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

Catalysis Club of Philadelphia’s Annual Student Poster Contest

This is the first call for posters for the Catal­y­sis Club of Philadelphia’s annu­al Stu­dent Poster Con­test to be held Thurs­day, Octo­ber 18th, 2012 at the Dou­ble­Tree Hotel, 4727 Con­cord Pike (Rt. 202) in Wilm­ing­ton, DE. To enter, please sub­mit a short abstract of your pro­posed entry before Octo­ber 5th, 2012, to Vladimiros Niko­lakis.

The com­pe­ti­tion is restrict­ed to grad­u­ate stu­dents only. Post-docs are wel­come to present their posters but are not eli­gi­ble for prizes. All poster pre­sen­ters should be list­ed as the first author, and will be guests of the Catal­y­sis Club for the evening. As in years past Catal­y­sis Club mem­bers and guests will cast their votes for favorite poster and a last year a pan­el of indus­tri­al judges will select the 5 best posters from the top 10 posters. Total prizes award of $550 will be dis­trib­uted between the win­ners, $150 will go to the over­all win­ner and $100 each to the 4 oth­er win­ners. The one over­all win­ner will be invit­ed to present his or her work at the annu­al Catal­y­sis Club sym­po­sium in spring 2013.

The Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia is very proud of this event and views it as one of the region’s pre­mier oppor­tu­ni­ties for grad­u­ate stu­dents to show­case their work with the local chem­i­cal indus­try pro­fes­sion­als. All grad­u­ate stu­dents whose work is either direct­ly or indi­rect­ly relat­ed to catal­y­sis sci­ence and tech­nol­o­gy are encour­aged to sub­mit entries.

Welcome to the 2012–13 Season of the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia

Dear Col­leagues,

Wel­come to the 64th sea­son of the Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia. Since the club was found­ed in 1949, we con­tin­ue the tra­di­tion of hold­ing meet­ings to stim­u­late dis­cus­sions among the aca­d­e­m­ic and indus­tri­al catal­y­sis sci­en­tists in the greater Philadel­phia area. We hope that you will join us by attend­ing the broad range of talks that have been arranged for this sea­son.

The speak­er line­up for our month­ly meet­ings has been coor­di­nat­ed by Yaritza Lopez of John­son Matthey. As has been our recent tra­di­tion, the first meet­ing of the sea­son will be the Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia Award Lec­ture. We are pleased to have the 2012 Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia Award win­ner Ros­tam Madon of BASF present his work on Sep­tem­ber 20, 2012. Below is the speak­er sched­ule for the 2012–13 sea­son along with any spe­cial event that will occur through­out the year.

  • 9/20/12 — Ros­tam Madon, BASF — CCP Award Lec­ture
  • 10/18/12 — Israel Wachs, Lehigh Uni­ver­si­ty
  • 10/18/12 — Poster Ses­sion
  • 11/15/12 — To be announced
  • 1/17/13 — Stu­art Soled, Exxon­Mo­bil
  • 2/21/13 — Anne Gaffney, INVISTA
  • 2/21/13 — Offi­cer Nom­i­na­tions
  • 3/21/13 — Jim Miller, Carnegie Mel­lon
  • 4/18/13 — John Kitchin, Carnegie Mel­lon
  • 4/18/13 — Offi­cer Elec­tions
  • May 13 — CCP Spring Sym­po­sium

Our annu­al stu­dent poster com­pe­ti­tion will take place in Octo­ber and will be coor­di­nat­ed by Vladimiris Niko­lakis of Uni­ver­si­ty of Delaware. The poster ses­sion pro­vides a great oppor­tu­ni­ty for local grad­u­ate stu­dents to present their work to a broad catal­y­sis audi­ence and for com­pa­nies to look for poten­tial can­di­dates. The nom­i­na­tions of CCP offi­cers for the 2013–14 sea­son will take place in Feb­ru­ary with elec­tions sched­uled for April. Carl Men­ning of DuPont will orga­nize the CCP Spring Sym­po­sium in May. We will also con­tin­ue to have a brief pre­sen­ta­tion by a local grad­u­ate stu­dent pri­or to the main lec­ture at some of the month­ly meet­ings.

