Proposed Amendments to the By-laws

Below is an overview of the proposed amendments, as well as a rationale for each one of them, followed by the full text of the by-laws. The rational to amend the by-laws was coded using a blue-italic font, deletions were strike-through and amendments were coded using an italic font highlighted in yellow. View the Letter form the President for more information. A PDF version of this document is available at Proposed By-laws – February 2013.
 

AMENDMENTS

ARTICLE V

Section 2. No one person shall be entitled to hold two office positions at any one time.
Proposal: Extend the exclusion from holding two office positions to all such positions
Rationale: Apply this consistently to all officers, not just to the President and Secretary, as currently stated.

ARTICLE VIII

Section 1. The Board of Directors shall consist of members elected by the affiliated catalysis society(ies), one from each, six (6) members elected from the members elected at large by the membership of the (NACS), and any officers (elected by the Board) who are not already members of the Board.

ARTICLE XIII

Section 1. The at-large members of the Board of Directors to be elected by the membership at large shall be elected from a slate of not fewer than ten (10) nominees selected by the Nominations Committee, appointed by the President. Election shall be by electronic ballot of the membership of the NACS. Any member of the NACS shall be added to the slate upon receipt by the President of the (NACS), no more than one-half of whom shall be members of any one affiliated catalysis society(ies), provided that the petition shall be received by the President prior to the first of January of the year in which new members of the Board of Directors are to be elected. Election shall be by plurality vote. The elected at-large members of the Board of Directors will be seated at the next meeting of the Board of Directors and will be the at-large members who vote for the election of new officers.
Proposal: Increase number of Directors-at-Large from 4 to 6 and the required number of candidates from 7 to 10.
Rationale:

  1. The current number of DAL date to a time when membership and local clubs were fewer than today and they represent a smaller fraction of the Board than in earlier times.
  2. The “at-large” members represent the community at the national level and they are the only members of the Board elected by the entire membership of NACS.
  3. DAL are more permanent members of the Board than the local representatives, which often change between meetings due to rotations and local elections; DAL also tend to attend these meetings with fewer instances of substitutions. In doing so, DAL represent a cadre of experienced board members and provide meeting-to-meeting continuity, as well as a pool from which to draw in case of unexpected or planned rotations of officers.

ARTICLE XV

Section 2: The act of the majority of the members of the Board of Directors present at a meeting of the directors at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the Board. Members of the Board of Directors may participate in a meeting of the Board by means of conference telephone or similar communications equipment whereby all persons participating in the meeting can hear each other, and participation in a meeting in this manner shall constitute presence in person at the meeting. In the absence of a meeting by a majority of the members of the Board, resolutions can be enacted by a majority written consent of all the members of the Board.
Proposal: Change from “unanimous” to “a majority”
Rationale: “Unanimous written consent” as in current bylaws is not consistent with our operating rules, by which all motions are approved by a majority of the votes cast.

ARTICLE XVII

Section 3. The Executive Committee shall comprise of elected officers and key functional positions within the NACS. Members of the Executive Committee shall be designated by the President, but should include: the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Lead Trustee of the Keith Hall Educational Fund, Communications Director, Archivist, and the most recent living past President.
Proposal: Update the by-laws to reflect previous votes of the Board in which Communications Director and Lead Trustee were made Officer positions and the position of Archivist was created. Note that the Executive Committee differs from Officers and the members of the former are appointed by the President; the Executive Committee is advisory and non-voting (although some members may hold voting rights as Officers). The proposed changes also clarify as “most recent living” the specific identity of the “past President”
Rationale: The modification of Executive Committee members reflect the changes of Officers approved by the Board in the past meetings. The original bylaws were unclear about which past-President was meant.

ARTICLE XIX

Section 1. These Bylaws may be amended by a majority vote of the members voting either (a) in person, by proxy or by ballot receive at a duly convened membership meeting of the (NACS), or (b) by electronic ballot circulated at the instance of the Board of Directors, provided that notice of the proposed amendment shall be contained in the notice of such duly convened meeting or in such electronic ballot so circulated.
Proposal: Replace mail ballots with electronic voting managed by independent contractor to ensure accuracy and confidentiality
Rationale: Previous NACS postal mail ballots have led to <20% vote yields and included many returned ballots because of outdated postal addresses. A shift to electronic voting has led to nearly 50% responses, while ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and accuracy of the process. Electronic ballots have become the norm for all learned societies, as well as for corporate shareholder votes more generally.

ARTICLE XX

Section 1. These Bylaws shall be adopted by a majority of votes cast of the general membership as herein provided, and shall become effective immediately thereafter.
Proposal: Clarify the wording by adding “of votes cast”
Rationale: The current wording is unclear and the interpretation could be equivocal. A majority of votes of the general membership, as in any election, is not certain to be achieved because not all members may choose to participate in the voting.

