Daniel Resasco is the recipient of the 2013 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award

The Catalysis Club of Philadelphia is pleased to announce Dr. Daniel Resasco as the recipient of the 2013 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award, in recognition of his many contributions related to supported metal and solid acid catalysis, hydrocarbon conversion, nanotube synthesis, and biomass-derived compound upgrading.

Prof. Resasco obtained his PhD in chemical engineering from Yale University in 1983 under the direction of Gary Haller. While at Yale, he co-authored a seminal work explaining strong metal-support interactions on Rh/TiO2 catalysts that subsequently became a Current Contents Citation Classic. After graduation from Yale, he joined the chemical engineering department of the National University of Mar del Plata, Argentina, eventually serving as department chair. In 1991 he returned to the US as Senior Scientist at the Sun Company, and in 1993 he joined the School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering at the University of Oklahoma where he is now the George Lynn Cross Research Professor and Douglas & Hilda Bourne Chair of Chemical Engineering.

Prof. Resasco’s research in heterogeneous catalysis has always aimed at important applications, but has been strongly grounded in fundamentals of structure-property relationships and characterization of catalysts and mechanisms. Initially, his research program examined strong solid acid catalysis and supported metal catalysis for hydrocarbon processing. In the late 90s, Resasco’s group began investigation of heterogeneous catalytic synthesis of single-wall carbon nanotubes, discovering that careful control of the catalyst nanostructure enabled unprecedented chiral selectivity in the nanotubes.

Their work led to the patented CoMoCat process, capable of scaleup to industrial production, and a spinoff company, SouthWest NanoTechnologies. More recently, Resasco’s work on upgrading of biomass-derived compounds led to the development of Janus nanoparticle catalysts which simultaneously stabilize high interfacial area emulsions and carry out upgrading reactions in both the aqueous and organic phases. This work was initially reported in Science in January, 2010.

Prof. Resasco has authored well over 200 archival journal articles which have been cited over 8,000 times, 32 industrial patents, and over 120 invited lectures. From 2001 – 2007 Resasco also served as associate editor of the Journal of Catalysis.

Prof. Resasco will be honored with a plaque an honorarium ($1000) during his award presentation at the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia’s monthly meetings in the upcoming 2013-2014 season.

Seventh World Congress on Oxidation Catalysis

Seventh WCOC

Seventh WCOC

The 7th World Congress on Oxidation Catalysis aims to focus on the understanding of catalytic oxidation phenomena across time and length scales, taking together the fundamental phenomena that is most often the focus of academia with the processes and applications that drive industry. The session titled From Fundamentals to Application includes existing and nascent topics that bridge fundamental understanding to current and emerging technologies. For example, materials/catalyst preparation and design topics address the multifunctional nature inherent in oxidation process catalysts. Emerging alternative or “green” oxidants can be used in both heterogeneous and homogeneous processes to benefit selectivity. Chemical looping processes promise to eliminate the primary source of nitrogen oxides.

A new session format is included with the goal of presenting new ideas and methodologies for decoding the complexity inherent in catalysis and catalytic processes. Presenters are encouraged to discuss exciting combinations of theory and experiment and the combination of multiple experimental techniques. Presentations will be scheduled early in the program with a discussion workshop to generate consensus on the current state and direction of the field.

The oxidative catalytic applications important to industry in a great sense drive the fundamental work discussed above. The petrochemical processes focused on syngas generation/conversion, combustion, partial and selective oxidation, amines and C1 chemistry, along with processes for biomass conversion to fuels will be presented. Fine chemical and pharmaceutical production that generally employ homogeneous oxidations are covered among the subtopics of olefin and aromatic oxidation, epoxidation and the chemistry of radical species. Finally, the contribution of catalysis to environmental technologies such as VOC oxidation, wastewater treatment and autoexhaust catalysis will be presented.

The Congress begins with a full day on Sunday, June 9th, and lasts through Wednesday June 12th. It will be held in Saint Louis, Missouri on the campus of Washington University. With Washington University acting as host the Congress is made quite economical and many will find the registration prices coupled with the availability of campus housing a pleasant surprise. The Congress dinner will be on Tuesday, June 11 and a group excursion to the top of the Gateway Arch will take place on Wednesday, June 12. For more information about the 7th World Congress, visit www.7wcoc.org.

Nicholas Delgass is the Winner of the 2013 Herman Pines Award in Catalysis

The Catalysis Club of Chicago is pleased to announce that Prof. W. Nicholas Delgass (Maxine Spencer Nichols Emeritus Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University) is the recipient of the 2013 Herman Pines Award in Catalysis. This Award is given to recognize Prof. Delgass’ outstanding contributions to catalyst characterization, reaction and catalyst chemistry, and advanced catalyst design. Prof. Delgass first introduced the applications of Mössbauer spectra and XPS to the catalysis community.

