Heterogeneous Catalytic Hydrogenation
Mar 18 – Mar 19 all-day
CCP Monthly Meeting
Mar 21 @ 6:30 pm – Mar 21 @ 8:30 pm

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)

2013 Materials Research Society Spring Meeting and Exhibit
Apr 1 – Apr 5 all-day


245th ACS National Meeting and Exposition
Apr 7 – Apr 11 all-day

Program Theme: Chemistry of Energy & Food

CCP Election of New Officers
Apr 18 @ 5:30 pm – Apr 18 @ 8:30 pm

John Kitchin, Carnegie Mellon

CCP Meeting
Apr 18 @ 7:00 pm – 7:45 pm


Meeting Program – April 2013

John Kitchin
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.

John Kitchin

John Kitchin

Biography – John Kitchin completed his B.S. in Chemistry at North Carolina State University. He completed a M.S. in Materials Science and a PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware in 2004 under the advisement of Dr. Jingguang Chen and Dr. Mark Barteau. He received an Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellowship and lived in Berlin, Germany for 1 ½ years studying alloy segregation with Karsten Reuter and Matthias Scheffler in the Theory Department at the Fritz Haber Institut. Professor Kitchin began a tenure-track faculty position in the Chemical Engineering Department at Carnegie Mellon University in January of 2006. He is currently an Associate Professor. At CMU, Professor Kitchin is active in a major research effort within the National Energy Technology Laboratory Regional University Alliance in CO2 capture, chemical looping and superalloy oxidation. Professor Kitchin also uses computational methods to study adsorbate-adsorbate interactions on transition metal surfaces for applications in catalysis. He was awarded a DOE Early Career award in 2010 to investigate multifunctional oxide electrocatalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction in water splitting using experimental and computational methods. He received a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers in 2011.

Dead­line for the receipt of CCP Award nom­i­na­tions
Apr 19 all-day

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

Joseph Fedeyko
John­son Matthey ECT
436 Devon Park Drive
Wayne, PA 19087
Tel. 610–341-8218
Fax 610–341-3495

2013 SWCS Spring Symposium
Apr 26 all-day


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)

Nomination for the Robert Burwell Lectureship In Catalysis
Apr 30 all-day

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 Receipt of any nomination, will be confirmed by an email message sent to any nominator.

7th International Symposium on Acid-Base Catalysis
May 12 @ 1:45 pm – May 15 @ 2:45 pm
23rd North American Catalysis Society Meeting
Jun 2 – Jun 7 all-day


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.

Weblink:23 NAM

Seventh World Congress on Oxidation Catalysis – 7WCOC
Jun 9 – Jun 12 all-day

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!

Symposium on Advanced Surface Analysis: Unique Surface Characterization Tools
Jun 20 all-day

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 to submit your sample in advance of the symposium.

17th International Zeolite Conference
Jul 7 – Jul 13 all-day

Website: 17th IZC

Second International Conference Catalysis for Renewable Sources: Fuel, Energy, Chemicals
Jul 22 – Jul 29 all-day

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.

EuropaCat — XIth European Congress on Catalysis
Sep 1 – Sep 7 all-day
246th ACS National Meeting and Exposition
Sep 8 – Sep 13 all-day

Program Theme: Program Theme: Chemistry in Motion

First International Symposium on Mesoporous Zeolites (ISMZ)
Sep 8 – Sep 13 all-day

ACS Chemistry for LifeDear 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 Instructions on how to submit abstracts can be found here and the pre-print template here. Travel and accommodation information is available at

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.

Symposium on Frontiers in energy conversion and fuel production
Sep 8 – Sep 13 all-day


Division of Energy and Fuels – American Chemical Society

ACS Chemistry for Life246thACS National Meeting & Exposition
September 8-12, 2013 ♦ Indianapolis, Indiana USA

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 Instructions and pre-print template are available at