Author Archives: Carl Menning

CO2 Conversion via Catalysis and Electrocatalysis

Meeting Program — January 2016

Jingguang Chen
Jing­guang Chen
Thay­er Lind­s­ley Pro­fes­sor of Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing
Colum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty

Abstract — Ocean acid­i­fi­ca­tion and cli­mate change are expect­ed to be two of the most dif­fi­cult sci­en­tif­ic chal­lenges of the 21st cen­tu­ry. Con­vert­ing CO2 into valu­able chem­i­cals and fuels is one of the most prac­ti­cal routes for reduc­ing CO2 emis­sions while fos­sil fuels con­tin­ue to dom­i­nate the ener­gy sec­tor. The cat­alyt­ic reduc­tion of CO2 by H2 can lead to the for­ma­tion of three types of prod­ucts: CO through the reverse water-gas shift (RWGS) reac­tion, methanol via selec­tive hydro­gena­tion, and hydro­car­bons through com­bi­na­tion of CO2 reduc­tion with Fis­ch­er-Trop­sch (FT) reac­tions. In the cur­rent talk we will dis­cuss some of our recent results in CO2 con­ver­sion via both het­ero­gen­er­ous catal­y­sis and elec­tro­catal­y­sis. Our research approach­es involve the com­bi­na­tion of DFT cal­cu­la­tions and sur­face sci­ence stud­ies over sin­gle crys­tal sur­faces, eval­u­a­tions over sup­port­ed cat­a­lysts, and in-situ char­ac­ter­i­za­tion under reac­tion con­di­tions. We will also dis­cuss chal­lenges and oppor­tu­ni­ties in this impor­tant research field.
Biog­ra­phy — Jing­guang Chen is the Thay­er Lind­s­ley Pro­fes­sor of chem­i­cal engi­neer­ing at Colum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty. He received his PhD degree from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Pitts­burgh and then car­ried out his Hum­boldt post­doc­tor­al research in Ger­many. After spend­ing sev­er­al years as a staff sci­en­tist at Exxon Cor­po­rate Research he start­ed his aca­d­e­m­ic career at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Delaware in 1998, and then took the roles as the direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Cat­alyt­ic Sci­ence and Tech­nol­o­gy and the Claire LeClaire Pro­fes­sor of chem­i­cal engi­neer­ing. He moved to Colum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty in 2012. He is the co-author of 20 US patents and over 300 jour­nal arti­cles with over 12,000 cita­tions. He received many awards, includ­ing the awards from the catal­y­sis clubs of Philadel­phia (2004), New York (2008), Chica­go (2011) and Michi­gan (2015). He recent­ly won the 2015 George Olah award from the Amer­i­can Chem­i­cal Soci­ety.

Engineering Molecular Transformations over Supported Metal Catalysts for the Sustainable Conversion of Biomass-Derived Intermediates to Chemicals and Fuels

Meeting Program — October 2015

Matt Neurock
Matt Neu­rock
Shell Pro­fes­sor of Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing and Mate­ri­als Sci­ence
Uni­ver­si­ty of Min­neso­ta

