Matt Neurock is the recipient of the 2015 Robert Burwell Lectureship in Catalysis

Matt_NeurockI am pleased to announce that Pro­fes­sor Matthew Neu­rock of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Min­neso­ta is the recip­i­ent of the2015 Robert Bur­well Lec­ture­ship in Catal­y­sis of the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety, spon­sored by John­son Matthey and admin­is­tered by The North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety. It is award­ed bien­ni­al­ly in odd-num­bered years. The award con­sists of a plaque and an hon­o­rar­i­um of $5,000. The plaque will be pre­sent­ed dur­ing the clos­ing ban­quet cer­e­monies at the 2015 North Amer­i­can Meet­ing of the Catal­y­sis Soci­ety. An addi­tion­al $4,500 is avail­able to cov­er trav­el­ling expens­es in North Amer­i­ca.

Pro­fes­sor Neu­rock will present lec­tures at the local catal­y­sis clubs and soci­eties dur­ing the two-year peri­od cov­ered by this award.

The Robert Bur­well Lec­ture­ship in Catal­y­sis is giv­en in recog­ni­tion of sub­stan­tial con­tri­bu­tions to one or more areas in the field of catal­y­sis with empha­sis on dis­cov­ery and under­stand­ing of cat­alyt­ic phe­nom­e­na, cat­alyt­ic reac­tion mech­a­nisms and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and descrip­tion of cat­alyt­ic sites and species.

Pro­fes­sor Matthew Neu­rock is being rec­og­nized for his sem­i­nal con­tri­bu­tions to the devel­op­ment and appli­ca­tion of the­o­ret­i­cal and com­pu­ta­tion­al meth­ods to elu­ci­date cat­alyt­ic mech­a­nisms and the active sites involved. He has pio­neered first-prin­ci­ple kinet­ic Monte Car­lo meth­ods that explic­it­ly track mol­e­c­u­lar trans­for­ma­tions on real­is­tic sur­faces at rel­e­vant con­di­tions, ab ini­tio mol­e­c­u­lar dynam­ics meth­ods that describe com­plex met­al-solu­tion inter­faces, and ab ini­tio con­stant poten­tial meth­ods for elec­tro­chem­i­cal sys­tems to under­stand and aid the design of cat­alyt­ic and elec­tro­cat­alyt­ic sys­tems.

His group has used these meth­ods, togeth­er with ab ini­tio quan­tum chem­i­cal treat­ments, to explore met­als, alloys, oxides, sul­fides and zeo­lites and the mech­a­nisms by which they medi­ate catal­y­sis. These treat­ments have uncov­ered pre­vi­ous­ly unrec­og­nized routes that pre­vail at the high sur­face cov­er­ages rel­e­vant to cat­alyt­ic prac­tice, the direct par­tic­i­pa­tion of pro­t­ic media as a co-cat­a­lyst, and the role of acid-base sites formed by hydrox­yl inter­me­di­ates on met­als. His effec­tive col­lab­o­ra­tions with exper­i­men­tal groups have led to fun­da­men­tal and prac­ti­cal insights into the mech­a­nisms of alka­ne acti­va­tion, Fis­ch­er-Trop­sch syn­the­sis, selec­tive oxi­da­tion and hydro­gena­tion of alkenes and oxy­genates, hydro­car­bon and oxy­genate hydrogenol­y­sis reac­tions, acid-cat­alyzed trans­for­ma­tions, and elec­tro­cat­alyt­ic reduc­tion-oxi­da­tion cycles.
Enrique Igle­sia
North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety
Bruce Cook
Vice Pres­i­dent
North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety