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

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

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: