Giuseppe Bellussi is named the recipient of the 2013 Eugene J. Houdry Award of the North American Catalysis Society

Giuseppe Bel­lusi

Giuseppe Bel­lussi, Senior Vice Pres­i­dent, Research and Devel­op­ment, for ENI Refin­ing & Mar­ket­ing is the recip­i­ent of the 2013 Eugene J. Houdry Award of the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety. The Eugene J. Houdry Award in Applied Catal­y­sis is spon­sored by Clari­ant. It is admin­is­tered by The Catal­y­sis Soci­ety and awarded bien­ni­ally in odd-numbered years. This award rec­og­nizes and encour­ages indi­vid­ual con­tri­bu­tions in the field of catal­y­sis with empha­sis on the devel­op­ment of new and improved cat­a­lysts and processes rep­re­sent­ing out­stand­ing advances in their use­ful appli­ca­tion. The award con­sists of a plaque and a prize of $5,000, which will be pre­sented at the 23rd North Amer­i­can Meet­ing of the Catal­y­sis Soci­ety to be held in Louisville, Ken­tucky on June 2–7, 2013. The Award Ple­nary lec­ture will also be pre­sented dur­ing this meeting.

The 2013 Eugene J. Houdry Award rec­og­nizes Giuseppe Bel­lussi for his impor­tant con­tri­bu­tions to the devel­op­ment of sev­eral key processes in petro­chem­i­cals and refin­ing through research in new cat­alytic mate­ri­als, in fun­da­men­tal under­stand­ing of under­ly­ing cat­alytic phe­nom­ena, and in enabling engi­neer­ing con­cepts for cat­alytic processes.

Dr. Bel­lussi joined the Eni Com­pany in 1981. Since then, he has been engaged in research and devel­op­ment of new tech­nolo­gies with broad impact in refin­ing, petro­chem­i­cals, and exploration-production. His spe­cific con­tri­bu­tions have focused on het­ero­ge­neous catal­y­sis, with spe­cific empha­sis on the sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy of zeo­lite cat­a­lysts. These con­tri­bu­tions have ranged from selec­tive oxi­da­tion reac­tions to acid catal­y­sis with broad appli­ca­tions to nat­ural gas con­ver­sion, the upgrad­ing of heavy residues, and the syn­the­sis of new struc­tured mate­ri­als. Many of these achieve­ments have con­tributed to indus­trial appli­ca­tions, such as in oxi­da­tions with hydro­gen per­ox­ide on titanium-silicalite (TS-1) cat­a­lysts for the pro­duc­tion of di-phenols, cyclo­hexa­none oxime and propy­lene oxide and the alky­la­tion of ben­zene by light olefins to eth­yl­ben­zene or cumene on Beta-zeolites. Most recently, Dr. Bel­lussi has been involved in the devel­op­ment of a gas-to-liquids tech­nol­ogy based on Fischer-Tropsch syn­the­sis in slurry phase reac­tor and of the EST (Eni Slurry Tech­nol­ogy) for upgrad­ing of heavy oils to clean high-quality dis­til­lates with­out con­cur­rent for­ma­tion of coke and other by-products.

He has been rec­og­nized for these con­tri­bu­tions with the 1994 Don Breck Award of the Inter­na­tional Zeo­lite Asso­ci­a­tion, which he shared with Eni col­leagues for the devel­op­ment of TS-1-based cat­a­lysts, the 2003 John­son Matthey Award for inno­va­tion in catal­y­sis, the 2007 Inter­na­tional Zeo­lite Asso­ci­a­tion Award for sem­i­nal con­tri­bu­tions to the sci­ence and appli­ca­tions of zeo­lites, and the 2008 “Prof. P. Pino” Gold Medal from the Indus­trial Chem­istry Divi­sion of Ital­ian Chem­i­cal Soci­ety. Since 2010, Dr. Bel­lussi has been the Pres­i­dent of the Inter­na­tional Zeo­lite Association.

In Memoriam: Jose M. Parera (1930–2012)

Pro­fes­sor José M. Par­era

Pro­fes­sor José M. Parera

Pro­fes­sor José M. Par­era passed away on Sep­tem­ber 10, 2012.

Pro­fes­sor José M. Par­era was born in Argentina in 1930. He grad­u­ated as Chem­i­cal Engi­neer at the School of Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing, Uni­ver­si­dad Nacional del Litoral (UNL) in Santa Fe, Argentina in 1958 as the top-ranked grad­u­ate of the Depart­ment. He was then granted a National Research Coun­cil (CONICET) schol­ar­ship to study at Impe­r­ial Col­lege in Lon­don, where he started his work on het­ero­ge­neous catalysis.

In his long, fruit­ful career, he was Founder and Direc­tor of Insti­tute of Catal­y­sis and Petro­chem­istry (INCAPE) of Santa Fe, Argentina and a pio­neer through­out Latin Amer­ica in teach­ing and research in the field of het­ero­ge­neous catal­y­sis. He served as a mem­ber of the Edi­to­r­ial Board of sev­eral inter­na­tional jour­nals in that field, such as Catal­y­sis Reviews Sci­ence and Engi­neer­ing, Applied Catal­y­sis, Latin Amer­i­can Applied Research and Jour­nal of Chem­i­cal Tech­nol­ogy and Biotech­nol­ogy. He received many awards and retired as Hon­orary Pro­fes­sor of the Uni­ver­si­dad Nacional del Litoral.

2013 Natural Gas Conversion Award

Pro­fes­sor Krijn de Jong (Utrecht Uni­ver­sity, The Nether­lands) has been cho­sen as the recip­i­ent of the 2013 Award for Excel­lence in Nat­ural Gas Con­ver­sion. The Award is pre­sented every three years dur­ing the Inter­na­tional Nat­ural Gas Con­ver­sion Sym­po­sium to rec­og­nize endur­ing and sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy for con­ver­sion of nat­ural gas to valu­able prod­ucts. The pre­vi­ous award recip­i­ents are Jack Lunsford (1993), Jens Rostrup-Nielsen (1998), Lanny Schmidt (2001), Enrique Igle­sia (2004), David Trimm (2007) and Anders Hol­men (2010).

Pro­fes­sor Krijn de Jong is rec­og­nized for con­sis­tently mak­ing note­wor­thy con­tri­bu­tions to the field of nat­ural gas con­ver­sion and the devel­op­ment of tech­nolo­gies that are likely to play an impor­tant role in meet­ing the world’s chem­i­cal and fuel require­ments in the years ahead. These con­tri­bu­tions are based on a pow­er­ful com­bi­na­tion of sci­en­tific excel­lence, orig­i­nal­ity and soci­etal rel­e­vance. In par­tic­u­lar he has made emi­nent con­tri­bu­tions to the syn­the­sis, struc­tural char­ac­ter­i­za­tion, fun­da­men­tal under­stand­ing and uti­liza­tion of solid cat­a­lysts for the con­ver­sion of nat­ural gas to fuels and chem­i­cals. As spe­cific high­lights we men­tion his research on cobalt par­ti­cle size effects for the Fis­cher Trop­sch syn­the­sis and sup­ported iron nanopar­ti­cles for the direct con­ver­sion of syn­the­sis gas to lower olefins. In addi­tion, Pro­fes­sor Krijn De Jong has been a lead­ing fig­ure both nation­ally and inter­na­tion­ally in his field of catal­y­sis and chem­istry, via chair and board mem­ber­ship roles in con­fer­ences, pro­gram com­mit­tees, advi­sory coun­cils, pro­fes­sional asso­ci­a­tions and edi­to­r­ial board roles for top-notch inter­na­tional sci­en­tific jour­nals and book series. Last but not least, De Jong is also rec­og­nized for being an inspi­ra­tional and dri­ven teacher, using his didac­tic tal­ent to equip a younger gen­er­a­tion for cre­at­ing con­tri­bu­tions them­selves to tech­nol­ogy devel­op­ment in nat­ural gas con­ver­sion and other areas.

The award con­sists of a plague and a mon­e­tary prize, which will be pre­sented at the 10th Nat­ural Gas Con­ver­sion Sym­po­sium to be held in Doha, Qatar (March 2–7 2013). Pro­fes­sor Krijn de Jong will also give the Award Ple­nary Lec­ture dur­ing this meeting.