Abstract — Future strate­gies for ener­gy pro­duc­tion will undoubt­ed­ly require process­es and mate­ri­als that can effi­cient­ly con­vert sus­tain­able resources such as bio­mass into fuels and chem­i­cals. While nature’s enzymes ele­gant­ly inte­grate high­ly active cen­ters togeth­er with adap­tive nanoscale envi­ron­ments to con­trol the cat­alyt­ic trans­for­ma­tion of mol­e­cules to spe­cif­ic prod­ucts, they are dif­fi­cult to incor­po­rate into large scale indus­tri­al process­es and lim­it­ed in terms of their sta­bil­i­ty. The design of more robust het­ero­ge­neous cat­alyt­ic mate­ri­als that can mim­ic enzyme behav­ior, how­ev­er, has been hin­dered by our lim­it­ed under­stand­ing of how such mol­e­c­u­lar trans­for­ma­tions pro­ceed over inor­gan­ic mate­ri­als. The tremen­dous advances in ab ini­tio the­o­ret­i­cal meth­ods, mol­e­c­u­lar sim­u­la­tions and high per­for­mance com­put­ing that have occurred over the past two decades pro­vide unprece­dent­ed abil­i­ty to track these trans­for­ma­tions and how they pro­ceed at spe­cif­ic sites and with­in par­tic­u­lar envi­ron­ments. This infor­ma­tion togeth­er with the unique abil­i­ties to fol­low such trans­for­ma­tions spec­tro­scop­i­cal­ly is enabling the design of unique atom­ic sur­face ensem­bles and nanoscale reac­tion envi­ron­ment that can effi­cient­ly cat­alyze spe­cif­ic mol­e­c­u­lar trans­for­ma­tions. This talk dis­cuss­es recent advances in com­pu­ta­tion­al catal­y­sis and their appli­ca­tion to engi­neer­ing mol­e­c­u­lar trans­for­ma­tions for the con­ver­sion of bio­mass into chem­i­cals and fuels. We will dis­cuss the active sites, mech­a­nisms and nanoscale reac­tion envi­ron­ments involved in spe­cif­ic bond mak­ing and break­ing reac­tions impor­tant in the con­ver­sion of bio­mass-derived inter­me­di­ates into chem­i­cals and fuels and the design of 3D envi­ron­ments nec­es­sary to car­ry out such trans­for­ma­tions.
Biog­ra­phy — Matt Neu­rock is the Shell Pro­fes­sor of Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing and Mate­ri­als Sci­ence at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Min­neso­ta. He received his B.S. degree in Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing from Michi­gan State Uni­ver­si­ty and his Ph.D. from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Delaware in 1992. He worked as a Post­doc­tor­al Fel­low at the Eind­hoven Uni­ver­si­ty of Tech­nol­o­gy in the Nether­lands from 1992–1993 and sub­se­quent­ly as Vis­it­ing Sci­en­tist in the Cor­po­rate Catal­y­sis Cen­ter at DuPont from 1993–1994. He joined the fac­ul­ty in Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Vir­ginia in 1995 where he held joint appoint­ments in Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing and Chem­istry. In 2014 he moved to the Uni­ver­si­ty of Min­neso­ta and is cur­rent­ly on the fac­ul­ty in Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing and Mate­ri­als Sci­ence. He has made sem­i­nal advances to devel­op­ment and appli­ca­tion of com­pu­ta­tion­al meth­ods toward under­stand­ing cat­alyt­ic and elec­tro­cat­alyt­ic reac­tion mech­a­nisms, and the sites and envi­ron­ments that car­ry out reac­tions under work­ing con­di­tions. He has received var­i­ous awards for his research in com­pu­ta­tion­al catal­y­sis and mol­e­c­u­lar reac­tion engi­neer­ing includ­ing the Robert Bur­well Lec­ture­ship from the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety, R.H. Wil­helm Award in Chem­i­cal Reac­tion Engi­neer­ing from the Amer­i­can Insti­tute of Chem­i­cal Engi­neers, Paul H. Emmett Award in Fun­da­men­tal Catal­y­sis from the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety, Dis­tin­guished Vis­it­ing Pro­fes­sor of Uni­ver­si­ty of Mont­pel­li­er, East­man Chem­i­cal Lec­tur­er at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia Berke­ley, Richard S. H. Mah Lec­tur­er at North­west­ern Uni­ver­si­ty, Johansen-Cros­by Lec­tur­er at Michi­gan State Uni­ver­si­ty, NSF Career Devel­op­ment Award, DuPont Young Inves­ti­ga­tor Award, Ford Young Fac­ul­ty Award. He has co-authored over 240 papers, two patents and two books. He is an edi­tor for the Jour­nal of Catal­y­sis and serves on numer­ous oth­er edi­to­r­i­al and advi­so­ry boards.

