Sulfur-Resistant Pd– Alloy Membranes for H2 Purification
Jim Miller, Carnegie Mellon University
Nature of Catalytic Active Surface Sites on Semiconductor Photocatalysts for Splitting of Water
Somphonh Peter Phivilay, Lehigh University (Student Speaker)
John Kitchin, Carnegie Mellon
Meeting Program – April 2013
Department of Chemical Engineering,
Carnegie Mellon University
Abstract – Electrochemical water splitting may be in integral part of future energy storage strategies by enabling energy storage in chemical bonds. One of the primary sources of inefficiency in the water splitting reaction is the oxygen evolution reaction, which has high reaction barriers that require additional applied electric potential to drive the reactions at practical rates. The most active electrode materials in acid electrolytes include ruthenium and iridium oxides, which are expensive but necessary for stability. In alkaline environments, many base metal oxides become stable, although they are still less active than Ru and Ir oxides. It has been known that small amounts of Fe can promote the electrochemical activity of nickel oxides, making it almost as active as cobalt oxide. We have investigated the mechanisms behind the promotion using in situ Raman and synchrotron spectroscopies as well as ex situ characterization techniques. Interestingly, we found the electrode changes under oxygen evolution conditions, turning from an oxide to an oxyhydroxide phase. Furthermore, the composition of the electrolyte has a significant effect on the oxygen evolution activity. We will discuss these results and their implications in finding better oxygen evolution electrocatalysts.
Each year the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia recognizes an outstanding member of the catalysis community, who has made significant contributions to the advancement of Catalysis. Such advancement can be scientific, technological, or in organization leadership. The Award consists of a plaque and a $1000 cash prize.
We appreciate your help in submitting nominations. The entire nomination package, including a resume and recommendation letters, should not be more than 10 pages and should include a ½ page tentative award announcement. The deadline for the receipt of nominations is April 19, 2013. Prior nomination packages sent in 2011 or later will automatically be considered for the 2013 Award.
Nomination letter along with supporting materials should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Johnson Matthey ECT
436 Devon Park Drive
Wayne, PA 19087
Invited Speakers (alphabetical order)
Developing HDS understanding based on real feed-stocks
Tushar V. Choudhary, Phillips 66, Bartlesville, OK
From Hydrodesulfurization to Hydrodeoxygenation: What are the similarities at the atomic-scale?
Lars C. Grabow, University of Houston, TX
Shell Alternative Transport Fuels,
Kim Johnson, Shell Chemical Co., Houston, TX
Advances in Hydroprocessing Catalyst Technology: The Discovery of ExxonMobil/Albemarle’s Nebula Catalyst
Doron Levin, ExxonMobil, Annandale, NJ
Nanostructured Gold Model Catalysts on Oxygen-free Substrates
Li Liu, Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University
Natural Gas to Syngas using Rh-substituted pyrochlore (La2Zr2O7) catalysts
Jerry Spivey (LSU), D. Pakhare (LSU), D. Haynes (DoE/NETL), D. Shekhawat (DoE/NETL), V. Abdelsayed (DoE/NETL)
The Robert Burwell Lectureship in Catalysis is sponsored by Johnson Matthey Catalysts Division and administered by The North American Catalysis Society. It is to be awarded biennially in odd-numbered years. The award consists of a plaque and an honorarium of $5,000. 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 award 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 will be 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.
Selection of the Award winner will be made by a committee of renowned scientists and engineers appointed by the President of The North American Catalysis Society. Selection shall be made without regard for age, sex, nationality or affiliation. Posthumous awards will be made only when knowledge of the awardee’s death is received after announcement of the Award Committee’s decision. Nomination packages should indicate the nominee’s qualifications, accomplishments with CV, a nominating letter, no more than two seconding letters and a biography of the nominee. A critical evaluation of the significance of candidate’s qualifications should be made as well as a statement of the particular contribution(s) on which the nomination is based. Nomination packages for the Award must be received by 1 April 2013 in one complete package.
All nomination packages (one ELECTRONIC COPY) for the Burwell Award should be sent to Enrique Iglesia, President, North American Catalysis Society; at email@example.com. Receipt of any nomination, will be confirmed by an email message sent to any nominator.
We invite you to join us at the 23rd North American Catalysis Society Meeting to be held from June 2-7, 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky at the historic Halt House Hotel. This meeting is the premier scientific event in the field of catalysis research and development in 2013. Technological challenges, breakthrough discoveries and state-of-the-art academic and industrial research will be featured.
The opening reception of the 23rd NAM will take place at Churchill Downs, home of the Kentucky Derby.
Formal Invitation from Honorary Chair, Prof. Dr. Robert K. Grasselli
As we all know, catalysis has its roots almost 200 years back, dating to Berzellius, who first coined the word and introduced the concept of catalysis in 1821. Much has been accomplished in the area of catalysis since that early time, particularly in the past 100 years. In that period, some of the most important catalytic processes that changed the complexion of our world to the better have been discovered and commercialized, such as the Haber-Bosch Ammonia Synthesis, Reforming, Catalytic Cracking, Acid Catalysis, Selective Ammoxidation, Selective Oxidation, and Exhaust Abatement Catalysis. In today’s industrialized world, catalysis is ubiquitous. Virtually all manufactured products benefit by catalysis somewhere in the chain of their production.