North American Catalysis Society Awards and Process

Awards pre­sented by the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Society

 
The North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety spon­sors six pres­ti­gious awards and lec­ture­ships to rec­og­nize the accom­plish­ments of catal­y­sis sci­en­tists and to pro­mote the advance­ment of catal­y­sis sci­ence in North Amer­ica and world-wide. These awards are described in the NACS web site (http://www.nacatsoc.org/awards_desc.asp).

Three of these awards include ple­nary lec­tures at NACS bian­nual meet­ings (Eugene J. Houdry Award in Applied Catal­y­sis, Paul H. Emmett Award in Fun­da­men­tal Catal­y­sis, Michel Boudart Award for the Advance­ment of Catal­y­sis, the lat­ter jointly pre­sented with the Euro­pean Fed­er­a­tion of Catal­y­sis Soci­eties). The F.G. Cia­petta and Robert Bur­well Lec­ture­ships in Catal­y­sis involve lec­tures at local club meet­ings and the pre­sen­ta­tion of the awards at the NACS meet­ing ban­quet. The NACS Award for Dis­tin­guished Ser­vice in the Advance­ment of Catal­y­sis is the most recent recog­ni­tion insti­tuted by the Soci­ety. All of these awards are pre­sented every two years and the nom­i­na­tion dead­lines are listed in the NACS web site.

Can­vass­ing and Nom­i­na­tion Processes

 
NACS encour­ages all nom­i­na­tions for these awards and nom­i­na­tors and nom­i­nees need not be NACS mem­bers. The Pres­i­dent instructs the Vice Pres­i­dent to form a can­vass­ing com­mit­tee for each cycle of every award to ensure a full slate of out­stand­ing can­di­dates. This com­mit­tee is led by the NACS Vice-President and con­sists of pre­vi­ous award recip­i­ents and rec­og­nized experts within the catal­y­sis com­mu­nity at-large. The com­mit­tee iden­ti­fies wor­thy can­di­dates and its Chair seeks nom­i­na­tors for these can­di­dates, but pro­vides no spe­cific guid­ance about the prepa­ra­tion of the nom­i­na­tion pack­ages beyond that pro­vided on the NACS web site. The Chair also instructs the Sec­re­tary to con­tact all NACS local rep­re­sen­ta­tives to request that they can­vass for nom­i­na­tions within their local sec­tions. All nom­i­na­tion dead­lines and cycles are also announced in the quar­terly NACS newsletter.

Award Recip­i­ent Nom­i­na­tion Process

 
The jury that selects each NACS award recip­i­ent con­sists of sci­en­tists and engi­neers rec­og­nized as experts and rep­re­sent­ing indus­try, acad­e­mia, and national labs. The mem­bers of this jury must have no affil­i­a­tion with any of the nom­i­nees and are specif­i­cally asked to dis­close any con­flicts of inter­est and to dis­qual­ify them­selves with­out prej­u­dice when a con­flict exists. The selec­tion jury is appointed by the NACS Pres­i­dent, who seeks guid­ance in select­ing its mem­bers from the Vice Pres­i­dent and from senior mem­bers of the catal­y­sis com­mu­nity. The iden­tity of the jury mem­bers is kept in the strictest con­fi­dence and known only to the Pres­i­dent; the mem­bers are also required to keep their par­tic­i­pa­tion in these com­mit­tees confidential.

The NACS Pres­i­dent pro­vides the jury with the nom­i­na­tion pack­ages for all can­di­dates within two weeks of the dead­line; in the inter­ven­ing time, poten­tial jury mem­bers are asked about their will­ing­ness to serve. The mem­bers of the jury rank the can­di­dates and pro­vide spe­cific details for their selec­tion in the case of the top three can­di­dates. In some cases, jury mem­bers are asked to again rank the top two can­di­dates side-by-side, after con­sid­er­ing their respec­tive nom­i­na­tion pack­ages once again.