Catalysis for renewable fuels and chemicals: Challenges today and a look into where we are going

Meeting Program — November 2015

John Holladay
John Hol­la­day
Bio­mass Sec­tor Man­ag­er, and Asso­ciate Direc­tor of the Insti­tute for Inte­grat­ed Catal­y­sis
Pacif­ic North­west Nation­al Lab­o­ra­to­ry

Abstract — Renew­able car­bon sources, such as bio­mass and sug­ars, offer alter­na­tive start­ing mate­ri­als for pro­duc­ing fuels and chem­i­cals. How­ev­er, catal­y­sis of high­ly oxy­genat­ed mate­ri­als, often oper­at­ing in the con­densed phase, present sub­stan­tial chal­lenges with cat­a­lyst deac­ti­va­tion due to poi­son­ing and reac­tor bed/support sta­bil­i­ty. In essence, the cat­a­lysts devel­oped with­in the petro­chem­i­cal indus­try are often not suit­able and new solu­tions are need­ed if we are to match the effi­cien­cy that has been born from near­ly 90 years of sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy aimed at hydro­car­bon pro­cess­ing.
In cov­er­ing chal­lenges today we will sur­vey two fam­i­lies of cat­alyt­ic tech­nolo­gies that pro­duce fuels—with an empha­sis on dis­til­lates and mid-dis­til­lates and chem­i­cal prod­ucts. These tech­nolo­gies will cov­er (i) upgrad­ing of oxy­genates (from alco­hols to com­plex bio-oils) and (ii) catal­y­sis of fer­men­ta­tion derived mol­e­cules that have been min­i­mal­ly processed. The pri­ma­ry focus will be on prob­lems and spe­cif­ic solu­tions that allowed long term, sta­ble and effi­cient oper­a­tion under con­tin­u­ous reac­tion con­di­tions suit­able for indus­try.
In part 2 of the lec­ture we will take a for­ward look toward where we would like to move the state of cat­a­lyst tech­nol­o­gy to allow pro­cess­ing of a broad­er range of car­bon from waste resources at the (small) size of the point source while keep­ing cap­i­tal and oper­at­ing cost low. Such feed­stocks include gaseous streams, such as CO-rich off gas; wet streams from food pro­cess­ing and waste water sludges; as well as dry streams from agri­cul­ture and for­est residues or munic­i­pal sol­id waste.
Biog­ra­phy — John Hol­la­day joined the Pacif­ic North­west Nation­al Lab­o­ra­to­ry (PNNL) in 2001 after work­ing for five years at Union Car­bide in South Charleston, WV. John cur­rent­ly serves as the Bio­mass Sec­tor Man­ag­er at PNNL, where he is respon­si­ble for shap­ing PNNL’s strat­e­gy and vision for renew­able fuels and chem­i­cals. The pro­gram focus­es on mul­ti­ple areas includ­ing: devel­op­ing cost-effec­tive cat­a­lysts for renew­able car­bon con­ver­sion, learn­ing from the effi­cien­cy that fun­gi offers for nat­u­ral­ly pro­cess­ing bio­mass, and under­stand­ing alter­na­tive means for pro­duc­ing bio­mass in waste streams that are wet/dry or gaseous. He facil­i­tates PNNL’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with oth­ers in acad­e­mia, indus­try and gov­ern­ment to advance the nation’s bio­fu­els research. He served as Chief Sci­en­tif­ic Offi­cer for the Nation­al Advanced Bio­fu­els Con­sor­tium, Chief Oper­a­tions Offi­cer for the Nation­al Alliance for Bio­fu­els and Bio­prod­ucts and is cur­rent­ly an Asso­ciate Direc­tor of the Insti­tute for Inte­grat­ed Catal­y­sis at PNNL.

