Announcement of 2021 NACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Catalysis

I am pleased to announce that Pro­fes­sor Enrique Igle­sia of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia at Berke­ley and Pacif­ic North­west Nation­al Lab­o­ra­to­ry is the recip­i­ent of the 2021 NACS Award for Dis­tin­guished Ser­vice in the Advance­ment of Catal­y­sis. This award is joint­ly spon­sored by Clari­ant and Exxon­Mo­bil Research and Engi­neer­ing and is admin­is­tered by the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety. The award con­sists of a plaque and a prize of $5,000. The plaque will be pre­sent­ed dur­ing the clos­ing ban­quet cer­e­monies at the 2021 North Amer­i­can Meet­ing of the Catal­y­sis Soci­ety (NAM27 in New York City).

The NACS Award for Dis­tin­guished Ser­vice in the Advance­ment of Catal­y­sis rec­og­nizes an indi­vid­ual who advanced cat­alyt­ic chem­istry or engi­neer­ing by sig­nif­i­cant ser­vice to the catal­y­sis com­mu­ni­ty in addi­tion to tech­ni­cal accom­plish­ments.

Ded­i­ca­tion to catal­y­sis through ser­vice and lead­er­ship has been a hall­mark through­out the pro­fes­sion­al career of Enrique Igle­sia, from his Prince­ton stu­dent days as Pres­i­dent of AIChE and Tau Beta Pi local chap­ters, to Sec­tion Head for Catal­y­sis Sci­ence at Exxon, and as the men­tor of a pro­lif­ic group at Berke­ley. Ear­ly on, he served ACS and AIChE in lead­er­ship posi­tions, in which he cham­pi­oned the coa­les­cence of catal­y­sis with­in the Catal­y­sis Sec­re­tari­at (lat­er a Divi­sion) at ACS and the Catal­y­sis and Reac­tion Engi­neer­ing Divi­sion at AIChE. He has served IACS as Pro­gram Co-Chair of the 11th ICC, as Vice-Pres­i­dent and Pres­i­dent-Elect, and as the 17th ICC Meet­ing Chair. He has served NACS as Vice Pres­i­dent and Pres­i­dent and as Meet­ing Co-Chair for its NAM21. In each role, as well as in his tenure as NAE Sec­tion 3 Chair and Search Com­mit­tee Chair, he has focused on broad­en­ing the mem­ber­ship and on encour­ag­ing, men­tor­ing, and rec­og­niz­ing the achieve­ments of young sci­en­tists and engi­neers. Per­haps his most last­ing lega­cy comes from his thir­teen-year tenure as Edi­tor-in-Chief of Jour­nal of Catal­y­sis. Any­one who inter­act­ed with him in that role, and in all oth­ers, knows his pas­sion for excel­lence in the study and prac­tice of catal­y­sis. The award cita­tion reads “For tire­less ded­i­ca­tion to the stew­ard­ship of catal­y­sis and for encour­ag­ing, men­tor­ing, and rec­og­niz­ing its prac­ti­tion­ers”.
Jing­guang Chen
Pres­i­dent, North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety

17th International Congress on Catalysis: A Letter from the ICC2020 Organizing Committee

On behalf of the ICC2020 Orga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee, I regret to inform you that we will be unable to hold this meet­ing because it would be unsafe to do so as sched­uled.

The evolv­ing COVID-19 pan­dem­ic has made it increas­ing­ly evi­dent that such a large gath­er­ing would be nei­ther safe nor fea­si­ble. The deci­sion-mak­ing process was ardu­ous and rig­or­ous; we had to meet and address legal and logis­ti­cal require­ments that made it impor­tant that we defer a final deci­sion until now. At all times, the health and well-being of every­one involved remained our pre­em­i­nent con­cern. We regret that it has tak­en such a long peri­od of time to reach this deci­sion and to inform you. We trust that you under­stand that cir­cum­stances beyond our con­trol forced this delay.