BYLAWS OF THE NORTH AMERICAN CATALYSIS SOCIETY

 
Revision – February 2013

 
We, the members hereof, associate ourselves for these purposes: to promote and encourage the growth and development of the science of catalysis and those scientific disciplines ancillary thereto; to organize and participate in professional meetings of scientists; to report, discuss and exchange information and viewpoints in the field of catalysis; to serve as a central exchange for the several catalysis club(s)/society(ies) (hereafter referred to as societies) concerning information on their activities; and to provide liaison with foreign catalysis societies, with the International Association of Catalysis Societies, and with other scientific organizations and individuals

ARTICLE I – Name

  • Section 1. The name of this corporation shall be: The North American Catalysis Society, (NACS).

ARTICLE II – Membership

  • Section 1. Any person from North America associated, directly or indirectly, with the fields of endeavor referred to in the purpose clause of these Bylaws, shall be eligible for full membership.
  • Section 2. All members of any affiliated North American catalysis society(ies) shall become individual members of the NACS in the event of an appropriate resolution of affiliation enacted by the Executive Board of similar governing body of such catalysis society(ies), as hereinafter provided.
  • Section 3. Any North American catalysis society(ies) in existence at the time of the adoption of these Bylaws may thereafter affiliate with the NACS by resolution of its Executive board or similar governing body.
  • Section 4. Any North American catalysis society(ies) founded after the adoption of these Bylaws may affiliate with the NACS by resolution of its Executive Board or similar governing body, but only after being invited to do so by the Board of Directors of the NACS.
  • Section 5. Nothing herein shall preclude members of any catalysis society(ies) from becoming individual members of the (NACS), notwithstanding that such catalysis society(ies) may not have been invited to affiliate with the NACS.
  • Section 6. Persons from outside North America may indicate their interests in joining NACS as Associate Members. As Associate Members they do not have to pay dues, and they are not eligible to vote on elections and other matters pertaining to the NACS.
  • Section 7. The local clubs shall be entities that are separate from the NACS.

ARTICLE III – Dues, Finances and Compensation

  • Section 1. Membership fees shall be paid in such amounts and for such periods as shall be determined by the Board of Directors.
  • Section 2. The fiscal year of the NACS shall end on December 31.
  • Section 3. No compensation shall be paid to any officers or directors for their services rendered to the NACS in such capacities; provided, however, that this shall not preclude such officers and directors from being reimbursed for expenses incurred by them in the conduct of their activities in such capacities, at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE IV – Location

  • Section 1. The registered office of the NACS shall be located within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, at such place as shall be determined by the Board of Directors. The principal office of the NACS shall be located at such place as shall be determined by the Board of Directors without restriction as to jurisdiction.

ARTICLE V – Officers

  • Section 1. The officers of the NACS shall consist of a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Lead Trustee and Foreign Secretary Communications Director.
  • Section 2. No one person shall be entitled to hold the office of President and Secretary two office positions at any one time.
  • Section 3. Only members of the NACS shall be eligible for election to office.

ARTICLE VI – Duties of Officers

  • Section 1. The President shall be the chief executive officer of the NACS and shall preside at all meetings of the membership and/or the directors; he/she shall call all meetings of the directors; he/she shall have general and active management of the business of the NACS and shall, either directly or by delegation, see that all orders and resolutions of the Board of Directors and that all duties of the officers are properly performed; he/she shall submit interim reports of the operation of the NACS to the membership as and when meetings of the membership shall be held and to the Board of Directors at their various meetings as hereinafter provided; he/she shall appoint all committees except as herein otherwise provided, and he/she shall be an ex-officio member of all committees so appointed; he/she may delegate the performance of any of the foregoing; he/she shall execute any and all contracts and other documents in behalf of the NACS pursuant to authority delegated to him/her for such purposes by resolution duly adopted by the Board of Directors, and he/she shall perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors from time to time.
  • Section 2. The Vice-President shall perform all duties of the office of President in the latter’s absence, incapacity or arbitrary refusal to act, and, when so acting, shall have all powers of and be subject to all restrictions upon the office of President. Further, he/she shall perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors or by the President, from time to time.
  • Section 3. The Secretary shall attend all meetings of the Board of Directors and of the membership and shall perform the following various duties: he/she shall maintain a list of the membership and their addresses; he/she shall record minutes of all meetings in a book to be maintained for that purpose and, when required, shall perform a similar service for all standing committees; he/she shall send to the Board of Directors and/or to the membership all notices as to the business of the NACS and as to the time, date and place of all meetings to be held of the Board of Directors and/or of the membership, respectively; he/she shall engage in, and maintain records of, all correspondence as required by the business of the NACS; he/she shall be the custodian of the corporate seal and of all books and records of the (NACS), except as herein otherwise provided; he/she shall attest any and all contracts and other documents, and shall affix the corporate seal as necessary, in behalf of the NACS pursuant to authority delegated to him/her for such purposes by resolution duly adopted by the Board of Directors or by the President, from time to time. In the event of the Secretary’s absence, incapacity of arbitrary refusal to act, his/her duties shall be performed by a Secretary Pro Tem appointed by the Board of Directors or by the President.
  • Section 4. The Treasurer shall be the custodian of all funds as well as financial books and records of the NACS and shall deposit all such funds in the name of the NACS in such depository or depositories as shall be designated by the Board of Directors; he/she shall collect and receive all fees, contributions and grants paid to the NACS; he/she shall pay all vouchers and obligations pursuant to authority duly granted to him/her by the President and Secretary or be resolution of the Board of Directors; he/she shall prepare and submit complete an accurate interim financial reports of the finances of the NACS as and when meetings may be held, as well as to the Board of Directors at any time upon request therefrom, and he/she shall perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors or by the President, from time to time.
  • Section 5. The Foreign Secretary shall attend all meetings of the Board of Directors and perform the following duties: maintain contact with other catalysis societies outside North America and maintain records of correspondence with these societies, distribute the NACS Newsletter to other catalysis societies and serve those functions of the Secretary with foreign members, serve as one of the two NACS representatives to the Council of the International Association of Catalysis Societies, and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors or by the President, from time to time. The Lead Trustee shall monitor and assign variety of investment vehicles with input from trustees; lead sub-committee (of trustees, President and Treasurer) that reviews investment decisions; review investment strategy (biannual); generate annual financial report by March 15 for IRS reporting; and with accountant prepare 990 tax form and submit to IRS by May 15 of each year.
  • Section 6. The Communications Direction shall maintain and add new content in the NACS website; renew website domain name as scheduled by payments in register.com; publish a Newsletters with a target of four issues per year; maintain a list of current members from local Clubs; maintain an email distribution list of members; update distribution list in mail server as needed; provide mailing list for rental on a fee per use basis to customers; administer electronic elections for Director-at-Large every 4 years or other events as needed; and arrange contract for electronic website for voting and generate usernames and passwords for electronic ballots.

