In Memoriam: Edmond I. Ko (1952-2012)

Edmond Ko

“Edmond Ko was Director of the Center for Engineering Education Innovation and Adjunct Professor of Chemical Engineering at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Prior to that, he served as Vice- President (Undergraduate Education), Dean of Students, and Professor (Chair) of Chemistry at City University of Hong Kong (CityU), and as the Vice Provost for Education and Professor of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. Professor Ko received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University. He worked as a Research Fellow at the Corporate Research Laboratory of Exxon (1975-76) and held visiting and guest faculty appointments at the University of California, Berkeley (1987-88), the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (1995), California Institute of Technology (1996) and Tianjin University (since 2002).

Besides being the co-author of over 100 publications and co-inventor of one U.S. patent in the area of surface science and catalysis, Professor Ko was an accomplished educator. He received nine teaching awards in his career, including the William H. and Frances S. Ryan Teaching Award at Carnegie Mellon, the Chemical Manufacturers Association National Catalyst Award, the W. M. Keck Foundation Engineering Teaching Excellence Award, the W. E. Wickenden Award of the American Society for Engineering Education, and the School of Engineering Teaching Award at HKUST.

Professor Ko had nine years of academic administrative experience, with the first two at Carnegie Mellon and the last seven at CityU. As the key person charged to improve education at these two institutions, he directed activities in student recruitment and admissions, student development, student residence, curriculum design, quality assurance, and faculty development. He was particularly interested in developing an outcome-based approach to enhance student learning.

Serving as Chairman of the Curriculum Development Council and a member of the Quality Assurance Council of the University Grants Committee, Education Commission, and Advisory Committee on Teacher Education and Qualifications of the HKSAR Government, Professor Ko was deeply involved in the formulation and implementation of education policies in Hong Kong at all levels. He was also a council member of the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications and Hong Kong Institute of Education.

As someone who has spent about half of his life living and working in the US and the other half in Hong Kong, Professor Ko was keenly aware of the importance of being able to work comfortably and effectively across cultures. He created many cross-cultural learning experiences for CityU and HKUST students, including conducting workshops on intercultural communication himself. He also published 7 books and numerous articles on a wide range of educational issues in both English and Chinese since returning to Hong Kong in 1998.
 
Source: http://chtl.hkbu.edu.hk/sources/ProfKoBio.pdf

In Memoriam: Jeffrey S. Beck (1962-2012)

Jeffrey Scott Beck

Jeffrey Scott Beck, Ph.D, passed away on April 7, 2012, with his wife, his sister, his mother-in-law and close friends at his side. He was 49. It is with great sorrow that we mourn his unexpected and quite too early departure.

Jeff was born on October 23, 1962 to Irwin and Leila Beck in Brooklyn, New York. He was a vibrant ball of fire with the dedication and intellect to make an ever lasting impact in our society. He earned his doctorate in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 1989, true to his high school prediction. Jeff was a creative and prolific inventor, an inspirational leader, a devoted husband and friend, and a renowned scientist and engineer in his field. The loves of his life were his wife Lisa and sister Shari, game-changing innovation, art collection, and his dogs Pharaoh and Monty.

Jeff’s professional career began at Mobil’s Central Research Laboratory, immediately following his Ph. D.  Throughout his career, Jeff made outstanding contributions to the discovery and commercialization of novel catalysts and processes for the production of key petrochemicals and clean fuels. His colleagues describe Jeff as an inspirational visionary who had the uncanny ability to see where the puck was going to be. His groundbreaking research on “liquid-crystal templating” led to the discovery of an entirely new class of tunable mesoporous materials, M41S, with pore sizes in the range of 16 to 100 Å.  This discovery is recognized as a major innovation in the scientific community and has spawned a new field of materials chemistry. Technologies based on Jeff’s innovative and practical inventions also revolutionized the production of key petrochemicals, including para-xylene (used in the production of polyester fiber and PET plastics), via advanced catalysts and processes.  Jeff was recognized for his excellence in catalysis and materials with numerous national and international awards, including the National Academy of Engineering (one of the highest professional distinctions accorded an engineer), the North American Catalysis Society’s Houdry Award (accorded to the most significant contributor to industrial catalysis), the American Chemical Society’s Heroes of Chemistry Award, and the International Zeolite Association’s Breck Award (accorded to the most significant advance in the field of micro-and meso-porous materials).  He was author of nearly 75 US patents, published prolifically, and frequently delivered invited lectures at acclaimed universities and conferences worldwide.  Jeff left an indelible mark not only in research, where he led ExxonMobil’s prestigious Corporate Strategic Research, but also in several assignments in the business, including Technical Manager at the Baytown Refinery, and Polyethylene Global Marketing Manager.