Prof. Delgass has served on the editorial boards of leading catalysis journals such as Journal of Catalysis and as chairs for international catalysis conferences. He is a gifted teacher, winning the Purdue School of Chemical Engineering Teaching Awarding for seven times. Prof. Delgass has been invited to give more than 190 lectures on national and international scientific meetings. He has published over 160 publications.

The award includes an honorarium ($1,000) and a plaque. Prof. Delgass will receive this Award during the Catalysis Club of Chicago Spring Symposium on May 7, 2013 at BP Research Center (Naperville, IL). Prof. Delgass will deliver the Award address at the Symposium.
Previous recipients of the Herman Pines Award
1999 Harold Kung (Northwestern University)
2000 John Monnier (Eastman Chemical)
2001 Lanny Schmidt (University of Minnesota)
2002 James Brazdil (BP)
2003 James Dumesic (University of Wisconsin)
2004 Alak Bhattacharyya (BP)
2005 Israel Wachs (Lehigh University)
2006 Jeffrey Miller (BP)
2007 Chunshan Song (Pennsylvania State University)
2008 Aleksey Yezerets (Cummins)
2009 Tobin Marks (Northwestern University)
2010 James Rekoske (UOP)
2011 Jingguang Chen (University Delaware)
2012 Stuart Soled (ExxonMobil)

Election Results for Director-at-Large and By-Laws

The electronic election for six Director-at-Large positions and for the modifications of by-laws previously approved by the NACS Board is now complete.

I am pleased to announce that

  • Jingguang Chen (Columbia University)
  • Robert J. Davis (University of Virginia)
  • Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos (Tufts University)
  • Bruce C. Gates (University of California at Davis)
  • Fabio H. Ribeiro (Purdue University
  • Stuart L. Soled (ExxonMobil)

were elected to four-year terms as Directors-at-Large from 11 candidates. They will be seated as NACS Board members at the start of the NAM23 meeting on June 2, 2013. Umit Ozkan (The Ohio State Uni­ver­sity), as the candidate with the next higher voter count, will be serving as Alternate Director-at-Large. This is not a Board position, but the Alternate would succeed a DAL in case any of the elected DAL is unable to serve.

The proposed modifications to the by-laws were approved by a vote of 338 to 7.

Votes were recorded from 590 of 1954 members of the North American Catalysis Society.

The electronic ballots were collected, recorded, and certified by Creative Scanning Solutions, Inc. an independent organization contracted by the North American Catalysis Society for this purpose.
Enrique Iglesia
President, North American Catalysis Society

2013 SWCS Spring Symposium

The Spring Symposium for the Southwest Catalysis Society will be help on April 26th on the Rice campus (Grand Hall in the Memorial Center). The circular is attached. Registration will begin at 7:30 AM with the technical program beginning at 8:25. We anticipate the meeting concluding by 3:30 PM. There is plenty of parking on the Rice campus: rice.edu/maps/maps.html.

There’s visitor parking all over campus (shaded yellow), and the one lot closest to our meeting site is “Central Campus Garage” underneath the Jones Business School (#51).


Friday, April 26th, 2013
Grand Hall of the Rice Memorial Center
Rice University
Houston, TX

Invited Speakers (alphabetical order)

Developing HDS understanding based on real feed-stocks
Tushar V. Choudhary, Phillips 66, Bartlesville, OK
From Hydrodesulfurization to Hydrodeoxygenation: What are the similarities at the atomic-scale?
Lars C. Grabow, University of Houston, TX
Shell Alternative Transport Fuels,
Kim Johnson, Shell Chemical Co., Houston, TX
Advances in Hydroprocessing Catalyst Technology: The Discovery of ExxonMobil/Albemarle’s Nebula Catalyst
Doron Levin, ExxonMobil, Annandale, NJ
Nanostructured Gold Model Catalysts on Oxygen-free Substrates
Li Liu, Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University
Natural Gas to Syngas using Rh-substituted pyrochlore (La2Zr2O7) catalysts
Jerry Spivey (LSU), D. Pakhare (LSU), D. Haynes (DoE/NETL), D. Shekhawat (DoE/NETL), V. Abdelsayed (DoE/NETL)
2013 Southwest Catalysis Society Applied Catalysis Awardee: Prof. Jerry Spivey, Department of Chemical Engineering, LSU, Baton Rouge, LA.

Elections for Directors-at-Large

This year, for the second time, the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety (NACS) will be using on-line balloting as the only way to vote for Directors-at-Large. We have contracted with a firm that is experienced in on-line voting to ensure the accu­racy and con­fi­den­tial­ity of the process. The elections are scheduled for March 18th to April 5th. You will be receiving an email message on March 17th with your username, unique password and a link to a restricted voting webpage. The subject headline is “NACS Elections for Directors-at-Large”. Please don’t delete this email until you cast your vote. If you have a problem receiving this email, then you need to contact Edrick Morales at edrickmorales@live.com.

The web log-in page will have instructions on how to use your electronic ballot with links to technical assistance in case you have difficulty with the log-in and PDF documents with the pro­posed amend­ments and revised version of the by-laws.

You can cast your vote starting on March 18th at 12:01 am. The voting webpage will be held open to those members of NACS (including students) who reside within North America. Background information for each candidate will be available on the ballot site with a hyperlink associated to each candidate’s name. On the ballot website, you will be selecting only six (6) or less members from the slate of 11 candidates for the office of Director-at-Large and one vote to approve or not approve the amendments to the by-laws. The top six candidates will be elected to office if the amendments to the by-laws are approved; otherwise, the top four (4) candidates will be elected.

Voters will need to log back in and complete the ballot from scratch if they log-out or close the browser window without submitting their ballot. Your password will be deactivated after you record your vote.

Deadlines Extended for Awards Sponsored by the European Federation of the Catalytic Societies

The European Federation of the Catalytic Societies (EFCATS) Board announces the extension of the deadline for the applications of two EFCATS awards: the Young Researchers Award and the Applied Catalysis Award. The new deadline is April 15th 2013.

Young Researchers Award

The EFCATS Award aims to recognize individual contributions in the field of heterogeneous catalysis with emphasis on theoretical or experimental discovery and understanding of new catalysts and catalytic processes, synthesis and catalytic function of novel inorganic solids and complexes, mechanisms of reactions, deactivation phenomena.

The candidates for the award must have already shown the potential for research independence and evidence of maturity. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate a promising track-record of early achievements appropriate to their specific research field and career stage, including significant publications (as main author) in major international peer-reviewed multidisciplinary scientific journals, or in the leading international peer-reviewed journals of catalysis field. They may also demonstrate a record of invited presentations in well-established international conferences, granted patents, awards, prizes etc.

Selection of the Award winner will be made by a committee of renowned scientists appointed by the President and vice-president of The European federation of Catalysis Societies. Selection shall be made on the basis of excellence. The award winner must not have turned 41, March 1st of the award year. Thus, nomination documents should indicate the date of birth of the nominee.

Nominations for the Award should prove the candidate’s excellence and will include:

  • A presentation letter in which the merits of the candidate are detailed. The presentation letter should be prepared by the person proposing the candidate.
  • Two further recommendation letters.
  • The candidate’s CV (highlighting a date of birth).

Nomination documents should be submitted in one complete package to the President of EFCATS (Avelino Corma at corma@itq.upv.es) before April 15, 2013.

Applied Catalysis Award

Selection of the Award winner will be made by a committee of renowned scientists including a majority of current or previous industrial scientists appointed by the President and vice-president of The European federation of Catalysis Societies from names suggested by members of the EFCATS board. Committee members who are current or recent employees of the company of any nominee shall abstain from voting on that proposal. Selection shall be made on the basis of excellence scientific novelty, technical achievements in development and scale-up, interdisciplinary teamwork between scientists and engineers, with emphasis on actual or potential commercial application.

Nominations for the Award should prove the candidate’s excellence and will include:

  • A presentation letter in which the merits of the candidate(s) are indicated (prepared by the person proposing the candidate(s)),
  • A list of the achievements of the candidate(s) confirmed by the company applying the new contribution within a supporting letter.
  • A detailed CV of the candidate(s).

Nomination documents should be submitted in one complete package to the President of EFCATS (Avelino Corma at corma@itq.upv.es) before April 15, 2013.

Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos is the winner of the 2013 Michigan Catalysis Award

Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos

Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos

Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineeringat Tufts University, has been selected as the winner of the 2013 Michigan Catalysis Society Guiseppe Parravano Memorial Award for Excellence in Catalysis Research. Professor Stephanopoulos will give an Award Keynote Lecture at the 34th Annual Michigan Catalysis Society Spring Symposium, which will be held at the University of Michigan-Dearborn on May 7, 2013 in Dearborn, MI.

Professor Stephanopoulos was chosen for distinguished contributions to the field of catalysis, particularly new insights into the activity of atomic-scale metals as catalysts for fuel conversion processes and “green” production of chemicals.