ARTICLE VII – Bonds

  • Section 1. The Board of Directors may require any of the officers to be bonded at such times and for such amounts as it shall deem necessary.
  • Section 2. The Board of Directors may require the administrators(trustees) of the Keith Hall Educational Fund and any outside professional who assumes an active role in administering the proceeds of the Fund to be bonded.

ARTICLE VIII – Board of Directors

  • Section 1. The Board of Directors shall consist of members elected by the affiliated catalysis society(ies), one from each, four (4) six (6) members elected from the members elected at large by the membership of the (NACS), and any officers (elected by the Board) who are not already members of the Board.
  • Section 2. Only members of the NACS shall be eligible for election to the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE IX – Duties and Powers of the Board of Directors

  • Section 1. The property and business of the NACS shall be managed by the Board of Directors.
  • Section 2. In addition to the general powers of the Board of Directors existing by virtue of their office, the powers and authority expressly given by law, by the terms of the Articles of Incorporation of the (NACS), and elsewhere in these Bylaws, the following specific powers are expressly conferred on the Board of Directors.

    To appoint and/or remove any and all agents, servants or employees of the (NACS), other than the members of the Board of Directors and the officers, and to determine their duties and salaries, as well as to delegate such powers to an officer of the NACS; to authorize the negotiating and executing of all contracts, documents and instruments appropriate for the proper operation of the NACS; to delegate any powers of the Board of Directors to any committee of Board members, not less than two (2) in number, for so long and under such terms as the Board may determine; to establish policies of the NACS and to direct the execution of the same, pursuant to the purposes of the (NACS), and generally to do all lawful acts and things as are not herein otherwise delegated or directed to be done by the membership or officers of the NACS.

ARTICLE X – Meetings of the Board of Directors

  • Section 1. The Board of Directors shall meet at least annually at the call of the President. In addition, the Board of Directors shall meet intermittently at such times and places as may be set by resolution duly adopted at duly convened meetings of the Board of Directors.
  • Section 2. Special meetings of the Board of Directors shall be called by the President and/or Secretary as and when they or either of them shall deem it necessary, or upon the signed written request of any three (3) members of the Board of Directors, the times and places of such special meetings to be determined by the officer calling the same.
  • Section 3. The Secretary shall send to each member of the Board of Directors, at least one (1) week’s prior written notice of any special meeting and at least ten (10) days prior written notice of any annual or intermittent meeting.
  • Section 4. Not withstanding Article 20, the Provisions of the ARTICLE may be amended at any regular duly convened meeting by a majority vote of the members of the Board of Directors present and voting at such meeting.

ARTICLE XI – Meetings of the Membership

  • Section 1. Meetings of the membership in general shall be held at such times and places as shall be determined by the Board of Directors.
  • Section 2. Notices of the meetings of the membership in general shall be given to each member at least thirty (30) days in advance of the date of such meeting, provided that the payment of such member’s membership fee is not then in default.
  • Section 3. Location of national biennial technical meetings of the NACS shall rotate around the membership clubs. For this purpose these meetings shall be operated by the local society. For these meetings the NACS shall be responsible for the selection of the meeting organizers. For this meeting, the operating local society has an “agency” (as defined by the US IRS in 2000) relationship with the NACS for the organization and operation of the meeting.

