Johannes Lercher and David Milstein receive 2016 ENI Awards for catalysis research

The 2016 Eni Award prizes will be pre­sent­ed on 20 Octo­ber dur­ing an offi­cial cer­e­mo­ny at the Palaz­zo del Quiri­nale in Rome.

The New Fron­tiers in Hydro­car­bons – Down­stream prize has ben award­ed to Pro­fes­sor Johannes Lercher, from the Tech­ni­cal Uni­ver­si­ty-Munich, for his research project Nov­el cat­alyt­ic strate­gies to Alkenes and Alka­nols.

The Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Prize has been award­ed to Pro­fes­sor David Mil­stein, from the Weiz­mann Insti­tute of Sci­ence-Israel, for the research project Nov­el, Envi­ron­men­tal­ly Friend­ly, Effi­cient Cat­alyt­ic Reac­tions to Replace Pol­lut­ing Process­es.

Travel Award for Attending 16th International Congress on Catalysis

The North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety will pro­vide sup­ple­men­tal fund­ing for sup­port of atten­dance at the 16th Inter­na­tion­al Con­gress on Catal­y­sis (16th ICC) to be held in Bei­jing, Chi­na, July 3–8, 2016. Fund­ing for this pro­gram has been pro­vid­ed by fed­er­al agen­cies (NSF, DOE) and indus­try (Exxon­Mo­bil, UOP). These funds will be used to pro­vide par­tial reim­burse­ment of trav­el, lodg­ing and reg­is­tra­tion expens­es for atten­dees with pri­or­i­ty giv­en to:

  1. Fac­ul­ty mem­bers in their first four years of appoint­ment to lad­der-rank posi­tions and cur­rent­ly active in catal­y­sis research at U.S. insti­tu­tions.
  2. Post­doc­tor­al and grad­u­ate stu­dent pre­sent­ing oral or poster con­tri­bu­tions at the 16th ICC.
  3. Invit­ed chairs of ses­sion at the 16th ICC meet­ing.
  4. Oth­er appli­cants, as funds per­mit.

Appli­ca­tions should be sub­mit­ted to Pro­fes­sor Jing­guang Chen (NACS Direc­tor-at-Large, and coor­di­na­tor of this grant pro­gram) no lat­er than May 15, 2016 in elec­tron­ic form ( This appli­ca­tion should be no longer than one page and include your qual­i­fi­ca­tions in the con­text of items 1–3 list­ed above.

This one-page appli­ca­tion should clear­ly state:

  1. Your posi­tion, includ­ing years in present posi­tion and activ­i­ty in catal­y­sis research since 2011 (num­bers of pub­li­ca­tions and patents in the catal­y­sis area). Please indi­cate if your aca­d­e­m­ic research group is cur­rent­ly fund­ed by DOE-BES or NSF
  2. Your accept­ed pre­sen­ta­tion in the 16th ICC (title, ses­sion, and oral or poster venue. Include accep­tance let­ter as a sec­ond page).
  3. Ses­sions that you are chair­ing (include invi­ta­tion to chair as a sec­ond page).
  4. Any oth­er data that the selec­tion pan­el should con­sid­er. The selec­tion com­mit­tee will be proac­tive in encour­ag­ing diver­si­ty in sup­port of atten­dees to the 16th ICC meet­ing.

The pan­el deci­sion will be com­mu­ni­cat­ed to all appli­cants no lat­er than May 25, 2016 via email. Orig­i­nal receipts will be required for reim­burse­ment and trav­el must be booked via U.S. car­ri­ers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Catalysis researchers elected to the National Academy of Engineering

Teh C. Ho (Exxon­Mo­bil, ret.) and José Santi­este­ban (Exxon­Mo­bil) have been elect­ed to the Nation­al Acad­e­my of Engi­neer­ing.
Teh_C_HoTeh C. Ho: For con­tri­bu­tions to cat­alyt­ic removal of sul­fur and nitro­gen com­pounds from hydro­car­bon fuels.
0000069José G. Santi­este­ban: For devel­op­ment and com­mer­cial­iza­tion of cat­alyt­ic sys­tems for petro­chem­i­cal man­u­fac­ture and clean­er fuels pro­duc­tion.
Press Release:

Ahmad Moini of BASF is the recipient of the 2016 F.G. Ciapetta Lectureship in Catalysis

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

The Award is giv­en in recog­ni­tion of sub­stan­tial con­tri­bu­tions to one or more areas in the field of catal­y­sis with empha­sis on indus­tri­al­ly sig­nif­i­cant cat­a­lysts and cat­alyt­ic process­es and the dis­cov­ery of new cat­alyt­ic reac­tions and sys­tems of poten­tial indus­tri­al impor­tance.