2015 Annual Student Poster Competition

This is the first call for posters for the Catal­y­sis Club of Philadelphia’s annu­al Stu­dent Poster Con­test to be held Thurs­day, Novem­ber 19th, 2015 at the Dou­ble Tree Hotel, 4727 Con­cord Pike (Rt. 202) in Wilm­ing­ton, DE. To enter, please sub­mit a short abstract of your pro­posed entry before Novem­ber 1st, 2015, to Bingjun Xu at bxu@​udel.​edu. The CCP Poster Abstract tem­plate can be found here.

The com­pe­ti­tion is restrict­ed to grad­u­ate stu­dents only. Post-docs are wel­come to present their posters but are not eli­gi­ble for prizes. All poster pre­sen­ters should be list­ed as the first author, and will be guests of the Catal­y­sis Club for the evening. As in past years Catal­y­sis Club mem­bers and guests will cast their votes for favorite poster and a pan­el of indus­tri­al judges will select the 5 best posters from the top 10 posters. Total prizes award of $550 will be dis­trib­uted between the win­ners, $150 will go to the over­all win­ner and $100 each to the 4 oth­er win­ners. The one over­all win­ner will be invit­ed to present his or her work at the annu­al Catal­y­sis Club sym­po­sium in Spring 2016.

The Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia is very proud of this event and views it as one of the region’s pre­mier oppor­tu­ni­ties for grad­u­ate stu­dents to show­case their work with the local chem­i­cal indus­try pro­fes­sion­als. All grad­u­ate stu­dents whose work is either direct­ly or indi­rect­ly relat­ed to catal­y­sis sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy are encour­aged to sub­mit entries. View the offi­cial announce­ment here.

Welcome to the 2015–16 Season of the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia

Dear Col­leagues:
On behalf of the orga­niz­ing com­mit­tee, I would like to wel­come you to join us for the 67th sea­son of the Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia. We are proud to con­tin­ue the lega­cy set forth by the orig­i­nal 7 sci­en­tists who estab­lished this club in 1949 of hold­ing meet­ings to stim­u­late dis­cus­sions among the aca­d­e­m­ic and indus­tri­al catal­y­sis sci­en­tists in the greater Philadel­phia area. We hope that you will join us by attend­ing the excel­lent selec­tion of talks that have been arranged for this sea­son.

We are excit­ed to announce the speak­er line­up for our month­ly meet­ings that has been coor­di­nat­ed by Alan All­geier of DuPont. Fol­low­ing our tra­di­tion, the first meet­ing pre­sen­ta­tion of the sea­son will be giv­en by the Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia Awardee, Sourav Sen­gup­ta of DuPont. The full sea­son speak­er sched­ule along with var­i­ous spe­cial events is list­ed below.

Date Speak­er Spe­cial Event
Sept. 17, 2015 Sourav Sen­gup­ta, DuPont CCP Award Lec­ture
Oct. 15, 2015 Matt Neu­rock, U of M
Nov. 19, 2015 John Hol­la­day, PNNL Poster Ses­sion
Jan. 21, 2016 Jing­guang Chen, Colum­bia U.
Feb. 18, 2016 Susan­nah Scott, UCSB Offi­cer Nom­i­na­tions
March 24, 2016 TBA Offi­cer Nom­i­na­tions
April 21, 2016 Rob Rioux, PSU Offi­cer Elec­tions
May 2016 CCP Spring Sym­po­sium

Our annu­al stu­dent poster com­pe­ti­tion will take place in Novem­ber and will be coor­di­nat­ed by Bingjun Xu of Uni­ver­si­ty of Delaware. The poster ses­sion pro­vides a great oppor­tu­ni­ty for local grad­u­ate stu­dents to present their work to a broad catal­y­sis audi­ence and for com­pa­nies to look for poten­tial can­di­dates. Addi­tion­al­ly, select­ed stu­dents will also give brief pre­sen­ta­tions at sev­er­al month­ly meet­ings. The nom­i­na­tions of CCP offi­cers for the 2016–17 sea­son will take place in Feb­ru­ary with elec­tions sched­uled for April. Anton Petushkov of Zeolyst Inter­na­tion­al will orga­nize the CCP Spring Sym­po­sium in May 2016.

