Jingguang Chen is the recipient of the 2017 Robert Burwell Lectureship in Catalysis

I am pleased to announce that Pro­fes­sor Jing­guang Chen of Colum­bia Uni­ver­sity is the recip­i­ent of the 2017 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 2017 North Amer­i­can Meet­ing of the Catal­y­sis Soci­ety. An addi­tional $4,500 is avail­able to cover trav­el­ling expenses in North America.

Pro­fes­sor Chen 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 Chen is being specif­i­cally rec­og­nized for his pio­neer­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the mech­a­nis­tic under­stand­ing and appli­ca­tions of car­bide and bimetal­lic cat­a­lysts in het­ero­ge­neous catal­y­sis and elec­tro­catal­y­sis. His research has uti­lized rig­or­ous com­bi­na­tion of sur­face sci­ence, the­o­ret­i­cal mod­el­ing, reac­tor and elec­tro­chem­i­cal cell descrip­tions, and in-situ char­ac­ter­i­za­tion to sig­nif­i­cantly advance the under­stand­ing of the active sites and reac­tion descrip­tors in tran­si­tion metal car­bides for a wide range of cat­alytic and elec­tro­cat­alytic reac­tions. He has also pio­neered stud­ies for iden­ti­fy­ing the unique elec­tronic and cat­alytic prop­er­ties of mono­layer bimetal­lic cat­a­lysts, com­bin­ing sur­face sci­ence and in-situ inves­ti­ga­tions over sin­gle crys­tal sur­faces, well-characterized poly­crys­talline thin films, and oxide-supported pow­der cat­a­lysts. His dis­cov­ery of the dynamic behav­ior in the struc­tural arrange­ment of bimetal­lic cat­a­lysts has pro­vided guid­ance on the design of bimetal­lic struc­tures, as well as the metal-oxide inter­faces, that would remain cat­alyt­i­cally active and sta­ble under reac­tion con­di­tions.
Bruce Cook
VP, North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Society

Election Results for Director-at-Large

The elec­tronic elec­tion for six Director-at-Large posi­tions is now complete.

I am pleased to announce that the fol­low­ing indi­vid­u­als have been elected to a four-year term as Director-at-Large from a slate of 13 can­di­dates:
• Jing­guang Chen (Colum­bia Uni­ver­sity)
• Jim Dumesic (Uni­ver­sity of Wis­con­sin)
• Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos (Tufts Uni­ver­sity)
• Bruce C. Gates (Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia at Davis)
• Chris Jones (Geor­gia Insti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy)
• Fabio H. Ribeiro (Pur­due University

They will be seated as NACS Board mem­bers at the start of the Board Meet­ing on June 4, 2017.

Stu Soled (Exxon­Mo­bil) was elected as the First Alter­nate and Abhaya Datye (Uni­ver­sity of New Mex­ico) was elected as the Sec­ond Alter­nate. They will suc­ceed in that order any elected Director-at-Large who can­not com­plete their term because of res­ig­na­tion or of elec­tion as Officer.

Votes were received from 425 of the 1720 NACS mem­bers of record. The elec­tronic bal­lots were col­lected, recorded, and cer­ti­fied by Cre­ative Scan­ning Solu­tions, Inc. an inde­pen­dent orga­ni­za­tion con­tracted by the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety for this purpose.

On behalf of the Soci­ety and of the catal­y­sis com­mu­nity at-large, we would like to thank the 13 nom­i­nees for their will­ing­ness to stand for elec­tion and to serve NACS.

Enrique Igle­sia
Pres­i­dent, North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Society

Director-at-Large Elections

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The elec­tion for Directors-at-Large is sched­uled to start on March 8th, 2017 at 21:01 AM. The NACS will be using online bal­lot­ing as the only way to cast your vote. We have con­tracted with a firm that is expe­ri­enced in on-line vot­ing to ensure the accu­racy and con­fi­den­tial­ity of the process.

You will be receiv­ing two email mes­sages before the start of the elec­tion with the sub­ject head­line “NACS ELECTIONS FOR DIRECTORS-at-LARGE”.

A large num­ber of email providers block emails with any kind of link as a secu­rity mea­sure. For this rea­son the email will be for­warded twice. The first ver­sion con­tains your user­name, unique pass­word and a link to a restricted vot­ing web­page. The sec­ond ver­sion con­tains your user­name and unique pass­word with instruc­tions to visit this Home page to link to the URL pro­vid­ing access to the restricted vot­ing web­site. Please don’t delete this email until you cast your vote. If you have a prob­lem receiv­ing this email, then you need to con­tact Edrick Morales at edrickmorales@live.com.

