Call for Nominations of the 2016 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award

Each year the Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia rec­og­nizes an out­stand­ing mem­ber of the catal­y­sis com­mu­nity, 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 nom­i­na­tions is Thurs­day, March 31, 2016. Prior nom­i­na­tion pack­ages sent in 2014 or later will auto­mat­i­cally be con­sid­ered for the 2016 Award.

Nom­i­na­tion let­ters along with sup­port­ing mate­ri­als should be emailed to vnikolak@wlgore.com
 
Vladimiros Niko­lakis
W.L. Gore and Asso­ciates Inc.
101 Lewisville Rd.
Elk­ton, MD 21921
 

Pre­vi­ous Win­ners of the Award

  • 1968 Adal­bert Farkas
  • 1969 Charles J. Plank
  • 1970 Paul H. Emmett
  • 1971 G. Alex Mills
  • 1972 Alfred E. Hirschler
  • 1973 Paul B. Weisz
  • 1974 Roland C. Hansford
  • 1975 Paul Venuto
  • 1976 Heinz Heinemann
  • 1977 G.C.A. Schuit
  • 1978 George W. Parshall
  • 1979 Alvin B. Stiles
  • 1980 Abra­ham Schneider
  • 1981 James F. Roth
  • 1982 Robert Eischens
  • 1983 Edward Rosinski
  • 1984 James R. Katzer
  • 1985 N.Y. Chen
  • 1986 Bruce C. Gates
  • 1987 James E. Lyons
  • 1988 George Kokotailo
  • 1989 Mau­rice Mitchell, Jr.
  • 1990 Werner O. Haag
  • 1991 John A. Sofranko
  • 1992 Fran Waller
  • 1993 George Kerr
  • 1994 Theodore A. Koch
  • 1995 John N. Armor
  • 1996 Mae Rubin
  • 1997 Leo E. Manzer
  • 1998 Ray Gorte
  • 1999 Anne M. Gaffney
  • 2000 Henry C. Foley
  • 2001 Mark Barteau
  • 2002 Steven D. Ittel
  • 2003 Frank E. Herkes
  • 2004 Jing­guang Chen
  • 2005 Israel Wachs
  • 2006 James Dumesic
  • 2007 John Vohs
  • 2008 David Olson
  • 2009 Ted Oyama
  • 2010 Chuck Coe
  • 2011 Chun­shan Song
  • 2012 Ros­tam Madon
  • 2013 Daniel Resasco
  • 2014 Haiy­ing Chen
  • 2015 Sourav Sengupta

Attendance and abstract submission at the ICC 2016

TO: NACS Mem­ber­ship
FR: Enrique Igle­sia
 
Sub­ject: Atten­dance and abstract sub­mis­sion; ICC 2016 Bei­jing, China
 
Pro­fes­sor Can Li (Chair, 16th Inter­na­tional Catal­y­sis Con­gress, http://www.icc2016china.com) has con­tacted me to request that I encour­age the sub­mis­sion of abstracts from the NACS mem­ber­ship to this meeting.

The ICC meet­ings pro­vide the broad­est inter­na­tional forum for the dis­sem­i­na­tion of research in het­ero­ge­neous catal­y­sis and related fields. These meet­ings started in the U.S. in 1956 and the NACS will be pre­sent­ing a bid to hold the 17th ICC in North Amer­ica, for the first time since 1996.

It is impor­tant, both to demon­strate the excel­lence of the sci­en­tific enter­prise in catal­y­sis within North Amer­ica and to ensure the suc­cess of the NACS bid, that our NACS com­mu­nity be rep­re­sented in the sci­en­tific pro­gram with num­bers and qual­ity con­sis­tent with prece­dents and with the strength of the on-going research activities.

Please con­sider sub­mit­ting abstracts and attending.

The sub­mis­sion dead­line has been extended until Decem­ber 20 (http://www.icc2016china.com/en/page.asp?hid=&pageid=86.html)
 
With regards,
 
Enrique Igle­sia
Pres­i­dent, North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Society

The 26th Biennial Organic Reactions Catalysis Society Conference

ORCS_Miami_2016The Organic Reac­tions Catal­y­sis Soci­ety cor­dially invites you to our 26th bien­nial meeting.

When: Sun­day, March 27, 2016 3:00 PM through Thurs­day, March 31, 2016 12:00 PM East­ern Time

Where: Hyatt Regency Miami 400 South East Sec­ond Ave, Miami, Florida 33131–2197, USA USA

Reg­is­tra­tion for the 26th ORCS Con­fer­ence is now open. Click here to reg­is­ter for the 26th ORCS Con­fer­ence.
 
