Professor Israel E. Wachs of the Chemical Engineering Department of Lehigh University is this year’s recipient of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers’ (AIChE) Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division Practice Award, which will be presented at the Annual AIChE meeting in San Francisco the week of November 16–21, 2003. The AIChE C&® Practice Award recognizes individuals who have made pioneering contributions to industrial practice of catalysis and chemical reaction engineering and is sponsored by Merck & Company, Inc.
Professor Wachs is being recognized for his commercial developments of novel catalysts and reaction engineering applications in the areas of:
- o‑xylene oxidation to phthalic anhydride over supported promoted‑V2O5/TiO2 catalysts.
- Methanol oxidation to formaldehyde over bulk metal oxide catalysts.
- A new environmental catalytic process that converts undesirable waste gases from pulp mills to valuable chemicals (H2CO, H2SO4, terpenes) and simultaneously eliminates significant polluting emissions of VOCs, NOx, SOx and CO2.