Paul H. Emmett Award in Fundamental Catalysis

Dead­line for nom­i­na­tions is 23-Sep­tem­ber-2024
The Paul H. Emmett Award in Fun­da­men­tal Catal­y­sis is spon­sored by W.R. Grace & Co. It is admin­is­tered by The North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety and is pre­sent­ed in odd num­bered years, gen­er­al­ly at the meet­ing of the Soci­ety, where the awardee(s) will be asked to give a ple­nary lec­ture. The award con­sists of a plaque and a prize of $5,000. An addi­tion­al $500 is avail­able for oth­er­wise unre­im­bursed trav­el expens­es.

The pur­pose of the Award is to rec­og­nize and encour­age indi­vid­ual con­tri­bu­tions in the field of catal­y­sis with empha­sis on dis­cov­ery and under­stand­ing of cat­alyt­ic phe­nom­e­na, pro­pos­al of cat­alyt­ic reac­tion mech­a­nisms and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and descrip­tion of cat­alyt­ic sites and species.

Selec­tion of the Award winner(s) will be made by a com­mit­tee of renowned sci­en­tists and tech­nol­o­gists appoint­ed by the Pres­i­dent of the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety. Selec­tion shall be made with­out regard for sex, nation­al­i­ty or affil­i­a­tion. The award winner(s) must not have turned 46 years of age on April 1st of the year of the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety meet­ing; thus nom­i­na­tion doc­u­ments should indi­cate the age and birth date of the nom­i­nee. The next award is for the 2024 Award year. Thus, nom­i­nees should not yet be 46 years of age on 1 April 2024 for this cycle. Posthu­mous awards will be made only when knowl­edge of the awardee’s death is received after announce­ment of the Award Committee’s deci­sion.

The nom­i­na­tion mate­ri­als should describe clear­ly, specif­i­cal­ly, and con­cise­ly the nominee’s qual­i­fi­ca­tions and accom­plish­ments in the con­text of the spe­cif­ic award. The jury will place its great­est empha­sis on the 5 key con­tri­bu­tions of the nom­i­nee, for exam­ple in the form of five pub­li­ca­tions. There­fore, the nom­i­na­tion and sup­port­ing let­ters should focus on these five key con­tri­bu­tions of the nom­i­nee, spec­i­fy­ing in ≤1000 words the sig­nif­i­cance, orig­i­nal­i­ty, and impact of these key con­tri­bu­tions. The aggre­gate total of pub­li­ca­tions, patents, cita­tions, etc. will be con­sid­ered by the jury to be of sec­ondary impor­tance. Based on crit­i­cal eval­u­a­tions of the jury, either one or two awardee(s) will be select­ed.

The nom­i­na­tion mate­ri­als should include the fol­low­ing doc­u­ments (sub­mit­ted as a sin­gle PDF file and not exceed­ing the indi­cat­ed length): (i) a nom­i­na­tion let­ter (1000 words); (ii) two sup­port­ing let­ters (800 words each); (iii) a nar­ra­tive bio­graph­i­cal note (500 words); (iv) a list and crit­i­cal assess­ment of up to five key con­tri­bu­tions to catal­y­sis (1000 words or less); and (v) a cur­ricu­lum vitae, includ­ing rel­e­vant posi­tions and recog­ni­tions and a list of pub­li­ca­tions and patents.

The nom­i­na­tion and sup­port­ing let­ters should be spe­cif­ic to the year and to the name of the award.
Nom­i­na­tion pack­ages for the Award must be received by 23-Sep­tem­ber-2024.

All nom­i­na­tion pack­ages (one ELECTRONIC COPY) for the Emmett Award should be sent to Jing­guang Chen, Pres­i­dent, North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety, at Receipt of any nom­i­na­tion, will be con­firmed by an email mes­sage sent to any nom­i­na­tor.


Previous Award Winners

  • 1971 Richard J. Kokes
  • 1973 John H. Sin­felt
  • 1975 Jack H. Lunsford
  • 1977 Gabor A. Somor­jai
  • 1979 Ger­hard Ertl
  • 1981 Peter A. Jacobs
  • 1983 Robert J. Madix
  • 1985 Alex­is T. Bell
  • 1987 M. Albert Van­nice
  • 1989 James A. Dumesic
  • 1991 Harold Kung
  • 1993 Mark Barteau
  • 1995 Mark Davis
  • 1997 Enrique Igle­sia
  • 1999 Ray­mond Gorte
  • 2001 Don­na Black­mond
  • 2003 Fran­cis­co Zaera
  • 2005 Matthew Neu­rock
  • 2007 Robert J. Davis
  • 2009 Manos Mavrikakis
  • 2011 Bert Weck­huy­sen
  • 2013 Christo­pher W. Jones
  • 2015 Christophe COPÉRET
  • 2017 Suljo Lin­ic
  • 2019 Javier Pérez-Ramírez
  • 2021 Thomas Jaramil­lo
  • 2022 Beat­riz Roldan Cuenya
  • 2023–2024 Aditya Bhan
  • 2023–2024 Yuriy Román-Leshkov