Daniel Resasco is the recipient of the 2013 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award

The Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia is pleased to announce Dr. Daniel Resasco as the recip­i­ent of the 2013 Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia Award, in recog­ni­tion of his many con­tri­bu­tions related to sup­ported metal and solid acid catal­y­sis, hydro­car­bon con­ver­sion, nan­otube syn­the­sis, and biomass-derived com­pound upgrading.

Prof. Resasco obtained his PhD in chem­i­cal engi­neer­ing from Yale Uni­ver­sity in 1983 under the direc­tion of Gary Haller. While at Yale, he co-authored a sem­i­nal work explain­ing strong metal-support inter­ac­tions on Rh/TiO2 cat­a­lysts that sub­se­quently became a Cur­rent Con­tents Cita­tion Clas­sic. After grad­u­a­tion from Yale, he joined the chem­i­cal engi­neer­ing depart­ment of the National Uni­ver­sity of Mar del Plata, Argentina, even­tu­ally serv­ing as depart­ment chair. In 1991 he returned to the US as Senior Sci­en­tist at the Sun Com­pany, and in 1993 he joined the School of Chem­i­cal, Bio­log­i­cal and Mate­ri­als Engi­neer­ing at the Uni­ver­sity of Okla­homa where he is now the George Lynn Cross Research Pro­fes­sor and Dou­glas & Hilda Bourne Chair of Chem­i­cal Engineering.

Prof. Resasco’s research in het­ero­ge­neous catal­y­sis has always aimed at impor­tant appli­ca­tions, but has been strongly grounded in fun­da­men­tals of structure-property rela­tion­ships and char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of cat­a­lysts and mech­a­nisms. Ini­tially, his research pro­gram exam­ined strong solid acid catal­y­sis and sup­ported metal catal­y­sis for hydro­car­bon pro­cess­ing. In the late 90s, Resasco’s group began inves­ti­ga­tion of het­ero­ge­neous cat­alytic syn­the­sis of single-wall car­bon nan­otubes, dis­cov­er­ing that care­ful con­trol of the cat­a­lyst nanos­truc­ture enabled unprece­dented chi­ral selec­tiv­ity in the nanotubes.

Their work led to the patented CoMo­Cat process, capa­ble of scaleup to indus­trial pro­duc­tion, and a spin­off com­pany, South­West Nan­oTech­nolo­gies. More recently, Resasco’s work on upgrad­ing of biomass-derived com­pounds led to the devel­op­ment of Janus nanopar­ti­cle cat­a­lysts which simul­ta­ne­ously sta­bi­lize high inter­fa­cial area emul­sions and carry out upgrad­ing reac­tions in both the aque­ous and organic phases. This work was ini­tially reported in Sci­ence in Jan­u­ary, 2010.

Prof. Resasco has authored well over 200 archival jour­nal arti­cles which have been cited over 8,000 times, 32 indus­trial patents, and over 120 invited lec­tures. From 2001 – 2007 Resasco also served as asso­ciate edi­tor of the Jour­nal of Catalysis.

Prof. Resasco will be hon­ored with a plaque an hon­o­rar­ium ($1000) dur­ing his award pre­sen­ta­tion at the Catal­y­sis Club of Philadelphia’s monthly meet­ings in the upcom­ing 2013–2014 season.