The vot­ing site’s log in page will have instruc­tions on how to cast your elec­tronic bal­lot with links to tech­ni­cal assis­tance in case you have dif­fi­culty log­ging into the site.

You can cast your vote start­ing on March 8th. The vot­ing web­page will be held open for three weeks to those mem­bers of NACS (includ­ing stu­dents) who reside within North Amer­ica. Back­ground infor­ma­tion for each can­di­date will be avail­able on the bal­lot site with a hyper­link asso­ci­ated to each candidate’s name. On the bal­lot web­site, you will be select­ing only six (6) or less mem­bers from the 13 can­di­dates for the office of Director-at-Large. The top six can­di­dates will be elected to office.

Vot­ers will need to log back in and com­plete the bal­lot from scratch if they log out or close the browser win­dow with­out sub­mit­ting their bal­lot. Your pass­word will be deac­ti­vated after you record your vote.

Click on the image above to down­load the can­di­date biogra­phies.

The online bal­lot­ing web­site will close on March 28th at 11:59 PM.

Announcement of the Tanabe Prize

The Acid Base Catal­y­sis Group hereby invites nom­i­na­tions for the Kozo Tan­abe Prize. The Kozo Tan­abe Prize for Acid Base Catal­y­sis is spon­sored by the Inter­na­tional Acid-Base Catal­y­sis (ABC) Group* and a selected pri­vate com­pany. It hon­ors the legacy and accom­plish­ments of Pro­fes­sor Kozo Tan­abe, who pio­neered many of the mod­ern con­cepts in Cat­alytic Chem­istry of acids and bases. The prize is admin­is­tered by the ABC Group* and will be pre­sented at the 8th Inter­na­tional Sym­po­sium on Acid-Base Catal­y­sis (ABC-8), to be held in May 2017 in Rio, Brazil. The award con­sists of a plaque, an hon­o­rar­ium, and travel expenses to attend the meet­ing and present a ple­nary lec­ture. The Tan­abe Prize rec­og­nizes sub­stan­tial con­tri­bu­tions to the field of acid and/or base catal­y­sis. It may be pre­sented to an indi­vid­ual of any stage of her/his career for sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to the area within the ten years pre­ced­ing the date of the award. Self nom­i­na­tions are not accepted. The nom­i­na­tion pack­age must include the nom­i­na­tion sheet, a list of pub­li­ca­tions and patents (2007–2017), a list of ple­nary and keynote lec­tures, a cur­ricu­lum vitae and two let­ters of rec­om­men­da­tion. The nom­i­na­tion pack­ages should be sent via email as a sin­gle PDF file titled “Name of Nom­i­nee Tan­abe Prize Nom­i­na­tion 2017” no later than March 17, 2017 to the Tan­abe Prize com­mit­tee**. (Coor­di­na­tor: David Jack­son, Uni­ver­sity of Glas­gow, United King­dom, Email: david.jackson@glasgow.ac.uk).
(Down­load nom­i­na­tion form »)
ABC group
Asia, Aus­tralia, New Zealand:
Pro­fes­sor PARK Sang-Eun, Inha Univ, Korea
Pro­fes­sor HARA Michikazu, Tokyo Inst. Tech., Japan
Pro­fes­sor TATSUMI Takashi, Tokyo Inst. Tech., Japan
Pro­fes­sor EBITANI Kohki, Japan Advanced Inst. Sci. & Tech., Japan
**Pro­fes­sor KATADA Naonobu, Tot­tori Univ. Japan
Pro­fes­sor LIU Zhong­min, Dalian Inst. Chem. Phys.,
Pro­fes­sor MOTA de ARAUJO Claudio,Univ.Fed. Rio, Br
Dr. SOLED Stu­art, Exxon­Mo­bil, Allen­dale, USA
**Dr. ABREVAYA Hayim, UOP, DesPlaines & North­west­ern Univ., USA
Pro­fes­sor GATES Bruce, Univ. Cal­i­for­nia at Davis, USA
Pro­fes­sor NEUROCK Matt, Univ. Vir­ginia, USA
Dr. ESSAYEM Nadine, Univ. Lyon-CNRS, France
Pro­fes­sor IVANOVA, State Univ. Moskva, Rus­sia
**Pro­fes­sor JACKSON David, Univ. Glas­gow, United King­dom
Pro­fes­sor OLSBYE Unni, Univ. Oslo, Nor­way
Pro­fes­sor BODIGA Sil­via, Univ. Turin, Italy
Pro­fes­sor HENSEN Emil, TU Eind­hoven, The Nether­lands
Dr. JANSSENS Ton, Hal­dor Top­søe, Nor­way
Pro­fes­sor KOZHENIKOV Ivan, Univ.Liverpool, United King­dom
Dr. MARTINEZ Cristina, ITQ Valen­cia, Spain
Pro­fes­sor ONIDA Bar­bara, Politec­nico di Torino, Italy
Pro­fes­sor WECKHUYSEN, Bert, Univ. Utrecht, The Netherlands

