Alexis T. Bell is the recipient of the 2018 NACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Catalysis

I am pleased to announce that Prof. Alexis T. Bell is the recipient of the 2018 NACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Catalysis sponsored and administered by The North American Catalysis Society. It is awarded biennially in even-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.

The NACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Catalysis is given to a person who has advanced catalytic chemistry or engineering by significant service to the catalysis community in addition to their technical accomplishments.

Alex Bell’s distinguished service to the catalysis community has significantly advanced the field through a wide variety of leadership positions. He has been the Editor in Chief of Catalysis Reviews – Science and Engineering and Chemical Engineering Science. In addition, Alex has taken leadership roles that have greatly impacted catalysis. He was appointed as Chair of a Panel on New Directions in Catalytic Science and Technology for the National Research Council from 1989-91. He organized a workshop on the subject and led the writing of a report entitled Catalysis Looks to the Future. Oral presentations based on the report were made to House and Senate committees dealing with science and technology. The findings of the report served to launch and strengthen research programs in catalysis in many parts of the world and provided direction and supporting information for many research proposals submitted in the US. Alex has also served in leadership positions for workshops designed to help shape DOE programs that impact catalysis. In addition to these special assignments Alex has also taken on leadership roles in the NACS and international catalysis societies. Alex established this record of service while advancing the knowledge of catalysis with the publication of over 700 technical publications, with an h-index of 111. He has established leadership roles in mechanistic studies using vibrational spectroscopies and kinetic analysis for a variety of catalytic reactions, and applications to catalysis of theory ranging from molecular dynamics to bond order conservation methods to density functional theory. This most impressive body of work has been widely recognized, including election to the National Academies of both Engineering and Science.

The time required for these tasks was substantial, but the benefits to the catalysis community were huge and made possible only by Alex’s unique combination of skill and commitment. The community is very thankful to Alex for these important contributions.
Christopher W. Jones
VP, North American Catalysis Society

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)

Teh Ho is the recipient of the 2018 F.G. Ciapetta Lectureship in Catalysis

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Teh Ho of ExxonMobil (Retired) is the recipient of the 2018 F. G. Ciapetta Lectureship in Catalysis sponsored by W. R. Grace & Co. It is awarded biennially in even-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. Ho will be invited to present lectures at the local catalysis clubs and societies during the two-year period covered by this award.

The F. G. Ciapetta Lectureship in Catalysis 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.

Teh Ho has recently retired from ExxonMobil’s corporate research laboratory after a 37-year industrial career (including 4 years with Halcon R&D Development Corp). He continues to spend his spare time writing papers on catalysis and reaction engineering. He has been a prolific author, writing comprehensive reviews on hydrodenitrogenation, hydrodesulfurization, and process modeling.

Teh had spent a large fraction of his career in probing reaction kinetics of several industrially important areas with particular emphasis on sulfide catalysis and the role of hydrogenation vs hydrogenolysis and the influence of basic vs. non-basic organo-nitrogen species as inhibitors. To overcome the difficulties of characterizing highly disordered sulfide catalysts, he developed a dynamic technique to determine the number of catalytic active sites and the structure-activity relationship for hydrodesulfurization catalysts. His work has always used high-level modeling for gaining predictive understanding.

He is the recipient of 2002 Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award of the Research Council of New Jersey, the 2002 Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Practice Award of the AIChE, the 2004 AIChE Wilhelm Award, the 2006 AIChE Evans Chemical Engineering Practice Award. He capped off his industrial career with induction into the National Academy of Engineering in 2016.

Citation: “Catalytic removal of sulfur and nitrogen from hydrocarbons for manufacturing clean fuels and petrochemicals.”
Christopher W. Jones
Vice President, North American Catalysis Society

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.
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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)
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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.
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