ARTICLE XII – Notices

  • Section 1. Notices of all meetings of the membership and of the Board of Directors shall be mailed to each member of the NACS or of the Board of Directors, addressed to such members or directors latest addresses, as recorded in the books of the NACS.
  • Section 2. Attendance by a member or by a Director at any meeting shall constitute a waiver of notice of such meeting, except where attendance at such meeting is for the express purpose of objecting to the transaction of business because said meeting was allegedly not lawfully or duly called or convened, and where such objection is made immediately following the convening of such meeting.
  • Section 3. Any notice may be waived in writing, signed by the person or persons entitled thereto, either before or after the time and date stated therein, and such waiver shall be entered into the minutes of the meeting held pursuant to such waiver of notice.
  • Section 4. Neither the business to be transacted at, nor the purpose of any membership meeting, or any annual or intermittent meeting of the Board of Directors, need be stated in any notice or waiver of notice of such meeting unless otherwise specifically required by law or by these Bylaws. Notice of any special meeting of the Board of Directors shall contain the purpose of, and a brief description of the business to be transacted by such meeting.

ARTICLE XIII – Nominations, Elections and Terms of Office

  • Section 1. The members of the Board of Directors to be elected by the membership at large shall be elected from a slate of not fewer than seven (7) ten (10) nominees selected by the Nominations Committee, appointed by the President. Election shall be by mail electronic ballot of the membership of the NACS. Any member of the NACS shall be added to the slate upon receipt by the President of the (NACS), no more than one-half of whom shall be members of any one affiliated catalysis society(ies), provided that the petition shall be received by the President prior to the first of January of the year in which new members of the Board of Directors are to be elected. Election shall be by plurality vote. The elected at-large members of the Board of Directors will be seated at the next meeting of the Board of Directors and will be the at-large members who vote for the election of new officers.
  • Section 2. The one (1) member of the Board of Directors from each affiliated catalysis society(ies) shall be elected by the respective catalysis society(ies) in accordance with its internal procedures.
  • Section 3. Nominations for the officers shall be made at a Board meeting and elected by the Board of Directors at a meeting of such Board convened with reasonable dispatch after the election of such Board. The officers shall take office on July 1, 2001, and every four years thereafter.
  • Section 4. The term of office for all officers and members of the Board of Directors shall be four (4) years. All officers and members of the Board of Directors shall continue in their respective capacities until their successors are elected.
  • Section 5. Any vacancies in the Board of Directors or among the officers arising by reason of death or resignation, shall be filled for the unexpired term by a majority vote of the remaining members of the Board of Directors present and voting at the first meeting held after such death or resignation. In the event that the President is no longer able to serve (for reasons of death or resignation), the Vice-President shall assume his/her duties until a meeting of the Board of Directors within 2 months of the loss of the elected President. In the event that neither the President nor the Vice President is able to serve, the Executive Committee shall elect one of its members to serve as the operating officer (by majority voting) until an emergency meeting of the Board of Directors can be convened (within 2 months of the vacancies).
  • Section 6. Election of officers and of members of the Board of Directors shall be by closed, written ballot, whether submitted at a meeting or by mail.
  • Section 7. Any member who shall have paid his/her dues shall be eligible to hold office in the (NACS), whether as an officer or as a member of the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE XIV – Quorum

  • Section 1. A quorum for the purpose of holding a meeting of the membership generally shall consist of such members as shall be in attendance at the time and place when such meeting is to convene.
  • Section 2. A quorum for the purpose of holding any meeting of the Board of Directors shall consist of a majority of all of the members of the Board, exclusive of any member who may have resigned or died. If a quorum is unavailable for any meeting of the Board of Directors, that meeting shall be adjourned to a new time and place, due notice of which shall be given to the members of the Board of Directors, in which event a quorum, for purposes of the said adjourned meeting, shall consist of such members of the Board of Directors as shall be in attendance at the time and place when such adjourned meeting is to convene.

ARTICLE XV – Voting

  • Section 1. All matters to be voted upon by the general membership, other than election to the Board of Directors, shall be determined by majority vote of the members voting.
  • Section 2. The act of the majority of the members of the Board of Directors present at a meeting of the directors at which a quorum is present shall be the act of the Board. Members of the Board of Directors may participate in a meeting of the Board by means of conference telephone or similar communica­tions equipment whereby all persons participating in the meeting can hear each other, and participation in a meeting in this manner shall constitute presence in person at the meeting. In the absence of a meeting by a majority of the members of the Board, resolutions can be enacted by unanimous a majority written consent of all the members of the Board.
  • Section 3. Each member of the Board of Directors shall be entitled to one (1) vote in such capacity at the meeting of the Board, and each member of the NACS shall be entitled to one (1) vote in such capacity.
  • Section 4. Proxy voting at membership shall be permitted, provided that such proxy is executed in writing by the individual entitled to cast such vote and provided such proxy specifies the meeting at, or the duration for which, such proxy shall be effective.
  • Section 5. Mail balloting at membership meetings shall be permitted, provided that such mail ballot is signed by the member entitled to cast such vote. If the matter being voted upon is to be the subject of a membership meeting, such mail ballot shall be valid only if received no later than the convening of such meeting. If the matter being voted upon is the subject of a general mail ballot only, such mail ballot shall be valid only if received no later than the date specified for such purpose in the material promulgating to the membership the subject to be voted upon.

