Prof. Dion Vlachos is the Winner of the 2016 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award

Dion VlachosThe Catalysis Club of Philadelphia is pleased to announce Prof. Dion Vlachos as the recipient of the 2016 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award, in recognition of his long-standing creative technical contributions, both theoretical and experimental; advancing the understanding of the molecular basis of heterogeneous catalysis of complex systems; and his leadership role at the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation and Center for Catalytic Science and Technology.

Prof. Vlachos received his PhD form the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Department, University of Minnesota, where he studied the structures and dynamics of adsorbed phases and crystal surfaces. He joined the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts in 1993 as an Assistant Professor and in 1998 became an Associate Professor at the department. In 2000, Dion joined the Department of Engineering at the University of Delaware, where he currently holds a position as Elizabeth Inez Kelley Professor of Chemical Engineering.

Dion has pioneered the work on development of multi-scale modeling and applying this approach to technologically important problems in energy, catalysis, biomass conversion, nanotechnology and cellular engineering. His research has been adopted by chemical industry in companies, such as ConocoPhillips, Praxair, and Rohm and Haas, for chemical processes design and emissions reduction.

Dion’s research of biomass conversion, specifically catalytic transformation of sugars into fuels and chemicals, helped to advance the understanding of sugar chemistry. His work on the elucidation of active species in HCl/CrCl3 involved in sugar transformations resulted in a high impact publication with a record number of citations. His theoretical study of Sn-Beta catalyst for glucose isomerization has found the active form of tin in the zeolite and revealed the importance of neighboring silanol groups for the selectivity of the isomerization reaction. Dion’s theoretical work was later confirmed experimentally by Davis group in Caltech.

As the founder and director of the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation (CCEI), Dion has shown an outstanding leadership and obtained $29.5M in funding over nine years. Through CCEI, he helped to nurture collaborations between research groups from leading academic institutions. CCEI focuses on the development of new catalysis and processes for biomass conversion to fuel and chemicals.

Dion has published over 340 scientific papers, which collectively have over 9400 citations. In the past few years, he has been publishing over 30 research papers per year, which makes Dion one of the most productive catalysis researchers.

Please join us in congratulating Dion on receiving the 2016 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia 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

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

Call for Nominations of the 2015 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award

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 $1,000 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 Tuesday, March 31, 2015. Prior nomination packages sent in 2013 or later will automatically be considered for the 2015 Award.

Nomination letters along with supporting materials should be emailed to carl.menning@dupont.com.
 
Carl Menning
Dupont
Experimental Station, 328/306B
200 Powder Mill Rd.
Wilmington, DE 19803
 
Previous Winners 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

2013 Award for Excellence in Catalysis: Request for Nominations

The Catalysis Society of Metropolitan New York is seeking nominations for its thirty-second annual “Award for Excellence in Catalysis.” The award, sponsored by ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, consists of a plaque and a $1,500 gift. It is granted to an individual or a research team from North America to recognize outstanding contributions in either applied or basic research in either homogeneous or heterogeneous catalysis. Particular effort is made to identify worthy individuals or teams who have not received sufficient recognition for their work.

This award will bring due recognition to the recipient(s), and we appreciate your help in seeking first-rate candidates. We especially need to fortify our active nomination list! Nominations are solicited from anyone who is currently, or has been previously, active in the field of catalysis. Nominations previously submitted as well as new ones will remain active for a period of three years.

Those wishing to submit a nomination should write a letter of recommendation for the individual nominee or team, including pertinent biographical information and a specific description of the impact of the nominee’s achievements in catalysis. The maximum length of the letter should be no more than two pages. It may be accompanied by copies of no more than two items presenting important documentation, such as papers or patents.

Deadline for receipt of nominations is January 31, 2013. Nominations for consideration should be sent to:
 
Lucas Dorazio
BASF Corporation
25 Middlesex/Essex Turnpike
Iselin, NJ 08830
lucas.dorazio@basf.com

Rostam Madon is the recipient of the 2012 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award

The Catalysis Club of Philadelphia is pleased to announce Dr. Rostam Madon as the recipient of the 2012 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the fields of Fischer-Tropsch and fluid catalytic cracking catalysts.

