Abhaya Datye is the recipient of the 2019 Robert Burwell Lectureship in Catalysis

Abhaya Datye

I am pleased to announce that Professor Abhaya Datye of the University of New Mexico is the recipient of the 2019 Robert Burwell Lectureship in Catalysis, 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, which will be presented at the award banquet at the NAM26 Chicago meeting. An additional $4,500 is available to cover travelling expenses in North America. The awardee is expected to lecture at many of the local catalysis clubs.

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. The awardee is selected on the basis of his/her contributions to the catalytic literature and the current timeliness of these research contributions. The recipient may be invited to (1) visit and lecture to each of the affiliated Clubs/Societies with which mutually satisfactory arrangements can be made and (2) prepare a review paper(s) for publication covering these lectures. Publication will be in an appropriate periodical.

Professor Abhaya Datye and his research group have performed elegant and creative experiments that have clarified relationships between the atomic-level structure of heterogeneous catalysts and their reactivity and/or stability. He has introduced new approaches to doing catalysis research (e.g., model catalysts and sample preparation techniques) that enabled the use of electron microscopy to study industrially relevant catalysts. He thus elucidated important fundamental concepts that are crucial for designing catalysts for improved performance. He showed how catalytic activity is enhanced due to oxidation-induced roughening of metal surfaces in nanoparticles, and how phase transformations in Fe Fischer-Tropsch catalysts can cause catalyst attrition. A major contribution was the use of electron microscopy and sintering rate equations to uncover atomic-scale mechanisms of catalyst sintering. Recently, his group described a method for generating stable monomeric Pt species on the surfaces of a ceria support, termed atom trapping. In this work, high temperatures, which normally destroy catalysts, enable the synthesis of thermally stable single atom catalysts (SACs). By studying the trapping of mobile atoms on the support, his group has improved our fundamental understanding of catalyst regeneration. These insights have led to many creative ideas for new sinter-resistant catalyst materials that have great industrial relevance.

Brent Shanks Receives Inaugural Great Plains Catalysis Society Award

The 2018 Great Plains Catalysis Society Award is presented to Professor Brent Shanks, Iowa State University’s Anson Marston Distinguished Professor in Engineering, Mike and Jean Steffenson Chair, and Director of the NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC). Dr. Shanks is a visionary in the development of new materials to bridge the gap between biological catalysis and heterogeneous catalysis. His accomplishments include the creation of new paradigms for the conversion of biomass-derived sugars to higher-value chemicals by combining biological and heterogeneous catalytic pathways. In particular, his identification of triacetic acid lactone (TAL) as a building block molecule; his elegantly combined methods to elucidate catalytic paths, the nature of the active sites and the effects of solvent in the catalytic conversion of biorenewable feedstock to chemicals to aid rational design of better catalysts; and his great contributions to the list of one hundred bioprivileged molecule candidates have significantly influenced current and future biorenewable research in the heterogeneous catalysis community. Dr. Shanks has also leveraged these scientific successes as an entrepreneur, holding several patents and co-founding three biorenewables-based startup companies. In addition to his own scientific accomplishments, he has served as a driving force behind the success of CBiRC for the past decade and catalyzed the further successes of those who have the privilege of working with him, including his 34 graduate students and 15 postdocs and visiting scientists. Dr. Shanks’s accomplishments as a scientist, entrepreneur, educator, and organizational leader epitomize the spirit of the Great Plains Catalysis Society Award, making him an exemplary honoree to serve as the inaugural Award winner.

APCAT-8 Welcome Message

Welcome to Thailand, Bangkok, the City of Angels, recognized as one of the most exciting destinations in Asia, it has all the ingredients for the success of the 8th Asia-Pacific Congress in Catalysis (APCAT) in 2019. It is with great pleasure that we invite you to participate in the 8th APCAT, which will be held during 4-7th August 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand. The scientific theme of APCAT encompasses a wide spectrum of topics, including state-of-the-art and recent trend in different catalysis research areas which will be covered through plenary and keynote lectures, oral and poster presentations. Catalysis plays a significant role in providing a better quality of life, contributing to the economy directly and indirectly. It is the innovative processes and products developed by research that facilitate and enable improvements in the quality of life, and it is the meeting of minds brought about by conferences such as the 8th APCAT that provide the opportunities, the inspiration, collaborations and networks that aid in the commercialization of new processes, chemicals, pharmaceuticals and materials.

