John N. Armor
John N. Armor
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.
Thayer Lindsley Professor of Chemical Engineering
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.
Distinguished Regents Professor
Department of Chemical &
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).