ABC Young Scientist Award

The Acid Base Catalysis Group invites nominations for the ABC Young Scientist Award. The award will be given to a single person who has made novel and promising contributions to the field of acid and/or base catalysis and is less than 45 years old on May 7, 2017. The awardee will be invited to present a lecture at the 8th International Symposium on Acid-Base Catalysis in Rio 2017.

Nomination packages should include a nomination letter, a one-page CV, a one-page research highlight, a list of publications, two letters of recommendation, and up to three electronic reprints of relevant publications. Self-nomination is excluded. The package should consist of a single PDF file and should be submitted per email no later than March 17, 2017. Inquiries and nomination packages should be directed to the President of the Acid Base Catalysis Group, Takashi Tatsumi, National Institute of Technology and Evaluation, Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan.

Bruce Gates is the recipient of the 2017 Michel Boudart Award for Advances in Catalysis

We are pleased to announce that Professor Bruce Gates of the University of California at Davis is the recipient of the 2017 Michel Boudart Award for Advances in Catalysis. This award is sponsored by the Haldor Topsøe Company and is administered jointly by the North American Catalysis Society and the European Federation of Catalysis Societies. The presentation to Professor Gates will be made at both the 25th North American Meeting of the Catalysis Society (Denver, June 2017) and the Europacat XIII Meeting (Florence, Italy, August 2017).
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In Memoriam: Wolfgang Sachtler (1924-2017)

Wolfgang SachtlerThe catalysis community mourns the loss of one of its formative and most influential figures, Professor Dr. Wolfgang Max Hugo Sachtler, who passed away on January 8, 2017. Born on November 8, 1924 in Delitzsch, Germany, Professor Sachtler received his PhD from the Technical University Braunschweig (Brunswick), Germany in 1952, in the area of surface science. Upon graduation, he joined the Royal Dutch Shell Laboratory in Amsterdam where he stayed until retirement as Director of Fundamental Research in 1983. From 1963-84, he held a joint appointment as Professor at the National University in Leiden. He was particularly known for his insightful application of surface science concepts to catalysis. While at Shell and Leiden, he advanced the concept of relationship between metal-oxygen bond energy and the selectivity for partial oxidation products in hydrocarbon oxidations, initiated insightful discussions on whether molecular or atomic oxygen is necessary for selective epoxidation of ethylene, applied thermodynamics and experimental measurements to metal alloys to account for the effects of the surface compositions of alloys to their binding of adsorbates, and promoted the description of bimetallic catalysis in terms of ensemble and ligand effects.
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Nominations are open for the Herman Pines Award in Catalysis

Sponsored by UOP and the Catalysis Club of Chicago


Herman Pines

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, 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.
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Catal­y­sis Researcher is the recipient of the 2016 AIChE Wilhelm Award

ISRAEL E. WACHS, the G. Whitney Snyder Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Lehigh University, is the recipient of the 2016 R. H. Wilhelm Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). The award “recognizes an individual’s significant and new contributions in chemical reaction engineering.” Wachs was recognized for “seminal contributions towards development of innovative concepts for molecular chemical reaction engineering of mixed oxide catalyzed reactions by establishing fundamental molecular catalyst structure-activity kinetic relationships.”

The R. H. Wilhelm Award, sponsored by ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, is considered the top award in chemical reaction engineering given by the AIChE. Wachs was formally recognized for this award at the Awards Ceremony held at the AIChE Annual Meeting (November 13-18, 2016) in San Francisco, CA.

More information about the award can be found here:

Suljo Linic is the recipient of the 2017 Paul H. Emmett Award in Fundamental Catalysis

suljo-linicWe are pleased to announce that Professor Suljo Linic of the University of Michigan is the recipient of the 2017 Paul H. Emmett Award in Fundamental Catalysis, sponsored by 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 25th NAM meeting in Denver. Professor Linic 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. More information on this award and the award process can be found at:

The award recognizes Professor Linic for groundbreaking contributions at the interface of heterogeneous catalysis, surface chemistry, nanoscience, and computational catalysis. These include his work in plasmon-driven catalysis that has opened new ways to introduce energy into chemically reacting systems, his combined use of experimental and theoretical approaches to advance molecular understating of epoxidation catalysis as well as his development of predictive structure-performance relationships for metal alloys that has led to the design of novel alloy catalysts for electrochemical oxygen reduction and hydrocarbon oxidation reactions.
Bruce R. Cook
Vice President, North American Catalysis Society

2016 CRE Practice Award winner is Stacey Zones

 s_i_zonesThe Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division Leadership and Board of Directors would like to congratulate the CRE Division award recipients announced at the 2016 AIChE Annual Meeting in San Francisco. The CRE currently provides three awards: The Practice Award, Graduate Student Travel Awards, and Poster Presentation Awards.

The 2016 CRE Practice Award winner is Stacey I. Zones, Research Fellow with Chevron Energy and Technology Company. This award recognizes individuals who have made pioneering contributions to industrial practice of catalysis and chemical reaction engineering.

More information on the awards can be found at the CRE division website here:

Jeffery Bricker is named the recipient of the 2017 Eugene J. Houdry Award of the North American Catalysis Society

jeffery_brickerDr. Jeffery Bricker, Senior Director of Research at Honeywell UOP is the recipient of the 2017 Eugene J. Houdry Award of the North American Catalysis Society. The Eugene J. Houdry Award in Applied Catalysis is sponsored by Clariant. It is administered by The Catalysis Society and awarded biennially in odd-numbered years. This award 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. The award consists of a plaque and a prize of $5,000, which will be presented at the 25th North American Meeting of the Catalysis Society to be held in Denver, CO, June 4-9, 2017. The Award Plenary lecture will also be presented during this meeting.

Dr. Bricker’s achievements include the discovery of key reaction mechanisms in thiol oxidation chemistry in refinery fuels, leading to the commercialization of an oxidation catalyst that functions in the absence of caustic. He also invented new light paraffin dehydrogenation catalysts with superior diffusional properties, that is currently used in more than 60 percent of worldwide on-demand capacity. He invented and developed a very selective and stable catalyst for the oxidation of hydrogen for inter-stage reheating in ethylbenzene dehydrogenation for commercial styrene production. Finally, Dr. Bricker and his team used diffusion control to improve the dehydrogenation technology for production of linear alkyl benzenes (LAB), which are the precursors for biodegradable detergents. LAB is produced by selective dehydrogenation of linear C10 to C15 alkanes into linear mono-alkenes followed by alkylation with benzene. This new catalyst technology reduces by-product heavy alkylate by 20 percent and is used to produce more than 80 percent of the world’s LAB.

Bricker received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Chemistry from Heidelberg University in 1979 and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from The Ohio State University in 1983. Jeff’s innovations and 61 US patents have been recognized with several awards including the 2011 ACS National Award for Creative Invention; the UOP Stine Star Award, given for the best breakthrough of the year; Specialty Materials Growth and Innovation Award and the 2015 Honeywell Distinguished Technologist Award, given for outstanding technical contributions over the course of a career. He frequently lectures on catalysis globally and was the 2008 Devon W. Meek Lecturer.
Enrique Iglesia
President, North American Catalysis Society