Fabio Ribeiro awarded NY Catalysis Society Excellence in Catalysis Award

The Catalysis Society of Metropolitan New York is pleased to announce that Professor Fabio Ribeiro of Purdue University is the 2005 recipient of the Society’s Excellence in Catalysis Award, sponsored by ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company. Professor Ribeiro is being recognized for his creativity and outstanding accomplishments in the field of heterogeneous catalysis. His work is broadly recognized and characterized by complete attention to detail, and careful experimental design to precisely answer important questions in catalysis. This award recognizes Professor Ribeiro for his use of the combination of structural characterization, chemical kinetics, and ab initio calculations to understand catalytic systems at a fundamental level. Professor Ribeiro’s career is marked by success and achievement at every stage including graduate and post graduate studies with Michel Boudart and Gabor Somorjai, industrial research at Catalytica Incorporated, and faculty appointments at Worcester Polytechnic and PurdueUniversity. In a relatively short period of time, Professor Ribeiro has provided key insights into numerous important and diverse catalytic systems, such as catalytic combustion, hydrodechlorination, hydrocarbon rearrangement on alloy surfaces, and properties of oxygen-modified transition metal carbides.

Enrique Iglesia awarded the 2005 Robert Burwell Lectureship in Catalysis

Professor Enrique Iglesia of the University of California at Berkeley has been awarded the 2005 Robert Burwell Lectureship in Catalysis. The award is sponsored by Johnson Matthey Catalysts and administered by the North American Catalysis 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.

Enrique Iglesia’s work has created fascinating stories connecting the chemistry of materials, kinetics, in situ characterization, and reaction-transport models to understand industrial catalysis and to design new catalysts. Examples include oxide nanostructures as acid and oxidation catalysts and exchanged cations and metal clusters for alkane conversion. Before moving to his current position at Berkeley, he spent about ten years at Exxon Research and Engineering, where he made significant contributions in the area of Fischer-Tropsch synthesis and alkane activation. His continuous interest in industrial problems is reflected in his filing of eight patents since joining Berkeley. The main thrust of his work, however, has been all along the understanding of structure and function in catalytic phenomena. The scope of his work uses many tools to assemble and coalesce this knowledge. It starts with the synthesis of active oxide domains or metal clusters within porous materials and is followed by detailed characterization of atomic arrangements. The number of these sites is counted, and in situ spectroscopic techniques such as IR, Raman, UV-visible and X-ray absorption are used to identify their local geometric and electronic properties. Finally, steady-state and transient kinetic studies, including extensive use of isotopes, are combined with in situ spectroscopic techniques to identify adsorbed intermediates and ultimately the identity and kinetic relevance of elementary steps. The quality, quantity, and impact of his fundamental publications are very impressive. Enrique is a popular lecturer; he has been very active in the organization and operation of many catalysis meetings. He also serves our community as the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Catalysis.

The lectureship provides an honorarium and a travel stipend that will allow him to visit many of the local clubs of the North American Catalysis Society. Local clubs should contact Professor Iglesia directly [iglesia@cchem.berkeley.edu] about speaking arrangements over the next two years. More information about this award, the awards process, and previous awardees are available within the Awards folder on the NACS home page (www.nacatsoc.org).

2005 Eugene J. Houdry Award to Henrik Topsøe

The 2005 Eugene J. Houdry Award in Applied Catalysis to Dr. Henrik Topsøe of the Haldor Topsøe Research Laboratories, Lyngby, Denmark. The award is sponsored by Süd-Chemie, Inc., and administered by the North American Catalysis Society. The purpose of the Award is to recognize and encourage 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.

Henrik’s work and leadership have made a significant contribution to the understanding of hydrotreating catalysts. Henrik has been an essential contributor to many commercial applications on hydrodesulfurization and other catalysts and one of the principal forces behind the position that Haldor Topsøe A/S holds in commercial deployments in catalysts and processes. “Henrik Topsøe’s work provided the concepts and definitive evidence for the CoMoS description of the synergy between MoS2 structures and Co and Ni promoters.” “His passionate efforts to bring state-of-the-art tools and concepts into the solution of complex industrial problems are without equal in the international catalysis community today.” With all this Henrik has been a prolific industrial contributor to the scientific literature. Also, “he has been a key intellectual and physical motivational force behind the emergence of the academic Danish catalysis community.”

