Deng-Yang Jan of Honeywell UOP is the recipient of the 2021 Eugene J. Houdry Award in Applied Catalysis

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Deng-Yang (DY) Jan of the Hon­ey­well UOP is the recip­i­ent of the 2021 Eugene J. Houdry Award in Applied Catal­y­sis. This award is spon­sored by Clari­ant and is admin­is­tered by the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety. The award con­sists of a plaque and a prize of $5,000. The plaque will be pre­sent­ed dur­ing the clos­ing ban­quet cer­e­monies at the 2021 North Amer­i­can Meet­ing of the Catal­y­sis Soci­ety (NAM27 in New York City).

The pur­pose of the Eugene J. Houdry Award is to rec­og­nize and encour­age indi­vid­ual con­tri­bu­tions in the field of catal­y­sis with empha­sis on the devel­op­ment of new and improved cat­a­lysts and process­es rep­re­sent­ing out­stand­ing advances in their use­ful appli­ca­tions.

Dr. Jan’s tech­ni­cal focus is devel­op­ing plat­form knowl­edge and intro­duc­ing enabling con­cepts to devel­op future gen­er­a­tion prod­ucts and process­es in Aro­mat­ics & Deriv­a­tives, and Olefins & Deter­gents. Since 2000, Dr. Jan and Team UOP have been focus­ing on zeolitic catal­y­sis by apply­ing UOP Zeolitic Mate­r­i­al plat­form to the tech­nol­o­gy port­fo­lio includ­ing aro­mat­ics alky­la­tion, iso­mer­iza­tion, trans-alky­la­tion, new routes for pro­duc­ing para-xylene, eth­yl­ben­zene, cumene, lin­ear alkyl­ben­zene and motor fuel. DY achieve­ments include com­mer­cial­ize high­ly selec­tive cumene alky­la­tion (UOP Q‑Max) with low cap­i­tal and oper­at­ing costs, lin­ear alkyl­ben­zene (UOP Detal for biodegrad­able deter­gent) at low util­i­ty cost enabling replace HF alky­la­tion, Aro­mat­ics Iso­mer­iza­tion (UOP Iso­mar), Aro­mat­ics Trans-Alky­la­tion (UOP Tatoray) enabling flex­i­ble process of feed­stock of vary­ing com­po­si­tions.

Dr. Jan received B.S. in Chem­istry from Nation­al Cheng-Kung Uni­ver­si­ty, M.S. in Inor­gan­ic Chem­istry in Nation­al Tsinghua Uni­ver­si­ty (Tai­wan) and a Ph.D. in Chem­istry from The Ohio State Uni­ver­si­ty in 1985. He has over 100 issued US patents and 30 peer review jour­nal pub­li­ca­tions. Dr. Jan has been rec­og­nized with sev­er­al awards, includ­ing the the 2007 Hon­ey­well Fun­da­men­tal Tech­nol­o­gy Devel­op­ment Award, the 2016 Her­man Pines Award for his con­tri­bu­tion to com­mer­cial­iz­ing EB/Cumene and Deter­gent, and the 2017 Hon­ey­well Dis­tin­guished Tech­nol­o­gy Award giv­en for out­stand­ing tech­ni­cal con­tri­bu­tions over the course of a career.

Jing­guang Chen
Pres­i­dent, North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety

27th North American Catalysis Meeting — Abstracts submission deadline is November 9, 2020