ARTICLE XVI – Inspection of Books, Accounts and Records

  • Section 1. The books, accounts and records of the NACS shall be open for inspection at any time by any officer or member of the Board of Directors.
  • Section 2. The books, accounts and records of the NACS shall be open for inspection by any member of the NACS at such reasonable times and places as may be designated by resolution duly adopted by the Board of Directors; provided, however, that the Board of Directors shall designate a time and place for the examination of such books, accounts and records by the membership immediately prior to, during, or immediately following any membership meeting which may be held.

ARTICLE XVII – Committees

  • Section 1. The President shall appoint the Nominations Committee to suggest candidates for officers of the NACS; at the time of elections of the officers, additional nominations may be received from those attending the Board meeting.
  • Section 2. In addition to such committees as the President may appoint pursuant to these Bylaws, the Board of Directors may establish and appoint, from time to time, such additional standing and/or special committees as it may deem appropriate.
  • Section 3. The Executive Committee shall be comprised of elected officers and key functional positions within the NACS. Members of the Executive Committee shall be designated by the President, but should include: the President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Foreign Secretary, Lead Trustee of the Keith Hall Educational Fund, Communications Director, Archivist and the most recent living past President.
  • Section 4. The President may call a meeting of the Executive Committee to seek its advice.
  • Section 5. An Awards Committee shall be appointed by the President and led by the Vice President, for the purpose of soliciting suggestions for nominations for the professional award. This committee should be selected in a manner to avoid conflict of interests in the award process.

ARTICLE XVIII – Corporate Seal

  • Section 1. The Secretary shall hold the Corporate Seal.

ARTICLE XIX – Amendments to Bylaws

  • Section 1. These Bylaws may be amended by a majority vote of the members voting either (a) in person, by proxy or by mail ballot receive at a duly convened membership meeting of the (NACS), or (b) by mail electronic ballot circulated at the instance of the Board of Directors, provided that notice of the proposed amendment shall be contained in the notice of such duly convened meeting or in such mail electronic ballot so circulated.

ARTICLE XX – Adoption of Bylaws

  • Section 1. These Bylaws shall be adopted by a majority vote of votes cast the general membership as herein provided, and shall become effective immediately thereafter.

ARTICLE XXI – Procedural Requirements

  • Section 1. All meetings of the Board of Directors and all meetings of the membership of the NACS shall be conducted pursuant to Roberts’ Rules of Order, these Bylaws, and to any additional rules adopted by such meetings not inconsistent with either of the foregoing.

ARTICLE XXII – Professional Awards

  • Section 1. The NACS has established a series of professional awards for distinction in catalysis. The President is responsible for the selection of a jury for each award, which shall be made up of established technologists in catalysis without having any conflicts of interest in the nominations or award process. Each jury shall be made up of at least 3 persons appointed by the President. Their decisions shall be confidential and reported only to the President, who then tallies the voting, and notifies the winner.

ARTICLE XXIII – Keith Hall Educational Fund

  • Section 1. Within NACS shall be the Keith Hall Educational Fund (Fund), disbursements from only the net income of which shall be made for the support and maintenance of the tax-exempt activities of (NACS), including but not limited to national lectureships, seminars and symposia, assistance for attendance at national meetings of NACS for graduate students or post-doctoral fellows, and award recognizing contributions to the furtherance of the field of catalysis. Although the Fund shall be subject to the ultimate administration of the Board of Directors of (NACS), it may be administered on a day-to-day basis by “trustees,” who shall be appointed by the President of NACS for staggered 6 year terms, with the concurrence of the Executive Committee of NACS. One of these trustees shall be designated by the President as the Lead Trustee, who shall be responsible for reporting the status of the Fund on a quarterly basis to the President and to the Board on an annual basis. These trustees shall receive, hold, invest, and reinvest the assets of the Fund.
  • Section 2. The President is empowered to replace an appointed trustee for due cause subject to the approval of a majority of the Executive committee and confirmation by the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE XXIV – Restrictions and Interpretation

  • Section 1. No part of the net earnings of NACS shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to, its members, directors, officers, or other private persons, except that NACS shall be authorized and empowered to pay out of pocket expenses for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes of NACS. Approval of the President is required for such expenses, which are to be reported to the Board at its annual meeting.
  • Section 2. No substantial part of the activities of NACS shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation. NACS shall be empowered to make the election provided by IRC § 501(h). NACS shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.
  • Section 3. Notwithstanding any other provisions of these Bylaws or the Articles of Incorporation, NACS shall not carry on any activities not permitted to be carried on (i) by a corporation exempt from federal income tax under IRC § 501(a) by reason of description in IRC §501(c)(3), or (ii) by a corporation, contributions to which are deductible under IRC § 170(c)(2).