Though taken from this world quite too soon, Jeff’s loved ones can find comfort in knowing that he lived his life fully and the way he wanted. He demanded excellence, did not sit still for mediocrity, and inspired all who were fortunate enough to come to know him. Jeff found his happiest moments spending time with his beloved wife Lisa, and his dogs Pharaoh and Monty. His family, friends, and colleagues will remember him as a remarkable individual. He has taken in his early journey a part of each of us. We feel blessed to have had him with us. Jeff is survived by his wife Lisa, parents Irwin and Leila, sister Shari, and brother Richard.

Please share sympathies, memories, and condolences online at www.mem.com.
In lieu of flowers, Lisa has requested that donations be made to Best Friends Animal Society, www.bestfriends.org, or any other animal rescue organization.

Southwest Catalysis Society Spring Symposium

The Southwest Catalysis Society will hold its Annual Spring Symposium at the Rice University McMurtry Auditorium in Houston on April 20, 2012. Registration begins at 8:00 AM. For regular members, registration is $50, which includes the dues to NACS. Registration for students is only $10.

To see a map of the venue: http://www.artshound.com/venue/detail/666
There is a Central Parking Garage at the intersection of Loop Rd. and Alumni Rd., only a few blocks away.

This annual, regional meeting provides a forum where catalysis in its various forms – heterogeneous to homogeneous, computational to experimental, surface science to materials synthesis, applied to fundamental, academic to industrial – can be discussed. Please make plans to attend. We have an exciting lineup of invited speakers as well as many poster presentations.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Carl Mesters, Shell Oil
  • C. Buddie Mullins, UT, Austin
  • David Artrip, Catalytic Consultants – A Conversation about Entrepreneuring in Catalysis
  • Raghu Menon, Albemarle
  • Mahdi Abu-Omar, Purdue
  • Max Tirtowidjojo, Dow- Efficient Production of High Purity Phenolic Glycol Ethers

Additionally, sponsorship opportunities as well as exhibition tables are also available. If you or your company would like to sponsor a portion of the SWCS 2012 Annual Symposium or have catalysis-related exhibits to display that would be of interest to the membership, please contact John Novak at john.novak@basf.com for more information.

Dr. Stuart Soled is the Winner of the 2012 Herman Pines Award in Catalysis

Stuart Soled

The Catalysis Club of Chicago is pleased to announce that Dr. Stuart L. Soled (ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co.) is the recipient of the 2012 Herman Pines Award in Catalysis. This Award is given to recognize Dr. Soled’s outstanding contributions to the synthesis, structural and functional characterization, and commercialization of novel catalytic materials. Stu’s research has led to the discovery and successful development and commercialization of several catalyst technologies, including nanostructured metal oxide/metal sulfide bul

  • k hydroprocessing catalysts for the production of ultralow sulfur diesel, dispersed metal oxides/sulfides for the production of clean and high octane gasoline, supported metals catalysts for potential applications in chemical intermediates synthesis and synfuels, and solid acids catalysts.

    Stu has served on the editorial boards of leading catalysis journals and as chairs for catalysis conferences. He is an excellent teacher mentoring the next generation of distinguished scientists and technical staff. Stu has been invited to give lectures on national and international scientific meetings. He has published 100 patents and over 70 publications.

    The award includes an honorarium ($1,000) and a plaque. Dr. Soled will receive this Award during the Catalysis Club of Chicago Spring Symposium on May 15, 2012 at BP Research Center (Naperville, IL). Dr. Soled will deliver the Award address at the Symposium.

    Past recipients of the Herman Pines Award

    • 1999 Harold Kung, Northwestern University
    • 2000 John Monnier, Eastman Chemical
    • 2001 Lanny Schmidt, University of Minnesota
    • 2002 James Brazdil, BP
    • 2003 James Dumesic, University of Wisconsin
    • 2004 Alak Bhattacharyya, BP
    • 2005 Israel Wachs, Lehigh University
    • 2006 Jeffrey Miller, BP
    • 2007 Chunshan Song, Pennsylvania State University
    • 2008 Aleksey Yezerets, Cummins
    • 2009 Tobin Marks, Northwestern University
    • 2010 James Rekoske, UOP
    • 2011 Jingguang Chen, University Delaware
  • Catalysis Club of Chicago Annual Spring Symposium

    The Catalysis Club of Chicago (CCC) will hold its annual Spring Symposium on May 15, 2012 at the BP Research Center (150 West Warrenville Road, Naperville, IL 60563). The program is scheduled to begin at 8 AM and end at 5 PM.