The month­ly meet­ings will again be held at the Dou­ble­tree Hotel on US-202 in Wilm­ing­ton, DE. The cost of the din­ner will remain at $35.00 for mem­bers, $20.00 for students/retirees and will include one drink dur­ing the social hour. The fees for walk-ins and non-mem­bers will be $40.00. We strong­ly encour­age advance reser­va­tions for the meet­ings.

Dues for the 2012–13 sea­son will remain at $25.00 ($5.00 for the local club and $20.00 to the nation­al club). Dues for stu­dents, post­docs and retirees will be $10.00 ($5.00 for the local club and $5.00 to the nation­al club). You can pay your dues to your com­pa­ny rep­re­sen­ta­tive, to our trea­sur­er Hai-Ying Chen of John­son Matthey, or at the month­ly meet­ings. A list of com­pa­ny rep­re­sen­ta­tives is avail­able in our web­site.

Please vis­it our web­site at catal​y​sis​clubphilly​.org to receive lat­est infor­ma­tion on month­ly meet­ings. If you would like to receive our month­ly announce­ments or need to update your con­tact infor­ma­tion, please con­tact our Mem­ber­ship Direc­tor, Parag Shah of PQ Cor­po­ra­tion at parag.​shah@​pqcorp.​com.

The strength of our club has always revolved around our mem­bers and our month­ly meet­ings. Please con­tin­ue to sup­port CCP by attend­ing the meet­ings and by invit­ing your col­leagues. I am look­ing for­ward to see­ing you all on Sep­tem­ber 20 to start off anoth­er great sea­son.

Please also feel free to con­tact me or the oth­er offi­cers through­out the sea­son with any com­ments or sug­ges­tions for how we can improve the club.

Bjorn Mod­en

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.

Catalysis Club of Philadelphia 2012 Spring Symposium

The Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia held its annu­al Spring Sym­po­sium at the Dou­ble­tree Hotel in Wilm­ing­ton, DE on May 17, 2012. It was a suc­cess­ful event with 87 atten­dees from indus­try and acad­e­mia. The speak­ers pre­sent­ing their work at the sym­po­sium were: Matt Neu­rock (Uni­ver­si­ty of Vir­ginia), Enrique Igle­sia (Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley), Raul Lobo (Uni­ver­si­ty of Delaware), David John­son (Lucite Inter­na­tion­al), Tewodros Ase­fa (Rut­gers Uni­ver­si­ty), Ist­van Halasz (PQ Cor­po­ra­tion), Michael Janik (Penn­syl­va­nia State Uni­ver­si­ty), Alan All­geier (DuPont) and Yadan Tang (Lehigh Uni­ver­si­ty).

2012 Catalysis Gordon Conference

I am pleased to announce the 2012 Catal­y­sis Gor­don Con­fer­ence to be held June 24–29, 2012 at Col­by-Sawyer Col­lege in New Lon­don, New Hamp­shire. As in pre­vi­ous years the Catal­y­sis GRC promis­es to be an excit­ing con­fer­ence in the nor­mal GRC for­mat focus­ing on high­light­ing and dis­cussing the lat­est often unpub­lished results in the hottest areas of catal­y­sis.

The 2012 GRC has a theme of “Catal­y­sis – From Fun­da­men­tals to Appli­ca­tion” and seeks to build bridges between the­o­ry and exper­i­ment as well as low pres­sure spec­troscopy and high pres­sure appli­ca­tion. This year the con­fer­ence will be held in the beau­ti­ful New Lon­don, New Hamp­shire at Col­by Sawyer Col­lege in new­ly upgrad­ed con­fer­ence facil­i­ties.
Oral Pre­sen­ters:

  • Aveli­no Cor­ma – UPV
  • Bert Weck­huy­sen – Utrecht
  • Beat­riz Roldan – Cen­tral Flori­da
  • Adri­ano Zecchi­na – Turin
  • Jens Norskov – Stan­ford
  • Karsten Reuter – TU Munich
  • Christophe Cop­eret – ETH
  • Justin Notestein – North­west­ern
  • Edmund Car­na­han – Dow
  • Fabio Ribeiro — Pur­due
  • Manos Mavrikakis — Wis­con­sin
  • Jing­guang Chen — Delaware
  • Abhya Datye — New Mex­i­co
  • Stig Helveg – Hal­dor Top­soe
  • Jae Sung-Lee – Pohang
  • Kazu­nari Domen – Tokyo
  • Yang Shao-Horn – MIT
  • Daniel Resas­co – Okla­homa
  • Chris Mar­shall – Argonne
  • Alex­is Bell – Cal-Berke­ley