ARTICLE XXV – Dissolution

  • Section 1. Upon the dissolution of (NACS), the Board of Directors shall, after paying or making provisions for the payment of all of the liabilities of (NACS), dispose of all of the assets of NACS exclusively for one or more of the purposes of NACS which may include distribution to an organization or organizations organized and operated exclusively for one or more of such purposes, or shall distribute all of the assets of NACS to the federal government, or to a state or local government, for a public purpose. Any assets not so disposed of shall be disposed of by the Circuit Court of the county in which the principal office of NACS is then located, exclusively for such purposes or to such organization or organizations, as said court shall determine, which are organized and operated exclusively for one or more of the purposes of NACS.

Approval of Modifications of By-Laws and Director-at-Large Elections North American Catalysis Society

In the next few weeks, all members of the North American Catalysis Society (NACS) will receive a ballot via electronic means. This ballot will request your vote for six of the eleven candidates for the position of Director-at-Large and also your vote regarding modifications of the by-laws of the Society. I encourage you to exercise your voting rights within the specified voting period.

Directors-at-large (DAL) serve four-year terms and are elected by the entire membership. Their new term will start during the NAM23 in Louisville. Elected DAL represent the entire membership by attending annual NACS Board meetings. The Board consists of the NACS officers, one representative from each local or affiliated society, and the DAL. The ballot will concurrently ask for your approval of modifications of the by-laws, including one to increase the number of DAL from four to six; if the modified by-laws are not approved, the four DAL candidates with the largest vote count will serve.

The modifications of the by-laws that are submitted for your approval consist of a series of motions already approved by the Board in the intervening years since the 2003 version. The electronic ballot will include a detailed description of such changes as well as a rationale for each one of them. These materials were posted into a single document that shows an overview of the proposed changes followed by the full text of the by-laws at Proposed By-laws – February 2013.

NACS consists of 14 affiliate local clubs and societies in Canada, Mexico, and the United States and well over 1,500 members. It was founded in 1956 and its mission includes the stewardship and support of NAM and logistical support and seed financial funding to the local organizing committees. NACS also provides joint funding for Kokes awards, presented to students to attend NAM, and financial support for students to attend the regular meetings of the local clubs and societies.

On behalf of the NACS leadership and its governing board, I encourage you to vote and I look forward to seeing you at NAM23 in Louisville (June 2-7, 2013; www.nam23.org/).
 
With regards,
 
Enrique Iglesia
President, North American Catalysis Society
 
 
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Professor Johannes Lercher receives the 2013 Tanabe Prize in Acid-Base Catalysis

The 2013 Tanabe Prize for Acid-Base Catalysis will be awarded to Johannes A. Lercher, who receives the prize in recognition of his substantial contributions to the field of acid-base catalysis.

The award ceremony will take place at the 7th International Symposium on Acid-Base Catalysis in Tokyo, Japan May 12-15, 2013.

Johannes A. Lercher studied Chemistry and received his PhD at TU Wien. After a visiting lectureship at Yale, he joined TU Wien as lecturer and later Assoc. Professor. 1993 he was appointed Professor at the University Twente, Department of Chemical Technology, and moved in 1998 to his current position as Professor of Chemical Technology at TU Munchen. Since 2011 he is also Director of the Institute for Integrated Catalysis at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

He is external member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences and Member of the Academia Europaea, and holds several Honorary Professorships. He serves currently as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Catalysis.

Research is focussed on fundamental aspects of oxide and molecular sieve based sorption and catalysis, new routes to activate and functionalize hydrocarbons, deconstruction and defunctionalization of biomass, the mechanistic understanding of hydrotreating catalysts, and the in situ characterization of catalytic processes.
 
Source: www.shokubai.org/abc/tanabe.html

The Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Call for Nominations of The 2013 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 $1000 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 April 19, 2013. Prior nomination packages sent in 2011 or later will automatically be considered for the 2013 Award.

Nomination letter along with supporting materials should be emailed to fedeyjm@jmusa.com.
 
Joseph Fedeyko
Johnson Matthey ECT
436 Devon Park Drive
Wayne, PA 19087
Tel. 610-341-8218
Fax 610-341-3495
 
 
Past Recip­i­ents 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

Nominations open for the Herman Pines Award in Catalysis

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.

The Award will be presented at the 2013 Catalysis Club of Chicago Spring Symposium 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:

  • Great achievements of catalysis research in the past five years
  • For year 2013, the award will be given to Academic / National Lab researcher
  • Active member in catalysis community
  • A resident of North America

Deadline for nomination is February 28, 2013. Nomination should describe the specific work for which the nominee should be recognized. Complete curriculum vitae with letters 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 by February 28, 2013 as a single PDF document to:
 
Rafael Alcala
President – Catalysis Club of Chicago (2012-2013)
BP
150 West Warrenville Rd, Naperville, IL-60563
rafael.alcala@bp.com

In Memoriam: Laszlo Guczi (1932-2012)

Professor László Guczi

Professor László Guczi

Professor László Guczi a widely known and respected scientist passed away on 20th December 2012 after a long battle with illness. He showed us what a classic scholar is like: professional, knowledgeable, patient and kind.

László Guczi was born on 23th March 1932 in Szeged, Hungary. As a youngster he was a talented violin player and planned to become a musician. Luckily for the catalysis community he accepted the arguments of his mother and enrolled at the University of Szeged. He graduated with an MSc degree in chemistry in 1959 and started his career in the Isotope Laboratory of the Research Institute of Soil Science and Agrochemistry, Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He was involved in the study of the interaction of alkyl iodides with carbon and red phosphorous using the differential isotope method.

In 1962 Professor Tétényi invited him to work at the Institute of Isotopes, Budapest. This institute was his “headquarter” over 50 years. The catalysis research at the institute was focused on the multiplet theory of Balandin applying isotopes as tracers. In hydrogenolysis of ethane on Ni, Pt and Pd metallic powders the bonding of reactants to the surface was characterized by C13 and C14 labeling as well as
H-D and H-T exchange. In this period he spent one year in 1964/65 as post doctoral fellow at the University of Sheffield with Professor J.V. Tyrrell. He received the degree of “Candidate of Science” and “Doctor of Science” from the Hungarian Academy of Science in 1968 and 1976, respectively.

In 1976 he established the Research Group on Catalysis. He developed the “Double Labeling Method” and applied it in the study of the mechanism of the selective hydrogenation of acetylene and butadiene. Together with Professor Tétényi and Professor Paál he received the Hungarian State Prize in 1983 for the development of the principle of the “catalytic system”. The essence of this principle is that the catalyst and the substrates together form the “active sites” acting not as static formations but change continuously during the life of the catalyst. He initiated study of the structure-activity relationship applying highly dispersed supported metal catalysts. At the beginning, Fe, Ru and FeRu bimetallic carbonyl clusters as catalyst precursors were studied in the Fisher-Tropsch reaction. He introduced Mössbauer spectroscopy for in situ characterization of the catalysts. Based on this research he was invited as plenary speaker to the 9th ICC in 1988 to give a talk about cluster catalysis. Later on he extended the research to interfacial chemistry in model catalysts to define the surface species at molecular level and their influence on the activity and selectivity, electron properties of nanoparticles, genesis of bimetallic particles geometrically confined in zeolite cage, role of bimetallic catalysts in deNOx, in CO hydrogenation/oxidation and methane activation to form hydrocarbons. In 1993, he was awarded by Republic’s Order Officer Cross. In the last two decades he turned to the catalysis by gold. He was especially devoted to study of the interaction of gold with promoting oxides applying nanodispersed systems prepared by colloidal methods and model systems prepared by physical methods. For all this research he was eager to equip his laboratory with sophisticated and up-to-date techniques such as XPS, FT-IR, STM and SFG (Sum Frequency Generation). He undoubtedly played a pioneering role in establishing these methodologies in the Hungarian scientific culture.

He was an extraordinary and a highly talented person, who was excellent in building contacts and organizing scientific co-operations worldwide. László was like an ambassador for the Hungarian catalysis community. He received recognition all over the world, which was evidenced by the special issues published in Applied Catalysis A and Topics in Catalysis on the occasions of his 70th and 80th birthday, respectively.

He published over 400 research papers, 12 books and chapters, presented about 430 lectures (out of these 34 plenary or invited ones). He supervised 22 PhD students, some of them from abroad. All of László’s students got post doctoral position at highly respected universities by his help. He was a professor at the University of Szeged and the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. He was a visiting professor at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA; The Rijks University, Leiden; University of Pittsburgh, USA; Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, USA; P&M Curie University, France; Schuit Institute of Catalysis, The Netherlands. He served as regional editor for Applied Catalysis in 1980-2006. He was also on the advisory board of Catalysis Today and Reaction Kinetics and Catalysis Letters. He played major role in organizing the 10th ICC in Budapest in 1992 and the 8th International Symposium on Relation between Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysis at Lake Balaton in 1995.

In private life László was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was an excellent cook who enjoyed entertaining his friends and co-workers in his house at Érd, in the suburb of Budapest. During his life, classical music remained his passion.

We all admired his devotion to the science, his unlimited energy, and enjoyed his sense of humor and charm. We will greatly miss him.
 
Obituary prepared by Zoltán Schay.

In Memoriam: James R. Katzer (1941-2012)

James Robert Katzer

James Robert Katzer

James Robert Katzer, former professor of chemical engineering and vice-president of technology for Mobil Oil Corporation, died in Marshalltown, IA on November 2, 2012. He was 71. Katzer was internationally respected for his expertise and major contributions to energy technologies and policy. Jim Katzer built a career as a highly respected researcher and manager in the areas of catalytic science and in the analysis of technical issues related to the production of high quality fuels. Jim was a co-author, along with George C. A. Schuit and Bruce C. Gates of The Chemistry of Catalytic Processes, published by McGraw Hill in 1978. During his career, he authored or co-authored more than 80 technical articles and 6 U.S. Patents.