Our dis­ap­point­ment is mixed with our grat­i­tude to all of you in the catal­y­sis com­mu­ni­ty for your gen­er­ous sup­port as pre­sen­ters, atten­dees, spon­sors, and exhibitors. The 2000+ abstracts sub­mit­ted rep­re­sent a com­mit­ment from all of you to the suc­cess of this meet­ing and an effort to help us suc­ceed; we are very grate­ful. Your com­mit­ment has made our own efforts grat­i­fy­ing and worth­while, even though this event can­not hap­pen as planned at this time. It would have been our priv­i­lege to serve as your hosts, with all but the last few minor details firm­ly in place to make this gath­er­ing a mem­o­rable suc­cess. Nev­er­the­less, we set aside our feel­ings of regret about this ICC meet­ing, as we turn our thoughts and con­cerns to all those who have been affect­ed so much more direct­ly and seri­ous­ly by this pan­dem­ic.

We, as an Orga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee, need some time for intro­spec­tion. Some of us need to assess our own needs, lim­i­ta­tions, and com­mit­ments to fam­i­ly and work and to decide whether to embark once again on a jour­ney that has tak­en so much time and effort. This is a jour­ney that we would have to start near­ly anew if we are to resched­ule this ICC at a lat­er date.

I speak for myself in my com­mit­ment to make this meet­ing hap­pen at a time and place that will make it safe and suc­cess­ful. The time for such dis­cus­sions and deci­sions will have to wait until we know bet­ter when a vac­cine or wide­spread immu­ni­ty will be at hand; I expect that this will require that we wait until a sim­i­lar time of the year in 2022 to hold a new ver­sion of this ICC meet­ing; this is a date that will also avoid con­flicts with the NAM and Europacat con­fer­ences. The place, the time, and whether we even try once again, most­ly from the start, to mount this effort will hinge on agree­ments and delib­er­a­tions by the spon­sor­ing orga­ni­za­tions (the Inter­na­tion­al Asso­ci­a­tion of Catal­y­sis Soci­eties and the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety). As with most oth­er mat­ters that we are fac­ing in these try­ing times, uncer­tain­ty is the rule, and only the pas­sage of time will bring less of it.

I remain com­mit­ted to orga­niz­ing this ICC meet­ing, as Chair or in any oth­er role, when the time comes to make it safe, suc­cess­ful, and mem­o­rable, to bring us togeth­er again.

There are some logis­ti­cal mat­ters that I must include along with my heart­felt com­ments above:
(i) All reg­is­tra­tion and social event fees will be refund­ed with­in the next two weeks.
(ii) Those who made hotel reser­va­tion at the Man­ches­ter Grand Hyatt should can­cel them at using your con­fir­ma­tion num­ber. Reser­va­tions made at oth­er hotels should be can­celled direct­ly with those hotels imme­di­ate­ly to avoid can­cel­la­tion fees.

We thank each one of you for your sup­port and intend­ed atten­dance and for your patience as we nav­i­gat­ed the intri­cate process that led us to this deci­sion. I only wish that we could have reached it ear­li­er.

I am per­son­al­ly indebt­ed to all the mem­bers of the ICC2020 Orga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee ( They trust­ed me to lead, and they more than matched that trust with their ded­i­ca­tion and their sup­port. To all of them and to all of you, thanks; I trust that we will make this meet­ing hap­pen and that we will see all of you under more aus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances.
Stay safe and healthy. With regards and best wish­es,
Enrique Igle­sia
Meet­ing Chair
17th Inter­na­tion­al Con­gress on Catal­y­sis (ICC2020)
ICC2020 Orga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee

Cong-Yan Chen of Chevron is the recipient of the 2020 F. G. Ciapetta Lectureship in Catalysis

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Cong-Yan Chen of Chevron is the recip­i­ent of the 2020 F. G. Cia­pet­ta Lec­ture­ship in Catal­y­sis. Dr. Chen is also an adjunct pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia at Davis. The award is admin­is­tered by the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety and spon­sored by the W. R. Grace & Co. It is to be award­ed bien­ni­al­ly in even-num­bered years. The award con­sists of a plaque and an hon­o­rar­i­um of $5,000. The recip­i­ent may be invit­ed to lec­ture at some of the local catal­y­sis clubs dur­ing the two-year peri­od cov­ered by this award.