Appli­ca­tions are now being accept­ed at http://​www​.grc​.org/​p​r​o​g​r​a​m​s​.​a​s​p​x​?​y​e​a​r​=​2​0​1​2​&​p​r​o​g​r​a​m​=​c​a​t​a​l​y​sis. Grad­u­ate stu­dents and post-docs are high­ly encour­aged to apply and present posters. Ques­tions about the con­fer­ence and finan­cial sup­port can be addressed to the con­fer­ence chair­man at bruce.​cook2@​bp.​com.
Bruce Cook
Chair­man, 2012 Catal­y­sis GRC

Elections for the 2012–13 Season Executive Committee will be held on April 19, 2012

Chair-elect: Carl Men­ning, Vlad Niko­lakis
Trea­sur­er: Haiy­ing Chen, Parag Shah
Direc­tors: Yaritza Lopez, Chuck Coe
Bio­graph­i­cal sketch­es of the can­di­dates


Carl Men­ning is cur­rent­ly a Research Engi­neer at DuPont at the Cor­po­rate Research cen­ter in Wilm­ing­ton, DE, where he is work­ing on cat­a­lyst devel­op­ment for renew­ably-sourced mate­ri­als. He obtained his under­grad­u­ate degree in Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Min­neso­ta-Twin Cities in 2003. Fol­low­ing a short peri­od in indus­try, he received his Ph. D. in Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Delaware under the guid­ance of Jing­guang Chen in 2009 with a focus on bimetal­lic cat­a­lysts for PEM fuel cells. He has indus­tri­al expe­ri­ence in a vari­ety of fields includ­ing con­sumer foods, petro­le­um-based prod­ucts, inor­gan­ic pig­ments and renew­ably-sourced mate­ri­als. Carl is cur­rent­ly the Pro­gram Chair of the Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia and was the Arrange­ments Chair from 2006 to 2008.

Dr. Vladimiros Niko­lakis (Ph.D., Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing, Uni­ver­si­ty of Mass­a­chu­setts Amherst, 2001) joined the Catal­y­sis Cen­ter for Ener­gy Inno­va­tion at Uni­ver­si­ty of Delaware as a Senior Research Asso­ciate in 2011. Before that he was a Prin­ci­pal Researcher at the Insti­tute of Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing & High Tem­per­a­ture Chem­i­cal Process­es (FORTH/ICE-HT), Greece. His cur­rent stud­ies are focused in the field of het­ero­ge­neous catal­y­sis for the con­ver­sion of bio­mass feed­stocks to plat­form chem­i­cals or fuels. His research inter­ests also include the fields of zeo­lite crys­tal­liza­tion; zeo­lite mem­brane syn­the­sis, eval­u­a­tion and devel­op­ment of nov­el char­ac­ter­i­za­tion tech­niques. He has pub­lished more than 30 arti­cles in peer reviewed sci­en­tif­ic jour­nals and he has more than 50 pre­sen­ta­tions in sci­en­tif­ic con­fer­ences. He has served the pro­fes­sion­al com­mu­ni­ty as a mem­ber of the orga­niz­ing com­mit­tee of sev­er­al sci­en­tif­ic con­fer­ences (once as a con­fer­ence chair), and as review­er of research arti­cles or pro­pos­als.


Dr. Hai-Ying Chen is a Prod­uct Devel­op­ment Man­ag­er at John­son Matthey Inc., Emis­sion Con­trol Tech­nolo­gies, in Wayne, Penn­syl­va­nia. He is respon­si­ble for devel­op­ing advanced cat­a­lysts for exhaust emis­sion con­trol. Hai-Ying Chen received his Ph. D. degree in Chem­istry from Fudan Uni­ver­si­ty, Shang­hai, Chi­na. He has been a mem­ber of the Philadel­phia Catal­y­sis Club since 2000, and served the club as Sec­tary, Pro­gram Chair, Direc­tor, and Chair.

