A New Catalysis Institute in the USA

The Institute for Interfacial Catalysis (IIC) was launched at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in February 2005 as a center to study catalyzed chemical transformations important for a secure energy future. The Institute was established to build and deploy, for the benefit of the research community, new capabilities, particularly tools addressing single site and operando catalysis, that take advantage of revolutionary advances in nanotechnology and high-performance computing. PNNL’s strong catalysis portfolio serves as the foundation for IIC’s interactions and collaborations with fundamental and applied scientists across the Nation and around the globe.

There is a wealth of information on their resources at http://iic.pnl.gov/.

Catalysis and the 2006 Nobel Prize in chemistry

Updated: 12:08 p.m. ET Oct. 5, 2005
STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Americans Robert H. Grubbs and Richard R. Schrock and Yves Chauvin of France won the Nobel Prize in chemistry Wednesday for discoveries that let industry create drugs and advanced plastics in a more efficient and environmentally friendly way.

The trio won the award for their development of the metathesis method in organic synthesis — a way to swap groups of atoms between molecules that the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences likened to a dance in which couples change partners.

Timing for future NACS Awards

Each of the 4 NACS awards are announced every 2 years. The Ciapetta Lectureship Award is already open for nominations and will close on November 30, 2005.

  • Nominations for the Houdry Award will open May 2006, close August 1, 2006
  • Nominations for the Emmett Award will open August 2006 and close Nov. 30, 2006
  • Nominations for the Burwell Lectureship will open January 2007 and close April 1,2007

Details for submitting nominations and the composition of the nomination package on given under the Awards folder for each award.
John Armor
President, North American Catalysis Society

Ciapetta Lectureship award for 2006

Nominations are now being accepted for the next Ciapetta Lectureship in Catalysis Award given by the North American Catalysis Society. The award is described below.
The F.G. Ciapetta Lectureship in Catalysis is cosponsored by Grace Davison, a business unit of W. R. Grace & Co and The North American Catalysis Society. The Society administers this Lectureship. It is to be awarded biennially in even numbered years. The Award consists of a plaque and an honorarium of $5,000. An additional $4,500 is available to cover travelling expenses. The honorarium is provided completely by Davison. The Award 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. The awardee will be 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.

Nominations and supporting documents (6 copies) must be submitted before 30 November 2005 to:
John N. Armor
President, North American Catalysis Society
1608 Barkwood Dr
Orefield, PA 18069 USA
Phone: 610-395-1406
The nomination should include a cover letter by the nominator detailing the qualifications of the nominee. At least 1-2 seconding letters are helpful. A copy of the resume of the nominee should be included and any other relevant material to support the nomination. Selection will be made in December 2005-January 2006.

WSJ Technology Innovation Awards

Technology Innovation Awards

From the Wall Street Journal, June 13, 2005
In today’s fiercely competitive business environment, it’s more important than ever to discover and nurture new ideas. That’s why The Wall Street Journal presents the Technology Innovation Awards. The Journal is looking for technological breakthroughs in such areas as medicine, biotechnology, software, hardware, the Internet, wireless and broadcasting. Winners will be featured in The Wall Street Journal Europe on Oct. 28. For an application form and more information, go to www.dowjones.com/innovation.

Entry deadline is Aug. 12.

Anyone have an entry in the catalysis area?- If so, contact the above address.

New NAM Officers for 2005-2009

At the recent Board meeting of the North American Catalysis Society, elections were held for all officer positions. In addition, the Board voted to expand the role of the Newsletter editor to include web page editions. The title of this position will be Communications Director, which is to be an elected position with voting privelges at the Board meeting. The new slate of officers for 2005-2009 are

  • President, John Armor of GlobalCatalysis.com
  • Vice President, Enrique Iglesia, University of California at Berkeley
  • Secretary, Umit Ozkan, Ohio State University
  • Treasurer, John Byrne, Engelhard Corporation
  • Communications Director, Edrick Morales, Lyondell Chemical Company
  • Foreign Secretary, Curt Conner, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

I also wish to express my thanks to those who have left the Board

  • Former Vice President, Gary McVicker
  • Former Newsletter Editor, Mike D’Amore
  • Former Directors at Large, Kathy Taylor and Gary McVicker

In additon, since no Board member should hold two voting roles, John Armor has stepped aside as the newly elected Director-at-Large and Stu Soled of ExxonMobil has been appointed to fill that role.