Dr. Cong-Yan Chen’s research for over 25 years at Chevron cov­ers var­i­ous areas in the field of fun­da­men­tal and indus­tri­al catal­y­sis includ­ing syn­the­sis and char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of micro­p­orous and meso­porous mol­e­c­u­lar sieves, struc­ture-prop­er­ty rela­tion­ships of zeo­lites, adsorp­tion, dif­fu­sion and reac­tion mech­a­nisms. The work has had an empha­sis on inven­tion and devel­op­ment of cat­alyt­ic appli­ca­tions of zeo­lites and oth­er cat­a­lysts in refin­ing and petro­chem­istry. He and his group devel­oped sev­er­al cat­alyt­ic process­es of indus­tri­al impor­tance. In one exam­ple, alka­ne dis­pro­por­tion­a­tion is applied in upgrad­ing or elim­i­nat­ing liq­uid petro­le­um gas (LPG, con­sist­ing of propane and butanes) at remote loca­tions, with the tar­get of inte­grat­ing the result­ing ethane into nat­ur­al gas and blend­ing the result­ing C5+ liq­uid into crude oil while sav­ing the trans­porta­tion and stor­age facil­i­ties for LPG. It pro­vides an eco­nom­ic and envi­ron­men­tal­ly benign process more attrac­tive than com­plex com­bi­na­tions of oth­er exist­ing tech­nolo­gies. Dr. Chen’s work has been pio­neer­ing in the devel­op­ment of borosil­i­cate zeo­lites in the area of aro­mat­ics cre­ation and trans­for­ma­tions in the petro­chem­i­cals sec­tor. In anoth­er exam­ple, a nov­el renew­able base oil tech­nol­o­gy is trans­lat­ed into com­mer­cial val­ue via zeo­lite catal­y­sis, rais­ing the lubri­cants’ per­for­mance to the next lev­el with envi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits and resource sus­tain­abil­i­ty.
Jing­guang Chen
Pres­i­dent, North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety

17th ICC will take place in San Diego, USA, June 14–19, 2020

17th ICC will take place in San Diego, USA, June 14–19, 2020, chaired by Prof. Enrique Igle­sia and Abhaya Datye, Bruce Gates, and Umit Ozkan as Vice-Chairs. The theme of the 17th ICC is “2020 Vision for Catal­y­sis”.

The web­site for ICC2020 is oper­a­tive, fol­low this link.

Noti­fi­ca­tion of accept­ed abstracts has been dis­trib­uted. Con­fer­ence Reg­is­tra­tion por­tal is open now.

17th ICC Travel Awards for Graduate Students and Postdocs at North American Institutions

The 17th Inter­na­tion­al Con­gress on Catal­y­sis will award a lim­it­ed num­ber of trav­el awards to grad­u­ate stu­dents and post­docs to assist with their trav­el expens­es to the meet­ing. These trav­el awards will cov­er reg­is­tra­tion and trav­el to the con­fer­ence (up to $1000/graduate stu­dent and $1250/postdoc; sub­mis­sion of all receipts will be required). To be eli­gi­ble, the grad­u­ate student/postdoc must be cur­rent­ly enrolled or employed by an insti­tu­tion in North Amer­i­ca (US, Cana­da and Mex­i­co).

The nom­i­na­tion for this award should be made by the student/postdoc’s research advi­sor. Each advi­sor may nom­i­nate only one stu­dent or post­doc.

The nom­i­na­tion pack­age should include the fol­low­ing as a sin­gle PDF file:
a) Notice of abstract accep­tance at the 17th ICC along with the abstract.
b) A resume (up to 2 pages in length) high­light­ing the student/postdoc’s accom­plish­ments.
c) A sin­gle-page rec­om­men­da­tion let­ter from the fac­ul­ty advi­sor.

The nom­i­na­tion mate­r­i­al must be sent elec­tron­i­cal­ly by email as a sin­gle pack­age to Eran­da Nikol­la at The dead­line for nom­i­na­tions is Feb­ru­ary 24th (mid­night EST), 2020.

Nominations are open for the Herman Pines Award in Catalysis

Sponsored by UOP and the Catalysis Club of Chicago


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 in both indus­try and acad­e­mia, 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 while at North­west­ern Uni­ver­si­ty.

The Award will be pre­sent­ed at the 2020 Catal­y­sis Club of Chica­go Spring Sym­po­sium in May 2020 and con­sists of a plaque, a cash award of $1,000 and reim­burse­ment for trav­el and lodg­ing as a ple­nary speak­er at the Spring Sym­po­sium.

