Seeking nominations for Chicago’s Herman Pines Award

2003 Herman Pines Award in Catalysis

 
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 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. The award will be presented at the 2003 Spring Symposium of the Catalysis Club of Chicago. The recipient will receive a cash award of $1,000 and reimbursement for travel and lodging as a plenary speaker at the Spring Symposium.

Past Herman Pines Award winners have been:

  • 1999 Professor Harold Kung, Northwestern University
  • 2000 Dr. John Monnier, Eastman Chemical Company
  • 2001 Professor Lanny Schmidt, University of Minnesota
  • 2002 Dr. James Brazdil, BP

The recipient will be chosen based on the following criteria: Importance of catalysis research completed in the past five years. Alternation of the award between industrial and academic/national laboratory researchers.

Recipient must be a resident of North America. For the award to be given in 2003, nominations for AN ACADEMIC/NATIONAL LABORATORY RESEARCHER are sought by January 31, 2003. Nominations should describe the specific work for which the nominee should be recognized. Please send your nomination either through Internet Nomination Form or directly via regular mail by the deadline to:
 
Larry Satek
6208 North Van Guilder Road
Fremont, IN 46737
satekwinery@voyager.net
(260) 495-9463
 
The recipient will be notified in February of 2003, and the award address will take place at the Spring Symposium in May of 2003.

Houdry Award to Avelino Corma

The 2003 Eugene J. Houdry Award in Applied Catalysis to Professor Avelino Corma Canos of the Technical University of Valencia, Spain. The award is sponsored by Süd-Chemie, Inc. The purpose of the Award is to recognize and encourage 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.

Professor Corma is widely recognized as a prolific and versatile contributor to the science and technology of heterogeneous catalysis. In particular, he has participated in the discovery of new catalysts for the isomerization of light, straight-run naphtha now in commercial use, others for bottoms upgrading in FCC units, a catalyst for a commercial process for the selective epoxidation of propylene, the development of weakly basic solid catalysts for selective isomerization of alpha olefins, and the commercialization of catalysts for the isomerization of beta pinene. His nominators commented: a set of catalyst compositions disclosed in a patent for the isomerization of light, straight-run naphtha (US #5,057,471) is in current use in ten commercial units. These catalysts are based on H-mordenite materials with very low aluminum content and they show unprecedented sulfur resistance. His group is also credited with the discovery and use of Al-containing sepiolite materials as additives for bottoms upgrading in FCC units. Following successful scale-up activities, these catalysts are in current use in at least one FCC refinery unit.

A collaboration between the Corma group and Sumitomo Corporation has led to a commercial process for the selective epoxidation of propylene to propylene oxide using cumene hydroperoxide. The use of a zeolitic material with large pores and a Si-O-Ti framework leads to unprecedented selectivity and stability. A commercial reactor using this technology is currently in start-up in Japan.

A joint project with Tagasako Corporation and Acedesa led to the commercialization of heterogeneous catalysts for the isomerization of beta pinene to alpha pinene, as part of an overall process for the synthesis of a family of sandalwood-type fragrances.
Professor Corma’s group has also pioneered the use of automated micro-activity test units, whose design was patented and licensed, and about 30 of these units have been placed in service.

Emmett Award to Francisco Zaera

The Paul H. Emmett Award in Fundamental Catalysis to Professor Francisco Zaera of the University of California at Riverside, USA. The award is sponsored by the Davison Chemical Division of W.R. Grace and Company. The Award is intended to recognize and encourage individual contributions (under the age of 45) 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.

Professor Zaera’s main interests lie with the study of mechanisms of surface reactions by using modern surface-sensitive techniques. He is noted for bridging the knowledge on surface reactions with that of organometallic systems and for his extension of kinetic theories to reactions on surfaces. His nominators commented that he has placed particular emphasis on making a connection between the atomic details of surface reactions and heterogeneous catalytic processes. While most surface kinetic concepts have been recognized for some time, Francisco is credited with quantifying the kinetic consequences of these effects by a variety of surface science techniques to rationalize the rates observed in model systems and correlate them with practical heterogeneous catalysis rates.