Dear Catal­y­sis Com­mu­ni­ty,

It has been a chal­leng­ing time for all of us over the past six months as the glob­al com­mu­ni­ty has dealt with this health cri­sis and forced our com­mu­ni­ty to adapt to a new nor­mal. COVID-19 has cer­tain­ly cre­at­ed new chal­lenges for sci­en­tif­ic meet­ings and NAM27 will not be an excep­tion. We have spent the last sev­er­al months work­ing to plan NAM27 under these new cir­cum­stances and con­tin­ue to work very close­ly with the Mid­town Hilton to ensure anoth­er suc­cess­ful NAM con­fer­ence in 2021. Around our region, pos­i­tive signs of progress are now being seen as busi­ness­es con­tin­ue to reopen, includ­ing our venue the Mid­town Hilton, that has spent the past sev­er­al months imple­ment­ing an extreme­ly com­pre­hen­sive plan to ensure the safe­ty of all guests. Giv­en this pos­i­tive progress, we are con­tin­u­ing to plan for an in-per­son con­fer­ence. We have launched the tech­ni­cal pro­gram with the call for abstracts on Fri­day, Sep­tem­ber 18th. We have been and will con­tin­ue to update the con­fer­ence web­site with per­ti­nent infor­ma­tion regard­ing the con­fer­ence. The call for abstracts sub­mis­sion dead­line is Novem­ber 9th, 2020. Please vis­it our web­site for the tech­ni­cal pro­gram and go to for abstract sub­mis­sion. 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 next May.
With regards,
Mar­co Castal­di, Israel Wachs, Lucas Dorazio
Meet­ing Chairs
On behalf of the Orga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee of the 27th North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety Meet­ing

Announcement of 2021 NACS Award for Distinguished Service in the Advancement of Catalysis

I am pleased to announce that Pro­fes­sor Enrique Igle­sia of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia at Berke­ley and Pacif­ic North­west Nation­al Lab­o­ra­to­ry is the recip­i­ent of the 2021 NACS Award for Dis­tin­guished Ser­vice in the Advance­ment of Catal­y­sis. This award is joint­ly spon­sored by Clari­ant and Exxon­Mo­bil Research and Engi­neer­ing and is admin­is­tered by the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety. The award con­sists of a plaque and a prize of $5,000. The plaque will be pre­sent­ed dur­ing the clos­ing ban­quet cer­e­monies at the 2021 North Amer­i­can Meet­ing of the Catal­y­sis Soci­ety (NAM27 in New York City).

The NACS Award for Dis­tin­guished Ser­vice in the Advance­ment of Catal­y­sis rec­og­nizes an indi­vid­ual who advanced cat­alyt­ic chem­istry or engi­neer­ing by sig­nif­i­cant ser­vice to the catal­y­sis com­mu­ni­ty in addi­tion to tech­ni­cal accom­plish­ments.

Ded­i­ca­tion to catal­y­sis through ser­vice and lead­er­ship has been a hall­mark through­out the pro­fes­sion­al career of Enrique Igle­sia, from his Prince­ton stu­dent days as Pres­i­dent of AIChE and Tau Beta Pi local chap­ters, to Sec­tion Head for Catal­y­sis Sci­ence at Exxon, and as the men­tor of a pro­lif­ic group at Berke­ley. Ear­ly on, he served ACS and AIChE in lead­er­ship posi­tions, in which he cham­pi­oned the coa­les­cence of catal­y­sis with­in the Catal­y­sis Sec­re­tari­at (lat­er a Divi­sion) at ACS and the Catal­y­sis and Reac­tion Engi­neer­ing Divi­sion at AIChE. He has served IACS as Pro­gram Co-Chair of the 11th ICC, as Vice-Pres­i­dent and Pres­i­dent-Elect, and as the 17th ICC Meet­ing Chair. He has served NACS as Vice Pres­i­dent and Pres­i­dent and as Meet­ing Co-Chair for its NAM21. In each role, as well as in his tenure as NAE Sec­tion 3 Chair and Search Com­mit­tee Chair, he has focused on broad­en­ing the mem­ber­ship and on encour­ag­ing, men­tor­ing, and rec­og­niz­ing the achieve­ments of young sci­en­tists and engi­neers. Per­haps his most last­ing lega­cy comes from his thir­teen-year tenure as Edi­tor-in-Chief of Jour­nal of Catal­y­sis. Any­one who inter­act­ed with him in that role, and in all oth­ers, knows his pas­sion for excel­lence in the study and prac­tice of catal­y­sis. The award cita­tion reads “For tire­less ded­i­ca­tion to the stew­ard­ship of catal­y­sis and for encour­ag­ing, men­tor­ing, and rec­og­niz­ing its prac­ti­tion­ers”.
Jing­guang Chen
Pres­i­dent, North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety

17th International Congress on Catalysis: A Letter from the ICC2020 Organizing Committee

On behalf of the ICC2020 Orga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee, I regret to inform you that we will be unable to hold this meet­ing because it would be unsafe to do so as sched­uled.

The evolv­ing COVID-19 pan­dem­ic has made it increas­ing­ly evi­dent that such a large gath­er­ing would be nei­ther safe nor fea­si­ble. The deci­sion-mak­ing process was ardu­ous and rig­or­ous; we had to meet and address legal and logis­ti­cal require­ments that made it impor­tant that we defer a final deci­sion until now. At all times, the health and well-being of every­one involved remained our pre­em­i­nent con­cern. We regret that it has tak­en such a long peri­od of time to reach this deci­sion and to inform you. We trust that you under­stand that cir­cum­stances beyond our con­trol forced this delay.

Our dis­ap­point­ment is mixed with our grat­i­tude to all of you in the catal­y­sis com­mu­ni­ty for your gen­er­ous sup­port as pre­sen­ters, atten­dees, spon­sors, and exhibitors. The 2000+ abstracts sub­mit­ted rep­re­sent a com­mit­ment from all of you to the suc­cess of this meet­ing and an effort to help us suc­ceed; we are very grate­ful. Your com­mit­ment has made our own efforts grat­i­fy­ing and worth­while, even though this event can­not hap­pen as planned at this time. It would have been our priv­i­lege to serve as your hosts, with all but the last few minor details firm­ly in place to make this gath­er­ing a mem­o­rable suc­cess. Nev­er­the­less, we set aside our feel­ings of regret about this ICC meet­ing, as we turn our thoughts and con­cerns to all those who have been affect­ed so much more direct­ly and seri­ous­ly by this pan­dem­ic.

We, as an Orga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee, need some time for intro­spec­tion. Some of us need to assess our own needs, lim­i­ta­tions, and com­mit­ments to fam­i­ly and work and to decide whether to embark once again on a jour­ney that has tak­en so much time and effort. This is a jour­ney that we would have to start near­ly anew if we are to resched­ule this ICC at a lat­er date.

I speak for myself in my com­mit­ment to make this meet­ing hap­pen at a time and place that will make it safe and suc­cess­ful. The time for such dis­cus­sions and deci­sions will have to wait until we know bet­ter when a vac­cine or wide­spread immu­ni­ty will be at hand; I expect that this will require that we wait until a sim­i­lar time of the year in 2022 to hold a new ver­sion of this ICC meet­ing; this is a date that will also avoid con­flicts with the NAM and Europacat con­fer­ences. The place, the time, and whether we even try once again, most­ly from the start, to mount this effort will hinge on agree­ments and delib­er­a­tions by the spon­sor­ing orga­ni­za­tions (the Inter­na­tion­al Asso­ci­a­tion of Catal­y­sis Soci­eties and the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety). As with most oth­er mat­ters that we are fac­ing in these try­ing times, uncer­tain­ty is the rule, and only the pas­sage of time will bring less of it.

I remain com­mit­ted to orga­niz­ing this ICC meet­ing, as Chair or in any oth­er role, when the time comes to make it safe, suc­cess­ful, and mem­o­rable, to bring us togeth­er again.

There are some logis­ti­cal mat­ters that I must include along with my heart­felt com­ments above:
(i) All reg­is­tra­tion and social event fees will be refund­ed with­in the next two weeks.
(ii) Those who made hotel reser­va­tion at the Man­ches­ter Grand Hyatt should can­cel them at using your con­fir­ma­tion num­ber. Reser­va­tions made at oth­er hotels should be can­celled direct­ly with those hotels imme­di­ate­ly to avoid can­cel­la­tion fees.