The nom­i­nee must meet the fol­low­ing cri­te­ria:

  • Sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ments in catal­y­sis research over the past five years
  • For year 2020, the award will be giv­en to a mem­ber of indus­try
  • Active mem­ber in catal­y­sis com­mu­ni­ty
  • A res­i­dent of North Amer­i­ca.

Dead­line for nom­i­na­tion is Jan­u­ary 17, 2020.

Nom­i­na­tions should describe the spe­cif­ic work for which the nom­i­nee should be rec­og­nized. A com­plete cur­ricu­lum vitae with letter(s) of sup­port for the nom­i­nee must be includ­ed in the nom­i­na­tion, togeth­er with the descrip­tion of work. Let­ters of nom­i­na­tion and sup­port­ing doc­u­men­ta­tion must be sent as a sin­gle PDF doc­u­ment to:
Neil M. Schweitzer, Ph.D.
North­west­ern Uni­ver­si­ty
List of past award recip­i­ents of the Her­man Pines Award
1999 Prof. Harold Kung – North­west­ern Uni­ver­si­ty
2000 Dr. John Mon­nier – East­man Chem­i­cal Com­pa­ny
2001 Prof. Lan­ny Schmidt – Uni­ver­si­ty of Min­neso­ta
2002 Dr. James Brazdil – BP
2003 Prof. James Dumesic – Uni­ver­si­ty of Wis­con­sin
2004 Dr. Alak Bhat­tacharyya – BP
2005 Prof. Israel Wachs – Lehigh Uni­ver­si­ty
2006 Dr. Jeff Miller – BP
2007 Prof. Chun­shan Song – Penn­syl­va­nia State Uni­ver­si­ty
2008 Dr. Alek­sey Yez­erets – Cum­mins Inc.
2009 Prof. Tobin Marks – North­west­ern Uni­ver­si­ty
2010 Dr. James Rekoske – UOP
2011 Prof. Jing­guang Chen – Uni­ver­si­ty of Delaware
2012 Dr. Stu­art Soled — Exxon­Mo­bil
2013 Prof. W. Nicholas Del­gass – Pur­due Uni­ver­si­ty
2014 Dr. Haiy­ing Chen – John­son Matthey
2015 Prof. Fabio Ribeiro – Pur­due Uni­ver­si­ty
2016 Dr. DY Jan – Hon­ey­well UOP
2017 Prof. Peter Stair – North­west­ern Uni­ver­si­ty
2018 Dr. Jerzy Klosin — Dow
2019 Prof. Manos Mavrikakis — Uni­ver­si­ty of Wis­con­sin

17th International Congress on Catalysis — Abstract deadline November 15th 2019

Dear Col­league,
The North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety invites your par­tic­i­pa­tion in the 17th Inter­na­tion­al Con­gress on Catal­y­sis () to be held in San Diego, CA from 14–19 June 2020. This con­gress, held once four years, is the pre­mier tech­ni­cal gath­er­ing of our com­mu­ni­ty. This 17th con­gress is orga­nized on the theme 2020 Vision for Catal­y­sis with the aim of look­ing into the future for catal­y­sis research guid­ed by the past and to the judge the present in con­text of what lies ahead. The tech­ni­cal pro­gram (Tech­ni­cal Pro­gram) will address the sci­ence and prac­tice of catal­y­sis along three cross-cut­ting themes:

  • Mate­ri­als and Mol­e­cules
  • Path­ways and Mech­a­nisms
  • Reac­tors and Process­es

We invite you to sub­mit an abstract (Abstract Sub­mis­sion) using the tem­plate avail­able online before the 15 Novem­ber 2019 dead­line.

NACS will also pro­vide trav­el awards for stu­dents and post­docs from US insti­tu­tions (no restric­tions on nation­al­i­ty). More updates on the trav­el award com­ing soon!