The recip­i­ent of the Award and his/her nom­i­na­tors are informed of the deci­sion of the jury, fol­lowed by noti­fi­ca­tion of jury mem­bers and of nom­i­na­tors of the other can­di­dates. A for­mal announce­ment, com­posed by the Pres­i­dent in con­sul­ta­tion with the recip­i­ent and the nom­i­na­tor, is pub­lished in the NACS web site and the NACS newslet­ter and soon there­after in Chem­i­cal and Engi­neer­ing News. The awards are all pre­sented at the bien­nial NACS meet­ing, where the respec­tive cita­tions are read and the award win­ners receive a plaque.

The NACS com­mu­nity at-large deserves con­grat­u­la­tions and thanks for the excel­lent cadre of nom­i­nees that it has put forth and cho­sen and for their ded­i­ca­tion as nom­i­na­tors and as mem­bers of the jury.
 
Thanks,
 
Enrique Igle­sia
Pres­i­dent
 
Bruce Cook
Vice President

7th International Symposium on Acid-Base Catalysis (ABC-7)

On behalf of the orga­niz­ing com­mit­tee, I am pleased to announce the 7th Inter­na­tional Sym­po­sium on Acid-Base Catal­y­sis (ABC-7), which will be held from May 12 to May 15,  2013 at Shi­na­gawa, Tokyo, Japan.

The ABC is a suc­cess­ful series of sym­posia. The 7th ABC will pro­vide a forum for sci­en­tists and engi­neers from both acad­e­mia and indus­try to dis­cuss most recent devel­op­ments and tech­no­log­i­cal oppor­tu­ni­ties in this vibrant area of research as well as the past ABC sym­posia, pro­mot­ing a global and inter­dis­ci­pli­nary approach towards both fun­da­men­tal sci­ence and indus­trial appli­ca­tions of acid-base catal­y­sis. We hope many peo­ple engag­ing in the acid-base catal­y­sis field par­tic­i­pate in ABC-7.

The sci­en­tific activ­i­ties of the sym­po­sium will be held at TKP Gar­den City Shi­na­gawa, which is in front of Shi­na­gawa Sta­tion in Tokyo. This area has good access to Narita Inter­na­tional Air­port (total time: 70~80 min.) and Haneda Air­port (Tokyo Inter­na­tional air­port) (total time: 15~20 min.).

On detailed infor­ma­tion on abstract sub­mis­sion, reg­is­tra­tion, access to the con­fer­ence venue, and sci­en­tific pro­grams, please visit our web­site. http://www.shokubai.org/abc/index.html

Please note the dead­line for abstract sub­mis­sion is Novem­ber 16, 2012.

Now you can find the titles of Ple­nary and Keynote Lec­tures on the web­site. We look for­ward to meet­ing you at the sym­po­sium.
 
Best regards,
 
Takashi Tat­sumi
Chair­man of ABC-7
 
Michikazu Hara
Gen­eral sec­re­tary of ABC-7

Travel Grants for Attendance at the International Congress on Catalysis

The Soci­ety grate­fully acknowl­edged the finan­cial sup­port of DOE, NSF, BASF, BP, Süd-Chemie, and Dow for travel sup­port for catal­y­sis researchers from the United States, Canada and Mex­ico to attend the ICC meet­ing in Munich.

Travel assis­tance was pro­vided to:

  • Young fac­ulty in a tenure-track posi­tion (Aditya Bahn, Cathy Chin, Phillip Christo­pher, Steven Cross­ley, Lars Grabow, Simon Pod­kolzin, Carsten Siev­ers, Yyriy Roman)
  • Post-doctoral fel­lows (David Fla­herty, Mon­ica Gar­cia, Raja­mani Gounder, Jan Kopy­scin­ski, Alexan­der Okrut, Far­naz Sotoodeh, Alek­san­dra Vojvodic).
  • Grad­u­ate stu­dents, all of whom received par­tial sup­port from the indus­trial spon­sor and car­ried a named fel­low­ship designation:
    1. BASF Fel­lows (Andrew Fos­ter, Samia Ilias, Amber Janda, Matthew Mon­te­more, Simon Pang, Natalie Ray, Di Wu)
    2. BP Fel­lows (Maria Teran and Vic­to­ria Whiffen)
    3. Dow Fel­lows (Matthew Boucher, John Copeland, Shan­non Klaus, Wen-Sheng Lee, Michael Nigra, Jing Lu, and Dario Prieto).

