In Memoriam: James F. Roth (1925–2021)

James F. Roth of Warmin­ster, PA, died on his 96th birth­day, Decem­ber 7, 2021.

Born in Rah­way, NJ, Jim was a mem­ber of the first grad­u­at­ing class of the Bronx High School of Sci­ence, grad­u­at­ing at age 15. He enlist­ed in the Navy at 17 and was sent to school at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia and then Mid­ship­man School at Colum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty. While Jim was serv­ing as chief nav­i­ga­tor on LST 477 dur­ing the bat­tle of Iwo Jima, the ship was blast­ed with a 500 lb. bomb and hit by a Kamikaze plane.

After being dis­charged from the Navy with the rank of LTJG, Jim returned to col­lege, earn­ing a B.S. in Phys­i­cal Chem­istry from the Uni­ver­si­ty of West Vir­ginia and a PhD from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mary­land.

Dur­ing his career with Mon­san­to in St. Louis, MO, and Air Prod­ucts in Allen­town, PA, where he served as chief sci­en­tist and direc­tor of cor­po­rate research, Jim received recog­ni­tion for his achieve­ments as the prin­ci­pal inven­tor of process­es for the com­mer­cial pro­duc­tion of acetic acid and the pro­duc­tion of lin­ear olefins used to make biodegrad­able deter­gents. He received numer­ous awards, includ­ing the Kokes Award from Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­si­ty, the Houdry Award from the Catal­y­sis Soci­ety of North Amer­i­ca, and the Indus­tri­al and Engi­neer­ing Chem­istry Award from the Amer­i­can Chem­i­cal Soci­ety. He received the first award ever giv­en by the Amer­i­can Chem­i­cal Soci­ety for Achieve­ment in Indus­tri­al Chem­istry. He was induct­ed into the Nation­al Acad­e­my of Engi­neer­ing and was cit­ed by the Chem­i­cal Her­itage Foun­da­tion as one of the lead­ing Amer­i­can chemists of the twen­ti­eth cen­tu­ry. Jim was the 1988 recip­i­ent of the Perkin Medal for his achieve­ments in cat­alyt­ic research, con­sid­ered the high­est recog­ni­tion for chem­i­cal achieve­ments in the U.S.

When he wasn’t work­ing, he and his wife Sharon (Mattes) Roth shared a 52-year adven­ture of world trav­el, sym­phonies, muse­ums, opera, and fine din­ing. They spent their first 18 years of retire­ment in Sara­so­ta, FL, and the next 14 years in inde­pen­dent senior adult com­mu­ni­ties in Dal­las, TX, and Warmin­ster, PA. Jim was lov­ing­ly cared for in his final year by his wife Sharon and care­giv­er Daion­na Combs.

He is sur­vived by his wife; daugh­ter, Sandy Free­man (Mick­ey) of Allen­town; sons Ed Roth (Sue) of New City, NY and Lar­ry Roth (Colleen) of St. Louis, MO; step-son Ladd Hirsch (Cindy), 10 grand­chil­dren; and 8 great-grand­chil­dren. He was pre­de­ceased by his step-daugh­ter, Lisa Phillips (Jim), and his sis­ter, Phyl­lis Davis.

To plant or send flow­ers to the fam­i­ly in mem­o­ry of James Roth, please vis­it our flower store.

NAM27 Abstract Submission Reminder: Deadline is November 30

Dear Catal­y­sis Com­mu­ni­ty,
We are thank­ful for our Catal­y­sis Com­mu­ni­ty. Just a reminder that the Abstract Sub­mis­sion was extend­ed until Tues­day, Novem­ber 30th. We are prepar­ing for an in-per­son con­fer­ence on May 22–27, 2022, in New York City.

Stu­dents study­ing at North Amer­i­can Uni­ver­si­ties are encour­aged to apply for the Kokes Trav­el Award. The appli­ca­tion for the Kokes Award is includ­ed in the abstract sub­mis­sion por­tal.

Please vis­it our web­site to sub­mit your abstract and view addi­tion­al Con­fer­ence infor­ma­tion.
Hap­py Thanks­giv­ing,
The Orga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee of the 27th North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety Meet­ing

Abstract Submission for the NAM27 is now open

Dear Catal­y­sis Com­mu­ni­ty,
We are excit­ed to announce Abstract Sub­mis­sion for NAM27 has opened today in prepa­ra­tion for our in-per­son con­fer­ence on May 22–27, 2022, in New York City. The dead­line for sub­mis­sion will be Novem­ber 8th. We con­tin­ue our close part­ner­ship with the Mid­town Hilton to arrange an engag­ing con­fer­ence.