    Abstract Submission

     
    The Catalysis Club of Chicago invites you to submit abstracts for oral or poster presentations. Please visit the Club’s website to download the template for abstract submission (http://www.catalysisclubchicago.org/2012SymposiumAbstract.doc). The length of abstracts for oral presentations should not exceed one page and those for poster presentations should not exceed one half page. Twenty five minutes will be allotted for each oral presentation. Please indicate what type of presentation you would prefer. Due to the limited speaking slots, if you request an oral presentation also indicate if you would like to be considered for a poster. Prizes will be awarded for the three best student posters.

    Please submit your abstract to Rafael Alcala, Program Chair of CCC at Rafael.alcala@bp.com by April 22, 2012.

    Registration

     
    All participants and accompanying guests must register and receive a conference badge to participate in symposium activities. Registration fee is detailed below and covers lunch as well as a copy of the meeting abstract book. One student presenter per accepted submission will be exempt from the registration fee. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged, although participants will be able to register onsite. Please email your name and affiliation to Neng Guo, Club Secretary at neng.guo@bp.com so that your gate pass and lunch can be arranged. We thank NACS and our industrial sponsors for their generous financial supports.

    • Professional (presenting or non-presenting): $70
    • Postdoc (presenting or non-presenting): $35
    • Student (presenting, either poster or talk, first author or presenter only): FREE
    • Student (attending only): $35
    • Vendors (two per paid table, $500): FREE

    Membership Dues

     
    All the participants except invited keynote speakers, the Pines awardee, and vendors are required to pay membership dues at the time of registration. The current rate is $30 for professionals & postdocs and $10 for students.

    In Memoriam: D. Wayne Goodman (1945-2012)

    Pro­fes­sor D. Wayne Good­man

    Pro­fes­sor D. Wayne Good­man

    With great sadness, we report that Professor D. Wayne Goodman died on Monday, February 27, 2012 at the age of 66, after a lengthy and difficult battle with cancer. His contributions to the understanding of catalysis and to the people who worked in this field were many in number and very deep in impact.

    Wayne received his Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry in 1975 at the University of Texas, Austin, under the supervision of M.J.S. Dewar, where his research included some of the earliest measurements and full analysis of the photoelectron spectra of inorganic molecules. After completing his Ph.D., Wayne won a NATO fellowship, and then became an NRC Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Standards near Washington, DC. At the “Bureau” (now NIST), he worked under the supervision of two pioneers in the field of surface science, Ted Madey and John Yates. Among several important accomplishments during his tenure there, Wayne produced landmark publications on the metal-catalyzed CO methanation reaction. Using well-defined single crystal model catalysts of Ni and Ru and a novel, UHV-attached ‘high’ pressure catalytic reactor, his work provided conclusive evidence that CO methanation is a structure insensitive reaction.

    Wayne’s scientific career took off in the 1980s; these were highly productive years that established him as a leading figure in surface science and heterogeneous catalysis. At Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, NM, he identified “long-range” effects of some surface modifiers giving new perspectives on phenomena associated with poisoning and promotion of catalytic reactions. Wayne also initiated research efforts focused on the hydrogenolysis of alkanes, cyclohexane dehydrogenation, methanol synthesis, CO oxidation, and NO reduction. His fundamental studies continued to explore links between surface structure and surface reactivity, helping to establish an approach followed by many research groups in subsequent years.

    Wayne took a faculty position in the Department of Chemistry at Texas A&M University in 1988, where he remained, holding the Robert A. Welch Foundation Chair at the time of his death. The academic environment of Texas A&M added a new dimension to Wayne’s life. It was a joy for him to teach general chemistry to undergraduates, and Prof. Goodman’s lectures became very popular among the students. Within a few short years, Wayne was also able to establish one of the best laboratories for surface science in the United States. In the early 1990s, following work he initiated at Sandia, his group at A&M performed systematic studies of the physical and chemical properties of bimetallic surfaces and strained metal overlayers. Clear correlations were found between the electronic perturbations induced by bimetallic bonding and variations in the chemical and catalytic activity of the metals. After making many impactful discoveries in this area, Wayne shifted his attention to the chemistry of oxide surfaces and the interaction of well-defined metal nanoparticles with oxide supports, where he elucidated key aspects of particle size effects in catalysis. His group developed models of metal/oxide interfaces that have become valuable tools for imaging and imagining the structure of supported heterogeneous catalysts. In the late 1990s, his studies of catalysis by supported Au nanoparticles received wide recognition, with many papers, citations and invited lectures all over the world. He also led elegant kinetic and spectroscopic studies of vinyl acetate synthesis over metal alloys, unraveling key phenomena for the preparation of oxygenates.

    Wayne published over 500 papers in surface science and heterogeneous catalysis, with nearly 24,000 citations and an h-index of 76. His work in these areas over the last 30 years has helped to transform catalysis from a primarily applications-oriented discipline to a highly sophisticated scientific enterprise. For these scientific accomplishments, Wayne received numerous awards and honors. From the American Chemical Society, he received the Ipatieff Prize in catalysis (1983), the Kendall Award in Colloid and Surface Chemistry (1993), the Arthur W. Adamson Award for Distinguished Service in Advancement of Surface Chemistry (2002), and the Gabor A. Somorjai Award for Creative Research in Catalysis (2005). Wayne was a Robert Burwell Lecturer for the North American Catalysis Society (1997), and has been elected as a fellow of the American Chemical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Institute of Physics, and the American Vacuum Society. He served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Catalysis, and as a member of the Editorial Boards of Surface Science, Applied Surface Science, Langmuir, Catalysis Letters, Journal of Molecular Catalysis A, Chemical Physics Letters and the Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter. He also mentored a large number of graduate students and postdocs.

    Wayne is survived by his lovely and gracious wife of 44 years, Sandy, of College Station, TX; his son, Jac Goodman, son-in-law, Steven Teiler, grandson Eitan Teiler Goodman of Washington, D.C.; his father, Grady Goodman; a brother, Garon Goodman; and a sister, Marcalyn Price.

    On a personal note, we both attest to Wayne’s infectious enthusiasm for science and life, his natural tendency to forge deep friendships with almost everyone he knew, his incredible sense of humor, and his deep commitment to his family, friends and institutions. His successful efforts to reveal some of “Mother Nature’s” closely guarded secrets were an inspiration to all who knew him. As importantly, Wayne was a friend to all, who could always be counted on to entertain, enlighten, support, and debate. Along with another friend and colleague, Prof. Charles Mims (University of Toronto), we were honored to dedicate our recent joint publication to Wayne in a special issue of the Journal of Physical Chemistry C (Vol. 114, No. 40, 2010) published in honor of his 65th birthday. Our acknowledgment to Wayne in our paper was as follows: “We thank Wayne Goodman for his scientific inspiration, mentoring, and collaboration, and for untold number of good times that defy description.” We will greatly miss our friend and mentor. We know this same sentiment will be shared by a large fraction of the membership of the NACS.

    Wayne, thank you for all you did for us, old buddy!

    Charlie Campbell (Department of Chemistry, University of Washington)
    Chuck Peden (Institute for Integrated Catalysis, Pacific Northwest National Laboratories)

    Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Brazos Valley at www.hospicebrazosvalley.org. Cards, letters and other written forms of condolences also may be addressed to the Goodman Family in care of the Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas 77843-3255.
     
    Note: Some of the above material was adapted from the Preface to the special issue of the Journal of Physical Chemistry C (Vol. 114, No. 40, 2010) published in honor of Wayne Goodman’s 65th birthday. The Preface was authored by Michael Henderson, Chuck Peden, Jose Rodriguez, Janos Szanyi, John Yates, and Francisco Zaera.

    Thomas Degnan named the 2012 F.G. Ciapetta Lecturer

    I am pleased to announce that Dr. Thomas Degnan of ExxonMobil Research and Engineering is the recipient of the F.G. Ciapetta Lectureship in Catalysis, sponsored by the Grace Davison operating segment of W.R. Grace & Co. and the North American Catalysis Society. The Award consists of a plaque and an honorarium. The plaque will be presented during the closing banquet ceremonies at the 2013 NAM in Louisville, KY. 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.

