The 2007 Eugene J. Houdry Award in Applied Catalysis to Dr. Zones of Chevron Energy Technology Company, Richmond, CA, USA. 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.
Dr. Zones primary focus has been in the area of zeolites and zeolite catalysts. He has invented over 20 new zeolite materials. Perhaps Stacey’s most important commercial work has been the development of a proprietary zeolite that he invented and is used in the extremely successful second generation Isodewaxing® catalyst. This contribution has led to the expansion of the feeds useful for the preparation of lubricant oils, via the application of catalytic dewaxing. It was first successfully commercialized in a refinery in 1996. Since then Dr. Zones has played a role in Chevron’s Catalyst Group and Technology Marketing organizations in developing other zeolite-based technologies for use in refining, separations, and petrochemical applications. In addition, Dr. Zones has focused on scaling up zeolite synthesis routes, via the development of more cost-effective approaches.
Stacey will give a plenary lecture and be recognized at the 2007 North American Catalysis Society meeting in Houston. 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.