The month­ly meet­ings will con­tin­ue to be held at the Dou­ble­tree Hotel on US-202 in Wilm­ing­ton, DE. The cost of the din­ner will remain at $35.00 for mem­bers, $20.00 for students/retirees and will include one drink dur­ing the social hour. The fees for walk-ins and non-mem­bers will be $40.00. We strong­ly encour­age advance reser­va­tions for the meet­ings. Dues for the 2015–16 sea­son will remain at $25.00 ($5.00 for the local club and $20.00 to the nation­al club). Dues for stu­dents, post­docs and retirees will be $10.00 ($5.00 for the local club and $5.00 to the nation­al club).

You can receive our lat­est infor­ma­tion and news through our web­site at catal​y​sis​clubphilly​.org, through LinkedIn, and also Face­book. While you can still work with your com­pa­ny rep­re­sen­ta­tive, we would like to strong­ly encour­age you to try our online reg­is­tra­tion form or con­tact our arrange­ments chair, Alex Miro­nenko, direct­ly.

If you would like to receive our month­ly announce­ments or need to update your con­tact infor­ma­tion, please con­tact our Mem­ber­ship Direc­tor, Eric Sacia of DuPont.

The strength of our club has always revolved around our gen­er­ous indus­tri­al spon­sors and mem­bers of our month­ly meet­ings. Please con­tin­ue to sup­port CCP by attend­ing the meet­ings and by invit­ing your col­leagues. I am look­ing for­ward to see­ing you all on Sep­tem­ber 17th to start off anoth­er great sea­son. Please also feel free to con­tact me or the oth­er offi­cers through­out the sea­son with any com­ments or sug­ges­tions for how we can improve the club.
Best regards,
Tor­ren Carl­son

Catalysis – An Indispensable Tool

Meeting Program — September 2015

Sourav Sengupta
Sourav Sen­gup­ta
Mol­e­c­u­lar Sci­ences, CR&D
E. I. DuPont de Nemours & Co
Wilm­ing­ton, DE

Abstract — In the past three decades, there has been a con­cert­ed effort in the chem­i­cal, agro­chem­i­cal, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal, nutraceu­ti­cal, and petro­le­um indus­tries to design cost-advan­taged, inher­ent­ly safer, sus­tain­able, and envi­ron­men­tal­ly-friend­ly process­es. Catal­y­sis plays a cru­cial role in improv­ing process effi­cien­cies and process inten­si­fi­ca­tion lead­ing to increased atom uti­liza­tion, reduced by-prod­uct for­ma­tion, cheap­er process, and low­er cap­i­tal invest­ment. Also, there is an increas­ing inter­est in using renew­ably-sourced feed­stocks for the pro­duc­tion of fuels, chem­i­cals, and advanced mate­ri­als due to fluc­tu­a­tions in petro­le­um prices, lim­it­ed avail­abil­i­ty of petro­le­um resources, and increas­ing con­sumer con­scious­ness about sus­tain­able process­es.
Although catal­y­sis is a major tour-de-force in dri­ving this effi­ca­cious and green chem­istry rev­o­lu­tion, the role of reac­tion engi­neer­ing, reac­tor design, process devel­op­ment, and opti­mum oper­at­ing con­di­tions can­not be under­es­ti­mat­ed. Some of the fun­da­men­tal con­cepts of catal­y­sis will be dis­cussed and linked to chem­i­cal process­es of indus­tri­al rel­e­vance. Specif­i­cal­ly, the role of sci­ence and engi­neer­ing in indus­tri­al catal­y­sis will be illus­trat­ed with par­tic­u­lar empha­sis on cat­a­lyst eval­u­a­tion, process opti­miza­tion, cat­a­lyst deac­ti­va­tion, and reac­tor design asso­ci­at­ed with indus­tri­al process­es. Case stud­ies will include hydro­gena­tion reac­tions using sup­port­ed base met­al and pre­cious met­al cat­a­lysts and sol­id acid cat­alyzed reac­tions, includ­ing the hydro­gena­tion of hexa­flu­o­roace­tone and cat­mint oil, and dehy­dra­tion of xylose.
Biog­ra­phy — Dr. Sourav K. Sen­gup­ta is a Research Fel­low in the Mol­e­c­u­lar Sci­ences Divi­sion (Cen­tral Research & Devel­op­ment Depart­ment) of E. I. DuPont de Nemours & Co. He received his PhD degree in Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Delaware in 1991. Imme­di­ate­ly after com­plet­ing his PhD, Dr. Sen­gup­ta joined the DuPont Com­pa­ny and was placed on loan to Cono­co where he devel­oped nov­el path­ways for the oxida­tive desul­fu­r­iza­tion of gaso­line and qual­i­fied new hydrodesul­fu­r­iza­tion and FCC cat­a­lysts. Short­ly after­wards, he was trans­ferred to the Cor­po­rate Catal­y­sis Cen­ter (CR&D). At CR&D, he worked on sol­id acid, sol­id base, and hydro­gena­tion catal­y­sis pro­grams and made impor­tant con­tri­bu­tions to a num­ber of Strate­gic Busi­ness Unit (SBUs).
Dr. Sen­gup­ta spent sev­er­al years at DuPont’s Nylon busi­ness unit, where he worked on a num­ber of com­mer­cial process­es and research pro­grams, includ­ing low-pres­sure and high-pres­sure ADN hydro­gena­tion, hydro­gen cyanide syn­the­sis by Andrus­sow and induc­tion-heat­ing process­es, and nitrous oxide destruc­tion cat­a­lyst tech­nol­o­gy.
When DuPont sold their Nylon, poly­ester, and Lycra busi­ness­es to Koch Indus­tries, Dr. Sen­gup­ta joined Invista, a whol­ly-owned sub­sidiary of Koch Indus­tries, where his work involved inves­ti­gat­ing the tech­ni­cal and eco­nom­ic fea­si­bil­i­ty of capro­lac­tam com­mer­cial­iza­tion.
After a short stint at Invista, Dr. Sen­gup­ta came back to DuPont, and joined their Chem­i­cal Solu­tions Enter­prise (DCSE) as a man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­ni­cal chemist at Cham­bers Works in New Jer­sey. His respon­si­bil­i­ty cov­ered 42 dif­fer­ent spe­cial­ty chem­i­cals. There he worked with a team of experts to design, devel­op, and com­mer­cial­ize a nov­el hydro­gena­tion process for the pro­duc­tion of hexa­flu­o­roiso­propanol (HFIP) and hexa­flu­o­roace­tone (HFA) recov­ery process. He was also involved in the com­mer­cial­iza­tion of a num­ber of Cap­stone prod­ucts. In 2009, he start­ed up a Process Devel­op­ment Cen­ter for DCSE at the Exper­i­men­tal Sta­tion. In 2011, he moved back to CR&D and has been work­ing on a num­ber of R&D pro­grams on using renew­able feed­stock to man­u­fac­ture chem­i­cals and mate­ri­als and new cat­a­lyst devel­op­ment.
Dr. Sengupta’s exper­tise is in the area of catal­y­sis, reac­tion engi­neer­ing and reac­tor analy­sis, and process devel­op­ment. He has over 65 US patents, pub­li­ca­tions, and pre­sen­ta­tions to his cred­it.

Dr. Sourav Sengupta is the Winner of the 2015 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award

Sourav SenguptaThe Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia is pleased to announce that Dr. Sourav K. Sen­gup­ta, Research Fel­low – DuPont Cen­tral Research and Devel­op­ment, has been select­ed as the 2015 Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia Award win­ner. The selec­tion rec­og­nizes his sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to the sci­ence and prac­tice of catal­y­sis, along with his efforts in men­tor­ing young sci­en­tists.

