Prof. Jingguang Chen is the recipient of the 2011 Herman Pines Award in Catalysis

Prof. Jing­guang Chen (Claire D. LeClaire Pro­fes­sor at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Delaware) is the recip­i­ent of Catal­y­sis Club of Chicago’s 2011 Her­man Pines Award. The Award is pre­sent­ed annu­al­ly to rec­og­nize an indi­vid­ual who has made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion to catal­y­sis in either fun­da­men­tal research or indus­tri­al process­es. The award includes a plaque, an hon­o­rar­i­um of $1000 and trav­el reim­burse­ment as a ple­nary speak­er at 2011 Catal­y­sis Club of Chica­go Spring Sym­po­sium. The award will be pre­sent­ed dur­ing the sym­po­sium at BP Research Cen­ter (Naperville, IL) on May 19, 2011.

Pro­fes­sor Jing­guang Chen is a world leader in sur­face sci­ence stud­ies of car­bide and bimetal­lic cat­a­lysts and their indus­tri­al appli­ca­tions. He has made great leaps toward clos­ing the long stand­ing, well-known mate­ri­als and pres­sure gaps in het­ero­ge­neous catal­y­sis that are essen­tial to con­vert fun­da­men­tal sur­face sci­ence stud­ies into indus­tri­al prac­tice. This has been achieved by a unique com­bi­na­tion of sur­face sci­ence, the­o­ret­i­cal mod­el­ing, catal­y­sis and in-situ reac­tor stud­ies lead­ing to the devel­op­ment of nov­el con­cepts and cat­alyt­ic mate­ri­als for a wide range of chem­i­cal reac­tions. In par­al­lel, Prof. Chen has excelled in a vari­ety of lead­er­ship roles to advance sur­face sci­ence and catal­y­sis. He has pub­lished over 200 papers in var­i­ous catal­y­sis and sur­face sci­ence jour­nals and writ­ten crit­i­cal reviews for sev­er­al lead­ing review jour­nals, includ­ing Chem­i­cal Reviews and Sur­face Sci­ence Reports. He is the inven­tor or co-inven­tor of 16 Unit­ed States Patents. As an indi­ca­tion of his high vis­i­bil­i­ty, he has giv­en over two hun­dred invit­ed and keynote lec­tures.

Chuck Coe is the recipient of the 2010 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award

Dr. Chuck Coe

The catal­y­sis club of Philadel­phia is pleased to announce Dr. Chuck Coe as the recip­i­ent of the 2010 Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia Award, in recog­ni­tion of his out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to adsorp­tion sci­ence, catal­y­sis, and appli­ca­tions of cat­a­lysts for organ­ic syn­the­ses.

Chuck joined the Chem­i­cal Addi­tives divi­sion of Air Prod­ucts and Chem­i­cals after he obtained his PhD in inor­gan­ic chem­istry from Carnegie Mel­lon Uni­ver­si­ty. While at Air Prod­ucts, Chuck devel­oped a com­mer­cial cat­a­lyst for accel­er­at­ing the cure of poly­ester sheet mold­ed plas­tics. This prod­uct is still being sold some 30 years lat­er. Ear­ly in Chuck’s career, he trans­ferred to the Cor­po­rate research group at the Com­pa­ny head­quar­ters and devel­oped an exten­sive exper­tise in mol­e­c­u­lar sieve sci­ence, allow­ing him to con­tribute to a num­ber of impor­tant suc­cess­ful com­mer­cial­ly improved prod­ucts and process offer­ings. For many years, he teamed with project lead­ers across busi­ness units to enable the devel­op­ment of improved adsor­bents and cat­a­lysts based on build­ing structure/property rela­tion­ships tar­get­ed ini­tial­ly at spe­cif­ic appli­ca­tions. He led the team that cre­at­ed improved adsor­bents for the non-cryo­genic pro­duc­tion of oxy­gen and was a major con­trib­u­tor to improve­ments in car­bon mol­e­c­u­lar sieves that allowed the pro­duc­tion of high puri­ty nitro­gen. His great­est com­mer­cial suc­cess involved the mod­i­fi­ca­tion of an adsor­bent used to puri­fy nitro­gen tri­flu­o­ride that is used in the pro­duc­tion of inte­grat­ed cir­cuits.

