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

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

Young Researchers Award

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

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

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

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

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

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

Applied Catalysis Award

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

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

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

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

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

Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos

Maria Fly­tzani-Stephanopou­los

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

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

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

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

Candidates for Director-at-Large

John N. Armor

John N. Armor

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

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

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

Jingguang Chen

Jing­guang Chen

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

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

Abhaya Datye

Abhaya Datye

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

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

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

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©(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.