We look for­ward to your con­tri­bu­tions and par­tic­i­pa­tion in this 17th ICC and to see­ing all of you in San Diego.
Orga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee of the 17th Inter­na­tion­al Con­gress on Catal­y­sis

2020 ORCS call for abstracts is now open

ORCS is pleased to announce its 28th Bien­ni­al Con­fer­ence at the One Ocean Resort and Spa in Jack­sonville, FL on March 29-April 2, 2020.
Key Dates

  • Abstract Sub­mis­sions Due – Oct. 15, 2019
  • Con­fer­ence Reg­is­tra­tion Opens – Oct. 1, 2019
  • Award Noti­fi­ca­tion – Octo­ber 1, 2019
  • Abstract Noti­fi­ca­tion – Novem­ber 15, 2019
  • Con­fer­ence Dates – Mar. 29 — Apr. 2, 2020

Down­load the ORCS Abstract Tem­plate and the meet­ing full page fli­er.

2020 Vision for Catalysis

Abstract submission period has been extended to 15-November-2019

INVITATION The orga­niz­ing com­mit­tee cor­dial­ly invites you to attend the 17th Inter­na­tion­al Con­gress on Catal­y­sis that will be held from June 14–19, 2020 in San Diego, Cal­i­for­nia, USA. The ICC 2020, with the theme of “2020 Vision for Catal­y­sis”, will bring togeth­er our inter­na­tion­al com­mu­ni­ty to share knowl­edge, bridge intel­lec­tu­al gaps, advance our sci­ence, and cel­e­brate the tal­ents and achieve­ments of the most accom­plished prac­ti­tion­ers of our dis­ci­pline.

  • C1 Chem­istry
  • Func­tion­al­iza­tion and Con­ver­sion of C2-C5 Paraf­fins
  • H2 Gen­er­a­tion and Use
  • Syn­gas Gen­er­a­tion and Use
  • Elec­tro­catal­y­sis and Pho­to­catal­y­sis Fun­da­men­tals
  • Reac­tion Engi­neer­ing (Con­ven­tion­al and Mod­u­lar Meth­ods)
  • Envi­ron­men­tal Catal­y­sis (Gas and Liq­uid Phas­es)
  • Het­eroatom Removal
  • Car­bon-Car­bon and Car­bon-Het­eroatom Bond For­ma­tion
  • Con­ver­sion of Bio­mass and Bio­mass-derived Mol­e­cules
  • Emerg­ing and cross-cut­ting top­ics in catal­y­sis
  • In-situ and Operan­do Analy­sis
  • Catal­y­sis with Ordered Porous Mate­ri­als (MOFs, Zeo­lites, etc.)
  • Catal­y­sis for Chem­i­cal Syn­the­sis (Com­mod­i­ty and Spe­cial­ty)
  • The­o­ry and Com­pu­ta­tion in Catal­y­sis
  • Cat­a­lyst Syn­the­sis and/or Char­ac­ter­i­za­tion
  • Catal­y­sis in Nitro­gen Chem­istry
  • Cat­alyt­ic Crack­ing
  • Catal­y­sis with Sup­port­ed Met­als
  • Catal­y­sis with Oxides
  • Cat­a­lyst Deac­ti­va­tion

SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE The North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety (NACS)
CHAIRMAN Pro­fes­sor Enrique Igle­sia, Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia at Berke­ley, Cal­i­for­nia, USA
CONGRESS VENUE Man­ches­ter Grand Hyatt, San Diego, Cal­i­for­nia, USA

  • June 5, 2019 — Call for abstracts
  • Novem­ber 15, 2019 — Dead­line for abstract sub­mis­sion
  • Feb­ru­ary 14, 2020 — Accep­tance noti­fi­ca­tion
  • April 15, 2020 — Dead­line for ear­ly reg­is­tra­tion
  • June 11, 2020 — Dead­line for online reg­is­tra­tion

ICC SPONSORSHIP offers many advan­tages to your orga­ni­za­tion.
Please con­tact Pro­fes­sor Tom Deg­nan, Uni­ver­si­ty of Notre Dame
at for spon­sor­ship details.