The selec­tion com­mit­tee mem­bers were Jing­guang Chen (Chair), Bruce Cook, Enrique Igle­sia and Israel Wachs.

2012 Eni Prize to Catalysis Researcher

Professor Enrique Iglesia

Pro­fes­sor Enrique Iglesia

Pro­fes­sor Enrique Igle­sia has received the 2012 Eni Prize “New Fron­tiers of Hydro­car­bons” for the devel­op­ment of hydro­car­bon syn­the­sis cat­a­lysts which improve process effi­ciency and reduce waste and energy use.
 
Please use the links below for addi­tional infor­ma­tion:
 
2012 Eni Awards
Press Releases
2012 Win­ners
Prof. Igle­sia Biography

International Precious Metals Institute Henry J. Albert Award to Professor Fabio Ribeiro

Pro­fes­sor Fabio Ribeiro of the Depart­ment of Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing at Pur­due Uni­ver­sity has been named the recip­i­ent of the 2012 Inter­na­tional Pre­cious Met­als Insti­tute Henry J. Albert Award, spon­sored by BASF Cor­po­ra­tion, in recog­ni­tion of his out­stand­ing the­o­ret­i­cal and exper­i­men­tal con­tri­bu­tions to the sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy of pre­cious met­als. His research group com­bines mea­sure­ments on real­is­tic dis­persed clus­ters and flat model sys­tems with pre­ci­sion and reli­a­bil­ity at the state-of-the-art. He has pro­vided the kinetic data set for water-gas shift that rep­re­sents the stan­dard used by oth­ers in bench­mark­ing of other mate­ri­als and of the­o­ret­i­cal esti­mates. This work has also demon­strated the strong effects of sup­ports in the acti­va­tion of water in water-gas shift and that all exposed sur­face atoms are active on Pt clus­ters but only cor­ner atoms with low coor­di­na­tion are active on Au clus­ters. His sem­i­nal stud­ies of NOx reac­tions have unveiled the mech­a­nism of NO oxi­da­tion and pro­vided ele­gant exam­ples of the use of spec­tro­scopic and kinetic tools in unrav­el­ing the com­plex path­ways in NOx trap­ping on Ba-promoted Pt/alumina sys­tems. His group con­tin­ues to expand the exper­i­men­tal fron­tiers with recent devel­op­ments X-ray absorp­tion spec­troscopy dur­ing catal­y­sis at high pres­sures in liq­uid and gaseous media, with infrared analy­sis of adsorbed species dur­ing iso­topic tran­sients, and with state-of-the-art envi­ron­men­tal trans­mis­sion elec­tron microscopy. These suc­cesses build on his ear­lier stud­ies of Pd cat­a­lysts which defined the reac­tion path­ways involved in cat­alytic com­bus­tion of methane and in cat­alytic hydrodechlo­ri­na­tion of a wide range of hydrochlo­ro­flu­o­ro­car­bon molecules.

 

In Memoriam: Michel Boudart (1924–2012)

Michel Boudart, chem­i­cal engi­neer and expert in catal­y­sis, dies at 87 Pro­fes­sor Boudart taught at Prince­ton and Berke­ley but was best known for his five decades at the heart of the Depart­ment of Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing at Stan­ford. His influ­ence shaped catal­y­sis dur­ing the post-­‐war period when energy, defense and space indus­tries demanded a deeper under­stand­ing of chem­i­cal reac­tions.
 
By Andrew Myers
 
Michel Boudart, a pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus of chem­i­cal engi­neer­ing at Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity and for five decades one of the world’s lead­ing experts in catal­y­sis, died May 2 at an assisted liv­ing cen­ter in Palo Alto, Cal­i­for­nia, of mul­ti­ple organ fail­ure. He was 87.

Boudart was the first William M. Keck, Sr. Pro­fes­sor of Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing and one of a very few indi­vid­u­als who were respon­si­ble for estab­lish­ing the rep­u­ta­tion of Stanford’s chem­i­cal engi­neer­ing depart­ment. The cen­tral theme of his research was the cat­alytic prop­er­ties of met­als, par­tic­u­larly small metal particles.