We are con­fi­dent we will be able to bring our com­mu­ni­ty safe­ly togeth­er for a suc­cess­ful and excit­ing in-per­son con­fer­ence. New York City con­tin­ues to reopen. Restau­rants, shops, and oth­er attrac­tions (even Broad­way!) have returned to full capac­i­ty this sum­mer! While it will cer­tain­ly be a lit­tle dif­fer­ent, we look for­ward to pro­vid­ing one of the first oppor­tu­ni­ties to bring our com­mu­ni­ty back togeth­er in per­son in May 2022.

We will con­tin­ue to update our web­site and com­mu­ni­cate any addi­tion­al details as they become avail­able. Vis­it our web­site to sub­mit your abstract and view addi­tion­al Con­fer­ence infor­ma­tion.
The Orga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee of the 27th North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety Meet­ing

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In Memoriam: W. Nicholas Delgass (1942–2021)

Pro­fes­sor W. Nicholas Del­gass passed away peace­ful­ly at home on August 17, 2021 after a long and coura­geous fight with can­cer to stay with us and to con­tin­ue to care for us for as long as he could. He was cared for by his lov­ing fam­i­ly, Bet­ty, his wife of 54 years, and their two sons, Michael and Leif. Nick was born and raised in the East Coast, grad­u­at­ing from Sta­ples High School in West­port, CT. He earned an under­grad­u­ate degree in Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing and Math­e­mat­ics from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan (1964) and a Ph.D. in Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing from Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty (1969) and then com­plet­ed his post-doc­tor­al fel­low­ship at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia at Berke­ley (1969). He start­ed his aca­d­e­m­ic career at Yale Uni­ver­si­ty, from where he moved to Pur­due Uni­ver­si­ty in 1974. Nick had a dis­tin­guished 38-year career in Purdue’s School of Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing, where he stayed active in research and men­tor­ing even after his retire­ment in 2012 as the Max­ine Spencer Nichols Emer­i­tus Pro­fes­sor of Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing.

Nick is rec­og­nized inter­na­tion­al­ly for his work in bring­ing togeth­er new ana­lyt­i­cal tools, cat­a­lyst char­ac­ter­i­za­tion meth­ods, cat­a­lyst chem­istry and design, and reac­tion engi­neer­ing into the analy­sis of chem­i­cal reac­tion sys­tems and their mech­a­nisms. Nick Del­gass was the con­sum­mate teacher and schol­ar, with a unique com­bi­na­tion of wis­dom, vision, gen­eros­i­ty, and kind­ness that cre­at­ed a mag­net­ic per­son­al­i­ty, allow­ing him to serve as the nucle­us of the cen­ter of excel­lence in catal­y­sis research at Pur­due and more recent­ly as the inspi­ra­tion and gen­e­sis of the NSF Cen­ter for Inno­v­a­tive and Strate­gic Trans­for­ma­tion of Alka­ne Resources. Few researchers have impact­ed the field so broad­ly. Nick’s career start­ed with sem­i­nal work in the appli­ca­tion of Möss­bauer spec­troscopy to cat­alyt­ic reac­tion sys­tems, in stud­ies that pro­vid­ed unprece­dent­ed insights into the struc­ture and func­tion of iron-con­tain­ing cat­a­lysts for C1 con­ver­sion, then and now the enabling tech­nol­o­gy for val­oriz­ing nat­ur­al gas resources. His focus remained through­out on a quest for the con­tin­u­ous dis­cov­ery of cat­alyt­ic reac­tion sys­tems of sig­nif­i­cant impor­tance in prac­tice. He is wide­ly regard­ed as an intel­lec­tu­al leader in catal­y­sis for his advances in epox­i­da­tion, hydrodesul­fu­r­iza­tion, NOx con­ver­sion, and bio­mass hydrodeoxy­gena­tion cat­a­lysts. His decade-long work on NOx traps and on cat­alyt­ic strate­gies for NOx mit­i­ga­tion using Cu/zeolite cat­a­lysts has great­ly influ­enced the design and prac­tice of NOx abate­ment strate­gies that are ubiq­ui­tous today in diesel efflu­ent aftertreat­ment. Nick’s imag­i­na­tion and cre­ativ­i­ty led him to pro­pose and imple­ment the nov­el con­cept of Dis­cov­ery Infor­mat­ics, which inte­grates high through­put exper­i­men­ta­tion with micro­ki­net­ic mod­els into a tar­get­ed search for cat­a­lysts designed for spe­cif­ic reac­tiv­i­ty and selec­tiv­i­ty.

