It is my pleasure to announce that Dr. Stuart Soled of ExxonMobil Research & Engineering Co. is the 2006 F. G. Ciapetta Lecturer. This award is sponsored by Grace Davison Catalysts and administered by The North American Catalysis Society. 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. The Award consists of a plaque, an honorarium and additional money is available to cover traveling expenses to visit many of the local clubs in North America. The local clubs should contact Dr. Soled directly (908–730-2577) to make travel arrangements.
Stu has a long and distinguished record in industrial research. His nominators cited his many contributions to the synthesis, structural and functional characterization, and use of catalytic solids. Stu has made discoveries and fundamental advances in bulk solid oxides, molecular oxide clusters, sulfides, and carbides applied to Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, hydrodesulfurization, oxidation, and acid catalysis. Most recently, his work on novel, mixed metal catalysts have had a dramatic impact on the desulfurization of diesel fuels. These Nebula catalysts offer significantly enhanced activity which allow refiners to retrofit existing hydrotreaters with little additional capital cost and to produce a product which exceeds the governmentally mandated clean fuels standards around the world. Well over one million pounds of the Nebula catalyst has been deployed throughout the world for the production of ultra low sulfur fuels.
Dr soled is probably best know for his work in the area of solid acidity. His 1993 paper on the chemistry of sulfated zirconia has been cited over 100 times in the last five years, and it provides the definitive account of the structural requirements for isomerization of larger alkanes on these materials. He continued this work with the novel family of tungstated zirconias. Stu also led an effort in understanding aspects of Fischer-Tropsch synthesis that are critical components of the AGC-21 process and led the generation of a new generation of more stable catalysts.
Stu has been at ExxonMobil in Annandale, N.J. since 1979 where he is a senior member of the technical staff with the title of Distinguished Research Associate. He received his Ph.D. in 1973 from Brown University and his B.S. in Chemistry from City College of New York (graduated Magna Cum Laude). He has received the 2003 NY Catalysis Society Excellence in Catalysis Award and the Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award in 2002 which is given for product innovations and important scientific breakthroughs originating in the State of New Jersey.
President, North American Catalysis Society