  • 26th Cana­di­an Sym­po­sium on Catal­y­sis (CSC 2020), June 9–12, 2020, Van­cou­ver, Cana­da
  • 3rd Inter­na­tion­al Sym­po­sium on Sin­gle Atom Catal­y­sis (ISSAC‑3), June 10–13, 2020, Asilo­mar Con­fer­ence Grounds, Pacif­ic Grove, CA, USA
  • Catal­y­sis for bio­mass derived mol­e­cules to valu­able prod­ucts, June 11–12, 2020, Puer­to Val­lar­ta, Mex­i­co
  • 4th Inter­na­tion­al meet­ing on the fun­da­men­tals and appli­ca­tions of ceria in catal­y­sis, June 20–23, 2020, Meno­lo Park, CA, USA
  • Gor­don Research Con­fer­ence on Catal­y­sis, June 28-July 3, 2020, New Lon­don, NH, USA

In Memoriam: Michel Che (1941 ‑2019)

The pre­mier award of the Roy­al Soci­ety of Chem­istry, the Fara­day Medal and Lec­ture­ship, insti­tut­ed in 1869, is award­ed bien­ni­al­ly, and the first recip­i­ent was the emi­nent French chemist, Jean-Bap­tiste Dumas (1800–1884), who was a pro­fes­sor at the École Poly­tech­nique, Paris, before becom­ing that country’s Min­is­ter of Agri­cul­ture and Com­merce and lat­er Mas­ter of the French Mint. In the inter­ven­ing years oth­er notable recip­i­ents include Mendeleev, Niels Bohr, Lords Rayleigh and Ruther­ford, Her­mann von Helmholtz, Sir Cyril Hin­shel­wood and Sir Robert Robin­son. The sec­ond French­man to earn this acco­lade (in 2014) was Michel Che, Pro­fes­sor and Direc­tor of the Lab­o­ra­toire de Réac­tiv­ité de Sur­face at the Sor­bonne Uni­ver­sité-CNRS, Paris.

His research cov­ered the reac­tiv­i­ty of sol­id sur­faces inves­ti­gat­ed from a mol­e­c­u­lar stand­point based on the com­bined use of tran­si­tion met­al com­plex­es, spe­cif­ic iso­topes and phys­i­cal tech­niques, notably elec­tron spin res­o­nance. His work, which led to more than 450 pub­li­ca­tions, a two-vol­ume book (Char­ac­ter­i­sa­tion of Sol­id Mate­ri­als and Het­ero­ge­neous Cat­a­lysts: From Struc­ture to Sur­face Reac­tiv­i­ty, 2012, Wiley) and 5 patents, has con­tributed to improve our under­stand­ing of the ele­men­tary steps that occur at the sol­id-liq­uid (gas) inter­faces and to bridge the gap between homo­ge­neous and het­ero­ge­neous catal­y­ses.

Michel Che was born in Lyon in Decem­ber 1941. After a chem­i­cal engi­neer­ing degree award­ed by the École Supérieure de Chimie Indus­trielle de Lyon (ESCIL, now CPE­Ly­on), he joined the Insti­tut de Recherch­es sur la Catal­yse, CNRS lab­o­ra­to­ry in Villeur­banne (sub­urb of Lyon), where he received his doc­tor­ate for his work on tita­nia (TiO2).

He then worked with the flam­boy­ant Russ­ian-Amer­i­can col­loid chemist, John Tarke­vich at Prince­ton Uni­ver­si­ty (1969–71). He also worked at the UK Atom­ic Ener­gy Research Estab­lish­ment (1972–1982) before return­ing to Lyon, and lat­er to Paris, where he became a Pro­fes­sor (1975).

Michel Che was Pres­i­dent of the Catal­y­sis Divi­sion of the Société Chim­ique de France and Vice-Pres­i­dent of this soci­ety (2007–2009). He was Pres­i­dent and founder of the high­ly suc­cess­ful Euro­pean Fed­er­a­tion of Catal­y­sis Soci­eties (EFCATS) 1993–1995, cre­at­ing the bien­ni­al EuropaCat con­gress­es, lat­er he became Pres­i­dent of the Inter­na­tion­al Asso­ci­a­tion of Catal­y­sis Soci­eties (IACS) 2000–2004. He received many nation­al awards in France, includ­ing the prix-fran­co-chi­nois de la SCF-Chi­nese Chem­i­cal Soci­ety (2018); in Italy (lau­réat du prix de la Soci­età Chim­i­ca Ital­iana (SCI) 2017; in Nether­lands (J. H. Van’t Hoff); in Poland (Sklodows­ka-Curie and P. Curie lec­ture­ships); in Ger­many (Von-Hum­bold-Gay Lus­sac award, GDCh-Wit­tig lec­ture­ships); in Japan (Japan­ese Soci­ety for the Pro­mo­tion of Sci­ence lec­ture­ship); in Chi­na (Gold Medal of the Chi­nese Acad­e­my of Sci­ence, Friend­ship award and Inter­na­tion­al Sci­ence and Tech­nol­o­gy Coop­er­a­tion Award, 2008); and Europe (François Gault EFCATS lec­ture­ship). His works earned him sev­er­al hon­orary doc­tor­ates and fel­low­ships (Ger­many Acad­e­my of Sci­ence Leopold­ina; Acad­e­mia Europaea; Hun­gar­i­an Acad­e­my of Sci­ences; Pol­ish Acad­e­my of Art and Sci­ences; Hon­orary Pro­fes­sor of Fuzhou Uni­ver­si­ty 2018).

