Professor James A. Dumesic receives 2006 CCP Award

Professor Jingguang Chen, from the University of Delaware and Pass Chair of the CCP, presented Professor Dumesic with the 2006 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award for his pioneering contributions to the kinetics and mechanisms of catalytic reactions. He is also recognized for the development of concepts and tools for elucidating structure-property relationships for the discovery of new catalysts.

After receiving the award, Prof. Dumesic presented the 2006 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award Lecture to a full house: “Catalytic Production of Liquid Fuels and Chemicals from Biomass-derived Oxygenated Hydrocarbons”.

James Dumesic is the winner of the 2006 Catalyis Club of Philadelphia Award

The 2006 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award is given to Professor James A. Dumesic of Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, for his pioneering contributions to the kinetics and mechanisms of catalytic reactions. Professor Dumesic is also recognized for the development of concepts and tools for elucidating structure-property relationships for the discovery of new catalysts. Professor Dumesic’s recent discoveries include the metal-catalyzed reforming of biomass-derived oxygenates in aqueous media, and the use of oxide clusters as redox agents in fuel cells. Professor Dumesic has received many previous awards, including the Colburn Award and the Wilhelm Award from the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Emmett Award from the North American Catalysis Society, the Somorjai Award of the American Chemical Society, and the election to the National Academy of Engineering.

Professor Dumesic award will be presented at the Club first meeting on September 28, 2006. The award lecture will be given thereafter.

Prof. Nicholas Delgass winner of the 2006 Award for Excellence in Catalysis

The Catalysis Society of Metropolitan New York is pleased to announce that Professor W. Nicholas Delgass of Purdue University is the recipient of the Society’s 2006 Excellence in Catalysis Award sponsored by ExxonMobil Research and Engineering.

Professor Delgass is being recognized for his numerous, significant, contributions to catalysis science. Since receiving his PhD from Stanford University with Michel Boudart, Professor Delgass’ long and illustrious career has been marked by elegant and creative research in heterogeneous catalysis and surface science. His research is distinguished by its consistent focus on fundamental kinetics, molecular characterization, and careful attention to experimental detail to provide clear mechanistic insights into complex catalytic systems. In so doing, he has pioneered the application to catalytic systems of many spectroscopic techniques, such as Mössbauer, XPS, SIMS and solid state NMR, providing structural understanding of both active sites and key organic intermediates. Professor Delgass continues to advance the catalysis field in his current role as Director of Purdue’s newly formed Center for Catalysis Design. In this role, Professor Delgass is leading a multi-scientist effort to utilize high throughput experimentation along with forward predictive fundamental models to systematically suggest new catalyst structures for experimental design. In addition to his many research accomplishments, Professor Delgass is recognized as a premier teacher, mentor, and collaborator whose enthusiastic support of catalysis science and technology continues to inspire his many students, associates and colleagues in the field.

Professor Delgass will be honored with a plaque and a cash award, sponsored by ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company on May 24, 2006 at a dinner meeting at the Catalysis Society of Metropolitan New York at the Marriott Hotel, Somerset, NJ. The award lecture will be given thereafter.

Recipients of the Award for Excellence in Catalysis

  • 1982 J.A. Rabo (Union Carbide)
  • 1983 K. Klier (Lehigh)
  • 1984 W. Kaeding, et al (Mobil)
  • 1985 A. Vannice (U. of Pennsylvania)
  • 1986 J. Lunsford (Texas A&M)
  • 1987 F.J. Karol, et al (Union Carbide)
  • 1988 S.J. Tauster (Engelhard)
  • 1989 Bruce C. Gates (Delaware)
  • 1990 W. Keith Hall (Pittsburgh)
  • 1991 N.Y. Chen (Mobil)
  • 1992 H.S. Gandhi (Ford)
  • 1993 Gary L. Haller (Yale)
  • 1994 James A. Dumesic (Wisconsin)
  • 1995 Gary McVicker (Exxon)
  • 1996 Israel Wachs (Lehigh)
  • 1997 John Newsam (Molecular Simulations)
  • 1998 Terry Baker (Northeastern)
  • 1999 Shun Fung (Exxon)
  • 2000 Henry C. Foley (Delaware)
  • 2001 J.F. Brazdil, et al (BP Chemical)
  • 2002 Amir H. Hoveyda (Boston College)
  • 2003 Stu Soled (ExxonMobil)
  • 2004 Ralph Dalla Betta (Catalytica)
  • 2005 Fabio Ribeiro (Purdue)
  • 2006 W. Nicholas Delgass (Purdue)