Chuck was also instru­men­tal in devel­op­ing new ana­lyt­i­cal meth­ods and instru­men­ta­tion to obtain fun­da­men­tal infor­ma­tion on small exper­i­men­tal sam­ples. In this area, his most notable accom­plish­ment has been estab­lish­ing an advanced high pres­sure microbal­ance sys­tem that oper­ates up to 100 atm in the pres­ence of up to 50 vol% steam that sup­ports car­bon diox­ide cap­ture, hydro­gen pro­duc­tion, and inte­grat­ed fuel/energy process­es. Chuck was also a key mem­ber of the DOE Cen­ter of Excel­lence on Car­bon-cen­tered Hydro­gen Stor­age Mate­ri­als and cre­at­ed a unique dif­fer­en­tial vol­u­met­ric adsorp­tion appa­ra­tus for mea­sur­ing high pres­sure hydro­gen isotherms on 50 mg sam­ples, enabling the devel­op­ment of advanced hydro­gen stor­age mate­ri­als. Before retir­ing from Air Prod­ucts, Chuck was named a strate­gic tech­nol­o­gist for the Cor­po­ra­tion and pro­vid­ed inter­nal con­sul­ta­tion for a broad range of mate­ri­als char­ac­ter­i­za­tion issues involv­ing cat­a­lysts, adsor­bents, and mem­branes. His accom­plish­ments have led to 34 issued US patents, 29 peer-reviewed pub­li­ca­tions, and numer­ous invit­ed lec­tures.

Since retir­ing, Chuck has joined the Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing fac­ul­ty at Vil­lano­va and is shar­ing his knowl­edge with the next gen­er­a­tion of sci­en­tists.

Please join us in con­grat­u­lat­ing Chuck on receiv­ing the 2010 Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia award.

Ted Oyama is the winner of the 2009 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award

The win­ner of the 2009 Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia Award is Pro­fes­sor Ted Oya­ma from Vir­ginia Poly­tech­nic Insti­tute. Pro­fes­sor Oya­ma is rec­og­nized for his out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions and lead­er­ship in catal­y­sis research. In his ear­ly work, he made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to our under­stand­ing of cat­alyt­ic reac­tions on met­al car­bides, nitrides and oxides. Pro­fes­sor Oya­ma uses state-of-the-art spec­troscopy meth­ods to obtain infor­ma­tion about catal­y­sis in the work­ing sate. He cur­rent­ly works in three areas: the oxida­tive trans­for­ma­tion of hydro­car­bons to high-val­ue prod­ucts, the devel­op­ment of nov­el cat­a­lysts for the upgrad­ing of petro­le­um resources and the devel­op­ment of mem­branes and mem­brane reac­tors for the selec­tive sep­a­ra­tion of gas­es. The award announce­ment was made at the 2009 Spring Sym­po­sium. Pro­fes­sor Oya­ma will be hon­ored dur­ing his award lec­ture, sched­uled for Sep­tem­ber, with a plaque and a $1000 cash award.

Jeffrey Miller has won the 2009 CSNY Award for Excellence in Catalysis

Jef­frey Miller has won the 2009 Award for Excel­lence in Catal­y­sis pre­sent­ed by the Catal­y­sis Soci­ety of Met­ro­pol­i­tan New York.

Miller is being rec­og­nized for his strong con­tri­bu­tions to the field of catal­y­sis. In par­tic­u­lar, his work on impor­tant petro­chem­i­cal process­es con­tributed to the fun­da­men­tal under­stand­ing of met­al cat­a­lysts and enabled the upgrad­ing and con­ver­sion of for­mer waste streams to valu­able chem­i­cals. In his more recent work he pro­mot­ed the use of X-ray absorp­tion spec­tro­scopies to under­stand the cor­re­la­tion of prepa­ra­tion to struc­ture and func­tion of het­ero­ge­neous cat­a­lysts. He hold 48 patents and authored more than 100 peer reviewed pub­li­ca­tion in the field of catal­y­sis.

Miller grad­u­at­ed with a Ph.D. in Inor­gan­ic Chem­istry from Ore­gon State Uni­ver­si­ty in 1980. He joined Amo­co Oil Com­pa­ny (now BP Chem­i­cals) in 1980 where he pro­gressed through var­i­ous lead­er­ship posi­tions in the research orga­ni­za­tion. In June 2008, he joined Argonne Nation­al Lab­o­ra­to­ry where cur­rent­ly holds the posi­tion of Group Leader of the Het­ero­ge­neous Catal­y­sis pro­gram.

The Excel­lence in Catal­y­sis Award lec­ture will take place on May 20th where Miller will also receive a plaque and cash award. For more details, vis­it www​.nyc​sweb​.org.

Jingguang G. Chen is the winner of the 2008 Award for Excellence in Catalysis

Jing­guang G. Chen, LeClaire Pro­fes­sor of Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing and the direc­tor of Uni­ver­si­ty of Delaware’s Cen­ter for Cat­alyt­ic Sci­ence and Tech­nol­o­gy, has won the 2008 Award for Excel­lence in Catal­y­sis pre­sent­ed by the Catal­y­sis Soci­ety of Met­ro­pol­i­tan New York.