Nick Del­gass served the pro­fes­sion admirably and with great impact for more than four decades. He served as Edi­tor-in-Chief of Jour­nal of Catal­y­sis, the flag­ship archival jour­nal of the field. His teach­ing and men­tor­ing at Pur­due are tru­ly leg­endary. He won vir­tu­al­ly every teach­ing award at Pur­due, was induct­ed into the Pur­due Book of Great Teach­ers, and received the inau­gur­al Engi­neer­ing Men­tor­ing Excel­lence Award. His research awards include the 2013 Her­man Pines Award in Catal­y­sis, Catal­y­sis Club of Chica­go; 2012 R.H. Wil­helm Award in Chem­i­cal Reac­tion Engi­neer­ing, AICHE; 2011 (Inau­gur­al) Award for Dis­tin­guished Ser­vice in the Advance­ment of Catal­y­sis, North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety; 2006 Excel­lence in Catal­y­sis Award, Catal­y­sis Soci­ety of Met­ro­pol­i­tan New York; 1985 Giuseppe Par­ra­vano Memo­r­i­al Award for Excel­lence in Catal­y­sis Research, Michi­gan Catal­y­sis Soci­ety; 1990 AT&T Foun­da­tion Award, ASEE; 2007 Pur­due Col­lege of Engi­neer­ing Team Award.

Nick was a tru­ly gen­tle man, unmatched in his grace, thought­ful­ness, and sin­cere con­cern for oth­ers. He brought these per­son­al qual­i­ties togeth­er with a superb intel­lect and with an uncom­pro­mis­ing pen­chant for rig­or, pre­ci­sion, and schol­ar­ship. He men­tored not only his stu­dents but every­one who was touched by inter­ac­tions with him. Nick grad­u­at­ed more than 61 PhD stu­dents and he was very proud of all of them. Bet­ty and Nick were also the con­sum­mate hosts to so many stu­dents and friends; they brought them togeth­er with­in their home with their warmth and hos­pi­tal­i­ty, with Nick often clad in his sig­na­ture tuxe­do to match his broad smile. His hon­esty, humil­i­ty, and enthu­si­asm set the bench­mark from which so many of us have learned. He lis­tened to every­one with respect; he nev­er preached. His gen­er­ous spir­it, keen intel­lect, and above all his kind­ness will remain the ever­last­ing lega­cy of one of the lead­ing fig­ures in our dis­ci­pline. To many in the chem­i­cal engi­neer­ing and catal­y­sis com­mu­ni­ties, at Pur­due and every­where, Nick Del­gass was also a dear friend.
Pre­pared by Fabio H. Ribeiro, Enrique Igle­sia, and Raja­mani Gounder.

NAM27 Save the Date: May 22–27, 2022

Dear Catal­y­sis Com­mu­ni­ty,
Mark your cal­en­dars! NAM27 will be held May 22–27, 2022 in New York City. After the dif­fi­cult but nec­es­sary deci­sion to post­pone NAM27, we are pleased and excit­ed to see New York City begin­ning its reopen­ing. Restau­rants, shops, and are­nas are open­ing at full capac­i­ty this sum­mer and Broad­way is on track to open this fall. We are con­fi­dent we will be able to bring our com­mu­ni­ty safe­ly togeth­er for a suc­cess­ful and excit­ing con­fer­ence next spring.

Abstract sub­mis­sion will reopen on Sep­tem­ber 8, 2021. Along with the call for abstracts, we will also pro­vide the com­mu­ni­ty more details regard­ing the con­fer­ence at that time. Mean­while, we will con­tin­ue to update our web­site and com­mu­ni­cate any addi­tion­al details as they become avail­able. Vis­it our web­site to sub­mit abstracts and for more infor­ma­tion.

