The 2005 Eugene J. Houdry Award in Applied Catalysis to Dr. Henrik Topsøe of the Haldor Topsøe Research Laboratories, Lyngby, Denmark. The award is sponsored by Süd-Chemie, Inc., and administered by the North American Catalysis Society. The purpose of the Award is to recognize and encourage individual contributions in the field of catalysis with emphasis on the development of new and improved catalysts and processes representing outstanding advances in their useful application.
Henrik’s work and leadership have made a significant contribution to the understanding of hydrotreating catalysts. Henrik has been an essential contributor to many commercial applications on hydrodesulfurization and other catalysts and one of the principal forces behind the position that Haldor Topsøe A/S holds in commercial deployments in catalysts and processes. “Henrik Topsøe’s work provided the concepts and definitive evidence for the CoMoS description of the synergy between MoS2 structures and Co and Ni promoters.” “His passionate efforts to bring state-of-the-art tools and concepts into the solution of complex industrial problems are without equal in the international catalysis community today.” With all this Henrik has been a prolific industrial contributor to the scientific literature. Also, “he has been a key intellectual and physical motivational force behind the emergence of the academic Danish catalysis community.”
Henrik will give a plenary lecture and be recognized at the Spring 2005 North American Catalysis Society meeting in Philadelphia. More information on this award, the awards process, and previous awardees can be found inside the Awards folder on the NACS home page: www.nacatsoc.org