Top­ics at the con­fer­ence will include

  • Chem­i­cals pro­duc­tion from bio-renewable resources
  • Cou­pling reac­tions with tran­si­tion metals
  • Enan­tios­e­lec­tive transformations
  • Selec­tive oxi­da­tion and acid cat­alyzed transformations
  • Hydro­gena­tion: het­ero­ge­neous and homo­ge­neous; chi­ral and achiral
  • Novel mate­ri­als for organic synthesis
  • Syn­the­sis of fine chem­i­cals and pharmaceuticals

Award Win­ners
ORCS is pleased to announce the fol­low­ing award win­ners that will be hon­ored at the 26th ORCS Con­fer­ence. The Mur­ray Raney and Paul N. Rylan­der Award win­ners will present ple­nary lec­tures dur­ing the 26th ORCS Conference.

2016 Mur­ray Raney Award Spon­sored by W.R. Grace and Co.
The Organic Reac­tion Catal­y­sis Soci­ety is pleased to announce Dr. Jens Nørskov as the recip­i­ent of the 2016 Mur­ray Raney Award for his sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to advance the use of base metal catal­y­sis in organic reactions.

2015 Paul N. Rylan­der Award Spon­sored by BASF
The Organic Reac­tion Catal­y­sis Soci­ety is pleased to announce Dr. Joseph R. Zoeller as the recip­i­ent of the 2015 Paul N. Rylan­der Award for his sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to the use of catal­y­sis in organic reactions.

2016 Paul N. Rylan­der Award Spon­sored by BASF
The Organic Reac­tion Catal­y­sis Soci­ety is pleased to announce Dr. Anil S. Guram, CSO – Art of Ele­ments, LLC, as the recip­i­ent of the 2016 Paul N. Rylan­der Award for his sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to the use of catal­y­sis in organic reactions.

Keynote speak­ers con­firmed to date include:

  • Gadi Rothen­burg, Uni­ver­sity of Amsterdam
  • Break the Bark: New Cat­alytic Routes From Bio­mass to Chemicals
  • Mar­tin John­son, Eli Lilly and Com­pany
    Con­tin­u­ous Reac­tors for Homo­ge­neous and Het­ero­ge­neous Catalysis
  • Teshik Yoon, Uni­ver­sity of Wisconsin
  • Huw Davies, Emory University
  • Please visit www.orcs.org or email us at orcschair@orcs.org for more information.

    ACS recognizes catalyst scientists with national and division awards

    Aditya Bhan (Uni­ver­sity of Minnesota-Twin Cities) received the Ipati­eff Prize.
     
    Donna G. Black­mond (Scripps Research Insti­tute) received the Gabor A. Somor­jai Award for Cre­ative Research in Catal­y­sis.
     
    Stu­art Soled (Exxon­Mo­bil) received the ENFL Dis­tin­guished Researcher Award in Petro­leum Chem­istry.
     
     

    Press Releases
    ACS 2016 National Award Recipients
    ENFL 2016 Dis­tin­guished Researcher Award in Petro­leum Chemistry

    Catalysis Researchers Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

    Catal­y­sis researchers John Hartwig and Enrique Igle­sia of the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia at Berke­ley have been elected to the Amer­i­can Acad­emy of Arts and Sci­ences.
     
     

    Press Releases
    Amer­i­can Acad­emy Press Release: https://www.amacad.org/content/news/pressReleases.aspx?pr=10233
    Berke­ley News: http://newscenter.berkeley.edu/2015/04/23/american-academy-of-arts-and-sciences-elects-six-berkeley-faculty/

    In Memoriam: John T. Yates, Jr. (1935–2015)

    John_YatesPro­fes­sor John T. Yates, Jr. received his B.S. degree from Juni­ata Col­lege and his Ph.D. in phys­i­cal chem­istry from M.I.T. After three years as Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor at Anti­och Col­lege, he joined the National Bureau of Stan­dards, first as a NRC Post­doc­toral Research Fel­low and then as a mem­ber of its sci­en­tific staff. His research in the fields of sur­face chem­istry and physics, includ­ing both the struc­ture and spec­troscopy of sur­face species, the dynam­ics of sur­face processes, and the devel­op­ment of new meth­ods for research in sur­face chem­istry, kept him at the fore­front of this field of sci­ence through­out his long and dis­tin­guished career.