We thank each one of you for your sup­port and intend­ed atten­dance and for your patience as we nav­i­gat­ed the intri­cate process that led us to this deci­sion. I only wish that we could have reached it ear­li­er.

I am per­son­al­ly indebt­ed to all the mem­bers of the ICC2020 Orga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee ( They trust­ed me to lead, and they more than matched that trust with their ded­i­ca­tion and their sup­port. To all of them and to all of you, thanks; I trust that we will make this meet­ing hap­pen and that we will see all of you under more aus­pi­cious cir­cum­stances.
Stay safe and healthy. With regards and best wish­es,
Enrique Igle­sia
Meet­ing Chair
17th Inter­na­tion­al Con­gress on Catal­y­sis (ICC2020)
ICC2020 Orga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee

Cong-Yan Chen of Chevron is the recipient of the 2020 F. G. Ciapetta Lectureship in Catalysis

I am pleased to announce that Dr. Cong-Yan Chen of Chevron is the recip­i­ent of the 2020 F. G. Cia­pet­ta Lec­ture­ship in Catal­y­sis. Dr. Chen is also an adjunct pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia at Davis. The award is admin­is­tered by the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety and spon­sored by the W. R. Grace & Co. It is to be award­ed bien­ni­al­ly in even-num­bered years. The award con­sists of a plaque and an hon­o­rar­i­um of $5,000. The recip­i­ent may be invit­ed to lec­ture at some of the local catal­y­sis clubs dur­ing the two-year peri­od cov­ered by this award.

Dr. Cong-Yan Chen’s research for over 25 years at Chevron cov­ers var­i­ous areas in the field of fun­da­men­tal and indus­tri­al catal­y­sis includ­ing syn­the­sis and char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of micro­p­orous and meso­porous mol­e­c­u­lar sieves, struc­ture-prop­er­ty rela­tion­ships of zeo­lites, adsorp­tion, dif­fu­sion and reac­tion mech­a­nisms. The work has had an empha­sis on inven­tion and devel­op­ment of cat­alyt­ic appli­ca­tions of zeo­lites and oth­er cat­a­lysts in refin­ing and petro­chem­istry. He and his group devel­oped sev­er­al cat­alyt­ic process­es of indus­tri­al impor­tance. In one exam­ple, alka­ne dis­pro­por­tion­a­tion is applied in upgrad­ing or elim­i­nat­ing liq­uid petro­le­um gas (LPG, con­sist­ing of propane and butanes) at remote loca­tions, with the tar­get of inte­grat­ing the result­ing ethane into nat­ur­al gas and blend­ing the result­ing C5+ liq­uid into crude oil while sav­ing the trans­porta­tion and stor­age facil­i­ties for LPG. It pro­vides an eco­nom­ic and envi­ron­men­tal­ly benign process more attrac­tive than com­plex com­bi­na­tions of oth­er exist­ing tech­nolo­gies. Dr. Chen’s work has been pio­neer­ing in the devel­op­ment of borosil­i­cate zeo­lites in the area of aro­mat­ics cre­ation and trans­for­ma­tions in the petro­chem­i­cals sec­tor. In anoth­er exam­ple, a nov­el renew­able base oil tech­nol­o­gy is trans­lat­ed into com­mer­cial val­ue via zeo­lite catal­y­sis, rais­ing the lubri­cants’ per­for­mance to the next lev­el with envi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits and resource sus­tain­abil­i­ty.
Jing­guang Chen
Pres­i­dent, North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety

17th ICC will take place in San Diego, USA, June 14–19, 2020

17th ICC will take place in San Diego, USA, June 14–19, 2020, chaired by Prof. Enrique Igle­sia and Abhaya Datye, Bruce Gates, and Umit Ozkan as Vice-Chairs. The theme of the 17th ICC is “2020 Vision for Catal­y­sis”.