ABC Young Scientist Award

The Acid Base Catal­y­sis Group invites nom­i­na­tions for the ABC Young Sci­en­tist Award. The award will be given to a sin­gle per­son who has made novel and promis­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the field of acid and/or base catal­y­sis and is less than 45 years old on May 7, 2017. The awardee will be invited to present a lec­ture at the 8th Inter­na­tional Sym­po­sium on Acid-Base Catal­y­sis in Rio 2017.

Nom­i­na­tion pack­ages should include a nom­i­na­tion let­ter, a one-page CV, a one-page research high­light, a list of pub­li­ca­tions, two let­ters of rec­om­men­da­tion, and up to three elec­tronic reprints of rel­e­vant pub­li­ca­tions. Self-nomination is excluded. The pack­age should con­sist of a sin­gle PDF file and should be sub­mit­ted per email no later than March 17, 2017. Inquiries and nom­i­na­tion pack­ages should be directed to the Pres­i­dent of the Acid Base Catal­y­sis Group, Takashi Tat­sumi, National Insti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy and Eval­u­a­tion, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan.
Email: tatsumi-takashi@nite.go.jp; ttatsumi@cat.res.titech.ac.jp

Bruce Gates is the recipient of the 2017 Michel Boudart Award for Advances in Catalysis

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We are pleased to announce that Pro­fes­sor Bruce Gates of the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia at Davis is the recip­i­ent of the 2017 Michel Boudart Award for Advances in Catal­y­sis. This award is spon­sored by the Hal­dor Top­søe Com­pany and is admin­is­tered jointly by the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety and the Euro­pean Fed­er­a­tion of Catal­y­sis Soci­eties. The pre­sen­ta­tion to Pro­fes­sor Gates will be made at both the 25th North Amer­i­can Meet­ing of the Catal­y­sis Soci­ety (Den­ver, June 2017) and the Europacat XIII Meet­ing (Flo­rence, Italy, August 2017).

The Michel Boudart 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 rec­og­nizes indi­vid­u­als who bring together the rigor and the inter­na­tional impact that exem­pli­fied the accom­plish­ments and the career of Pro­fes­sor Michel Boudart.

Pro­fes­sor Gates is being rec­og­nized for his pio­neer­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the field of sup­ported mol­e­c­u­lar catal­y­sis. His work can be cred­ited directly with stim­u­lat­ing the area of sin­gle site sup­ported metal catal­y­sis and has led to acces­si­ble and well defined fam­i­lies of pre­cise cat­alytic struc­tures (such as dimers and 4 atom clus­ters) which are inter­me­di­ate between sin­gle atom metal com­plexes and metal par­ti­cles. These advances, for which he and his group are widely known to be world lead­ing, arise from the inte­grated com­bi­na­tion of highly tar­geted organometal­lic syn­the­sis, detailed spec­tro­scopic char­ac­ter­i­za­tion and rig­or­ous per­for­mance eval­u­a­tion under­pinned by com­pu­ta­tional mod­el­ling. By exert­ing con­trol over the elec­tronic prop­er­ties and dis­per­sion of sys­tems through mod­i­fi­ca­tion of lig­and envi­ron­ment, mol­e­c­u­lar­ity and sup­port effects, Pro­fes­sor Gates and his group have been able to tai­lor the cat­alytic prop­er­ties of mate­ri­als in a con­trolled man­ner. Through the appli­ca­tion of IR and x-ray absorp­tion spec­troscopy to work­ing sys­tems, the cru­cial influ­ence of the sup­port upon the iden­ti­ties of inter­me­di­ates and metal-support inter­ac­tions has been clearly elu­ci­dated for reac­tions such as olefin hydro­gena­tion and oligomer­iza­tion. Pro­fes­sor Gates’ work has also resulted in unprece­dented advances in the under­stand­ing of the inter­con­ver­sion of species aris­ing from changes to reac­tion atmos­phere and structure-function rela­tion­ships at the atomic scale. Such advances were not pre­vi­ously achieved in the mech­a­nis­tic descrip­tion of sur­face catalysis.