Israel Wachs receives Herman Pines Award

The Catalysis Club of Chicago is pleased to announce that the 2005 Herman Pines Award in Catalysis is presented to Professor Israel E. Wachs from Lehigh University.

The Herman Pines Award is presented annually by the Catalysis Club of Chicago at its Spring Symposium 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 sponsored by UOP where Herman began his industrial career in 1930 and amassed 145 US patents over a 23-year period. The award is being co-sponsored by the Catalysis Club of Chicago of which Professor Pines was a founding member.

Formal presentation of the award will take place at the 2005 Spring Symposium of the Catalysis Club of Chicago on Wednesday, May 18, 2005, where Professor Wachs will present the keynote address.

Directors-at-Large for next 4 years

From the mail balloting of the membership, 4 new Directors-at-Large have been elected to serve from the next Board meeting (May 2005) for the next 4 years. They are Bruce Gates, Jingguang Chen, Chris Marshall, and John Armor. Two runner-up candidates will be designated as Alternates; they are Stu Soled and Dan Resasco.

Opportunity for free catalyst testing

TDA Research, Inc., under contract to the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency, is soliciting candidate catalysts that may be able to detoxify chemical warfare agents under ambient conditions. DTRA seeks to develop catalytic decontamination capability that would protect against chemical warfare agents without needing to store and transport large volumes of decontaminating liquids. Candidate catalysts will be sent directly by the various contributing researchers to an independent surety laboratory for testing with chemical agents HD, GB, and VX. Catalysts are sought that are active against one or more of these chemical agents. Catalysts need not be chemically identified, other than providing sufficient data on safe handling and disposal. Catalyst samples will not be subjected to chemical analysis.

After testing, catalyst samples will be disposed of and will not be returned. Candidate catalysts will be tested if there is a reasonable expectation that they would be shelf stable for prolonged storage (5-10 years) at unregulated temperatures (up to 120 ºF). Catalysts that are known to produce free radicals will not be tested in this program, since free radicals are known to produce complex and potentially dangerous product mixtures. Catalysts will be eligible for testing whether or not they have been designed to detoxify chemical warfare agents and regardless of the amount of previous testing. Individual researchers may submit multiple catalysts for testing, although budget limitations may dictate how many candidate materials will be tested. Researchers will be provided with a report documenting the performance of their catalyst samples against chemical warfare agents, including details of the testing protocols and comparisons to other materials tested.

To participate in this program or for more information, please contact
Bryan Smith, Ph.D.
Senior Chemical Engineer
TDA Research, Inc.
12345 W. 52nd Ave., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
FAX 303-422-7763

Fabio Ribeiro awarded NY Catalysis Society Excellence in Catalysis Award

The Catalysis Society of Metropolitan New York is pleased to announce that Professor Fabio Ribeiro of Purdue University is the 2005 recipient of the Society’s Excellence in Catalysis Award, sponsored by ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company. Professor Ribeiro is being recognized for his creativity and outstanding accomplishments in the field of heterogeneous catalysis. His work is broadly recognized and characterized by complete attention to detail, and careful experimental design to precisely answer important questions in catalysis. This award recognizes Professor Ribeiro for his use of the combination of structural characterization, chemical kinetics, and ab initio calculations to understand catalytic systems at a fundamental level. Professor Ribeiro’s career is marked by success and achievement at every stage including graduate and post graduate studies with Michel Boudart and Gabor Somorjai, industrial research at Catalytica Incorporated, and faculty appointments at Worcester Polytechnic and PurdueUniversity. In a relatively short period of time, Professor Ribeiro has provided key insights into numerous important and diverse catalytic systems, such as catalytic combustion, hydrodechlorination, hydrocarbon rearrangement on alloy surfaces, and properties of oxygen-modified transition metal carbides.