It is understood and accepted that populations are growing, that the vital resources of food, water and energy are both limited and valuable. Therefore, it is important to use our resources more efficiently, to minimize global footprint and to move toward a sustainable future. We understand these challenges, more, we can help drive this notion by demonstrating how through catalysis breakthrough we can be more efficient, reducing our environmental footprint and in so doing, reduce the costs of industrial processes and developing technologies, enabling change. We can design, develop and alter processes to use less water, less energy, to use environmentally friendly feed stocks, thus, we present this year theme:

“A breakthrough in catalysis toward efficiency and sustainable future”

Obtaining efficiency and sustainable future through a breakthrough in catalysis is a far reaching theme, including topics such as catalysis for environmental, energy and chemical synthesis, industrial catalysis and processing. We will also develop the bio-catalysis discussions, including biomass conversion to bio-chemicals and bio-fuels, and barriers to production.

We will endeavor to develop an attractive program of topics relevant to the theme and take the opportunity of this auspicious occasion for forging new networks and developing new collaborations with scientists around the world. By joining with the APCAT the symposium will bring together researchers from both inside and outside of the Asia-Pacific region, to further research ideals and foster new ideas and relationships.

We look forward to seeing you in Bangkok in 4-7th August, 2019.
Piyasan Praserthdam
Chairman of APCAT 8

IZC’19 Announcement

On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee I invite you to attend 19th International Zeolite Conference to be held in Perth, Western Australia 7-12 July 2019, at Crown Perth.

Western Australia is a resource rich state and Perth is the perfect city to host IZC’19. The program format will be similar to previous conferences, however the committee plan to complement your visit with field trips to mine sites and processing plants both in Western Australia and also on the eastern sea board where many delegates may wish to enter from.

Perth is a vibrant cosmopolitan city that continues to grow and thrive and only less than 2 hours’ drive either north or south we have contrasting landscapes that demonstrates the natural beauty of Western Australia. We look forward to hosting you in July 2019 and encourage you to make the most of this opportunity by taking the time while here to visit many other parts of this great country, the parts that you have always wanted to visit.
Prof Moses Oludayo Tade
Chair Local Organising Committee, IZC’19
Deputy Pro Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Science and Engineering,
Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia

Enrique Iglesia is the recipient of the 2019 Michel Boudart Award for the Advancement of Catalysis

We are pleased to announce that Professor Enrique Iglesia of the University of California at Berkeley is the recipient of the 2019 Michel Boudart Award for the Advancement of Catalysis. The award is presented jointly by the North American Catalysis Society (NACS) and the European Federation of Catalysis Societies (EFCATS). The award is supported by the Haldor Topsøe Company and is awarded biennially in odd-numbered years. Professor Iglesia will give plenary lectures at the 2019 NACS and EFCATS meetings. The award consists of a plaque and a prize of $6,000. The plaque will be presented during the closing banquet ceremonies at the 2019 North American Meeting of the Catalysis Society (NAM26 in Chicago).

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/or practice of heterogeneous catalysis.

Professor Enrique Iglesia and his research group have advanced the design, synthesis, and structural and mechanistic characterization of solid catalysts for chemical reactions involved in the production, conversion, and use of energy carriers, in sustainable syntheses of chemicals and intermediates, and in the protection of the environment. These advances exploit novel protocols for the synthesis of well-defined nanostructures and isolated uniform sites within porous solids, as well as techniques that probe the local structure and atomic connectivity in these materials, in most instances as catalytic turnovers occur. His research approach, in the spirit and teachings of his mentor, Professor Michel Boudart, is underpinned by chemical kinetics, spectroscopic probes, thermodynamic cycles, transition state theory, and statistical mechanics and quantum methods for the purpose of elucidating the essential features of the relevant surface chemistry and the nature of the required active sites. His most recent work has brought together solvation effects on reactivity and selectivity induced by confinement and by dense phases, whether liquid or adsorbed layers, into a unifying conceptual framework. In doing so, these studies have led to the more accurate and explicit isolation of the respective effects of the binding point and the reaction environment on transition state stability, thus allowing the definition of more complete descriptors of site reactivity in oxidation and acid catalysis. The relevance of his research to the practice of catalysis is evident from his many patents, several of which have enabled improvements in catalytic processes for the conversion of natural gas and oxygenates to fuels and chemicals as well as the broader application of zeotypes in chemical syntheses and environmental control.
Jingguang Chen
President, North American Catalysis Society

Call for Nominations of the 2019 Herman Pines Award in Catalysis

Sponsored by UOP and the Catalysis Club of Chicago

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 in both industry and academia, 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 while at Northwestern University.