We wish every­one an enjoy­able sum­mer.
With regards,
The Orga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee of the 27th North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety Meet­ing
NAM27 Loca­tion
New York Hilton Mid­town
1335 6th Ave
New York, NY 10019
Hotel Accom­mo­da­tions
Hous­ing will be avail­able at a dis­count­ed rate at the New York Hilton Mid­town.
Reser­va­tion infor­ma­tion will be pro­vid­ed soon.

2021 Michel Boudart Award in Fundamental Catalysis for Graham Hutchings for Groundbreaking Work on Gold and Selective Oxidation Catalysis

Pro­fes­sor Gra­ham Hutch­ings, Copy­right, Cardiff Uni­ver­si­ty

Gra­ham Hutch­ings, an alum­nus of Uni­ver­si­ty Col­lege Lon­don (UCL, Unit­ed King­dom), is cur­rent­ly affil­i­at­ed at Cardiff Uni­ver­si­ty (Unit­ed King­dom) as a Regius Pro­fes­sor. He has been the found­ing Direc­tor of the Cardiff Catal­y­sis Insti­tute, which he has been head­ing in the peri­od 2008–2019. The com­bi­na­tion of indus­tri­al and aca­d­e­m­ic expe­ri­ences in both the UK (ICI, Uni­ver­si­ties of Liv­er­pool and Cardiff) and South Africa (AECI Ltd and Uni­ver­si­ty of Wit­wa­ter­srand) has giv­en Pro­fes­sor Gra­ham Hutch­ings a research per­spec­tive that has enabled him to engage with com­plex catal­y­sis prob­lems, study them with inge­nu­ity, and pro­vide prac­ti­cal solu­tions through advances in basic sci­ence.

Gra­ham Hutch­ings is per­haps best known for his ground­break­ing fun­da­men­tal work on gold catal­y­sis. In 1985 he pre­dict­ed gold to be the best cat­a­lyst for acety­lene reac­tions, sub­se­quent­ly con­firm­ing this exper­i­men­tal­ly. He remains a pio­neer of field of gold catal­y­sis and con­tin­ues to play a lead­ing role in the dis­cov­ery of nano-gold cat­a­lysts for new appli­ca­tions. The work of his research group on gold catal­y­sis has enabled the com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion of gold as a cat­a­lyst for vinyl chlo­ride pro­duc­tion by acety­lene hydrochlo­ri­na­tion (J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 14548–14557) replac­ing a high­ly pol­lut­ing mer­cury cat­a­lyst. Work­ing in col­lab­o­ra­tion since 2007 with John­son Matthey enabled the com­mer­cial­iza­tion of the cat­a­lyst. Using advanced char­ac­ter­i­za­tion, his research group con­firmed the nature of the active site as sup­port­ed ful­ly dis­persed gold cations, which is con­sis­tent with his orig­i­nal 1985 pre­dic­tion (Sci­ence 2017, 355, 1399–1402). Replac­ing the mer­cury cat­a­lyst that has been used com­mer­cial­ly for decades has enabled the Min­i­ma­ta Con­ven­tion ( to become inter­na­tion­al law in May 2017 ensur­ing that mer­cury can no longer be used in any appli­ca­tion.

In addi­tion to his orig­i­nal and impact­ful work on gold, he has mod­i­fied the prop­er­ties of gold cat­a­lysts by alloy­ing this noble met­al with oth­er met­als. Notably his group has shown that sup­port­ed gold-pal­la­di­um alloys are high­ly effec­tive sol­id cat­a­lysts for a range of tech­ni­cal­ly demand­ing chem­i­cal reac­tions. Exam­ples include selec­tive methane oxi­da­tion to methanol (Sci­ence 2017, 358, 223–226) and hydro­gen per­ox­ide syn­the­sis (Sci­ence 2016, 351, 965–968). He has recent­ly used these mate­ri­als for water purifi­ca­tion and is now inter­est­ed in com­bin­ing bio- and chemo­catal­y­sis for new appli­ca­tions (Nat. Com­mun. 2019, 10, 4178).

