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.

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
In lieu of flow­ers, Lisa has requested that dona­tions be made to Best Friends Ani­mal Soci­ety,, 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:
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 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 ( 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 by April 22, 2012.


    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 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 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 Instruc­tions and preprint tem­plate are avail­able at


    Prof. Levi Thomp­son
    The Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan
    Depart­ment of Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing
    Prof. S. Ted Oyama
    The Uni­ver­sity of Tokyo/Virginia Tech
    Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing
    Dr. Todd Gard­ner
    National Energy Tech­nol­ogy Lab­o­ra­tory
    Pro­gram Chair
    Dr. Todd Gard­ner
    National Energy Tech­nol­ogy Lab­o­ra­tory

    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

    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