Parag Shah is a Research Chemist at PQ Cor­po­ra­tion and is involved in devel­op­ing improved sil­i­ca-based sup­ports, new poly­olefin cat­a­lysts and process/product devel­op­ment for emerg­ing cat­a­lyst tech­nolo­gies. In 2008 he received his PhD in Chem­i­cal and Bio­mol­e­c­u­lar Engi­neer­ing from Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia under the guid­ance of Prof. Ray­mond J. Gorte. His the­sis work focused on inves­ti­gat­ing the ther­mo­dy­nam­ic prop­er­ties of met­al-oxide cat­a­lysts. Parag earned his Bachelor’s degree in Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing from the Insti­tute of Chem­i­cal Tech­nol­o­gy, Uni­ver­si­ty of Bom­bay (India), and sub­se­quent­ly did a Mas­ters in Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Twente (The Nether­lands), with empha­sis on Process Devel­op­ment and Design. He has been a mem­ber of the Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia since 2004, and served as Sec­re­tary since 2010–2011 sea­son.


Yaritza M. López is cur­rent­ly a Senior Appli­ca­tion Engi­neer at John­son Matthey in the Heavy Duty Diesel depart­ment in Audubon, PA. She is work­ing on the tech­ni­cal appli­ca­tions of new cat­a­lysts for emis­sion con­trol for heavy duty diesel engines. She joined JM in Sep­tem­ber 2010, after fin­ish­ing her Post-Doc at the Uni­ver­si­ty of South Car­oli­na (USC), where she focused her research of NOx reduc­tion cat­a­lysts for gaso­line emis­sions. She obtained her PhD degree from USC in 2009, her dis­ser­ta­tion was focused on the syn­the­sis, char­ac­ter­i­za­tion and kinet­ic eval­u­a­tion of den­drimer-derived monometal­lic and bimetal­lic cat­a­lysts for hydro­gena­tion and NOx reduc­tion reac­tions. Yaritza was mem­ber of the South­east Catal­y­sis Soci­ety and she is an active mem­ber of the North Amer­i­can Catal­y­sis Soci­ety (2007 – present). She has been part of sev­er­al pro­fes­sion­al and grad­u­ate stu­dent com­mit­tees. She was co-chair on fun­da­men­tals of catal­y­sis ses­sion in AIChE and she par­tic­i­pat­ed as judge of AIChE under­grad­u­ate stu­dent poster (2010). She was also vice-pres­i­dent of the chem­i­cal engi­neer grad­u­ate orga­ni­za­tion at USC (2008–2009) and part of the grad­u­ate stu­dent recruit­ing com­mit­tee at USC from 2005 to 2009.

Chuck Coe is cur­rent­ly a Vis­it­ing Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor in the Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing Depart­ment of Vil­lano­va Uni­ver­si­ty. After obtain­ing his PhD in inor­gan­ic chem­istry from Carnegie Mel­lon Uni­ver­si­ty, Chuck joined the Chem­i­cal Addi­tives divi­sion of Air Prod­ucts and Chem­i­cals Ear­ly in Chuck’s career he trans­ferred to the cor­po­rate research group at the com­pa­ny head­quar­ters where he devel­oped an exten­sive exper­tise in mol­e­c­u­lar sieve sci­ence. Before retir­ing from Air Prod­ucts, Chuck was named a strate­gic tech­nol­o­gist for the Cor­po­ra­tion and pro­vid­ed inter­nal con­sul­ta­tion on a broad range of mate­ri­als char­ac­ter­i­za­tion issues involv­ing cat­a­lysts and adsor­bents. Chuck has been an active mem­ber of the Philadel­phia and NY Catal­y­sis Clubs for over thir­ty years. Ear­li­er in his career he served as an offi­cer in the Philadel­phia Catal­y­sis Club. He received the 2010 Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia Award. Since retir­ing, Chuck has joined the Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing fac­ul­ty at Vil­lano­va as a Vis­it­ing Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor and is shar­ing his knowl­edge with the next gen­er­a­tion of engi­neers and sci­en­tists.