The Award will be presented at the 2019 Catalysis Club of Chicago Spring Symposium on April 16, 2019 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 2019, 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 January 18, 2019. 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 January 18, 2019 as a single PDF document to:

Chris Nicholas
President – The Catalysis Club of Chicago (2018-2019)
Honeywell UOP
25 East Algonquin Rd.
Des Plaines, IL 60017


Previous 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
2017 Prof. Peter Stair – Northwestern
2018 Dr. Jerzy Klosin – Dow Chemicals

Javier Pérez-Ramírez is the recipient of the 2019 Paul H. Emmett Award in Fundamental Catalysis

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Javier Pérez-Ramírez of ETH Zurich is the recipient of the 2019 Paul H. Emmett Award in Fundamental Catalysis, sponsored by W. R. Grace & Co. This prize 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 2019 North American Meeting of the Catalysis Society. Dr. Pérez-Ramírez will present a Plenary Lecture at the 2019 North American Meeting of the Catalysis Society (NAM26, in Chicago).

The Paul H. Emmett Award in Fundamental Catalysis recognizes and encourages 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 2019 award recognizes Professor Pérez-Ramírez for significant contributions to the design of catalytic materials and process concepts to solve energy, resource, and environmental challenges of society at large. He has developed catalysts that enable pioneering selective routes for CO2 hydrogenation to methanol and halogen-mediated functionalization of natural gas components, as well as for conversion of renewables to chemical building blocks. He has advanced techniques for nanostructuring of noble metals in the form of defined ensembles or single atoms. This has enabled key sustainability targets, such as the avoidance of harmful modifiers for liquid-phase alkyne hydrogenation. The thread of his research combines creative discovery with advanced structural and mechanistic understanding, emphasizing the bridge between the molecular level and application at the technical scale.
For the design of innovative catalytic processes to address energy, resource, and environmental challenges.
Christopher W. Jones
VP, North American Catalysis Society

Call for Nominations of the 2018 Great Plains Catalysis Society Award

The Great Plains Catalysis Society seeks nominations for the 2018 Great Plains Catalysis Society Award. This will be the first time the Award is given by the Society. The Award will be presented at the 2nd Annual Symposium of the Great Plains Catalysis Society, to be held on April 12, 2019 at the Phillips 66 Research Center in Bartlesville, OK. The Award winner will give a plenary lecture at the Symposium.

The Award will be given to an individual, preferably from the Great Plains area, who has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of catalysis. Such advancement can be scientific, technological, or in organization leadership. The Award will be presented at the annual symposium and consists of a scroll and memento, reimbursement for travel and lodging expenses to the annual Symposium, and a cash prize. Nominees must confirm in advance their attendance at the annual Symposium and their intent to deliver a plenary lecture if chosen to receive the Award.

A full nomination package must be limited to 10 pages and should include the following:

  1. Name, occupational address, phone, and e-mail of the nominator, who must be a member in good standing of the Society
  2. Name, occupational address, phone, and e-mail of the nominee
  3. Nominee’s short-form curriculum vitae
  4. One letter of nomination from the nominator
  5. One to two letters of support
  6. An award citation of 200-400 words that could be used for publicity

The nomination package must be received by January 8, 2019 and should be sent to:
Alan Allgeier
Learned Hall
University of Kansas
1530 W. 15th St
Lawrence, KS 66045
It is the intent of the Society to notify the Award winner by March 1, 2019.

Hai-Ying Chen is the recipient of the 2019 Eugene J. Houdry Award in Applied Catalysis

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Hai-Ying Chen of Johnson Matthey is the recipient of the 2019 Eugene J. Houdry Award in Applied Catalysis sponsored by Clariant.