Rostam obtained his PhD in chemical engineering from Stanford University. While at Stanford, Rostam helped develop the Madon-Boudart criterion for identifying mass-transfer, heat transfer, and poisoning effects on catalytic rates. The criterion is used today in academic and industrial laboratories worldwide.

After post-doctoral research at the University of Wisconsin, Rostam started his industrial career at Exxon where he discovered the importance of support oxide structures in controlling the overall reaction rates for Fischer-Tropsch catalytic chemistry. This finding led to the development of a specific oxide support enabling Exxon’s Advanced Gas Conversion 21th (AGC21) process and catalysts and was cited by Exxon’s Corporate Research during its 30th Anniversary as a key development during that period. His work and collaborations on Fischer-Tropsch catalysts, also led to important contributions on the impact of sulfur on activity patterns and modeling chain growth reaction pathways.

In 1986, Rostam transitioned to Engelhard (now BASF) and began to focus on fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) catalysts. His study of FCC catalysts has led to many important insights. In particular, Rostam led the development of the Reduxion-Maxol® suite of catalysts which were the result of understanding the interplay between of the matrix and zeolite Y and have been used in over 100 refineries worldwide. Furthermore, he explained the role of ZSM-5 as a co-catalyst in FCC units and the role of rare earth oxides in increasing the rates of hydride transfer during hydrocarbon cracking reactions. Rostam has authored 43 technical papers and been awarded 9 US patents. Additionally in 2009, Rostam was awarded the AIChE Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Practice Award.

Please join us in congratulating Rostam on receiving the 2012 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia award.

Herman Pines Award in Catalysis

Sponsored by UOP and the Catalysis Club of Chicago

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, 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.

The Award will be presented at the 2012 Catalysis Club of Chicago Spring Symposium 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:

  • Great achievements of catalysis research in the past five years
  • For year 2012, the award will be given to an Industrial researcher
  • Active member in catalysis community
  • A resident of North America

Deadline for nomination is February 29, 2012. Nomination should describe the specific work for which the nominee should be recognized. Complete curriculum vitae with letters 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 by February 29, 2012 as a single PDF document to:
 
Feng Xu
President – The Catalysis Club of Chicago (2011-2012)
UOP LLC, A Honeywell Company
Des Plaines, IL 60017
feng.xu@uop.com

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

Call for 2012 IACS Award Nominations

IACS will present two awards at the 15th ICC in Munich – the ICC Award and the Heinz Heinemann Award. Please note that the deadline for nominations is January 15, 2012. All nominations should be submitted to the Secretary of the IACS by email to the following address: muhler@techem.rub.de. The recipients of these awards will be selected by the IACS Awards Committee, and it is planned to inform the recipients by March 15, 2012. Both recipients will be invited to present a plenary presentation at the ICC in Munich.

International Catalysis Award The International Catalysis Award will be given to recognise and encourage individual contributions by a young person in the field of catalysis, such as the discovery of the significant improvement of a catalytic process, or an important contribution to the understanding of catalytic phenomena. The recipient must not have passed her/his 45th birthday by May 1 of the award year. The Award consists of a plaque and a check for $5,000.

Heinz Heinemann Award in Catalyst Science and Technology The Heinz Heinemann Award in Catalysis will be given to an individual or a group for significant contributions to catalyst science and technology achieved between January 1, 2007, and December 31, 2011. The Award consists of a plaque and a check for $5,000.

Nomination Procedure Nomination of the award should be made before January 15 in the year of an International Congress on Catalysis (i.e. January 15, 2012, for the awards made at the 15th ICC), and should include a critical evaluation of the significance of the nominee’s published work, as well as a statement about the particular contribution on which the nomination is based. Nominations should also include the nominee’s qualifications, accomplishments and biography. Nomination documents, along with no more than four letters of support, should be submitted electronically as a single PDF file to the Secretary of the International Association of Catalysis Societies (muhler@techem.rub.de).The recipient will be required to give a lecture on her/his research as part of the International Congress on Catalysis at which the award is conferred (i.e. 15th ICC, July 1-6, 2012 in Munich, Germany).

Selection of Award Recipients Selection of the award recipients will be made by an International Committee composed of renowned scientists or engineers. This Committee will be appointed by the President of the International Association of Catalysis Societies, subsequent to proposals from the Executive Committee of the International Association of Catalysis Societies. Posthumous awards will be made only when knowledge of the winner’s death is received after the announcement of the International Committee’s decision.