Oxidation catalysis, which is the subject of our 7th WCOC, commands a very key role. Namely, twenty five percent of the most important industrial organic chemicals and intermediates are produced by selective heterogeneous oxidation catalysis: these comprise acrolein, acrylic acid, acrylonitrile, methacrylic acid, maleic anhydride, phthalic anhydride, ethylene oxide and propylene oxide.
Over the past fifty years great efforts have been expanded, by industrial, as well as, academic researchers, to make selective oxidation processes and their catalysts ever more efficient and environmentally friendlier. The very term “selective oxidation catalysis” implies efficiency, preservation of matter and environmental responsibility. The recently coined term “green chemistry” has already been practiced for the past fifty years by researchers active in the area of selective oxidation catalysis, and that with ever-greater prowess, particularly as the fundamental understanding of catalyst behavior on an atomic and molecular level has continuously improved and been refined; through the aid of sophisticated spectroscopic techniques.
In our upcoming 7th WCOC we continue the tradition of the earlier World Oxidation Congresses by aiming to further expand the fundamental knowledge, as well as, technological progress achieved in the field of oxidation catalysis in general, and selective oxidation in particular, and to help lay the foundation for new research and implementation in our chosen discipline. The overall theme of our congress is “From Fundamentals to Applications”.
We cordially invite you to actively participate in our meeting in St. Louis, the Gateway to the West, in order to make our Congress another WCOC success!
High Sensitivity – Low Energy Ion Scattering (HS-LEI S)
[Ion-TOF Qtac 100]
The world’s most sensitive spectrometer for identifying surface atoms (topmost layer ~0.3nm), offering a 3,000-fold improvement in sensitivity over conventional spectrometers allowing for elemental 2-D surface mapping and depth profiling.
High Resolution – X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy (HR-XPS)
[Scienta ESCA 300]
One of the world’s most powerful XPS systems allowing for chemical analysis of the top 10–20 atomic layers (~1-3nm).
These two surface analytical techniques complement each other well and the combination of these two techniques allow for a very comprehensive understanding of a material’s surface composition and chemical state, which is of particular interest for catalysts, fuel cells, semiconductors, LEDs, ceramics, etc.
Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM)
[NT-MD T Solver NE XT]
In addition to standard surface topology, the electrical and magnetic properties can also be detailed with respect to a material’s surface.
Special Introductory Offer
One sample will be accepted per company for a free exploratory analysis on the instrument of your choice and the data will be available for discussion during the symposium on June 20, 2013. Contact Dr. Robert Pafchek at firstname.lastname@example.org to submit your sample in advance of the symposium.
The scientific program will comprise plenary invited lectures, key-note presentations, oral presentations and posters.
Scientific trends of the conference
- Catalytic processes for valuables production from biomass
- Catalyst application for clean syn-gas and clean hydrogen production, power and CHP via biomass gasification
- Catalysis in combustion and co-combustion of renewable sources
- Catalytic interesterification and hydrocracking of lipids to biofuel
- Catalytic approach to production of biofuels via biomass pyrolysis
- Biocatalysis: Fermentation and enzymatic processes for biofuels production
The Organizing Committee plans to offer the participants the visits to the power plants, as well as the objects on production and obtaining of the biological materials, the products of fine and organic synthesis from renewable raw materials during the conference and post-conference period.
The official language of the conference is English.
Program Theme: Program Theme: Chemistry in Motion
Dear colleagues, it is our pleasure to announce the 1st International Symposium on Mesoporous Zeolites (ISMZ) to be held in the 246th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, September 8-12, 2013, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
The symposium is intended for building a community for the scientists and engineers involved in research, development, and utilization of mesoporous zeolites, hierarchical zeolites, nano-zeolites, etc., from both academia and industries, to promote open sharing internally and externally with the broader scientific community. The two-day program (exact date to be determined) will be hosted within the seminar sessions of the Division of Energy and Fuels, which includes oral presentations (30-40 min for keynote speakers and 20-30 min for the rest) on any or all of the area involving the preparation, characterization, and applications of such materials.
Abstract submission will be open between Feb. 1- Apr. 1, 2013 through abstracts.acs.org. Instructions on how to submit abstracts can be found here and the pre-print template here. Travel and accommodation information is available at www.acs.org.
If you have any question, please contact the symposium organizers: ISMZ-Online, Prof. Javier Garcia-Martinez, or Dr. Kunhao (Eric) Li. We sincerely welcome you and look forward to meeting you this Fall.
Division of Energy and Fuels – American Chemical Society
Call for Papers
Symposium features research, development, and planning on energy conversion and fuel production. Based on invitation, internationally recognized experts will represent promising research developments of the next generation of energy and fuels. Topics include, but are not limited to:
- Energy Conversion, Storage and Utilization
- Smart Grid Technologies
- Fuel Production and Utilization
- Advancements in Energy-related Materials
Prof. Xianqin Wang
Department of Chemical, Biological and Pharmaceutical Engineering
New Jersey Institute of Technology
323 MLK Blvd., University Heights
Newark, NJ 07102-1982 USA
Prof. Yun Hang Hu
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Michigan Technological University
Houghton, MI 49931 USA
Abstract and pre-print submission due date: 10 April 2013
Submission of both an abstract and a pre-print are required. Please do this on-line at abstracts.acs.org. Instructions and pre-print template are available at web.anl.gov/PCS/ENFL/preprintinfo.html.