Dr. Paul Barger is the recipient of the 2014 F.G. Ciapetta Lectureship in Catalysis

Paul_BargerI am pleased to announce that Dr. Paul Barger of UOP LLC, a Honeywell Company, is the recipient of the F.G. Ciapetta Lectureship in Catalysis, sponsored by the Grace Catalysts Technologies operating segment of 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 2015 NAM in Pittsburgh, PA. 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.

Paul Barger has an established track record of championing new ideas and moving them effectively from evaluation, to catalyst development, and to commercialization. Over his thirty year career at UOP he has contributed to the discovery of catalytic phenomena and development of several catalytic processes of industrial significance. He has achieved this by sound technical insight, careful experimental design, and flawless execution as evidenced by the award of more than 55 U.S. patents.

Paul is specifically recognized with the F.G Ciapetta Lectureship for his contributions to the development of the Methanol-to-Olefins (MTO) process from concept development to commercial offering. He was a leader of the joint MTO development effort between UOP and Norsk Hydro. A series of discoveries of SAPO-34 structure-function relationships, such as the correlations of product shape selectivity, hydride transfer and coking with acid site density and crystal morphology were keys in the development of this technology. The first of four UOP-licensed commercial units was successfully started up in September 2013. Paul has also led the development and commercialization of two naphtha reforming catalysts and a solid acid detergent alkylation catalyst and currently heads up UOP’s Proof-of-Principle Lab for the evaluation of ideas for new technology opportunities.

I am delighted that the North American Catalysis Society has chosen to recognize the contributions of Dr. Paul Barger 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.
Enrique Iglesia
President, North American Catalysis Society

Herman Pines Award in Catalysis

Sponsored by UOP and the Catalysis Club of Chicago

Herman Pines

Herman Pines

The Catalysis Club of Chicago is soliciting nominations for the Herman Pines Award for outstanding research in the field of catalysis. Herman Pines was an outstanding research scientist, and his work revolutionized the general understanding of organic chemistry, particularly the chemistry of hydrocarbons interacting with strong acids. The Award in his honor is co-sponsored by UOP, where Herman Pines began his industrial career in 1930 and amassed 145 US patents, and by the Catalysis Club of Chicago of which Herman Pines was a founding member.

The Award will be presented at the 2014 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 the year of 2014, the award will be given to an industrial researcher.
  • Active member in catalysis community.
  • A resident of North America.

Deadline for nomination is January 31, 2014. 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 January 31, 2014 as a single PDF document to:
Neng Guo
President – The Catalysis Club of Chicago (2013-2014)
BP Products North America Inc.
Naperville, IL 60565
List of past award recipients of the Herman Pines Award:

  • 1999 Prof. Harold Kung – Northwestern University
  • 2000 Dr. John Monnier – Eastman Chemical Company
  • 2001 Prof. Lanny Schmidt – University of Minnesota
  • 2002 Dr. James Brazdil – BP
  • 2003 Prof. James Dumesic – University of Wisconsin
  • 2004 Dr. Alak Bhattacharyya – BP
  • 2005 Prof. Israel Wachs – Lehigh University
  • 2006 Dr. Jeff Miller – BP
  • 2007 Prof. Chunshan Song – Pennsylvania State University
  • 2008 Dr. Aleksey Yezerets – Cummins Inc.
  • 2009 Prof. Tobin Marks – Northwestern University
  • 2010 Dr. James Rekoske – UOP
  • 2011 Prof. Jingguang Chen – University of Delaware
  • 2012 Dr. Stuart Soled – ExxonMobil
  • 2013 Prof. W. Nicholas Delgass – Purdue University

Charles Campbell is the recipient of the 2013 Robert Burwell Lectureship in Catalysis

Charles_Campbell2We are pleased to announce that Professor Charles Campbell of the University of Washington is the recipient of the 2013 Robert Burwell Lectureship in Catalysis of the North American Catalysis Society, sponsored by Johnson Matthey and administered by The North American Catalysis Society. It is to be awarded biennially in odd-numbered years. The award consists of a plaque and an honorarium of $5,000. The plaque will be presented during the closing banquet ceremonies at the 2015 North American Meeting of the Catalysis Society. An additional $4,500 is available to cover traveling expenses in North America. Professor Campbell will present lectures at the local catalysis clubs and societies during the two-year period covered by this award.

The Robert Burwell Lectureship in Catalysis is given in recognition of substantial contributions to one or more areas in the field of catalysis with emphasis on discovery and understanding of catalytic phenomena, catalytic reaction mechanisms and identification and description of catalytic sites and species.

Professor Campbell is being recognized for bridging the gap between surface science and catalysis, for developing new concepts and tools in both disciplines, and for his service to both communities as Editor-in-Chief of Surface Science. His knowledge and his contributions over the last three decades have encompassed enormous depth and breadth. He has made seminal contributions in (1) developing methods to measure surface bond energies, specifically calorimetry using an apparatus developed by his research group and which currently ranks as the most sensitive heat detection tool for the study of model catalysts; (2) accurate measurements of the binding of metal atoms and nanoparticles to oxides, which has led to mechanistic approaches and fundamental treatments of catalyst sintering; (3) advancing and using microkinetic treatments of catalytic reactions, especially by providing many classic examples of how surface science can contribute to the understanding of catalytic mechanisms; and (4) formalizing the concept of ‘the degree of rate control’ to assess the extent to which individual steps in a catalytic sequence limit reactions rates.
Enrique Iglesia, President,
Bruce Cook, Vice President
North American Catalysis Society

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.