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
2017 Thomas Cola­cot
2018 Car­mo Pereira

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

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
2017 Thomas Cola­cot
2018 Car­mo Pereira

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.