The web­site for ICC2020 is oper­a­tive, fol­low this link.

Noti­fi­ca­tion of accept­ed abstracts has been dis­trib­uted. Con­fer­ence Reg­is­tra­tion por­tal is open now.

17th ICC Travel Awards for Graduate Students and Postdocs at North American Institutions

The 17th Inter­na­tion­al Con­gress on Catal­y­sis will award a lim­it­ed num­ber of trav­el awards to grad­u­ate stu­dents and post­docs to assist with their trav­el expens­es to the meet­ing. These trav­el awards will cov­er reg­is­tra­tion and trav­el to the con­fer­ence (up to $1000/graduate stu­dent and $1250/postdoc; sub­mis­sion of all receipts will be required). To be eli­gi­ble, the grad­u­ate student/postdoc must be cur­rent­ly enrolled or employed by an insti­tu­tion in North Amer­i­ca (US, Cana­da and Mex­i­co).

The nom­i­na­tion for this award should be made by the student/postdoc’s research advi­sor. Each advi­sor may nom­i­nate only one stu­dent or post­doc.

The nom­i­na­tion pack­age should include the fol­low­ing as a sin­gle PDF file:
a) Notice of abstract accep­tance at the 17th ICC along with the abstract.
b) A resume (up to 2 pages in length) high­light­ing the student/postdoc’s accom­plish­ments.
c) A sin­gle-page rec­om­men­da­tion let­ter from the fac­ul­ty advi­sor.

The nom­i­na­tion mate­r­i­al must be sent elec­tron­i­cal­ly by email as a sin­gle pack­age to Eran­da Nikol­la at The dead­line for nom­i­na­tions is Feb­ru­ary 24th (mid­night EST), 2020.

Nominations are open for the Herman Pines Award in Catalysis

Sponsored by UOP and the Catalysis Club of Chicago


Her­man Pines

The Catal­y­sis Club of Chica­go is solic­it­ing nom­i­na­tions for the Her­man Pines Award for out­stand­ing research in the field of catal­y­sis. Her­man Pines was an out­stand­ing research sci­en­tist in both indus­try and acad­e­mia, and his work rev­o­lu­tion­ized the gen­er­al under­stand­ing of organ­ic chem­istry, par­tic­u­lar­ly the chem­istry of hydro­car­bons inter­act­ing with strong acids. The Award in his hon­or is co-spon­sored by UOP, where Her­man Pines began his indus­tri­al career in 1930 and amassed 145 US patents, and by the Catal­y­sis Club of Chica­go of which Her­man Pines was a found­ing mem­ber while at North­west­ern Uni­ver­si­ty.

The Award will be pre­sent­ed at the 2020 Catal­y­sis Club of Chica­go Spring Sym­po­sium in May 2020 and con­sists of a plaque, a cash award of $1,000 and reim­burse­ment for trav­el and lodg­ing as a ple­nary speak­er at the Spring Sym­po­sium.

The nom­i­nee must meet the fol­low­ing cri­te­ria:

  • Sig­nif­i­cant achieve­ments in catal­y­sis research over the past five years
  • For year 2020, the award will be giv­en to a mem­ber of indus­try
  • Active mem­ber in catal­y­sis com­mu­ni­ty
  • A res­i­dent of North Amer­i­ca.

Dead­line for nom­i­na­tion is Jan­u­ary 17, 2020.