    Pro­fes­sor Yates joined the Uni­ver­sity of Pitts­burgh in 1982 as the first R.K. Mel­lon Pro­fes­sor of Chem­istry and as Found­ing Direc­tor of the Uni­ver­sity of Pitts­burgh Sur­face Sci­ence Cen­ter. He estab­lished and led the Sur­face Sci­ence Cen­ter and men­tored 40 Ph.D stu­dents and more than 100 senior researchers at Pitts­burgh. He moved to the Uni­ver­sity of Vir­ginia in 2006 as a Pro­fes­sor and Shan­non Research Fel­low; there, he estab­lished a new research pro­gram in Sur­face Sci­ence and became active in the new field of astrochemistry.

    Pro­fes­sor Yates served as Asso­ciate Edi­tor of Chem­i­cal Reviews and of ACS Lang­muir and on the Advi­sory Boards of Chem­i­cal & Engi­neer­ing News and Chem­istry World. He was active as a mem­ber of the AVS Boards of Direc­tors and Trustees and as Chair of the AVS Sur­face Sci­ence Divi­sion, the APS Divi­sion of Chem­i­cal Physics, and the ACS Divi­sion of Col­loid and Sur­face Chem­istry. He chaired three Gor­don Research Conferences.

    He was the recip­i­ent of the AVS Medard Welch Award, the ACS Arthur W. Adam­son Award for Dis­tin­guished Ser­vice in the Advance­ment of Sur­face Chem­istry, the ACS Peter Debye Award in Phys­i­cal Chem­istry, and an Alexan­der von Hum­boldt Senior Research Award. He was elected to the National Acad­emy of Sci­ences in 1996. Dur­ing his dis­tin­guished career, he co-authored more than 700 arti­cles in the lead­ing jour­nals of chem­istry and physics.

    We mourn his pass­ing as we cel­e­brate his achievements.

    Matt Neurock is the recipient of the 2015 Robert Burwell Lectureship in Catalysis

    Matt_NeurockI am pleased to announce that Pro­fes­sor Matthew Neu­rock of the Uni­ver­sity of Min­nesota is the recip­i­ent of the2015 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 2015 North Amer­i­can Meet­ing of the Catal­y­sis Soci­ety. An addi­tional $4,500 is avail­able to cover trav­el­ling expenses in North America.

    Pro­fes­sor Neu­rock 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 Matthew Neu­rock is being rec­og­nized for his sem­i­nal con­tri­bu­tions to the devel­op­ment and appli­ca­tion of the­o­ret­i­cal and com­pu­ta­tional meth­ods to elu­ci­date cat­alytic mech­a­nisms and the active sites involved. He has pio­neered first-principle kinetic Monte Carlo meth­ods that explic­itly track mol­e­c­u­lar trans­for­ma­tions on real­is­tic sur­faces at rel­e­vant con­di­tions, ab ini­tio mol­e­c­u­lar dynam­ics meth­ods that describe com­plex metal-solution inter­faces, and ab ini­tio con­stant poten­tial meth­ods for elec­tro­chem­i­cal sys­tems to under­stand and aid the design of cat­alytic and elec­tro­cat­alytic systems.

    His group has used these meth­ods, together with ab ini­tio quan­tum chem­i­cal treat­ments, to explore met­als, alloys, oxides, sul­fides and zeo­lites and the mech­a­nisms by which they medi­ate catal­y­sis. These treat­ments have uncov­ered pre­vi­ously unrec­og­nized routes that pre­vail at the high sur­face cov­er­ages rel­e­vant to cat­alytic prac­tice, the direct par­tic­i­pa­tion of pro­tic media as a co-catalyst, and the role of acid-base sites formed by hydroxyl inter­me­di­ates on met­als. His effec­tive col­lab­o­ra­tions with exper­i­men­tal groups have led to fun­da­men­tal and prac­ti­cal insights into the mech­a­nisms of alkane acti­va­tion, Fischer-Tropsch syn­the­sis, selec­tive oxi­da­tion and hydro­gena­tion of alkenes and oxy­genates, hydro­car­bon and oxy­genate hydrogenol­y­sis reac­tions, acid-catalyzed trans­for­ma­tions, and elec­tro­cat­alytic reduction-oxidation cycles.
     
    Enrique Igle­sia
    Pres­i­dent
    North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety
     
    Bruce Cook
    Vice Pres­i­dent
    North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Society

    Hajo Freund of the Fritz Haber Institute has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Michel Boudart Award for the Advancement of Catalysis

    HajoFreundWe are pleased to announce that Pro­fes­sor Hans Joachim Fre­und of the Fritz Haber Insti­tute is the recip­i­ent of the 2015 Michel Boudart for the Advance­ment of Catal­y­sis, spon­sored by the Hal­dor Top­søe Com­pany and admin­is­tered jointly by the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety and the Euro­pean Fed­er­a­tion of Catal­y­sis Soci­eties. The Award will be pre­sented at the 24th North Amer­i­can Meet­ing of the Catal­y­sis Soci­ety (Pitts­burgh, June 2015) and at Europacat XII (Kazan, Rus­sia, August 2015).

