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