In Memoriam: Wolfgang Sachtler (1924–2017)

Wolfgang SachtlerThe catal­y­sis com­mu­nity mourns the loss of one of its for­ma­tive and most influ­en­tial fig­ures, Pro­fes­sor Dr. Wolf­gang Max Hugo Sachtler, who passed away on Jan­u­ary 8, 2017. Born on Novem­ber 8, 1924 in Delitzsch, Ger­many, Pro­fes­sor Sachtler received his PhD from the Tech­ni­cal Uni­ver­sity Braun­schweig (Brunswick), Ger­many in 1952, in the area of sur­face sci­ence. Upon grad­u­a­tion, he joined the Royal Dutch Shell Lab­o­ra­tory in Ams­ter­dam where he stayed until retire­ment as Direc­tor of Fun­da­men­tal Research in 1983. From 1963–84, he held a joint appoint­ment as Pro­fes­sor at the National Uni­ver­sity in Lei­den. He was par­tic­u­larly known for his insight­ful appli­ca­tion of sur­face sci­ence con­cepts to catal­y­sis. While at Shell and Lei­den, he advanced the con­cept of rela­tion­ship between metal-oxygen bond energy and the selec­tiv­ity for par­tial oxi­da­tion prod­ucts in hydro­car­bon oxi­da­tions, ini­ti­ated insight­ful dis­cus­sions on whether mol­e­c­u­lar or atomic oxy­gen is nec­es­sary for selec­tive epox­i­da­tion of eth­yl­ene, applied ther­mo­dy­nam­ics and exper­i­men­tal mea­sure­ments to metal alloys to account for the effects of the sur­face com­po­si­tions of alloys to their bind­ing of adsor­bates, and pro­moted the descrip­tion of bimetal­lic catal­y­sis in terms of ensem­ble and lig­and effects.

He joined North­west­ern Uni­ver­sity in Evanston in 1983 as the V.N. Ipati­eff Pro­fes­sor of Cat­alytic Chem­istry and the first Direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Catal­y­sis and Sur­face Sci­ence, where he con­tin­ued his pro­lific and influ­en­tial pro­fes­sional career. He was a lead­ing fig­ure in the design, syn­the­sis, and detailed inves­ti­ga­tion of gen­e­sis of metal­lic par­ti­cles in zeo­lites, their chem­i­cal prop­er­ties, and cat­alytic reac­tion mech­a­nisms. He pro­vided the first evi­dence of proton-induced cationic metal clus­ters in zeo­lite. Later, he broad­ened his research port­fo­lio to include NOx abate­ment by selec­tive cat­alytic reduc­tion strate­gies and hydro­car­bon con­ver­sions cat­alyzed by strong acids. He was among the first to rec­og­nize that trace amounts of alkenes were nec­es­sary for the low tem­per­a­ture iso­mer­iza­tion of butane over sul­fated zir­co­nia. In all, he con­tributed 440 schol­arly pub­li­ca­tions to the literature.

His work was rec­og­nized with the E. V. Mur­phree Award and the Petro­leum Chem­istry Award of the Amer­i­can Chem­i­cal Soci­ety, the Eugène Houdry Award of the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety, the Rideal Lec­ture­ship Award of Fara­day Div. Royal. Chem. Soc., R.L. Bur­well Lec­ture­ship Award of North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety, François Gault Lec­ture­ship Award of Euro­pean Fed. of Catal­y­sis Soci­eties, Ger­man Soci­ety Coal and Fuel Sci­ence award (DGMK-Kolleg). He was a mem­ber of the Royal Nether­lands Acad­emy of Sciences.