Chen is being rec­og­nized for his strong con­tri­bu­tions to the field of catal­y­sis. In par­tic­u­lar, his work to under­stand the phys­i­cal and chem­i­cal prop­er­ties of bimetal­lic and met­al car­bide sur­faces has inspired new appli­ca­tion to cat­alyt­ic and fuel cell process­es. Chen is also well known for his exper­tise in apply­ing advanced tech­niques such as NEXAFS to iden­ti­fy and char­ac­ter­ize reac­tive species in real world cat­a­lysts.

Chen is the cofounder and the prin­ci­pal inves­ti­ga­tor of the Syn­chro­tron Catal­y­sis Con­sor­tium (SCC) at the Nation­al Syn­chro­tron Light Source, Brookhaven Nation­al Lab­o­ra­to­ry. He is a mem­ber of the board of direc­tors of the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety and also serves as the catal­y­sis sec­re­tary-gen­er­al of the Amer­i­can Chem­i­cal Soci­ety.

The Excel­lence in Catal­y­sis Award lec­ture will take place in May 21st where Chen will also receive a plaque and cash award. For more details, vis­it www​.nyc​sweb​.org.

John Vohs wins the 2007 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award

The Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia is pleased to announce that Pro­fes­sor John Vohs of Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia is the recip­i­ent of the 2007 Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia Award. The award is giv­en for out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tion to the advance­ment of catal­y­sis. Such advance­ment can be sci­en­tif­ic, tech­no­log­i­cal or in orga­ni­za­tion lead­er­ship.

Pro­fes­sor Vohs is a Uni­ver­si­ty of Delaware grad­u­ate. After a NATO Post­doc­tor­al fel­low­ship at Fac­ultes Uni­ver­si­taires Notre-Dame de la Paix in Namur, Bel­gium he start­ed his aca­d­e­m­ic car­ri­er at Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia where he is cur­rent­ly the Carl V. S. Pro­fes­sor of Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing. His award nom­i­na­tors empha­size among oth­ers his pio­neer­ing work in the appli­ca­tion of sur­face sci­ence tech­niques to under­stand reac­tion mech­a­nisms and site require­ments on met­al oxide sin­gle crys­tals. He demon­strat­ed the use of High Res­o­lu­tion Elec­tron Ener­gy Loss Spec­troscopy (HREELS) to obtain vibra­tional spec­tra of reac­tive inter­me­di­ates on the sur­faces of semi­con­duct­ing and insu­lat­ing met­al oxides. This work, which con­tin­ues to be high­ly cit­ed today, was vital to mak­ing the con­nec­tion between mod­el sin­gle crys­tal sur­faces and high sur­face area pow­der cat­a­lysts, espe­cial­ly in demon­strat­ing mech­a­nisms and site require­ments from mod­el sys­tems that could be applied to com­plex mate­ri­als. His HREELS and XPS work on vana­dia, tita­nia, and ceria-based mate­ri­als helped to under­stand the sur­face prop­er­ties of these mate­ri­als and lead to applied research on oxy­gen stor­age process­es which is of vital impor­tance to sol­id oxide fuel cells (SOFCs). As one of the lead­ers of this field, pro­fes­sor Vohs con­tributed to the fun­da­men­tal under­stand­ing of relat­ed reac­tion and trans­port process­es, as well as strate­gies for pre­vent­ing deac­ti­va­tion and cok­ing in these devices. More­over, he is one of a small but grow­ing num­ber of researchers who are demon­strat­ing a new par­a­digm for design of new cat­alyt­ic mate­ri­als from atom­istic under­stand­ing.

In addi­tion to his research con­tri­bu­tions, Pro­fes­sor Vohs has advised near­ly 20 grad­u­ate stu­dents and about the same num­ber of post­doc­tor­al fel­lows dur­ing his 18 years as fac­ul­ty at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia where he also served as Asso­ciate Dean and Depart­ment Chair. He and his stu­dents have been long sup­port­ers of our Catal­y­sis Club and we are proud to add this award to the series of his pri­or acknowl­edge­ments.

Pro­fes­sor Vohs will be hon­ored with a plaque and a cash award which will be pre­sent­ed to him at a din­ner meet­ing in our fall sea­son when he will also present his award lec­ture.