Henrik will give a plenary lecture and be recognized at the Spring 2005 North American Catalysis Society meeting in Philadelphia. 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

Professor Matthew Neurock selected as 2005 Emmett Awardee

I am pleased to announce that Professor Matthew Neurock has been selected
for the 2005 Paul H. Emmett Awardee in Fundamental Catalysis. The award consists of a plaque and a prize. The purpose of the Award is to recognize and encourage individual contributions (under the age of 45) 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 Neurock’s interests include computational heterogeneous catalysis, molecular modeling, and kinetics of complex reaction systems. “Matt is recognized for his pioneering contributions to theoretical methods for the analysis and prediction of catalytic rates and selectivities. Matt has developed and applied theory and atomic-scale simulation in concerted and well-constructed efforts aimed at the elucidation of catalytic reaction mechanisms on metal and oxide surfaces and at understanding and designing active sites as they exist in realistic and complex reaction environments. He and his group have brought ab initio quantum mechanical methods together with kinetic Monte Carlo methods to simulate catalytic performance and the effects of the explicit reaction environment. His studies have brought fundamental insights into the roles of surface structure, crystallite size, surface coverage, alloying, condensed media, and transient intermediates.” Other’s remark that “Matt has been extremely successful at applying quantum chemical methods to a broad range of problems in surface chemistry.”

Matt will give a plenary lecture and be recognized at the Spring 2005 North American Catalysis Society meeting in Philadelphia. The Paul H. Emmett Award in Fundamental Catalysis is sponsored by the Davison Chemical Division of W.R. Grace and Company. It is administered by The North American Catalysis Society and is awarded biennially in odd numbered 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

Awards to E. Iglesia, M. Davis, W. Goodman, and I. Wachs

Enrique Iglesia has received the 2005 George A. Olah Award in Hydrocarbon Chemistry from the American Chemical Society. It will be presented at the 2005 ACS Meeting in San Diego in March 2005. The award is given to recognize, encourage, and stimulate outstanding research achievements in hydrocarbon or petroleum chemistry. The recipient must have accomplished outstanding research in the chemistry of hydrocarbons or of petroleum and its products. Special consideration will be given to the independence of thought and the originality shown. Enrique Iglesia has brought together mechanistic insights into surface reactions with detailed atomic-scale characterization of inorganic solids to design advanced materials for catalytic hydrocarbon conversions.

Mark Davis of Caltech has receieved the E. V. Murphree Award in Industrial and Engineering Chemistry sponsored by ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company and ExxonMobil Chemical Company. This award is given to stimulate fundamental research in industrial and engineering chemistry, the development of chemical engineering principles and their application to industrial processes.

D. Wayne Goodman, Texas A&M University will receive the 2005 Gabor A. Somorjai Award for Creative Research in Catalysis sponsored by the Gabor A. and Judith K. Somorjai Endowment Fund. The award is to recognize outstanding theoretical, experimental, or developmental research resulting in the advancement of understanding or application of catalysis.

Israel Wachs of Lehigh University was one of two scientists selected by the ACS Division of Colloid & Surface Chemistry as winners of its 2004 Langmuir Lecture Awards. Israel has worked on the surface science of supported metal oxide catalysts, where an active 2-D surface metal oxide is dispersed on an oxide support substrate. He spoke on solid-vacuum or solid-gas interfaces at the recent Philadelphia ACS meeting in August 2004.

ORCS announces 3 awards in catalysis

At their 20th ORCS meeting in Hilton Head, South Carolina, the Organic Reactions Catalysis Society presented the following awards:

2003 Paul N. Rylander Award was presented to Donna G. Blackmond of Imperial College, London, in part for her kinetic analysis and modeling of catalytic and asymmetric catalytic reactions.

2004 Paul N. Rylander Award was presented to Richard C. Larock of Iowa State Univeristy, Ames, Iowa, as a pioneer in the use of palladium in organic synthesis, including the discovery of a range of new methodologies involving aryl, allylic, and vinylic palladium intermediates used to synthesize a broad range of organic compounds.