Proud of his Chi­nese ori­gins – his father emi­grat­ed to France as a young engi­neer – Michel Che was excep­tion­al­ly pop­u­lar in the P. R. of Chi­na, and was one of the first Euro­pean sci­en­tists to be invit­ed there in 1977. He was Chair­man of the Aca­d­e­m­ic Com­mit­tee of the State Key Lab­o­ra­to­ry of Catal­y­sis in Dalian (the first state key lab­o­ra­to­ry in the catal­y­sis field in Chi­na) dur­ing 2006–2014. As a Chair­man of that com­mit­tee, he facil­i­tat­ed the progress of many young Chi­nese to pro­mote inter­na­tion­al col­lab­o­ra­tions. For his great con­tri­bu­tions to the sci­en­tif­ic devel­op­ment of Chi­na, par­tic­u­lar­ly that between France and Chi­na, he was award­ed the Inter­na­tion­al Coop­er­a­tion Award of Chi­na pre­sent­ed at the Great Hall of the Peo­ple by the Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic, the high­est hon­our for for­eign sci­en­tists.

Michel Che was a mem­ber of the Sci­en­tif­ic Com­mit­tee of the Insti­tut Français du Pét­role (IFP, now IFPEN) for more than 30 years. He was a mem­ber for many years of a selec­tion com­mit­tee for new­ly recruitable sci­en­tists at Osa­ka Pre­fec­ture Uni­ver­si­ty in Japan, where he was also a Vis­it­ing Pro­fes­sor.

His links with the UK were par­tic­u­lar­ly strong. As well as serv­ing, for many years, as Chair­man of the Exter­nal Advi­so­ry Board of the Cardiff Catal­y­sis Cen­tre, he was par­tic­u­lar­ly fond of vis­it­ing the Davy Fara­day Research Lab­o­ra­to­ry of the Roy­al Insti­tu­tion of Great Britain, Lon­don, where he pre­sent­ed many sem­i­nars and inter­act­ed with its Direc­tor.

Michel Che was a charm­ing, high­ly cul­tured and com­pas­sion­ate human being, admired and loved by an enor­mous fam­i­ly of world-renowned fel­low sci­en­tists. Dis­cus­sions with him remind­ed one of how a first-rate sci­en­tist should behave – with great human decen­cy towards oth­ers, friends and strangers alike. He was proud of the phe­nom­e­nal con­tri­bu­tions made by French sci­en­tists (espe­cial­ly Sabati­er) to mod­ern sci­ence, and he also rejoiced in the antiq­ui­ty of Chi­na and the exper­tise of Chi­nese philoso­phers through­out the ages. He lived an extra­or­di­nary active life. Among the thou­sands of sci­en­tists he encoun­tered through­out the world, he nev­er made an ene­my – only friends, who rejoiced being in his com­pa­ny. He died, of pan­cre­at­ic can­cer, in a Paris hos­pi­tal after a short ill­ness on 7 August 2019.
Michel Che
Born Lyon, 29 Decem­ber 1941
Mar­ried Danielle (née Rey­naud) at the City Hall on 7 July 1964 (offi­cial) and in the Church on 8 July 1964 (reli­gious).
Four Chil­dren: Patrick, Brigitte, Cather­ine, Didi­er
Died Paris, 7 August 2019
(Pre­pared by John Meurig Thomas FRS FREng FRSE)