana­dium causes struc­tural degra­da­tion of FCC cat­a­lysts and used this under­stand­ing to min­i­mize its dele­te­ri­ous effect. His stud­ies have pro­vided a def­i­nite assess­ment of the role of ZSM-5 addi­tives in FCC to replace inac­cu­rate or phe­nom­e­no­log­i­cal descrip­tions of such phe­nom­ena. His kinetic treat­ments of FCC catal­y­sis brought fun­da­men­tal chem­i­cal insights into a sys­tem once con­sid­ered too com­plex for such rigor. Ross then used the knowl­edge to go beyond its schol­arly ele­gance and designed com­mer­cial FCC cat­a­lysts based on such prin­ci­ples. He is the coin­ven­tor and devel­oper of the Redux­ion – Maxol® fam­ily of FCC cat­a­lysts and of the Iso­Plus® and Ultrium® fam­i­lies. He coin­vented the Flex-Tec® resid crack­ing cat­a­lyst which has been widely and suc­cess­fully deployed in demand­ing resid cat crack­ing processes. He has thrived in indus­trial set­tings, but his thought process and con­cep­tual approach is firmly planted in the realm of thought­ful sci­ence. He has tack­led truly dif­fi­cult prob­lems and taken them beyond where oth­ers could, with ele­gance and rigor bal­anced by rel­e­vance and impact.

Bruce C. Gates is the 2009 Robert Burwell Lecturer

The North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety is pleased to announce that Pro­fes­sor Bruce Gates is the recip­i­ent of the 2009 Robert Bur­well Lec­ture­ship in Catal­y­sis. Since 1992 Bruce has been on the fac­ulty of the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia at Davis, where he has the title of Dis­tin­guished Pro­fes­sor of Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing. His inter­ests include Catal­y­sis, Cat­alytic Reac­tors, Chem­i­cal Reac­tion Engi­neer­ing, Mate­r­ial Micro Struc­ture, and Sol-Gel Processing.

This award is spon­sored by John­son Matthey Cat­a­lysts Com­pany and admin­is­tered by the Soci­ety. The award con­sists of a plaque and an hon­o­rar­ium as well as a travel award to pro­vide the recip­i­ent with funds for vis­it­ing (until funds run out) any of the 14 local clubs com­pris­ing the Soci­ety. The award 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.

For almost 40 years he has made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions in three areas: the prepa­ra­tion and char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of sur­face organometal­lic com­plexes, catal­y­sis by strong solid acids, and the kinet­ics and reac­tion path­ways of hydropro­cess­ing catal­y­sis. In the catal­y­sis by strong solid acids, Bruce both expanded the appli­ca­tions and fur­thered under­stand­ing of under­ly­ing mech­a­nisms. More recently, in a series of papers begin­ning in 1998, Bruce (with Bob Gras­selli and Hel­mut Knözinger) explained the sur­face chem­istry of tungstated zir­co­nias with and with­out Pt, high­light­ing the role of sur­face reduc­tion to W5+ and –OH in gen­er­at­ing the active sites for alkane iso­mer­iza­tion. Bruce’s con­tri­bu­tions to hydropro­cess­ing catal­y­sis are equally notable. His two review arti­cles greatly assisted those requir­ing intro­duc­tion to the field; each has been cited in excess of 375 times. The sci­en­tific con­tri­bu­tion was his recog­ni­tion (with James Katzer and George Schuit) that com­plex hydrodesul­fu­r­iza­tion and hydro­gena­tion net­works could be under­stood in terms of a small num­ber of reac­tions whose rates could be quan­ti­fied using model sub­strates. One sup­porter remarked that Bruce’s work in metal clus­ters rev­o­lu­tion­ized the field of sur­face organometal­lic catal­y­sis. Here also he has authored widely read reviews, and sev­eral influ­en­tial, exten­sively cited papers. Much of this recent work has tar­geted catal­y­sis by gold clus­ters or nanocrys­tals, work char­ac­ter­ized by multi-technique cor­re­la­tion of cat­alytic activ­ity to sur­face struc­ture, care­ful inter­pre­ta­tion of EXAFS data char­ac­ter­iz­ing sur­face coor­di­na­tion, and proper con­sid­er­a­tion of how the catal­y­sis alters the as-synthesized mate­ri­als. Bruce was an early user and pro­po­nent of EXAFS and XANES in cat­a­lyst char­ac­ter­i­za­tion. Many “nanoscience” papers in the lit­er­a­ture today fol­low along paths he pio­neered years ago.

Finally it should be noted that Bruce has edu­cated two gen­er­a­tions of cat­alytic sci­en­tists and indus­trial prac­ti­tion­ers, through his widely used teach­ing texts (“Chem­istry of Cat­alytic Processes” is a world­wide best seller), the many short courses he helped develop and teach (the one based on this book was taught for over 30 years at the Uni­ver­sity of Delaware, and at many indus­trial research cen­ters) and not least through his men­tor­ing of over 130 grad­u­ate stu­dents, post­docs and vis­it­ing sci­en­tists. Bruce has been a tire­less cheer­leader for the field of catal­y­sis and in all his lec­tures strives for under­stand­ing, arous­ing curios­ity, and get­ting down to the essen­tials of a prob­lem. He has also been a very active mem­ber of the Board of the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Society.

Local clubs should con­tact Pro­fes­sor Gates [bcgates@ucdavis.edu] directly about speak­ing engage­ments over the next two years. More infor­ma­tion on this award, the awards process, and pre­vi­ous awardees can be found inside the Awards folder on the NACS home page: www.nacatsoc.org.