Boudart essen­tially brought catal­y­sis, as a sci­ence, to chem­i­cal engi­neer­ing in the United States. He was an inter­na­tional ambas­sador for the field over his entire career.

Michel Boudart was a world renowned and influ­en­tial expert in the field of catal­y­sis who brought the Stan­ford Uni­ver­sity chem­i­cal engi­neer­ing to promi­nence and trained sev­eral decades of stu­dents,” said Andreas Acrivos, a fel­low pro­fes­sor at Stan­ford and now pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus both at Stan­ford and at the City Col­lege of CUNY. “He left a legacy that would be dif­fi­cult to replicate.”

As a pro­fes­sor, Boudart super­vised what was con­sis­tently one of the larger groups of PhD can­di­dates in the depart­ment, even­tu­ally guid­ing over 70 doc­toral can­di­dates to their degrees and men­tor­ing over 100 post-­‐doctoral can­di­dates and vis­it­ing sci­en­tists. The dias­pora of his for­mer stu­dents would go on to lead and shape the field.

Le plus de saveur

 
An avid inter­na­tional trav­eller, Boudart and his wife, Marina, boasted friends across the world. His office sported Japan­ese shoji screens, abstract prints, and over­stuffed sofas and – occu­py­ing one entire wall – an immense peri­odic table of the ele­ments, printed in Russ­ian, which he read with ease.

In a brief biog­ra­phy, Boudart cited as his per­sonal phi­los­o­phy a quote from French lit­er­ary the­o­rist Roland Barthes: “Nul pou­voir, un peu de savoir, un peu de sagesse, et le plus de saveur pos­si­ble.” Trans­lated loosely, it reads: “No power, a lit­tle knowl­edge, a lit­tle wis­dom, and as much fla­vor as pos­si­ble.” In this con­text, he will always be remem­bered as a man of real per­sonal charisma and, one of the last “gen­tle­man scientists.”

Catal­y­sis is the study of chem­i­cal processes by which one sub­stance, the cat­a­lyst, pro­motes a reac­tion between other sub­stances with­out itself chang­ing.
It is fun­da­men­tal to the chem­i­cal, petro­leum and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal indus­tries, among many others.

In the post-­‐war era, the United States became the acknowl­edged leader in the field, mostly owing to advances flow­ing out of Amer­i­can acad­e­mia and indus­try. Boudart was at the cen­ter of it all. He was an unabashed cham­pion of catal­y­sis. Though the field is obscure to most lay audi­ences, catal­y­sis has a pro­found impact on our world and how we live.

In a pub­lished inter­view, Boudart once laid out his case: With­out catal­y­sis, he said, “[o]ur satel­lites could not be maneu­vered, our autos would pour out all the nox­ious chem­i­cals we’ve spent years guard­ing against. Our tele­phone links with the rest of the world would be seri­ously impeded.”

In 1975, in the wake of the first oil cri­sis, Boudart and two asso­ciates founded Cat­alyt­ica in Santa Clara, Cal­i­for­nia, which worked on highly com­plex cat­alytic prob­lems for petro­chem­i­cal, chem­i­cal, and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal firms as well as gov­ern­ment agen­cies. He served as a con­sul­tant to numer­ous well-­‐known companies.

[Cat­alyt­ica] started in the catal­y­sis con­sult­ing field, a ser­vice made clearly nec­es­sary by the oil cri­sis,” Boudart said at the time. “One of the crit­i­cal areas was in syn­thetic fuels.”

Guid­ing force
Acco­lades and awards were show­ered on Boudart through­out his life, but par­tic­u­larly in the later years of his career, when the scale of his impact became clear.

In 1985, the Uni­ver­sity of Utah hosted a five-­‐day sym­po­sium on catal­y­sis solely in Boudart’s honor. In 2004, the Jour­nal of Phys­i­cal Chem­istry ded­i­cated an entire issue to Boudart’s legacy.

In their intro­duc­tion, the journal’s edi­tors wrote, “Michel Boudart has been the guid­ing force in the field of het­ero­ge­neous catal­y­sis for more than forty years. He was known for ele­gantly stated con­cepts and his elu­ci­da­tion of cat­alytic sites, his exper­i­men­tal stud­ies of new cat­alytic mate­ri­als, and the activ­i­ties of [his] many stu­dents and collaborators …”

The jour­nal cited his fore­most achieve­ment as the quan­tifi­ca­tion of catal­y­sis as rig­or­ous sequences of ele­men­tary steps. He focused atten­tion on the need to report reac­tion rates eval­u­ated under the most rig­or­ous assess­ment tech­niques avail­able and he intro­duced the con­cept of turnover rate – the num­ber of mol­e­cules con­verted per site per sec­ond. He then per­fected pre­cise pro­to­cols for accu­rate mea­sure­ment of reactions.

Boudart’s insis­tence on rig­or­ous col­lec­tion and report­ing of data proved invalu­able in com­par­ing data gen­er­ated by dif­fer­ent lab­o­ra­to­ries through­out the world and enabled many sub­se­quent advances in the field. His vision, lead­er­ship, and wis­dom were cred­ited as a major force in bring­ing catal­y­sis to a point where the design of spe­cific cat­alytic mate­ri­als for envi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, pro­duc­tion of chem­i­cals, and energy con­ver­sion processes became possible.

In 2006, the Dan­ish com­pany Hal­dor Top­søe spon­sored The Michel Boudart Award for the Advance­ment of Catal­y­sis, which is admin­is­tered jointly by the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety and the Euro­pean Fed­er­a­tion of Catal­y­sis Societies.

Pro­found legacy

 
Michel Boudart was born on 18 June 1924 in Brus­sels, Bel­gium. In 1940, as Hitler’s Panzer divi­sions blitzkrieged his home­land, Boudart was just 16. He had been accepted to the Uni­ver­sity of Lou­vain, but the uni­ver­sity was closed due to the war.

In order not to be drafted or sent to Ger­man fac­to­ries, Boudart worked as a vol­un­teer stretcher-­‐bearer for the Red Cross. Mean­while, he had pri­vate tutor­ing to pre­pare for Lou­vain. When the uni­ver­sity reopened, Boudart grad­u­ated in three years at the top of every class, save math­e­mat­ics, where he was out­done only by his dear friend, the late Pro­fes­sor Rene de Voge­laere of the Uni­ver­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Berkeley.

Boudart earned his B.S. at the Uni­ver­sity of Lou­vain in 1944 and his M.S. in 1947. He then left Bel­gium to attend Prince­ton Uni­ver­sity, where he took his PhD in chem­istry in 1950. “He and his wife Marina were born in Bel­gium and were knighted by the crown, but Amer­ica was their adopted home,” said Acrivos. “Their chil­dren are thor­oughly American.”

After earn­ing his doc­tor­ate, Boudart held fac­ulty posi­tions at Prince­ton until 1961 and, for three years, at Berke­ley, before join­ing the Stan­ford fac­ulty in 1964. He was Chair of the Depart­ment of Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing at Stan­ford from 1975 to 1978. He also held vis­it­ing pro­fes­sor­ships at the Uni­ver­si­ties of Lou­vain, Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo, and Paris. He became pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus in 1994.

Boudart authored or coau­thored over 280 jour­nal arti­cles and served on the edi­to­r­ial boards of at least ten jour­nals. His book, Kinet­ics of Chem­i­cal Processes, is a stan­dard ref­er­ence and was trans­lated into Japan­ese, Span­ish, and French. His book, Kinet­ics of Het­ero­ge­neous Cat­alytic Processes, writ­ten with G. Djega-­‐Mariadassou, was pub­lished in French in 1982 and trans­lated to Eng­lish in 1984. He was coeditor-­‐ in-­‐chief of Catal­y­sis Sci­ence and Engi­neer­ing, a series of twelve volumes.

Boudart was recip­i­ent of numer­ous awards, among them the Wil­helm Award in Chem­i­cal Reac­tion Engi­neer­ing from the Amer­i­can Insti­tute of Chem­i­cal Engi­neers (1974), the Kendall Award (1977) and the Mur­phee Award (1985) from the Amer­i­can Chem­i­cal Soci­ety, and the Chem­i­cal Pio­neer Award (1991) of the Amer­i­can Insti­tute of Chemists.

