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:

In Memoriam: Frank S. Stone (1925-2018)

Frank Stone’s death on March 5th deprived the scientific community of an elder statesman, famed for studies of catalysis and solid-state chemistry. Born in 1925 in Bristol, England, and educated at Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital School, Bristol, he excelled in Classics and Sciences, but preferred the latter, studying Chemistry at the University of Bristol; graduating with first class honours in 1945.

He undertook postgraduate research with Professor W. E. Garner, linking the catalytic activities of binary inorganic oxides with their semi-conducting characteristics. Thereafter, he proceeded to post-doctoral studies in photochemistry at Princeton University, USA, with the distinguished physical chemist, Hugh S. Taylor. Returning to Bristol, he investigated heterogeneous catalytic reactions through adsorption calorimetry. The importance of the “electronic factor” to heterogeneous catalysis led Stone to doping binary oxides with the alter-valent ions, and to measuring the magnetic properties of ternary oxides. Enduring associations were established with Italian and Spanish research groups; notably with Alessandro Cimino, a contemporary at Princeton, at the Universities of Perugia and Rome, assessing specific catalytic activities of isolated surface ionic sites; and with co-workers of J. F. Garcia de la Banda (CSIC, Madrid), who worked previously with Garner, to study the cracking of hydrocarbons on transition metal-doped zeolites. Between 1955-65, Frank Stone pioneered research on heterogeneous photocatalysis on finely-divided oxides, solid-state reactions for spinel formation, and adsorption on supported metallic particles.

He became European Editor of the Journal of Catalysis in 1970, a task at which he excelled for 26 years, in which his literary acumen and facility with foreign languages earned him huge respect, especially from non-English-speaking authors, who were grateful to him for his tactful suggestions for improving manuscripts.

In 1972 Frank Stone became Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Bath, where, with Adriano Zecchina and Edoardo Garrone of the University of Turin, he applied UV-Visible Diffuse Reflectance- and Infra-Red Spectroscopies to oxide surfaces of alkaline-earth elements, identifying 3-, 4-, and 5-fold coordinated adsorption sites, and revealing a pink oligomeric form of adsorbed carbon monoxide. In later years he held the position of Pro-Vice-Chancellor. Frank Stone was an outstanding lecturer. He authored more than 120 scientific papers; many have withstood the “wear of time”. He was a founding- committee member of the triennial Rideal Conference Series, and was a regular attendee until 2011/12.

He met his future wife, Joan, also a student, in wartime Bristol. They became volunteer fire-watchers, studying by day and fulfilling their night-time duties from the rooftops of the University buildings. A family man, who enjoyed gardening, cycling, and travel. He took many camping holidays across Europe, a practice continued until late in life and held annual summer camps for his research group in the Welsh Mountains or on Exmoor. He was a regularly-attending member of the Bristol Scientific Society until shortly before his death.
Roger I. Bickley
Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK

In Memoriam: Kozo Tanabe (1926-2018)

Professor Kozo Tanabe passed away on April 24, 2018 at the age of 91.

Kozo Tanabe was born on May 7, 1926 in Takeda, Oita prefecture, Japan. He studied Chemistry at Hokkaido University and graduated in 1951. He joined the Research Institute of Catalysis, Hokkaido University and received a PhD in 1956. He remained on the faculty of the Research Institute of Catalysis and was promoted to Professor in 1960. In 1965, he moved to the Department of Chemistry at Hokkaido University, where he retired to become Professor Emeritus in 1990.

Professor Tanabe carried out early seminal work in acid-base catalysis by solids and discovered the essential role of acid-base pairs in conferring unique reactivity and selectivity by stabilizing intermediates through concerted interactions. He was a prolific and highly-cited author with more than 300 research publication and 10 books. Among these, the book entitled “Solid Acids and Bases” set the fundamental underpinnings for the interpretation of the reactivity of oxides and mixed oxides in catalytic reactions and for the benefits of an appropriate balance in strength between the acid and base active centers.

His achievements were recognized with many distinctions, among them several awards from the Chemical Society and the Catalysis Society of Japan and the Japan Institute of Petroleum. He was awarded the Medal with Purple Ribbon and the Order of the Sacred Treasure. Professor Tanabe served as President of the Catalysis Society of Japan and as Vice president of the Chemical Society of Japan. His profound influence on the field led to the creation of the “Kozo Tanabe Prize for Acid-Base Catalysis” in his honor; this prize is stewarded by the Scientific Advisory Board of the International Acid-Base Catalysis Symposium.

