I am pleased to announce that Dr. Deng-Yang (DY) Jan of the Honeywell UOP is the recipient of the 2021 Eugene J. Houdry Award in Applied Catalysis. This award is sponsored by Clariant and is administered by the North American Catalysis Society. The award consists of a plaque and a prize of $5,000. The plaque will be presented during the closing banquet ceremonies at the 2021 North American Meeting of the Catalysis Society (NAM27 in New York City).
The purpose of the Eugene J. Houdry 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 applications.
Dr. Jan’s technical focus is developing platform knowledge and introducing enabling concepts to develop future generation products and processes in Aromatics & Derivatives, and Olefins & Detergents. Since 2000, Dr. Jan and Team UOP have been focusing on zeolitic catalysis by applying UOP Zeolitic Material platform to the technology portfolio including aromatics alkylation, isomerization, trans-alkylation, new routes for producing para-xylene, ethylbenzene, cumene, linear alkylbenzene and motor fuel. DY achievements include commercialize highly selective cumene alkylation (UOP Q‑Max) with low capital and operating costs, linear alkylbenzene (UOP Detal for biodegradable detergent) at low utility cost enabling replace HF alkylation, Aromatics Isomerization (UOP Isomar), Aromatics Trans-Alkylation (UOP Tatoray) enabling flexible process of feedstock of varying compositions.
Dr. Jan received B.S. in Chemistry from National Cheng-Kung University, M.S. in Inorganic Chemistry in National Tsinghua University (Taiwan) and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from The Ohio State University in 1985. He has over 100 issued US patents and 30 peer review journal publications. Dr. Jan has been recognized with several awards, including the the 2007 Honeywell Fundamental Technology Development Award, the 2016 Herman Pines Award for his contribution to commercializing EB/Cumene and Detergent, and the 2017 Honeywell Distinguished Technology Award given for outstanding technical contributions over the course of a career.
President, North American Catalysis Society