His elec­tion to both the National Acad­emy of Sci­ence and the National Acad­emy of Engi­neer­ing were reflec­tions of Boudart’s lead­er­ship and his sci­en­tific grav­i­tas. He was like­wise a Fel­low of the Amer­i­can Asso­ci­a­tion for the Advance­ment of Sci­ence, the Amer­i­can Acad­emy of Arts and Sci­ences, and the Cal­i­for­nia Acad­emy of Sci­ences. He was a for­eign mem­ber of the Acad­e­mia Royale des Sci­ences, des Let­tres et des Beaux-­‐Arts de Bel­gique and its Royal Bel­gian Acad­emy Coun­cil for Applied Sciences.

Boudart received hon­orary doc­tor­ates from the Uni­ver­sity of Liege, the Uni­ver­sity of Notre Dame, the Uni­ver­sity of Ghent, and the Insti­tut National Poly­tech­nique de Lorraine.

He held four patents

 
Boudart is sur­vived by a daugh­ter, Iris Har­ris, of Whit­tier, Calif.; three sons, Marc, of Aptos, Calif.; Bau­douin, of Ather­ton, Calif; and Philip, of Palo Alto; and grand­chil­dren Marina and Clint Har­ris; and Jesse, Louise, and Noella Boudart. His wife, Marina d’Haese Boudart, died in 2009. A sec­ond daugh­ter, Dominique, died in child­hood.
 
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John Armor is the recipient of the 2012 NACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Catalysis

John Armor

Dr. John N. Armor has been selected as the recip­i­ent of the 2012 NACS Award for Dis­tin­guished Ser­vice in the Advance­ment of Catal­y­sis. The Award is pre­sented every two years to rec­og­nize an indi­vid­ual who has advanced cat­alytic chem­istry or engi­neer­ing through both sig­nif­i­cant ser­vice to the catal­y­sis com­mu­nity and out­stand­ing tech­ni­cal accom­plish­ments. This award includes an hon­o­rar­ium ($5,000) and a plaque. It is awarded by the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety and spon­sored by Exxon­Mo­bil and Clari­ant and will be pre­sented dur­ing the 2013 NAM in Louisville.

This award rec­og­nizes Dr. Armor’s ded­i­ca­tion to the catal­y­sis com­mu­nity through his lead­er­ship in the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety, the New York Acad­emy of Sci­ences, and the Amer­i­can Chem­i­cal Soci­ety and in the orga­ni­za­tion of inter­na­tional sym­posia and con­fer­ences. He has served the North Amer­ica Catal­y­sis Soci­ety as Pres­i­dent and Trea­surer for more than two decades and dur­ing his tenure strength­ened the finan­cial and tech­ni­cal under­pin­nings of the Soci­ety, the qual­ity and rigor or its meet­ings, and the scope and reach of its edu­ca­tional activ­i­ties. He has brought enhanced recog­ni­tion to mem­bers of the Soci­ety and a brighter future to the dis­ci­pline through his artic­u­late advo­cacy of catal­y­sis and his lead­er­ship in strength­en­ing the involve­ment of stu­dents and young prac­ti­tion­ers in the activ­i­ties of the Society.

Dr. Armor has served the com­mu­nity well as a teacher and as a vision­ary leader, while con­tribut­ing as an inde­pen­dent sci­en­tist and a suc­cess­ful men­tor and research man­ager in indus­trial set­tings. His tech­ni­cal con­tri­bu­tions have been rec­og­nized with the Eugene J. Houdry Award of the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety and with the E. V. Mur­phree Award of the Amer­i­can Chem­i­cal Soci­ety. He has served as Edi­tor of Applied Catal­y­sis and Cat­Tech and has served on the edi­to­r­ial board of the lead­ing jour­nal in catal­y­sis. He has authored many com­pre­hen­sive reviews of cat­alytic tech­nolo­gies, often with insight­ful his­tor­i­cal per­spec­tives and always with a clear strate­gic vision.