He has been given credit for unequivocally establishing that most hydrocarbon processing catalysts are covered with a carbonaceous layer during the catalytic process. By performing isotope labeling experiments and using vibrational spectroscopy and molecular beam studies, Professor Zaera determined that those deposits are not direct intermediates in hydrogenation-dehydrogenation steps, but rather an play an indirect role by tempering the high activity of the metal surfaces and providing a reservoir for the surface hydrogen. He is also credited with establishing the prominence of hydride and reductive elimination steps as the main conversion pathways for alkyl fragments on transition metals. He has also shown how specific small changes in relative rates among competing reactions can account for vast differences in selectivity observed among some Group VIII metal centers.

Nominations for 2003 Paul H. Emmett Award in Fundamental Catalysis

The Paul H. Emmett Award in Fundamental Catalysis is sponsored by Davison Catalyst, a business unit of W. R. Grace & Co. It is administered by The Catalysis Society and is awarded biennially in odd numbered years, and it will be presented at the Cancun meeting of The North American Catalysis Society (NACS). The award consists of a plaque and a prize of $3,000. An additional $500 is available for otherwise unreimbursed travel expenses.

The purpose of the Award is to recognize and encourage 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 award winner shall not have passed his/ her 45th birthday on April 1 of the award year.

Selection of the Award winner will be made by a committee of renowned scientists and engineers appointed by the President of The North American Catalysis Society. Selection shall be made without regard for sex, nationality or affiliation. Posthumous awards will be made only when knowledge of the awardee’s death is received after announcement of the Award Committee’s decision. Nomination packages for the Award must be received by 30 September and should contain the nominee’s qualifications, accomplishments, a nominating letter, a seconding letter and a biography of the nominee. A critical evaluation of the significance of publications and patents should be made as well as a statement about the particular contribution on which the nomination is based. Nomination documents should be submitted in six copies to the President of the Society along with no more than two seconding letters.

All nomination packages for the Emmett Award be must be received by on 30 September, 2002 and addressed to:
 
John Armor
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc
7201 Hamilton Blvd.
Allentown, PA 18195 USA

Nominations for 2003 Eugene J. Houdry Award in Applied Catalysis

The Eugene J. Houdry Award in Applied Catalysis is sponsored by Süd-Chemie, Inc. It is administered by The Catalysis Society and is awarded biennially in odd numbered years, and it will be presented at the Cancun meeting of The North American Catalysis Society (NACS). The award consists of a plaque and a prize of $3,000. An additional $500 is available for otherwise unreimbursed travel expenses.

The purpose of the Award is to recognize and encourage 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.

Selection of the Award winner will be made by a committee of renowned scientists and engineers appointed by the President of The North American Catalysis Society. Selection shall be made without regard for age, sex, nationality or affiliation. Posthumous awards will be made only when knowledge of the awardee’s death is received after announcement of the Award Committee’s decision. Nomination packages for the Award must be received before 30 September 2002 and should contain the nominee’s qualifications, accomplishments, a nominating letter, a seconding letter and a biography of the nominee. A critical evaluation of the significance of publications and patents should be made as well as a statement of the particular contribution on which the nomination is based. Nomination documents should be submitted in six copies to the President of the Society along with no more than two seconding letters.

All nomination packages for the Emmett Award must be received by on 30 September, 2002 and should be addressed to:
 
John Armor
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc
7201 Hamilton Blvd.
Allentown, PA 18195 USA

Canadian Catalysis Awards to W. Piers and H. Kung

The Catalysis Division of the Chemical Institute of Canada announced that Professor Warren Piers, Department of Chemistry, University of Calgary has been awarded the 2002 Canadian Catalysis Lectureship Award. Professor Piers is noted for his work in synthetic organometallic chemistry, including the development of new olefin polymerization catalysts and co-catalysts, and the development of new catalytic processes using early transition metal organometallic compounds.