Pro­fes­sor Hutch­ings is a high­ly rec­og­nized schol­ar in the field of catal­y­sis, and received many nation­al and inter­na­tion­al sci­en­tif­ic hon­ors and awards. He also has done a num­ber of out­reach activ­i­ties and ser­vices to the catal­y­sis com­mu­ni­ty and has kept the Unit­ed King­dom at the fore­front of catal­y­sis research over the years and is very well con­nect­ed with­in Europe and world­wide. His lec­tures are out­stand­ing and he is able to reach and cap­ti­vate the younger gen­er­a­tions. His ser­vices to the field are diverse, impact­ful and high­ly appre­ci­at­ed with­in the sci­en­tif­ic com­mu­ni­ty.
More infor­ma­tion on Pro­fes­sor Gra­ham Hutch­ings:
More infor­ma­tion on the Michel Boudart Award for the Advance­ment of Catal­y­sis: The Award is admin­is­tered joint­ly by the Euro­pean Fed­er­a­tion of Catal­y­sis Soci­eties (EFCATS) and the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety (NACS), and is spon­sored by the Hal­dor Top­søe Com­pa­ny. The Award is pre­sent­ed bien­ni­al­ly in odd num­bered years. The recip­i­ent will give ple­nary lec­tures at the bian­nu­al meet­ings of both EFCATS (EuropaCat) and NACS (NAM). The award con­sists of a plaque and a prize of $6,000. The Award rec­og­nizes and encour­ages indi­vid­ual con­tri­bu­tions to the elu­ci­da­tion of the mech­a­nism and active sites involved in cat­alyt­ic phe­nom­e­na and to the devel­op­ment of new meth­ods or con­cepts that advance the under­stand­ing and/or prac­tice of het­ero­ge­neous catal­y­sis. The Award selec­tion process will empha­size accom­plish­ments and con­tri­bu­tions pub­lished with­in the five pre­ced­ing years. Can­di­dates may be nom­i­nat­ed with­out any restric­tion of nation­al ori­gin, thus reflect­ing the inter­na­tion­al scope of the career and con­tri­bu­tions of Michel Boudart.

Manos Mavrikakis is the recipient of the 2021 Robert Burwell Lectureship in Catalysis

I am pleased to announce that Pro­fes­sor Manos Mavrikakis of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Wis­con­sin is the recip­i­ent of the 2021 Robert Bur­well Lec­ture­ship in Catal­y­sis, spon­sored by John­son Matthey and admin­is­tered by the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety. It is award­ed bien­ni­al­ly in odd-num­bered years. The award con­sists of a plaque and an hon­o­rar­i­um of $5,000, which will be pre­sent­ed at the award ban­quet at the NAM27 meet­ing. An addi­tion­al $4,500 is avail­able to cov­er trav­el­ling expens­es in North Amer­i­ca. The awardee is expect­ed to lec­ture at many of the local catal­y­sis clubs.

The Robert Bur­well Lec­ture­ship in Catal­y­sis is giv­en in recog­ni­tion of sub­stan­tial con­tri­bu­tions to one or more areas in the field of catal­y­sis with empha­sis on dis­cov­ery and under­stand­ing of cat­alyt­ic phe­nom­e­na, cat­alyt­ic reac­tion mech­a­nisms and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and descrip­tion of cat­alyt­ic sites and species. The awardee is select­ed on the basis of his/her con­tri­bu­tions to the cat­alyt­ic lit­er­a­ture and the cur­rent time­li­ness of these research con­tri­bu­tions. The recip­i­ent may be 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. Pub­li­ca­tion will be in an appro­pri­ate peri­od­i­cal.

Pro­fes­sor Mavrikakis has elu­ci­dat­ed the mol­e­c­u­lar lev­el mech­a­nisms of impor­tant het­ero­ge­neous­ly cat­alyzed and elec­tro­cat­alyt­ic chem­i­cal reac­tions. Through a com­bi­na­tion of quan­tum mechan­i­cal cal­cu­la­tions with micro­ki­net­ic mod­el­ing and reac­tion kinet­ics exper­i­ments, his group has elu­ci­dat­ed nov­el reac­tion mech­a­nisms, includ­ing new key inter­me­di­ates, among oth­ers, for the water-gas-shift reac­tion and methanol syn­the­sis over indus­tri­al­ly rel­e­vant cop­per-based cat­a­lysts. Fur­ther, Mavrikakis has devel­oped a rig­or­ous iter­a­tive approach for elu­ci­dat­ing the nature of the active sites for a cat­alyt­ic reac­tion, while the reac­tion is tak­ing place. In par­tic­u­lar, through the com­bi­na­tion of approach­es men­tioned above, his group devel­oped an approach capa­ble of deriv­ing infor­ma­tion on the inter­me­di­ates and at what cov­er­ages they dec­o­rate the active sites as a func­tion of pres­sure, tem­per­a­ture, and feed com­po­si­tion. This iter­a­tive approach is unique­ly posi­tioned to pre­dict the nature of the active sites as a func­tion of reac­tion con­di­tions, a goal that remains most­ly elu­sive from the most elab­o­rate in-situ and operan­do exper­i­men­tal char­ac­ter­i­za­tion tech­niques. Mavrikakis has con­tributed exten­sive­ly to under­stand­ing and pre­dict­ing the struc­ture sen­si­tiv­i­ty of cat­alyt­ic and elec­tro­cat­alyt­ic reac­tions, and has guid­ed the inor­gan­ic syn­the­sis com­mu­ni­ty towards the syn­the­sis of improved elec­tro­cat­a­lysts for a vari­ety of reac­tions.
Jing­guang Chen
Pres­i­dent, North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety

NAM27 Postponement Announcement

Dear Catal­y­sis Com­mu­ni­ty,

Dur­ing these very uncer­tain times, we remain focused on our objec­tive to find the best way to bring our com­mu­ni­ty safe­ly togeth­er for a suc­cess­ful con­fer­ence. As we con­tin­ue to mon­i­tor the evolv­ing glob­al sit­u­a­tion, it has become clear an in-per­son con­fer­ence in May 2021 will not be pos­si­ble in the for­mat we know to be for an effec­tive meet­ing. Work­ing close­ly with our venue, we have agreed to post­pone the con­fer­ence one year to May 22–27, 2022.

We believe this path will enable us to bring the com­mu­ni­ty togeth­er once again for an in-per­son con­fer­ence allow­ing for the valu­able inter­ac­tions and dis­cus­sions we are used to. In the com­ing weeks, we will con­tin­ue to update our web­site and com­mu­ni­cate any addi­tion­al rel­e­vant details.

We wish every­one a safe and Hap­py Thanks­giv­ing.
With regards,
The Orga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee of the 27th North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety Meet­ing
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Deadline extend for abstract submissions to the 27th North American Catalysis Society Meeting

Dear Catal­y­sis Com­mu­ni­ty,

As our con­fer­ence plan­ning efforts car­ry on, we con­tin­ue to work very close­ly with our venue and the NACS board to ensure a suc­cess­ful and safe con­fer­ence. We ful­ly under­stand that these are uncer­tain times and the sit­u­a­tion is con­stant­ly evolv­ing. We have been and will be con­tin­u­al­ly work­ing close­ly with all stake­hold­ers to mon­i­tor changes and pro­vide time­ly infor­ma­tion. We have decid­ed to extend the dead­line for abstract sub­mis­sions to Novem­ber 30th.

As always, we will con­tin­ue to update the con­fer­ence web­site and will com­mu­ni­cate with the com­mu­ni­ty as more con­fer­ence details become known. Abstract sub­mis­sions can be man­aged at the tech­ni­cal pro­gram sec­tion of our web­site.
With regards,
The Orga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee of the 27th North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety Meet­ing
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Announcement of 2021–2022 Emmett Award Winners

I am pleased to announce the win­ners of the 2021–2022 the Paul H. Emmett Award in Fun­da­men­tal Catal­y­sis. This award rec­og­nizes and encour­ages indi­vid­ual con­tri­bu­tions 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. The award win­ner must not have turned 46 on April 1st of the award year. The award con­sists of a plaque and an hon­o­rar­i­um of $5,000. The Paul H. Emmett Award in Fun­da­men­tal Catal­y­sis is spon­sored by the W.R. Grace & Co. It is admin­is­tered by The Catal­y­sis Soci­ety. The plaque will be pre­sent­ed dur­ing the clos­ing ban­quet cer­e­monies at the next North Amer­i­can Meet­ing of the Catal­y­sis Soci­ety (NAM27 in New York City). The awardees will also present a Ple­nary Lec­ture at the NAM meet­ing.

