Dr. Paul Barger is the recipient of the 2014 F.G. Ciapetta Lectureship in Catalysis

Paul_BargerI am pleased to announce that Dr. Paul Barger of UOP LLC, a Honeywell Company, is the recipient of the F.G. Ciapetta Lectureship in Catalysis, sponsored by the Grace Catalysts Technologies operating segment of W.R. Grace & Co. and the North American Catalysis Society. The Award consists of a plaque and an honorarium. The plaque will be presented during the closing banquet ceremonies at the 2015 NAM in Pittsburgh, PA. The recipient will present lectures at most of the affiliated Clubs/Societies during the two-year period covered by this Lectureship.

The Award is given in recognition of substantial contributions to one or more areas in the field of catalysis with emphasis on industrially significant catalysts and catalytic processes and the discovery of new catalytic reactions and systems of potential industrial importance.

Paul Barger has an established track record of championing new ideas and moving them effectively from evaluation, to catalyst development, and to commercialization. Over his thirty year career at UOP he has contributed to the discovery of catalytic phenomena and development of several catalytic processes of industrial significance. He has achieved this by sound technical insight, careful experimental design, and flawless execution as evidenced by the award of more than 55 U.S. patents.

Paul is specifically recognized with the F.G Ciapetta Lectureship for his contributions to the development of the Methanol-to-Olefins (MTO) process from concept development to commercial offering. He was a leader of the joint MTO development effort between UOP and Norsk Hydro. A series of discoveries of SAPO-34 structure-function relationships, such as the correlations of product shape selectivity, hydride transfer and coking with acid site density and crystal morphology were keys in the development of this technology. The first of four UOP-licensed commercial units was successfully started up in September 2013. Paul has also led the development and commercialization of two naphtha reforming catalysts and a solid acid detergent alkylation catalyst and currently heads up UOP’s Proof-of-Principle Lab for the evaluation of ideas for new technology opportunities.

I am delighted that the North American Catalysis Society has chosen to recognize the contributions of Dr. Paul Barger with this lectureship. I speak with the voice of our grateful community in also thanking the management of W.R. Grace& Co. for its continuing support of this lectureship.
Enrique Iglesia
President, North American Catalysis Society