In addi­tion to his many sci­en­tific con­tri­bu­tions, many of his friends and col­leagues would remem­ber his wel­com­ing and friendly per­son­al­ity and his con­sis­tent will­ing­ness to help. He offered a very timely help­ing hand to help pro­fes­sional col­leagues as they sought to escape East­ern Europe dur­ing the cold war era. He guided var­i­ous young sci­en­tists at Shell and at Lei­den who later became lead­ing fig­ures in the field. At North­west­ern, he men­tored a large num­ber of stu­dents and post-doctoral fel­lows, many of them have taken lead­er­ship posi­tions in com­pa­nies and who would pay him fre­quent vis­its, some as recent as late last year.

He is sur­vived by his wife of over 60 years Anne-Lore and by three chil­dren and grand­chil­dren.
Harold Kung
North­west­ern Uni­ver­sity
The North­west­ern web site also con­tains a state­ment cel­e­brat­ing the accom­plish­ments of Pro­fes­sor Sachtler (http://www.mccormick.northwestern.edu/news/articles/2017/01/emeritus-professor-wolfgang-sachtler-passes-away.html)

Nominations are open for the Herman Pines Award in Catalysis

Spon­sored by UOP and the Catal­y­sis Club of Chicago


Herman Pines

Her­man Pines

The Catal­y­sis Club of Chicago is solic­it­ing nom­i­na­tions for the Her­man Pines Award for out­stand­ing research in the field of catal­y­sis. Her­man Pines was an out­stand­ing research sci­en­tist, and his work rev­o­lu­tion­ized the gen­eral under­stand­ing of organic chem­istry, par­tic­u­larly the chem­istry of hydro­car­bons inter­act­ing with strong acids. The Award in
his honor is co-sponsored by UOP, where Her­man Pines began his indus­trial career in 1930 and amassed 145 US Patents, and by the Catal­y­sis Club of Chicago of which
Her­man Pines was a found­ing member.

The Award will be pre­sented at the 2017 Catal­y­sis Club of Chicago Spring Sym­po­sium and con­sists of a plaque, a cash award of $1,000 and reim­burse­ment for travel and lodg­ing as a ple­nary speaker at the Spring Symposium.

The nom­i­nee must meet the fol­low­ing criteria:

  • Sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ments in catal­y­sis research over the past five years
  • For year 2017, the award will be given to a mem­ber of acad­e­mia or national laboratory
  • Active mem­ber in catal­y­sis community
  • A res­i­dent of North America.

Dead­line for nom­i­na­tion is Feb­ru­ary 15, 2017.

Nom­i­na­tions should describe the spe­cific work for which the nom­i­nee should be rec­og­nized. A com­plete cur­ricu­lum vitae with letter(s) of sup­port for the nom­i­nee must be included in the nom­i­na­tion, together with the descrip­tion of work. Let­ters of nom­i­na­tion and sup­port­ing doc­u­men­ta­tion must be sent by Feb­ru­ary 15, 2017 as a sin­gle PDF doc­u­ment to:
Deng-Yang Jan
Pres­i­dent – The Catal­y­sis Club of Chicago (2016–2017)
UOP LLC, A Hon­ey­well Com­pany
25 East Algo­nquin Rd.
Des Plaines, IL 60017

List of past award recip­i­ents of the Her­man Pines Award

1999 Prof. Harold Kung, North­west­ern Uni­ver­sity
2000 Dr. John Mon­nier, East­man Chem­i­cal Com­pany
2001 Prof. Lanny Schmidt, Uni­ver­sity of Min­nesota
2002 Dr. James Brazdil, BP
2003 Prof. James Dumesic, Uni­ver­sity of Wis­con­sin
2004 Dr. Alak Bhat­tacharyya, BP
2005 Prof. Israel Wachs, Lehigh Uni­ver­sity
2006 Dr. Jeff Miller, BP
2007 Prof. Chun­shan Song, Penn­syl­va­nia State Uni­ver­sity
2008 Dr. Alek­sey Yez­erets, Cum­mins Inc.
2009 Prof. Tobin Marks, North­west­ern Uni­ver­sity
2010 Dr. James Rekoske, UOP
2011 Prof. Jing­guang Chen, Uni­ver­sity of Delaware
2012 Dr. Stu­art Soled, Exxon­Mo­bil
2013 Prof. W. Nicholas Del­gass, Pur­due Uni­ver­sity
2014 Dr. Haiy­ing Chen, John­son Matthey
2015 Prof. Fabio H. Ribeiro, Pur­due Uni­ver­sity
2016 Dr. Deng-Yang Jan, UOP-Honeywell