In Memoriam: Juan F. Garcia de la Banda (1921-2015)

Juan_F_Garcia_de_la_BandaJuan Francisco García de la Banda was born in Madrid (Spain) in 1921. He studied Chemistry and Mathematics in the Universities of Valladolid, Oviedo and Madrid, completing his Bachelor Degree in 1943. In 1948 he presented his PhD dissertation (“Relation between calorific conductivity and vapor pressure of high boiling point substances”) supervised by Professors Foz-Gazulla and Colomina and carried out at the Instituto de Química Física “Rocasolano” (IQFR) of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC).

He studied in Bristol between 1951 and 1952 with Professor William E. Garner with Dr. Dennis A. Dowden at the Catalysis Group at ICI. Afterwards, he returned to Spain, within the framework of the IQFR and founded the “Laboratory on Catalysis”, which became the birthplace of the Instituto de Catálisis y Petroleoquímica (ICP) in 1975. He was the first Director of the ICP and the individual most responsible for enhancing the scope and quality of research in catalysis and biocatalysis in Spain.

He participated in the First International Conference on Catalysis (ICC) held in Philadelphia in 1956 and maintained personal and professional links with many U.S. catalysis researchers, especially through his personal friendship with Dr. Heinz Heinemann throughout their careers. He proposed and organized the 1st Iberoamerican Symposium on Catalysis, held in Madrid in 1968, the first in a series that will celebrate its 25th edition this year in Montevideo.

Professor Garcia de la Banda served in several influential positions within the research and development and scientific structure at the highest levels in the government of Spain. He is without doubt the most influential and impactful promoter of catalysis research in Spain in the 20th century and the key individual in the formative years of the catalysis community in Spain.
His presence and his sage advice will be missed.
Dr. Enrique Sastre
Vice-Director, Instituto de Catálisis y Petroleoquímica, CSIC,
Madrid, Spain.

Kerry Dooley is the recipient of the 2016 SWCS Award for Excellence in Applied Catalysis

Kerry_DooleyIt is with great pleasure to announce that Dr. Kerry Dooley, the BASF Professor of Chemical Engineering at LSU, has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 SWCS Award for Excellence in Applied Catalysis.

“As an educator, instructor, research and thesis mentor / administrator, Kerry has been a part of the development and progression of the LSU department of Chemical Engineering since 1983. Kerry is well known in the field of synthesis & characterization of selective zeolite/metal dehydrogenation catalysts & catalytic applications of these materials, including carbonylations, alkane & amine dehydrogenations & homologations. He has over 100 publications, patents and presentations. Kerry has an interesting body of work in catalytic oxidation, that includes direct oxidation of methane to methanol, and most notably his research on combined supercritical fluid extraction (SCFE) of priority pollutants from contaminated soils, with catalytic oxidation of the extract. He has related contributions in the field of high-pressure processing & extraction. Kerry’s service to the SWCS and the catalysis community has been exceptional; he has held every office in the SWCS and was also President of the 2007 NAM”.

Kerry will receive the award, which includes a plaque and a $1500 check, at the upcoming SWCS symposium on Friday, April 22. Please join me in congratulating Prof. Kerry Dooley for this award!
Best Regards,
Teng Xu
2016 Chair
Southwest Catalysis Society (SWCS)

Catalysis researchers elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Teh C. Ho (ExxonMobil, ret.) and José Santiesteban (ExxonMobil) have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering.
Teh_C_HoTeh C. Ho: For contributions to catalytic removal of sulfur and nitrogen compounds from hydrocarbon fuels.
0000069José G. Santiesteban: For development and commercialization of catalytic systems for petrochemical manufacture and cleaner fuels production.
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Ahmad Moini of BASF is the recipient of the 2016 F.G. Ciapetta Lectureship in Catalysis

Ahmad_MoiniI am pleased to announce that Dr. Ahmad Moini of BASF is the recipient of the 2016 F.G. Ciapetta Lectureship in Catalysis, sponsored by W.R. Grace & Co. and the North American Catalysis Society. The Award consists of a plaque and an honorarium. The plaque will be presented during the closing banquet ceremonies at the 2017 NAM in Denver, CO. The recipient will present lectures at most of the affiliated Clubs/Societies during the two-year period covered by this Lectureship.

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.

Ahmad Moini is a well-recognized expert in the area of zeolites and catalysis. During his career at Mobil, followed by subsequent positions at Engelhard and BASF, his research studies were directed at various aspects of heterogeneous catalysis for chemical transformations and environmental applications, with a particular focus on zeolite synthesis. He has been a co-inventor on more than 45 U.S. patents.

Specifically, Ahmad is being recognized for his significant contributions toward the development of the Cu chabazite (Cu-CHA) catalyst for selective catalytic reduction (SCR) of NOx emission from diesel vehicles. Ahmad and his team were able to identify unique properties of Cu-CHA, making it a prospective material solution for NOx control by SCR. This research, in collaboration with the extended BASF team, led to the development of the Cu-CHA catalyst, widely accepted as a breakthrough technology. Today, it is found on millions of diesel vehicles meeting stringent emission standards worldwide. Since its discovery, Ahmad has been instrumental in various aspects of product development, as well as fundamental attributes of the associated zeolite chemistry. The impact of this work is also evident by the exponential increase in the amount of research activities focused on CHA chemistry and catalysis.

I am delighted that the North American Catalysis Society has chosen to recognize the contributions of Dr. Ahmad Moini with this lectureship. I speak with the voice of our grateful community in also thanking the management of W.R. Grace & Co. for its continuing support of this lectureship.
Bruce Cook
Vice President, North American Catalysis Society

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
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, 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 (
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
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    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.

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    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.