Earnest Jackson Oglesby Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering
University of Virginia
Davis has served as Director-at-Large of the NACS, President of the Southeastern Catalysis Society, Chair of the 2006 Gordon Research Conference on Catalysis, Chair of Catalysis Programming of the AIChE, Chair of a US government panel charged with worldwide assessment of Catalysis by Nanostructured Materials, Director of the Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division of the AIChE, Co-Chair of an International Catalysis Workshop in China, member of the Advisory Board of the International Conferences on Solid Acid and Base Catalysis, member of the Supervisory Board of the Dutch National Research School Combination on Catalysis, and member of the editorial boards of Journal of Catalysis, ACS Catalysis, ChemCatChem, Applied Catalysis A and B and Journal of Molecular Catalysis A.
I have been involved in catalysis research for more than 25 years and have actively participated in the community through a variety of service and leadership roles. If elected, I would be pleased to serve as Director-at-Large. The growing needs for inexpensive energy, green chemical processes and sustainable manufacturing practices ensure that catalysis will continue to play a prominent role in scientific and engineering research in the coming decades. Indeed, the resurgence of catalysis research and development in North America over the last 4 years has been quite exciting and I will work to keep the North American Catalysis Society and its sponsored meetings at the forefront of the field.
Robert and Marcy Haber Endowed Professor in Energy Sustainability
Dr. Flytzani-Stephanopoulos research focuses on atomic-scale metal catalyst designs which may lead to practical catalyst development using only trace amounts of expensive precious metals. Presently, the cost of catalysts severely hinders the deployment of several sustainable energy production systems. Prof. Stephanopoulos has used creative ways in heterogeneous catalysis to demonstrate that atomically dispersed supported metal species catalyze the water-gas shift (WGS) and methanol steam reforming (SRM) reactions, both important in fuel processing and hydrogen production. Her research group was first to report on the remarkable WGS activity of gold on ceria, and to show that adsorbed Au-Ox and Pt-Ox species are the active sites for this reaction, while the corresponding metal nanoparticles are spectator species on ceria. She has recently generalized these findings on any support, even on inert silica, a highly unanticipated finding. In another first, she used single crystals of ceria and zinc oxide at the nanoscale to identify which surfaces best bind atomic Au-Ox species for the WGS reactions. In the area of desulfurization of hot fuel gases, work in her lab has identified lanthanide oxysulfides as regenerable adsorbents of H2S to fully purify fuel gases at temperatures exceeding 650 °C for high-temperature fuel cell applications. The lanthanide oxysulfides are also unique sulfur-tolerant catalysts for the high-temperature WGS reaction. In other work, her group is investigating “single atom alloys” comprising a base metal (Cu) with isolated atoms of a precious metal (Pd) as new very active and selective low-temperature hydrogenation catalysts for green chemicals production. Prof. Flytzani-Stephanopoulos serves the catalysis community as Editor of Applied Catalysis B: Environmental (since 2002), and is the 2nd Vice Chair of the Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division of the AIChE.
The catalysis field is presently enjoying a renaissance, as it is looked upon as a primary enabling force for the attainment of a sustainable global economy. Young people are attracted to the field and long to share in the excitement of paving the way to a sustainable future. Harnessing this potential will be a main focus of my activities as a Director-at-Large of the North American Catalysis Society. Among several potential mechanisms to bring in “new blood” to NACS as it strives to advance catalysis and provide a rich forum for the education of young scientists in the discipline, I can list (i) the formation of student chapters of NACS within the areas of the present catalysis clubs, with similar organization to the AIChE student chapters; (ii) including student-run sessions at the NACS meetings with student speakers selected through national competition, and supported by the Society. This would have the desired effect of strengthening and enlarging the catalysis community with future leaders; (iii) the creation of NACS Junior Fellows as another initiative to nurture these leaders and keep them engaged and committed to the society’s goals.
Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science
University of California, Davis
Bruce Gates has served the catalysis community as editor of Advances in Catalysis (since 1995); co-chair of the DOE workshop leading to the 2008 report Basic Research Needs: Catalysis for Energy; co-chair of the 2009 San Francisco North American Catalysis Society meeting; chair of the Technical Advisory Council of the National Advanced Biofuels Consortium (since 2010); and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource. He is on the editorial/advisory boards of Catalysis Science and Technology, Catalysis Letters, Topics in Catalysis, and Journal of Catalysis. He contributed the textbooks Chemistry of Catalytic Processes and Catalytic Chemistry. He teaches Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at UC Davis, and his former students are well represented in catalysis R&D positions and academic positions in North America.
The needs for new energy technology and environmental protection make catalysis research and catalytic technology more important than ever. I would appreciate the opportunity to help advance the field by continuing as a member of the NACS Board. My goals would be to help strengthen the community and broaden NACS membership by better integrating the catalysis subfields and encouraging wider participation by young people and industry colleagues. I believe NACS can amplify our message about the importance of catalysis by reaching beyond our immediate community.