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

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

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

Call for Nominations of the 2016 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award

Each year the Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia rec­og­nizes an out­stand­ing mem­ber of the catal­y­sis com­mu­ni­ty, who has made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to the advance­ment of Catal­y­sis. Such advance­ment can be sci­en­tif­ic, tech­no­log­i­cal, or in orga­ni­za­tion lead­er­ship. The Award con­sists of a plaque and a $1,000 cash prize.

We appre­ci­ate your help in sub­mit­ting nom­i­na­tions. The entire nom­i­na­tion pack­age, includ­ing a resume and rec­om­men­da­tion let­ters, should not be more than 10 pages and should include a ½ page ten­ta­tive award announce­ment. The dead­line for the receipt of nom­i­na­tions is Thurs­day, March 31, 2016. Pri­or nom­i­na­tion pack­ages sent in 2014 or lat­er will auto­mat­i­cal­ly be con­sid­ered for the 2016 Award.

Nom­i­na­tion let­ters along with sup­port­ing mate­ri­als should be emailed to
Vladimiros Niko­lakis
W.L. Gore and Asso­ciates Inc.
101 Lewisville Rd.
Elk­ton, MD 21921

Previous Winners of the Award

  • 1968 Adal­bert Farkas
  • 1969 Charles J. Plank
  • 1970 Paul H. Emmett
  • 1971 G. Alex Mills
  • 1972 Alfred E. Hirschler
  • 1973 Paul B. Weisz
  • 1974 Roland C. Hans­ford
  • 1975 Paul Venu­to
  • 1976 Heinz Heine­mann
  • 1977 G.C.A. Schuit
  • 1978 George W. Par­shall
  • 1979 Alvin B. Stiles
  • 1980 Abra­ham Schnei­der
  • 1981 James F. Roth
  • 1982 Robert Eis­chens
  • 1983 Edward Rosin­s­ki
  • 1984 James R. Katzer
  • 1985 N.Y. Chen
  • 1986 Bruce C. Gates
  • 1987 James E. Lyons
  • 1988 George Koko­tai­lo
  • 1989 Mau­rice Mitchell, Jr.
  • 1990 Wern­er O. Haag
  • 1991 John A. Sofranko
  • 1992 Fran Waller
  • 1993 George Kerr
  • 1994 Theodore A. Koch
  • 1995 John N. Armor
  • 1996 Mae Rubin
  • 1997 Leo E. Manz­er
  • 1998 Ray Gorte
  • 1999 Anne M. Gaffney
  • 2000 Hen­ry C. Foley
  • 2001 Mark Barteau
  • 2002 Steven D. Ittel
  • 2003 Frank E. Herkes
  • 2004 Jing­guang Chen
  • 2005 Israel Wachs
  • 2006 James Dumesic
  • 2007 John Vohs
  • 2008 David Olson
  • 2009 Ted Oya­ma
  • 2010 Chuck Coe
  • 2011 Chun­shan Song
  • 2012 Ros­tam Madon
  • 2013 Daniel Resas­co
  • 2014 Haiy­ing Chen
  • 2015 Sourav Sen­gup­ta

Attendance and abstract submission at the ICC 2016

TO: NACS Mem­ber­ship
FR: Enrique Igle­sia
Sub­ject: Atten­dance and abstract sub­mis­sion; ICC 2016 Bei­jing, Chi­na
Pro­fes­sor Can Li (Chair, 16th Inter­na­tion­al Catal­y­sis Con­gress, has con­tact­ed me to request that I encour­age the sub­mis­sion of abstracts from the NACS mem­ber­ship to this meet­ing.

The ICC meet­ings pro­vide the broad­est inter­na­tion­al forum for the dis­sem­i­na­tion of research in het­ero­ge­neous catal­y­sis and relat­ed fields. These meet­ings start­ed in the U.S. in 1956 and the NACS will be pre­sent­ing a bid to hold the 17th ICC in North Amer­i­ca, for the first time since 1996.

