John Monnier awarded F. G. Ciapetta Lectureship in Catalysis

Dr. John Mon­nier [] of East­man Chem­i­cal Com­pa­ny, Kingsport, TN has been award­ed the 2002 F.G. Cia­pet­ta Lec­ture­ship in Catal­y­sis. This is one of 4 major awards for tech­ni­cal excel­lence the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety pro­vides every 2 years, and this award is cospon­sored by the Davi­son Chem­i­cal Divi­sion of W.R. Grace & Com­pa­ny and The North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety. Dr. Mon­nier is being rec­og­nized for his pio­neer­ing work in catal­y­sis research and process devel­op­ment on the epox­i­da­tion of buta­di­ene and oth­er non-allylic olefins with sup­port­ed sil­ver cat­a­lysts. This research has led to the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of over 100 new appli­ca­tions for epoxy­butene and its deriv­a­tives. In 1996, East­man Chem­i­cal brought on line a 3 mil­lion lbs/yr plant to sup­ply 5 new epoxy­butene deriv­a­tives to the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal and agri­cul­tur­al mar­kets.

The Soci­ety admin­is­ters this Lec­ture­ship. It is award­ed bien­ni­al­ly in even num­bered years, and the Award con­sists of a plaque and an hon­o­rar­i­um of $5,000. An addi­tion­al $4,500 is avail­able from the Soci­ety to cov­er trav­el­ing expens­es. The hon­o­rar­i­um is pro­vid­ed com­plete­ly by Davi­son. Dr. Mon­nier is invit­ed to (1) vis­it and lec­ture to each of the affil­i­at­ed Clubs/Societies with which mutu­al­ly sat­is­fac­to­ry arrange­ments can be made and (2) pre­pare a review paper(s) for pub­li­ca­tion cov­er­ing these Lec­tures.