Jim graduated from Iowa State with a degree in chemical engineering in 1964. He received his Sc.D. from MIT in the same discipline in 1969, and then immediately joined the University of Delaware as an assistant professor of chemical engineering. He was instrumental in founding the university’s Center for Catalytic Science and Technology, attracting more than $800,000 in new research funding in its first year. Together with Professor Bruce Gates, Jim established one of the first collaborative industry –academic centers of its kind. He served as its first director. By 1980, the Center listed 23 companies as members and had a total research budget of $1.8 million. Jim was promoted to full professor in Delaware’s Department of Chemical Engineering in 1978.

In 1981, Jim moved to Mobil Oil Corporation’s Central Research Laboratory in Princeton, NJ as manager of CRL’s catalyst section. He advanced in management at Mobil, holding positions of Division Manger of Process R&D and Vice President of Planning for Research and Engineering. In 1997, he was appointed Vice President for Technology.

With the merger of Mobil and Exxon in 1999, Jim became Manager of Planning and Portfolio Analysis for ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company. He retired from ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company in 2004.

In recognition of his contributions to catalysis and reaction engineering research and commercialization of catalytic processes, Jim was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1998. In 2001 he was awarded the Marston Medal, Iowa State University’s highest honor for a graduate from its College of Engineering. From 2006 to 2010 Jim was member of 4 significant National Research Council studies on Transitions in Transportation, which helped define a strategy for the US’s energy future. He served as a visiting scientist for MIT’s Laboratory for Energy and the Environment from 2004 until 2007, where he was the Executive Director of the MIT Future of Coal study.

At the time of his death, he was an affiliate professor, a member of the advisory board for Iowa State University’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, and a member of the Technical Advisory Board for the China National Institute for Clean and Low-Carbon Fuels. He was also a member of the Technical Advisory Board for Rive Technology and a member of the Cosmos Club of Washington, D.C.

In his free time, he enjoyed sailing and gardening. Jim is survived by his wife of 32 years, Isabelle (McGregor) Katzer; his mother, Velma Sheller; son, Robert James, MD (Jenni) Katzer, and granddaughter, Autumn Elizabeth Katzer; daughter, Anne Louise Katzer; brothers, Wayne Katzer and Ken (Sharon) Katzer; and sister, JoAnn Katzer.
 
(Contributed by Thomas Degnan, Roland H. Heck and Jose Santiesteban)

Jens Norskov named the recipient of the 2013 Michel Boudart Award for the Advancement of Catalysis

Prof. Jens K. Norskov

Prof. Jens K. Norskov

We are pleased to announce that Prof. Jens K. Norskov of the Department of Chemical Engineering and the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford University is the recipient of the 2013 Michel Boudart Award for the Advancement catalysis. The Award is sponsored by the Haldor Topsøe Company and is administered jointly by the NACS and the EFCATS. More information on this award and the award process can be found in the Awards folder of the NACS home page www.nacatsoc.org.

The Michel Boudart Award for the Advancement catalysis is given in recognition of 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/or practice of heterogeneous catalysis. The Award selection process will emphasize accomplishments and contributions published within the five preceding years.

The award recognizes Professor Jens K. Norkskov for his pioneering work on understanding trends in catalyst activity and developing catalyst design principles based on reactivity descriptors. He and his coworkers have contributed extensively to the development of computational methods and models of surface reactivity. Professor Norskov has introduced what is today a standard model of transition metal reactivity and has used it to explain trends in adsorption energies and in the activation energies of elementary processes on transition metal catalysts in terms of variations in the d-band center and other parameters characterizing the properties of surface electrons. Norskov has quantified Brønsted-Evans-Polanyi (BEP) relations and showed how they lead to predictive models that relate catalytic reactivity to adsorption energies of key relevant species. The methods developed for use in heterogeneous catalysis have been successfully transferred into the area of electrocatalysis. Most recently, his research group has introduced the first database of surface chemical properties and developed publicly available software to access and mine thermodynamic and catalytic data on active surfaces, thus opening novel opportunities for discovering trends and for designing new catalysts and catalytic processes.

Professor Norskov will present plenary lectures at the 2013 meetings of the North American Catalysis Society in Louisville and at the 2013 Europacat Meeting in Lyon.

Avelino Corma
President, European Federation of Catalysis Societies

Enrique Iglesia
President, North American Catalysis Society

Christopher W. Jones is the recipient of the 2013 Paul H. Emmett Award in Fundamental Catalysis

Prof. Christopher W. Jones

I am pleased to announce that Professor Christopher W. Jones of the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology is the recipient of the 2013 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 2013 North American Meeting of the Catalysis Society. Professor Jones will also present a plenary lecture during this 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 Christopher W. Jones to fundamental advances in catalysis at the interface between heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis. Specifically, his studies of silica and polymer-supported Pd(II) pincer complexes unraveled their behavior in Heck and Suzuki coupling reactions, where the complexes were demonstrated to form soluble ligand-free species that catalyzed traditional Pd(0)-Pd(II) pathways. His group has also developed a family of supported metal-salen complex catalysts for enantioselective reactions, including cooperative epoxide ring-opening reactions and olefin cyclopropanation. This work has focused on the stability and deactivation of these catalysts and clarified degradation pathways, allowing the implementation of stabilization strategies to enhance catalyst turnovers.