2004 Murray Raney Award to Jean Lessard of the Universiy of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada for his pioneering efforts in electrocatalytic electrodes, especially for a more durable and structurally stable Raney-type electrode.

Professor Douglas Stephan- 2004 Ciapetta Lecturer

The 2004 F. G. Ciapetta Lectureship is awarded to Professor Douglas Stephan of the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada. The F.G. Ciapetta Lectureship in Catalysis is cosponsored by Davison Catalyst, a business unit of W. R. Grace & Co and The North American Catalysis Society. 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. The Award consists of a plaque, an honorarium and additional money is available to cover traveling expenses to visit the local clubs. Local clubs should contact Professor Stephan directly to make travel arrangements.

Professor Stephan received his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Western Ontario. He undertook a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow in Chemistry at Harvard University before moving to the University of Windsor where he has spent his career doing research. Doug Stephan’s research group has been active for over 20 years in studying the fundamental organometallic chemistry of early transition metals. He has received many distinctions and honors for his accumulated accomplishments during the course of his studies, but it was his recent success in developing a novel set of catalysts for polymerizing ethylene that have earned Doug Stephan many accolades both in industrial circles and among his academic peers. This development is expected to have a major impact on the Canadian petrochemicals industry, which is a significant part of the manufacturing capability in this country. Stephan’s innovative approach to ancillary ligand design quickly led to dramatic findings of new patentable catalysts that were highly active under industrial conditions. NOVA Chemicals’ goal of developing new single site catalyst technologies was significantly advanced with the discoveries of potential new catalyst compounds from the Stephan labs. In collaboration with a team of chemists and engineers at NOVA Chemicals Stephan’s team worked to explore and develop these new catalyst families towards commercialization. Stephan and his group have continued to study the structure-reactivity relationship of these single-site catalysts. In addition, Stephan’s group has discovered and studied a number of unusual deactivation pathways that these new catalysts exhibit allowing optimization of process conditions. More recently, Stephan’s group has been studying modified systems that exhibit living catalyst behavior and their use in the formation of co- and block polymers. His new efforts are focused on developing new co-catalysts as well as strategies to late transition metal catalysts.

Israel Wachs wins AIChE Award

Professor Israel E. Wachs of the Chemical Engineering Department of Lehigh University is this year’s recipient of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ (AIChE) Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division Practice Award, which will be presented at the Annual AIChE meeting in San Francisco the week of November 16-21, 2003. The AIChE C&RE Practice Award recognizes individuals who have made pioneering contributions to industrial practice of catalysis and chemical reaction engineering and is sponsored by Merck & Company, Inc.

Professor Wachs is being recognized for his commercial developments of novel catalysts and reaction engineering applications in the areas of:

  1. o-xylene oxidation to phthalic anhydride over supported promoted-V2O5/TiO2 catalysts.
  2. Methanol oxidation to formaldehyde over bulk metal oxide catalysts.
  3. A new environmental catalytic process that converts undesirable waste gases from pulp mills to valuable chemicals (H2CO, H2SO4, terpenes) and simultaneously eliminates significant polluting emissions of VOCs, NOx, SOx and CO2.

Enrique Iglesia wins Wilhelm Award

Professor Enrique Iglesia of the University of California at Berkeley has received the 2003 R.H. Wilhelm Award in Chemical Reaction Engineering from the AIChE. This award is sponsored by ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Company and recognizes an individual’s significant and new contribution in chemical reaction engineering. As a member of the AIChE, the recipient is expected to have advanced the frontiers of chemical reaction engineering through originality, creativity, and novelty of concept or application.

Stu Soled wins Excellence in Catalysis Award from NY Club

The Catalysis Society of Metropolitan New York is pleased to announce the Excellence in Catalysis Award for 2003, to Dr. Stuart L. Soled

This award recognizes Dr. Soled’s contributions in the areas of materials synthesis and catalysis research culminating in the development of the now commercial Nebula family of catalysts for the environmentally important production of ultralow sulfur diesel fuel. In addition, Dr. Soled has made significant contributions to Exxon’s AGC-21 process for the synthesis of liquid fuels from natural gas.