    This 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 is meant to rec­og­nize indi­vid­u­als who bring together the rigor and the inter­na­tional impact that exem­pli­fied the accom­plish­ments and the career of Pro­fes­sor Michel Boudart.

    Pro­fes­sor Hajo Fre­und is being specif­i­cally rec­og­nized for his ground­break­ing exper­i­men­tal advances in under­stand­ing ele­men­tary steps of reac­tions on cat­alytic sur­faces and for his stud­ies bridg­ing rel­e­vant catal­y­sis and sur­face reac­tions at sin­gle crys­tal sur­faces through the use of novel model cat­a­lysts with well-controlled struc­tural fea­tures. His research group has syn­the­sized a broad range of rel­e­vant mate­ri­als, such as oxides of Al, Si, Ce, Ca, and V, use­ful as active mate­ri­als or sup­ports, with geo­met­ric and elec­tronic struc­tures, includ­ing sur­face defects, probed at the atomic level using tun­nel­ing and atomic force microscopy tech­niques. His work has estab­lished the state-of-the-art in new tech­niques and instru­men­ta­tion and in the use of rel­e­vant model sys­tems to estab­lish mech­a­nis­tic path­ways and struc­tural and elec­tronic require­ments in het­ero­ge­neous catal­y­sis. One exam­ple involves the first imple­men­ta­tion of elec­tron spin res­o­nance to sin­gle crys­tals, which has enabled the mon­i­tor­ing of the for­ma­tion and reac­tions of rad­i­cal species derived from adsor­bates and metal nanopar­ti­cles on well-defined sur­faces. His stud­ies of sup­ported metal nanopar­ti­cles (Pd, Au) have led to unprece­dented insights into how sup­ports influ­ence the geo­met­ric and elec­tronic prop­er­ties and how dopants influ­ence the bind­ing prop­er­ties of such nanopar­ti­cles, even when dopants reside below sup­port sur­faces, through dopant-induced polarons that strongly influ­ence oxy­gen acti­va­tion. Recently, his group suc­cess­fully pre­pared hexag­o­nal SiO2 dou­ble lay­ers, which allowed the first direct obser­va­tion of the atomic struc­ture of amor­phous sil­ica using tun­nel­ing and atomic force microscopy and the syn­the­sis of a two-dimensional zeo­lite with bridg­ing hydroxyl struc­tures, such as those present in chabazite frame­works.
     
    Enrique Igle­sia
    Pres­i­dent, North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety
     
    Johannes Lercher
    Pres­i­dent, Euro­pean Fed­er­a­tion of Catal­y­sis Societies

    Christophe COPÉRET is the recipient of the 2015 Paul H. Emmett Award in Fundamental Catalysis

    Coperet_ChristopheWe are pleased to announce that Pro­fes­sor Christophe COPÉRET of the Depart­ment of Chem­istry and Applied Bio­sciences ETH Zürich is the recip­i­ent of the 2015 Paul H. Emmett Award in Fun­da­men­tal Catal­y­sis, spon­sored by the Grace Cat­a­lyst Tech­nolo­gies oper­at­ing seg­ment of W.R. Grace & Co. and admin­is­tered by The North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety. The Award con­sists of a plaque and an hon­o­rar­ium of $5,000. The plaque will be pre­sented dur­ing the clos­ing ban­quet cer­e­monies at the 24th NAM meet­ing in Pitts­burgh. Pro­fes­sor COPÉRET will also present a ple­nary lec­ture dur­ing the conference.

    The Paul H. Emmett Award in Fun­da­men­tal Catal­y­sis is given in recog­ni­tion of sub­stan­tial 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 rec­og­nizes the con­tri­bu­tions of Pro­fes­sor Christophe COPÉRET to the prepa­ra­tion of well-defined het­ero­ge­neous cat­a­lysts through a mol­e­c­u­lar approach based on the con­trolled func­tion­al­iza­tion of sur­faces and the atomic descrip­tion of the sur­face species and active sites, in par­tic­u­lar via solid-state NMR spec­troscopy. This approach has allowed a detailed under­stand­ing of the struc­ture of active sites and of the reac­tion mech­a­nism of cat­alytic processes, such as olefin metathe­sis and poly­mer­iza­tion, thereby pro­vid­ing access to structure–activity rela­tion­ships and to ratio­nal cat­a­lyst design.
     
    Enrique Igle­sia
    Pres­i­dent, North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety
     
    Bruce R. Cook
    Vice Pres­i­dent, North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Society