The Michigan Catalysis Society has two awards to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to catalysis research and development. Both awards are sponsored by the Memorial Trust Fund for Professor Giuseppe Parravano, which has been established at the Department of Chemical Engineering, The University of Michigan. The Michigan Catalysis Society administers both awards which are presented in alternating years. Both awards consist of a medal and a prize of $1,000. The two awards differ only in the eligibility rules. The recipient of the award is selected by a committee that is appointed by the officers of the Michigan Catalysis Society.

  1. The Michigan Catalysis Society Guiseppe Parravano Memorial Award for Excellence in Catalysis Research
    • The award is given biennially in odd numbered years to an individual from North America to formally recognize outstanding contributions to catalytic science and technology.
  2. The Michigan Catalysis Society Parravano Award for Excellence in Catalysis Research and Development
    • The award is given biennially in even numbered years to formally recognize outstanding contributions to catalytic science and technology by researchers in the greater Michigan area. To be eligible, a person must be a resident of Michigan or a neighboring area such as western Ontario/northern Ohio and be nominated by a member of the Michigan Catalysis Society.

Candidates for Director-at-Large

John N. Armor

John N. Armor

John N. Armor
Semi-retired consultant
Founder of a personal, global consulting business, GlobalCatalysis.com. My dedicated interests in catalysis continue through occasional technical publications (such as Catalysis Today 178 (2011) 8), invited lectures, and attendance at major national and international catalysis focused meetings. I bring over 40 years of experience in catalysis beginning with my undergraduate research at Penn State University and my PhD work at Stanford University. After receiving my doctorate degree, I spent 4 years as an assistant professor at Boston University, then joined Allied Chemical Corporation’s central research center for 11 years, and moved to Air Products & Chemicals to lead a catalysis research center before retirement.

My past role with the NACS (8 years as President and 7 years as Treasurer) focused on bringing visibility to the catalysis community at large, establishing our popular website, returning excess proceeds from our NAM meetings to the membership, strengthening the financial position of the NACS as well as the individual clubs, building up the corpus to the Keith Hall Educational Fund, establishing new ways to provide educational assistance to the membership, and enhancing the number and identity of our professional Awards program.

Having stepped aside from a leadership role in the NACS for the last 4 years, I would like to rejoin the Board of Directors and again work for the membership at large. I would like to continue to serve as a resource to the Society by participation in Board activities while mentoring new generations of our leaders, because I believe there is more that I can still contribute.

Jingguang Chen

Jingguang Chen

Jingguang Chen
Thayer Lindsley Professor of Chemical Engineering
Columbia University
Jingguang Chen started his career at the Exxon Corporate Research Laboratories before joining the faculty at the University of Delaware, serving as the Claire LeClaire Professor of chemical engineering and Director of the Center for Catalytic Science and Technology. In the past two decades he has been actively serving the catalysis community, including the Catalysis Secretariat of ACS, Chair of the Gordon Research Conference on Catalysis, Kokes Chair for the Philadelphia NAM, and co-founder and team leader of the Synchrotron Catalysis Consortium. He has served as the Director-at-Large of NACS since 2005. His recent contributions as DAL included the application and distribution of travel grants to graduate students and young faculty to the ICC meeting.

If re-elected he would like to help establish a more formal process in NACS in applying and granting travel assistance to catalysis conferences.

Abhaya Datye

Abhaya Datye

Abhaya Datye
Distinguished Regents Professor
Department of Chemical & Nuclear Engineering
University of New Mexico
Abhaya Datye has been on the faculty at the University of New Mexico since 1984 and presently serves as the undergraduate advisor for chemical engineering and formerly served as Associate Chair. He serves as Director of the Center for Microengineered Materials, a strategic research center at UNM that reports to the Vice President for Research.

Abhaya received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan in 1984. He has authored over 240 publications, 3 patents and has presented 120 invited lectures around the world. He was the Chair of the Gordon Research Conference on Catalysis in 2010. He served as the program co-chair for the North American Catalysis Society meeting at Snowbird, UT. He has been actively involved in the Western States Catalysis Club, where he has served as president and as the Club representative to the NAM board. As a Director at large for the Society, he plans to enhance the visibility of catalysis and to get new students, especially graduate and undergraduate students into the field.

His research group has pioneered the development of electron microscopy tools for the study of catalysts. Using model catalysts, his group has shown metal/support interfaces can be studied at near atomic resolution. His current work involves the synthesis of biorenewable chemicals, fundamental studies of catalyst sintering, alcohol reforming into H2 and synthesis of novel nanostructured heterogeneous catalysts, especially the stabilization of isolated single atoms on supports. He leads the NSF Partnership for International Research and Education (PIRE) on Conversion of Biomass derived reactants into Fuels, Chemicals and Materials (a collaboration between faculty and researchers in the US, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands and Finland).