I am pleased to announce that Dr. Sourav Sengupta of DuPont is the recipient of the 2022 F. G. Ciapetta Lectureship in Catalysis. 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. Sourav Sengupta, a DuPont Laureate, has been with DuPont for over 30 years. He has made numerous industrially-impactful contributions in catalyst synthesis, reaction engineering, and process development, ranging from gasoline to advanced materials. Throughout his career he has invented, innovated, and implemented a plethora of new processes and products including, a cheaper and inherently safer process for the synthesis of an aramid monomer; a modular, on-site and on-demand HCN manufacturing process, using induction heating to directly heat Pt-Rh gauze catalyst; a novel fixed bed hydrogenation reactor technology to manufacture a key intermediate used in the synthesis of an inhalation anesthetic; and a higher activity sulfuric acid catalyst. Sourav and his team have more recently invented biomass hydrodeoxygenation catalysts for converting cellulose-derived molecules to alpha-omega diols by optimizing bicomponent cooperativity in surface reactions and harnessing the influence of water to reduce activation barriers. They also resolved a challenging catalyst deactivation problem for furan hydrogenation and improved catalyst productivity in the Bio-THF process. A collaborative leader and a great team player, Sourav knows how to get results by solving plant and process-related problems, combining an in-depth knowledge of the fundamentals of science with a keen sense of detail and a creative approach to work.
President, North American Catalysis Society