Professor Tanabe was a teacher and mentor for many generations of catalysis scientists at Hokkaido University and in the catalysis community at-large. He is also remembered as a humble and gentle scholar whose vast wisdom and knowledge he was always so willing to share.
(Prepared by Hideshi Hattori, Johannes Lercher, and Enrique Iglesia)

Call for Nominations of the 2018 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award

Each year the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia recog-nizes an outstanding member of the catalysis commu-nity, who has made significant contributions to the advancement of Catalysis. Such advancement can be scientific, technological, or in organization leadership. The Award consists of a plaque and a $1,000 cash prize.

We appreciate your help in submitting nominations. The entire nomination package, including a resume and recommendation letters, should not be more than 10 pages and should include a ½ page tentative award announcement. The deadline for the receipt of nomi-nations is Friday, March 30th, 2018. Prior nomination packages sent in 2016 or later will automatically be considered for the 2018 Award.

Nomination letters along with supporting materials should be emailed to
Anton Petushkov
Zeolyst International
280 Cedar Grove Road
Conshohocken, PA, 19428

2018 Herman Pines Award Announcement

Dr. Jerzy Klosin of Dow Chemical Company has been selected as the recipient of 2018 Herman Pines Award. Jerzy is a fellow in Corporate Research and Development at The Dow Chemical Company. His research at Dow focused on homogenous catalysis including catalyst development for olefin polymerization, asymmetric hydroformylation reactions and ethylene tetramerization process. Early in his career he has been involved with the discovery and development of Dow’s INSITE Technology and Constrained-Geometry Catalysts. Jerzy together with his teams co-developed several molecular catalysts for olefin polymerization that were commercialized subsequently by Performance Plastics to produce differentiated polyolefins.

He has published 49 external papers in the area of organometallic and homogenous catalysis and holds 38 US patents. He has given over 50 invited lectures at national and international conferences and various universities. He is a recipient of 2013 SCI Gordon E. Moore Medal awarded for the discovery and commercialization of new homogenous olefin polymerization catalysts. Jerzy is a Member of Editorial Advisory Board of Organometallics, Member of Joint Board-Council Committee on ACS Publications and a board member of Chemical and Engineering News (C&EN). Jerzy was an organizer and a chair of 2015 Organometallic Gordon Conference and co-organizer of 2015 and 2017 Advances of Polyolefins conferences.

Jerzy received a MS in Chemistry from Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland in 1991 and a Ph.D. in Chemistry (Organic, Organometallic) from University of Florida, Gainesville in 1995.

This award also recognizes hiss outstanding leadership and contributions to Catalysis Community throughout his career. He will present his Pines Award address at the May Spring Symposium of the Catalysis Club of Chicago.

In Memoriam: Robert K. Grasselli (1931-2018)

Robert Grasselli obtained his bachelor degree from Harvard in 1952, after wining a scholarship from the Technical University in Graz, Austria. He obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Case-Western Reserve University, Cleveland, from where he proceeded to Sohio as a research scientist. After leaving Sohio he worked at the US Office of Naval Research, Washington, where he was Director of Chemical Research, and then at Mobil Corporation. From 1996 to 2006 he was Guest Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Munich and, simultaneously, Adjunct Full Professor in Chemical Engineering at the Center for Catalytic Science and Technology in the University of Delaware at Newark. Later he became Distinguished Affiliated Professor at the Technical University of Munich (2006-2018).

Dr. Robert A. Grasselli was a highly accomplished and innovative industrial chemist, renowned for his seminal contributions to the design, development, and commercial exploitation of novel solid catalysis. Inventor in 160 U.S. patents, he was instrumental in developing a fundamentally new method of producing the polymer precursor, acrylonitrile. The key innovation in this one-step process was the use microcrystalline bismuth molybdate; the process was so effective that, after its adoption worldwide, a 50-fold increase of acrylonitrile production was achieved.

Dr. Robert Grasselli was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering (1995); inducted into the US National Hall of Fame for Engineering, Science and Technology (1988); was a recipient of the American Chemical Society E. N. Morley Medal (1999); and the E. V. Murphee Award for Industrial and Engineering Chemistry in 1984. He also shared the Distinguished Award in Oxidation Catalysis from the World Oxidation Catalysis Society in Berlin (2001); and he received a doctorate, honoris causa, from the University of Bologna. He was awarded the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Prize in1995.

Dr. Grasselli combined the best of the American optimism and ‘can-do’ spirit with the old-world European cultural depth and charm of the continent of his birth. He read extensively; he loved music and was an ardent supporter of the Vienna Phillarmonic. He had a passion for skiing and for travel to far-away places. He loved gardening, unusual flora, and modern art. For the last twenty years of his life, he and his wife, Dr. Eva-Maria Hauck, spent their time in their two homes, one in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, the other in Munich. He will always be remembered for his ethusiam for science that led him throughout his life to bring friends together in discussion.
(Prepared by Doug Buttrey, William Goddard III, and Raul Lobo)