Professor Krijn de Jong (Utrecht University, The Netherlands) has been chosen as the recipient of the 2013 Award for Excellence in Natural Gas Conversion. The Award is presented every three years during the International Natural Gas Conversion Symposium to recognize enduring and significant contributions to science and technology for conversion of natural gas to valuable products. The previous award recipients are Jack Lunsford (1993), Jens Rostrup-Nielsen (1998), Lanny Schmidt (2001), Enrique Iglesia (2004), David Trimm (2007) and Anders Holmen (2010).
Professor Krijn de Jong is recognized for consistently making noteworthy contributions to the field of natural gas conversion and the development of technologies that are likely to play an important role in meeting the world’s chemical and fuel requirements in the years ahead. These contributions are based on a powerful combination of scientific excellence, originality and societal relevance. In particular he has made eminent contributions to the synthesis, structural characterization, fundamental understanding and utilization of solid catalysts for the conversion of natural gas to fuels and chemicals. As specific highlights we mention his research on cobalt particle size effects for the Fischer Tropsch synthesis and supported iron nanoparticles for the direct conversion of synthesis gas to lower olefins. In addition, Professor Krijn De Jong has been a leading figure both nationally and internationally in his field of catalysis and chemistry, via chair and board membership roles in conferences, program committees, advisory councils, professional associations and editorial board roles for top-notch international scientific journals and book series. Last but not least, De Jong is also recognized for being an inspirational and driven teacher, using his didactic talent to equip a younger generation for creating contributions themselves to technology development in natural gas conversion and other areas.
The award consists of a plague and a monetary prize, which will be presented at the 10th Natural Gas Conversion Symposium to be held in Doha, Qatar (March 2–7 2013). Professor Krijn de Jong will also give the Award Plenary Lecture during this meeting.