Recip­i­ents of the Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia Award

  • 1968 Adal­bert Farkas
  • 1969 Charles J. Plank
  • 1970 Paul H. Emmett
  • 1971 G. Alex Mills
  • 1972 Alfred E. Hirschler­li
  • 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 A. Dumesic
  • 2007 John Vohs

Professor Robert Davis selected for the 2007 Paul H. Emmett Award

Pro­fes­sor Robert Davis has been select­ed for the 2007 Paul H. Emmett Award in Fun­da­men­tal Catal­y­sis. The award con­sists of a plaque and a prize. The pur­pose of the Award is to rec­og­nize and encour­age indi­vid­ual con­tri­bu­tions (under the age of 45) in the field of catal­y­sis with empha­sis on dis­cov­ery and under­stand­ing of cat­alyt­ic phe­nom­e­na, pro­pos­al of cat­alyt­ic reac­tion mech­a­nisms and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion of and descrip­tion of cat­alyt­ic sites and species.

Since 2002 Bob has been Pro­fes­sor and Chair of the Depart­ment of Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing, Uni­ver­si­ty of Vir­ginia, Char­lottesville, Vir­ginia. Bob has made numer­ous last­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the fun­da­men­tal sci­ence of het­ero­ge­neous catal­y­sis with excep­tion­al advances in acid, base, bifunc­tion­al acid/base, and base-pro­mot­ed met­al catal­y­sis. He is rec­og­nized here for his pio­neer­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the use of in-situ spec­tro­scop­ic meth­ods cou­pled with both steady-state and tran­sient kinet­ic meth­ods to elu­ci­date how oxide sup­ports and basic pro­mot­ers alter the active cat­alyt­ic sites for a vari­ety of reac­tions, includ­ing the selec­tive oxi­da­tion of hydro­car­bons, acid/base con­ver­sions, and ammo­nia syn­the­sis. A dis­tin­guish­ing char­ac­ter­is­tic of Bob’s research is its inte­gra­tion of mul­ti­ple exper­i­men­tal tech­niques for char­ac­ter­iz­ing het­ero­ge­neous cat­a­lysts and the kinet­ics of reac­tions occur­ring on their sur­faces. Bob has employed a com­pre­hen­sive set of spec­tro­scop­ic tools includ­ing extend­ed X-ray absorp­tion fine struc­ture, X-ray absorp­tion near-edge struc­ture, infrared, Raman, nuclear mag­net­ic and elec­tron spin res­o­nance, adsorp­tion microcalorime­try, elec­tron microscopy togeth­er with steady state as well as tran­sient kinet­ic analy­ses to deter­mine the local elec­tron­ic and geo­met­ric struc­ture of the active site(s), the influ­ence local envi­ron­ment, and the reac­tiv­i­ty of nov­el sup­port­ed cat­a­lysts under work­ing con­di­tions. This wide array of tools has enabled him to dis­cov­er the fun­da­men­tal fea­tures that con­trol a wide range of impor­tant cat­alyt­ic sys­tems.

In addi­tion to his out­stand­ing research accom­plish­ments, Bob has proven to be a leader in edu­cat­ing stu­dents and advanc­ing the field of catal­y­sis and reac­tion engi­neer­ing. He is the co-author of a rel­a­tive­ly new undergraduate/graduate text­book “Fun­da­men­tals of Chem­i­cal Reac­tion Engi­neer­ing” pub­lished by McGraw-Hill. His lead­er­ship has also been well rec­og­nized by the field as Bob has cho­sen to lead the pro­gram­ming efforts for Catal­y­sis in the Divi­sion of Catal­y­sis and Reac­tion Engi­neer­ing of the Amer­i­can Insti­tute of Chem­i­cal Engi­neers and cur­rent­ly serves as a Divi­sion Direc­tor. He has also orga­nized and par­tic­i­pat­ed in a num­ber of work­shops to pro­mote catal­y­sis in Asia, South Amer­i­ca and Africa for the Nation­al Sci­ence Foun­da­tion. He is one of the founders as well as the past Pres­i­dent of the South­east­ern Catal­y­sis Soci­ety. He also recent­ly chaired the 2006 Gor­don Con­fer­ence on Catal­y­sis.

Bob will give a ple­nary lec­ture and be rec­og­nized at the 2007 North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety meet­ing in Hous­ton. The Paul H. Emmett Award in Fun­da­men­tal Catal­y­sis is spon­sored by the Davi­son Chem­i­cal Divi­sion of W.R. Grace and Com­pa­ny.

It is admin­is­tered by The North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety and is award­ed bien­ni­al­ly in odd num­bered years. More infor­ma­tion on this award, the awards process, and pre­vi­ous awardees can be found inside the Awards fold­er on the NACS home page: www​.nacat​soc​.org.