The Eugene J. Houdry Award in Applied Catalysis 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. 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 2019 North American Meeting of the Catalysis Society (NAM26) in Chicago. Dr. Chen will also present a Plenary Lecture at the 2019 North American Meeting of the Catalysis Society in recognition of this honor.

Dr. Chen is recognized for his outstanding contributions to advancing the capabilities of catalytic converters for automotive exhaust emission control – a field pioneered by Eugene J. Houdry more than 60 years ago. Dr. Chen and his team at Johnson Matthey have developed and industrialized many innovative catalyst technologies for cleaning air pollutants from exhaust emissions. These include the development of NOx adsorber catalysts for diesel pickup trucks to meet stringent US EPA 2010 emission standards in 2007; the discovery and commercialization of a group of small-pore zeolite supported Cu catalysts for the selective catalytic reduction of NOx for heavy-duty diesel trucks to meet low NOx emission regulations in 2010; and the most recent invention of Pd-zeolite based diesel cold start concept catalysts that help fuel-efficient vehicles meet stricter future environmental regulations. Millions of emission control catalysts and systems that contain the technologies developed by Dr. Chen and his team have been installed on vehicles. This has resulted in millions of tons of reduction in air pollutants, which significantly benefits our environment and society.

Dr. Chen received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Fudan University, Shanghai, China. He conducted postdoctoral research at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. He has published more than 60 technical papers and holds more than 140 granted patents in various jurisdictions around the world.
For outstanding contributions to advancements in catalyst technologies and science for diesel exhaust emission control.

In Memoriam: Burtron H. “Burt” Davis (1934 -2018)

It is with great sadness that I write to share with you the passing of Burtron H. “Burt” Davis on September 28th.

Burt Davis was an outstanding scientist and intellect holding prolific scholarly track records, and constant source of humorous tales for decades. He had a hobby of collecting research on the greatest scientists of our time, including his mentor Dr. Paul Emmett. He is irreplaceable, and will be missed by many of us. Please keep his family, friends, and colleagues in your thoughts.

Burt Davis, an investigator, Associate Director and Interim Director of Center for Applied Energy Research, University of Kentucky, enjoyed a highly successful career of research and scholarship, being widely recognized as the ultimate authority on Fischer-Tropsch synthesis. He held numerous offices and memberships in several professional societies, including the American Chemical Society (ACS), the North American Catalysis Society, TriState Catalysis Society, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and the Materials Research Society. He authored/co-authored over 850 publications and received four Elsevier most-cited author awards. Burt was awarded the prestigious Henry H. Storch Award in Fuel Science in 2002 by ACS for his significant contributions in catalysis, Fischer−Tropsch synthesis, and coal conversion research. In 2011, he became an ACS Fellow. In 2013, he earned ACS’s Energy and Fuels Division’s Distinguished Researcher Award in Petroleum Chemistry. In 2014, he was presented to the Distinguished Service award by the NACS, and the “Distinguished West Virginian Award” by then-Governor Earl Ray Tomblin.

Burt Davis received his B.S. degree in chemistry from West Virginia University, M.S. from St. Joseph’s University while he was working at Atlantic Refining, and PhD from University of Florida. He worked under Paul Emmett as a post-doctorate researcher on catalysis at the John Hopkins University.

He worked at Mobil for four years, where he discovered a platinum-10 catalyst for converting gasoline from low-octane to high-octane. After seven years of teaching at Potomac State College as an Associate Professor of Chemistry, Davis followed his great passion for research, and started working at the University of Kentucky’s Center for Applied Energy where he was responsible for catalysis, Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis and direct coal liquefaction research. He created a program that involved both academic research and cooperative research with industry. He has developed a laboratory with extensive capability in use the of radioactive and stable isotopes in reaction mechanism studies and materials characterization and developed research programs in Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis, surface science studies, heterogeneous catalysis, materials science, organic analysis, 1/4 ton per day direct coal liquefaction pilot plant operation, liquefaction mechanistic studies, clean gasoline reforming with superacid catalysts, and upgrading naphthas.

A Funeral service for Burt Davis will be held on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at Johnson’s Funeral Home at 4:00 pm. Funeral Service Information: www.johnsonsfuneralhome.com/book-of-memories/3619109/Davis-Burtron/service-details.php