    Tom Degnan is an internationally-recognized leader in the chemistry and applications of zeolite catalysis. Through his publications and numerous lectures, he has provided many examples of the value of fundamental scientific concepts in the practical deployment of catalytic processes. His record of scholarship stands alongside a remarkable list of more than 100 U.S. patents and his unique blend of creativity, leadership, and clarity of thought has made him not only a leading industrial inventor, but also an ambassador of industrial catalysis research in our community at large.

    Tom is specifically recognized with the F. G. Ciapetta Lectureship for his contributions to the discovery, development, and commercialization of molecular sieves as catalysts and for his key role in developing their applications as catalysts in important large-scale industrial processes. Throughout his industrial career, he has made seminal contributions to the discovery and commercialization of more than ten catalytic processes for the production of high-performance lubricants, clean fuels, and petrochemicals. He led a research group that discovered how active sites at zeolite crystal surfaces show unique properties in the alkylation of aromatics and coined the term “surface pocket” catalysis to describe these inorganic enzyme-like catalytic structures. His fundamental studies of paraffin isomerization on bifunctional shape-selective catalysts demonstrated the essential interplay between diffusion and reaction processes and led to the discovery of several new catalysts for the synthesis of high-quality fuels and lubricants. His research vision and management leadership also led to catalytic processes with unprecedented selectivity for the production of p-xylenes.

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

    Call for papers – The Life and Death of Catalysts (UPDATE)

    Division of Petroleum Chemistry

    American Chemical Society Symposium

     
    August 28 – September 1, 2012, Denver, CO
    242nd American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting
    Sponsored by the ACS Petroleum Chemistry Division
     

    Call for Papers

     
    Abstract/preprint submission due date: November 30, 2011
     
    Symposium will feature invited, review and contributed papers dealing with the activation and deactivation of catalytic materials. The topics will include but not be limited to:

    • New materials and catalyst compositions
    • Combinatorial approaches for catalyst design and synthesis
    • New methods for catalyst evaluation
    • Process modifications and developments
    • Advanced methods for catalyst characterization
    • Mechanisms and kinetics
    • Theoretical studies

    Invited keynote speakers for this session include

    • Ajay Dalai, University of Saskatchewan
    • Ray Gorte, University of Pennsylvania
    • Haichao Liu, Peking University
    • Chunshan Song, Penn State University
    • Alex Yezerets, Cummins, Inc.

    Submission of both an abstract and a preprint are required. Please do this on-line at http://abstracts.acs.org. Instructions and preprint template are available at http://petr.sites.acs.org
     

    Organizers

     
    Prof. Levi Thompson
    The University of Michigan
    Department of Chemical Engineering
    ltt@umich.edu
     
    Prof. S. Ted Oyama
    The University of Tokyo/Virginia Tech
    Chemical Engineering
    oyama@vt.edu
    ted_oyama@chemsys.t.u-tokyo.ac.jp
     
    Dr. Todd Gardner
    National Energy Technology Laboratory
    todd.gardner@netl.doe.gov
     
    Program Chair
    Dr. Todd Gardner
    National Energy Technology Laboratory
    todd.gardner@netl.doe.gov

    15th International Congress on Catalysis

    The 15th ICC is the catalysis event in 2012! More than 2,000 participants from all over the world will exchange new ideas and discuss developments in all areas of catalysis. Plenary and keynote speakers will present overviews of recent developments. The congress will be held at the International Congress Centre in Munich, a world-class facility offering the flexible infrastructure required to accommodate audiences of any size.

    In four parallel oral sessions and two general poster sessions all relevant areas from fundamental understanding to catalyst design and novel processes will be covered. The sessions are complemented by cross disciplinary sessions, organized to share exciting new results at the boundaries between established fields within catalysis. Poster presenters will be able to organize up to four parallel half-day workshops to maximize direct participation by the conference attendees and to stimulate discussions in more specialized areas.

    A social program rich in various aspects of the local culture will give you the opportunity to meet your colleagues and friends in a more relaxed atmosphere.

    On behalf of the Organizing Committee, I invite you to attend the 15th ICC in Munich and to contribute by presenting your latest results and by sharing your findings with colleagues in discussions. The call for papers is open until November 1. For more information please visit the congress website www.icc2012.org.

    I all look forward to your contribution to the exiting scientific program of the 15th ICC and to meet you in 2012 in Munich.
     
    Johannes A. Lercher

    Chairman, Organizing Committee
    15th International Congress on Catalysis