Nom­i­na­tions should describe the spe­cif­ic work for which the nom­i­nee should be rec­og­nized. A com­plete cur­ricu­lum vitae with letter(s) of sup­port for the nom­i­nee must be includ­ed in the nom­i­na­tion, togeth­er with the descrip­tion of work. Let­ters of nom­i­na­tion and sup­port­ing doc­u­men­ta­tion must be sent as a sin­gle PDF doc­u­ment to:
Neil M. Schweitzer, Ph.D.
North­west­ern Uni­ver­si­ty
List of past award recip­i­ents of the Her­man Pines Award
1999 Prof. Harold Kung – North­west­ern Uni­ver­si­ty
2000 Dr. John Mon­nier – East­man Chem­i­cal Com­pa­ny
2001 Prof. Lan­ny Schmidt – Uni­ver­si­ty of Min­neso­ta
2002 Dr. James Brazdil – BP
2003 Prof. James Dumesic – Uni­ver­si­ty of Wis­con­sin
2004 Dr. Alak Bhat­tacharyya – BP
2005 Prof. Israel Wachs – Lehigh Uni­ver­si­ty
2006 Dr. Jeff Miller – BP
2007 Prof. Chun­shan Song – Penn­syl­va­nia State Uni­ver­si­ty
2008 Dr. Alek­sey Yez­erets – Cum­mins Inc.
2009 Prof. Tobin Marks – North­west­ern Uni­ver­si­ty
2010 Dr. James Rekoske – UOP
2011 Prof. Jing­guang Chen – Uni­ver­si­ty of Delaware
2012 Dr. Stu­art Soled — Exxon­Mo­bil
2013 Prof. W. Nicholas Del­gass – Pur­due Uni­ver­si­ty
2014 Dr. Haiy­ing Chen – John­son Matthey
2015 Prof. Fabio Ribeiro – Pur­due Uni­ver­si­ty
2016 Dr. DY Jan – Hon­ey­well UOP
2017 Prof. Peter Stair – North­west­ern Uni­ver­si­ty
2018 Dr. Jerzy Klosin — Dow
2019 Prof. Manos Mavrikakis — Uni­ver­si­ty of Wis­con­sin

17th International Congress on Catalysis — Abstract deadline November 15th 2019

Dear Col­league,
The North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety invites your par­tic­i­pa­tion in the 17th Inter­na­tion­al Con­gress on Catal­y­sis () to be held in San Diego, CA from 14–19 June 2020. This con­gress, held once four years, is the pre­mier tech­ni­cal gath­er­ing of our com­mu­ni­ty. This 17th con­gress is orga­nized on the theme 2020 Vision for Catal­y­sis with the aim of look­ing into the future for catal­y­sis research guid­ed by the past and to the judge the present in con­text of what lies ahead. The tech­ni­cal pro­gram (Tech­ni­cal Pro­gram) will address the sci­ence and prac­tice of catal­y­sis along three cross-cut­ting themes:

  • Mate­ri­als and Mol­e­cules
  • Path­ways and Mech­a­nisms
  • Reac­tors and Process­es

We invite you to sub­mit an abstract (Abstract Sub­mis­sion) using the tem­plate avail­able online before the 15 Novem­ber 2019 dead­line.

NACS will also pro­vide trav­el awards for stu­dents and post­docs from US insti­tu­tions (no restric­tions on nation­al­i­ty). More updates on the trav­el award com­ing soon!

We look for­ward to your con­tri­bu­tions and par­tic­i­pa­tion in this 17th ICC and to see­ing all of you in San Diego.
Orga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee of the 17th Inter­na­tion­al Con­gress on Catal­y­sis

2020 ORCS call for abstracts is now open

ORCS is pleased to announce its 28th Bien­ni­al Con­fer­ence at the One Ocean Resort and Spa in Jack­sonville, FL on March 29-April 2, 2020.
Key Dates

  • Abstract Sub­mis­sions Due – Oct. 15, 2019
  • Con­fer­ence Reg­is­tra­tion Opens – Oct. 1, 2019
  • Award Noti­fi­ca­tion – Octo­ber 1, 2019
  • Abstract Noti­fi­ca­tion – Novem­ber 15, 2019
  • Con­fer­ence Dates – Mar. 29 — Apr. 2, 2020

Down­load the ORCS Abstract Tem­plate and the meet­ing full page fli­er.