Dr. Sen­gup­ta earned his Ph.D. Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Delaware in 1991 and has held a vari­ety of research and devel­op­ment assign­ments at DuPont. He was the found­ing leader of the Process Devel­op­ment Cen­ter for DuPont Chem­i­cal Solu­tions Enter­prise and his efforts led to the com­mer­cial­iza­tion of sev­er­al new spe­cial­ty chem­i­cal prod­ucts and opti­miza­tion of sev­er­al exist­ing cat­a­lysts and cat­alyt­ic process­es, which col­lec­tive­ly gen­er­ate tens of mil­lions of dol­lars.

To achieve these accom­plish­ments, Sen­gup­ta applies an in depth under­stand­ing of het­ero­ge­neous cat­a­lyst struc­ture / func­tion rela­tion­ships in oxide mate­ri­als, sup­port­ed met­al cat­a­lysts and bulk met­al cat­a­lysts. He was a pri­ma­ry con­trib­u­tor to a nov­el process for on-demand hydro­gen cyanide pro­duc­tion via induc­tion heat­ing of Pt-Rh gauze and opti­mized oxide sup­port­ed base met­al cat­a­lysts for abate­ment of ozone deplet­ing efflu­ent gas­es. Recent­ly, Dr. Sen­gup­ta has direct­ed his exper­tise toward the uti­liza­tion of bio-renew­able resources for the pro­duc­tion of fuels and chem­i­cals.

Beyond tech­ni­cal con­tri­bu­tions, he is rec­og­nized for his efforts at men­tor­ing young sci­en­tists and engi­neers. Count­less careers have ben­e­fit­ed from his tech­ni­cal and orga­ni­za­tion­al insights. He has shared these through for­mal inter­ac­tions, such serv­ing as instruc­tor for a short course on Hydro­gena­tion Catal­y­sis and on the board of the Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia but more impor­tant­ly through per­son­al inter­ac­tions with junior col­leagues. The Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia is proud to rec­og­nize Dr. Sourav Sen­gup­ta for his com­bi­na­tion of tech­ni­cal excel­lence and men­tor­ing with the grant­i­ng of its 2015 award.

Past Recipients of the Award

1968 Adal­bert Farkas
1969 Charles J. Plank
1970 Paul H. Emmett
1971 G. Alex Mills
1972 Alfred E. Hirschler
1973 Paul B. Weisz
1974 Roland C. Hans­ford
1975 Paul Venu­to
1976 Heinz Heine­mann
1977 G.C.A. Schuit
1978 George W. Par­shall
1979 Alvin B. Stiles
1980 Abra­ham Schnei­der
1981 James F. Roth
1982 Robert Eis­chens
1983 Edward Rosin­s­ki
1984 James R. Katzer
1985 N.Y. Chen
1986 Bruce C. Gates
1987 James E. Lyons
1988 George Koko­tai­lo
1989 Mau­rice Mitchell, Jr.
1990 Wern­er O. Haag
1991 John A. Sofranko
1992 Fran Waller
1993 George Kerr
1994 Theodore A. Koch
1995 John N. Armor
1996 Mae Rubin
1997 Leo E. Manz­er
1998 Ray Gorte
1999 Anne M. Gaffney
2000 Hen­ry C. Foley
2001 Mark Barteau
2002 Steven D. Ittel
2003 Frank E. Herkes
2004 Jing­guang Chen
2005 Israel Wachs
2006 James Dumesic
2007 John Vohs
2008 David Olson
2009 Ted Oya­ma
2010 Chuck Coe
2011 Chun­shan Song
2012 Ros­tam Madon
2013 Daniel Resas­co
2014 Haiy­ing Chen
2015 Sourav Sen­gup­ta
2016 Dion Vla­chos
2017 Thomas Cola­cot
2018 Car­mo Pereira