In addition, Professor Harold Kung, Department of Chemical Engineering, Northwestern University (Evanstown, Ill) has been awarded the 2002 Cross-Canada Catalysis Lectureship Award. Professor Kung is recognized for his work in the selective oxidation of light alkanes, NOx reduction in an oxidizing atmosphere, supported Au catalysis and hydrocarbon cracking over acidic zeolites.

Steve Ittel receives 2002 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award

Dr. Steven D. Ittel of DuPont was awarded the 2002 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award during the organization’s annual Spring Symposium, held May 23, 2002 at the University of Delaware. Dr. Ittel is highly regarded for his exploratory research and technology development in the field of organometallic-complex catalysis.

Gabor Somorjai named University Professor and receives National Metal of Science

Gabor Somorjai, professor of chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley (USA) has been named University Professor. He becomes only the 23rd individual in the entire University of California system to be honored with this prestigious title. Previous holders of this distinction include Glenn T. Seaborg and Melvin Calvin.

Gabor was also among a group of 15 recipients of the US National Metal of Science. This is the highest award for science and is presented by President Bush. As Rita Colwell, director of the National Science Foundation, said in 1998 “These are superstars in their respective fields. They’ve contributed a lifetime of stunning discoveries. We can only recognize them once with a science medal, but we applaud them daily for their continual contributions to humankind, to the reservoir of scientific knowledge and for the impact they have on the students they mentor and educate along the way.”

2002 Catalysis Award of the Canadian Institute for Chemistry to Professor Michael Baird

CANADIAN CATALYSIS AWARD: The 2002 Catalysis Award of the Canadian Institute for Chemistry has been given to Professor Michael Baird of Queen’s University, Kingston Ontario. Sponsored by the Canadian Catalysis Foundation, this prize is given in even-numbered years to a researcher who has contributed to the advancement of catalysis in Canada. Michael Baird is an organometallic chemist who combines research in fundamental organo transition metal chemistry with applications to organic syntheses and catalysis. Most recently, Professor Baird has been exploring the utilization of metallocene-like organometallic compounds as homogeneous catalysts/initiators for olefin polymerization, which show interesting solvent-specifc stereochemical behavior, and a wide range of polymerization pathways for various monomer systems.

Call for papers: High throughput screening

High-Throughput Experimentation in Heterogeneous Catalysis: Synthesis, Surface Characterization and Performance Evaluation

 
2002 Fall ACS Meeting, August 18-22, 2002 Boston, MA

Call For Papers
 
Combinatorial techniques, which revolutionized the search for new drug molecules in the 1990s, have recently showed promise for the rapid development of functional inorganic materials, such as heterogeneous catalysts. This session will highlight recent developments in combinatorial heterogeneous catalysis. Both fundamental and applied studies will be included. Topics to be covered in the session include emerging methodologies for high-throughput automated catalyst synthesis and structural characterization, catalyst evaluation by kinetic screening employing mass-selective and spectroscopic techniques, data-handling and optimization routines which direct the search towards the global maximum of catalytic performance.

Submit abstracts via Online Abstract Submittal System at www.acs.org/meetings.
Abstracts due date is April 15, 2002.

Please contact one of the following organizers for inquires and submissions:
 
Anne M. Gaffney
Rohm and Haas Co.
P.O. Box 904
727 Norristown Road
Spring House, PA 19477-0904
Tel: 215-619-5260
Fax: 215-619-1625
AGaffney@RohmHaas.com
 
Vadim Guliants
University of Cincinnati
Dept. of Chem. Eng.
678 ERC (ML 171)
Cincinnati, Ohio 45221-0171
Tel: 513-556-0203
Fax: 513-556-3473
vguliant@alpha.che.uc.edu
 
Israel E. Wachs
Lehigh University
Dept. Chem. Eng.
Bethlehem, PA 18015
Tel: 610-758-4274
Fax: 610-758-5057
iew0@Lehigh.EDU