I am pleased to announce that Professor Matthew Neurock has been selected
for the 2005 Paul H. Emmett Awardee in Fundamental Catalysis. The award consists of a plaque and a prize. The purpose of the Award is to recognize and encourage individual contributions (under the age of 45) in the field of catalysis with emphasis on discovery and understanding of catalytic phenomena, proposal of catalytic reaction mechanisms and identification of and description of catalytic sites and species.
Professor Neurock’s interests include computational heterogeneous catalysis, molecular modeling, and kinetics of complex reaction systems. “Matt is recognized for his pioneering contributions to theoretical methods for the analysis and prediction of catalytic rates and selectivities. Matt has developed and applied theory and atomic-scale simulation in concerted and well-constructed efforts aimed at the elucidation of catalytic reaction mechanisms on metal and oxide surfaces and at understanding and designing active sites as they exist in realistic and complex reaction environments. He and his group have brought ab initio quantum mechanical methods together with kinetic Monte Carlo methods to simulate catalytic performance and the effects of the explicit reaction environment. His studies have brought fundamental insights into the roles of surface structure, crystallite size, surface coverage, alloying, condensed media, and transient intermediates.” Other’s remark that “Matt has been extremely successful at applying quantum chemical methods to a broad range of problems in surface chemistry.”
Matt will give a plenary lecture and be recognized at the Spring 2005 North American Catalysis Society meeting in Philadelphia. The Paul H. Emmett Award in Fundamental Catalysis is sponsored by the Davison Chemical Division of W.R. Grace and Company. It is administered by The North American Catalysis Society and is awarded biennially in odd numbered years. More information on this award, the awards process, and previous awardees can be found inside the Awards folder on the NACS home page: www.nacatsoc.org