The NACS Board has recent­ly approved to hon­or up to two Emmett awardees every two years. The two awardees for the 2021–2022 cycle are (list­ed alpha­bet­i­cal­ly):

2021 Win­ner: Pro­fes­sor Thomas Jaramil­lo of Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty

2022 Win­ner: Pro­fes­sor Beat­riz Roldan Cuenya of the Fritz Haber Insti­tute

Pro­fes­sor Jaramil­lo is rec­og­nized for his efforts in the design and devel­op­ment of cat­a­lysts for sus­tain­able chem­i­cal process­es. Jaramillo’s research has deep­ened our under­stand­ing of cat­alyt­ic mech­a­nisms and inter­fa­cial phe­nom­e­na, lead­ing to cat­a­lyst sys­tems with improved prop­er­ties, and serv­ing as a foun­da­tion for the devel­op­ment of new tech­nolo­gies. This includes, for instance, process­es that employ renew­able ener­gy for the sus­tain­able pro­duc­tion of fuels and chem­i­cals. In this respect, Jaramil­lo has syn­the­sized and inves­ti­gat­ed advanced cat­a­lyst sys­tems for hydro­gen (H2) pro­duc­tion by water elec­trol­y­sis and by solar pho­to­elec­tro­chem­istry, as well as for the elec­tro­chem­i­cal con­ver­sion of CO2 to pro­duce valu­able car­bon-based prod­ucts, e.g. acetalde­hyde and ethanol, among oth­er process­es. Much of Jaramillo’s work has focused on devel­op­ing cat­a­lysts from earth-abun­dant ele­ments, either min­i­miz­ing or avoid­ing the use of pre­cious met­als. A key aspect of his research has involved method devel­op­ment, includ­ing cat­a­lyst bench­mark­ing efforts, new reac­tor designs, cou­pling ana­lyt­i­cal chem­istry tech­niques for the iden­ti­fi­ca­tion and quan­tifi­ca­tion of reac­tion prod­ucts, and operan­do meth­ods to study cat­a­lysts under true oper­at­ing con­di­tions. Jaramillo’s research has advanced cat­a­lyst devel­op­ment efforts for cost-effec­tive, clean ener­gy tech­nolo­gies, engi­neer­ing cat­a­lyst mate­ri­als at the nano- and atom­ic-scale to achieve active sites with desired prop­er­ties.

Pro­fes­sor Roldan has made excep­tion­al con­tri­bu­tions to the mech­a­nis­tic under­stand­ing of ther­mal and elec­tro-cat­alyt­ic reac­tions based on the use of well-defined nanos­truc­tured mate­ri­als com­bined with advanced in situ and operan­do micro­scop­ic and spec­tro­scop­ic char­ac­ter­i­za­tion. Her chal­leng­ing exper­i­men­tal cat­alyt­ic research has great­ly advanced our fun­da­men­tal knowl­edge of how geo­met­ric and elec­tron­ic prop­er­ties influ­ence the cat­alyt­ic per­for­mance. In par­tic­u­lar, she has pro­vid­ed insight into re-uti­liza­tion of CO2 through its ther­mal or elec­tro­chem­i­cal con­ver­sions to high­er val­ue chem­i­cals and fuels such as methanol, eth­yl­ene, or ethanol. A high­light of her research pro­gram are stud­ies fea­tur­ing the dynam­ic nature of nanocat­a­lysts under reac­tion con­di­tions using syn­chro­tron-based operan­do spec­troscopy and dif­frac­tion meth­ods com­bined with envi­ron­men­tal trans­mis­sion elec­tron microscopy. She has pio­neered the com­bi­na­tion of col­loidal chem­istry approach­es and elec­tro­chem­i­cal syn­the­sis for the prepa­ra­tion of mod­el cat­alyt­i­cal­ly active mate­ri­als, and their chem­i­cal func­tion­al­iza­tion and restruc­tur­ing using plas­ma treat­ments. Over­all, her work has served to bridge the gap between sur­face sci­ence and “real” catal­y­sis by cre­at­ing scal­able ex situ syn­the­sis approach­es lead­ing to monodis­persed nano­ma­te­ri­als and expos­ing them to in depth physi­co-chem­i­cal char­ac­ter­i­za­tion under real­is­tic reac­tion con­di­tions. Her research will help to guide the ratio­nal design of the next gen­er­a­tion of cat­a­lysts based on atom­istic under­stand­ing.

Con­grat­u­la­tions to Pro­fes­sor Jaramil­lo and Pro­fes­sor Roldan!

Jing­guang Chen
Pres­i­dent, North Amer­i­can catal­y­sis Soci­ety