It is impor­tant, both to demon­strate the excel­lence of the sci­en­tif­ic enter­prise in catal­y­sis with­in North Amer­i­ca and to ensure the suc­cess of the NACS bid, that our NACS com­mu­ni­ty be rep­re­sent­ed in the sci­en­tif­ic pro­gram with num­bers and qual­i­ty con­sis­tent with prece­dents and with the strength of the on-going research activ­i­ties.

Please con­sid­er sub­mit­ting abstracts and attend­ing.

The sub­mis­sion dead­line has been extend­ed until Decem­ber 20 (
With regards,
Enrique Igle­sia
Pres­i­dent, North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety

The 26th Biennial Organic Reactions Catalysis Society Conference

ORCS_Miami_2016The Organ­ic Reac­tions Catal­y­sis Soci­ety cor­dial­ly invites you to our 26th bien­ni­al meet­ing.

When: Sun­day, March 27, 2016 3:00 PM through Thurs­day, March 31, 2016 12:00 PM East­ern Time

Where: Hyatt Regency Mia­mi 400 South East Sec­ond Ave, Mia­mi, Flori­da 33131–2197, USA USA

Reg­is­tra­tion for the 26th ORCS Con­fer­ence is now open. Click here to reg­is­ter for the 26th ORCS Con­fer­ence.
Top­ics at the con­fer­ence will include

  • Chem­i­cals pro­duc­tion from bio-renew­able resources
  • Cou­pling reac­tions with tran­si­tion met­als
  • Enan­tios­e­lec­tive trans­for­ma­tions
  • Selec­tive oxi­da­tion and acid cat­alyzed trans­for­ma­tions
  • Hydro­gena­tion: het­ero­ge­neous and homo­ge­neous; chi­ral and achi­ral
  • Nov­el mate­ri­als for organ­ic syn­the­sis
  • Syn­the­sis of fine chem­i­cals and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals

Award Win­ners
ORCS is pleased to announce the fol­low­ing award win­ners that will be hon­ored at the 26th ORCS Con­fer­ence. The Mur­ray Raney and Paul N. Rylan­der Award win­ners will present ple­nary lec­tures dur­ing the 26th ORCS Con­fer­ence.

2016 Mur­ray Raney Award Spon­sored by W.R. Grace and Co.
The Organ­ic Reac­tion Catal­y­sis Soci­ety is pleased to announce Dr. Jens Nørskov as the recip­i­ent of the 2016 Mur­ray Raney Award for his sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to advance the use of base met­al catal­y­sis in organ­ic reac­tions.

2015 Paul N. Rylan­der Award Spon­sored by BASF
The Organ­ic Reac­tion Catal­y­sis Soci­ety is pleased to announce Dr. Joseph R. Zoeller as the recip­i­ent of the 2015 Paul N. Rylan­der Award for his sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to the use of catal­y­sis in organ­ic reac­tions.

2016 Paul N. Rylan­der Award Spon­sored by BASF
The Organ­ic Reac­tion Catal­y­sis Soci­ety is pleased to announce Dr. Anil S. Guram, CSO – Art of Ele­ments, LLC, as the recip­i­ent of the 2016 Paul N. Rylan­der Award for his sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to the use of catal­y­sis in organ­ic reac­tions.

Keynote speak­ers con­firmed to date include:

  • Gadi Rothen­burg, Uni­ver­si­ty of Ams­ter­dam
  • Break the Bark: New Cat­alyt­ic Routes From Bio­mass to Chem­i­cals
  • Mar­tin John­son, Eli Lil­ly and Com­pa­ny
    Con­tin­u­ous Reac­tors for Homo­ge­neous and Het­ero­ge­neous Catal­y­sis
  • Teshik Yoon, Uni­ver­si­ty of Wis­con­sin
  • Huw Davies, Emory Uni­ver­si­ty
  • Please vis­it or email us at for more infor­ma­tion.

    ACS recognizes catalyst scientists with national and division awards

    Aditya Bhan (Uni­ver­si­ty of Min­neso­ta-Twin Cities) received the Ipati­eff Prize.
    Don­na G. Black­mond (Scripps Research Insti­tute) received the Gabor A. Somor­jai Award for Cre­ative Research in Catal­y­sis.
    Stu­art Soled (Exxon­Mo­bil) received the ENFL Dis­tin­guished Researcher Award in Petro­le­um Chem­istry.

    Press Releas­es
    ACS 2016 Nation­al Award Recip­i­ents
    ENFL 2016 Dis­tin­guished Researcher Award in Petro­le­um Chem­istry