On behalf of the organizing committee, I would like to welcome you to join us for the 67th season of the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia. We are proud to continue the legacy set forth by the original 7 scientists who established this club in 1949 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 excellent selection of talks that have been arranged for this season.
We are excited to announce the speaker lineup for our monthly meetings that has been coordinated by Alan Allgeier of DuPont. Following our tradition, the first meeting presentation of the season will be given by the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Awardee, Sourav Sengupta of DuPont. The full season speaker schedule along with various special events is listed below.
|Sept. 17, 2015
||Sourav Sengupta, DuPont
||CCP Award Lecture
|Oct. 15, 2015
||Matt Neurock, U of M
|Nov. 19, 2015
||John Holladay, PNNL
|Jan. 21, 2016
||Jingguang Chen, Columbia U.
|Feb. 18, 2016
||Susannah Scott, UCSB
|March 24, 2016
|April 21, 2016
||Rob Rioux, PSU
||CCP Spring Symposium
Our annual student poster competition will take place in November and will be coordinated by Bingjun Xu 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. Additionally, selected students will also give brief presentations at several monthly meetings. The nominations of CCP officers for the 2016-17 season will take place in February with elections scheduled for April. Anton Petushkov of Zeolyst International will organize the CCP Spring Symposium in May 2016.
The monthly meetings will continue to 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 2015-16 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 receive our latest information and news through our website at catalysisclubphilly.org, through LinkedIn, and also Facebook. While you can still work with your company representative, we would like to strongly encourage you to try our online registration form or contact our arrangements chair, Alex Mironenko, directly.
If you would like to receive our monthly announcements or need to update your contact information, please contact our Membership Director, Eric Sacia of DuPont.
The strength of our club has always revolved around our generous industrial sponsors and members of 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 17th 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.
The 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
Dr. Theodore A. Koch, 88, a retired DuPont research scientist passed away peacefully at his home in Wilmington, Delaware on September 13, 2014.
A native of upstate New York, Koch studied chemistry at St. Michael’s College in Burlington, VT and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA, earning his Ph.D. in chemistry in 1952. He joined the DuPont Co. ultimately retiring from its Nylon business unit as a DuPont Fellow after 48 years of service. An authority on heterogeneous catalysts, Koch spent his entire career developing chemical processes and bringing them from the benchtop to commercialization with marked creativity and tenacity.
Notable technical accomplishments in Koch’s career included developing a new catalyst for nitrous oxide destruction (an ozone-depletion byproduct from Nylon manufacture), development of a new process for hydrogen cyanide manufacture and improvements to many polymer intermediates processes. Koch received the award for Excellence in Catalytic Science and Technology from the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia in 1994 and the Lavoisier Medal for Technical Excellence from the DuPont Co. in 1998. His external roles included adjunct Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Delaware; president of the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia; and membership in the North American Catalysis Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Organic Reactions Catalysis Society, and the American Chemical Society. He held 29 patents and co-authored 18 journal articles and one textbook on catalysis entitled, “Catalyst Manufacture.”
Koch is survived by his wife of 62 years, Anne, his five children, five grandchildren and extended family. His memory lives on through the Theodore A. Koch Fund that will recognize and reward Delaware Valley achievements in catalysis research. Charitable donations may be made to the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia, Ted Koch Fund, c/o Stephen Harris, Treasurer, Renmatix, 660 Allendale Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406.
On behalf of the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Officers, I would like to welcome you to our events for the 2014-15 season. Following our tradition, the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Awardee, Dr. Haiying Chen, will present his work on the first meeting of the season on September 18th, 2014. The speaker schedule for the 2014-15 season (put together under the coordination of Dan Slanac of DuPont), along with the special events, is listed below. We hope that you’ll join us and that you’ll enjoy the planned talks. So please mark your calendars.
- Sept. 18, 2014: Dr. Haiying Chen, Johnson Matthey – CCP Award Lecture
- Oct. 16, 2014:
- Dr. Paul Barger, UOP – Ciapetta Award Lecture
- Poster Session
- Nov. 13, 2014: Prof. Xianqin Wang, New Jersey Institute of Technology
- Jan. 22, 2015: Prof. Julia Valla, University of Connecticut
- Feb. 19, 2015:
- March 19, 2015:
- Fuat Celik, Rutgers University
- Officer Nominations
- April 16, 2015:
- May 2014: CCP Spring Symposium
The monthly meetings will continue to 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. In an attempt to facilitate registration process we plan to introduce credit card as an additional method of payment. Additional details will be announced in one of the forthcoming meetings. Until then we strongly encourage advance reservations for the meetings either using our online registration form in our webpage or by contacting our arrangements chair, Eyas Mahmoud (email@example.com), directly. Dues for the 2014-15 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).
Our annual student poster competition (organized by Bingjun Xu of University of Delaware) will again be held in October. It provides an important forum for local students to disseminate their work and interact with fellow scientists from industry and academia. Furthermore, selected students from local universities will also be given the opportunity to brief presentation of their work at certain meetings.
Feel free to contact me or any other officers with any comments or concerns, and keep checking periodically our website (www.catalysisclubphilly.org) and our LinkedIn account for news or updates.
I’m looking forward to seeing all of you in September.
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This is the first call for posters for the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia’s annual Student Poster Contest to be held Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at the Double Tree Hotel, 4727 Concord Pike (Rt. 202) in Wilmington, DE. To enter, please submit a short abstract of your proposed entry before September 28th, 2014, to Bingjun Xu at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 past years Catalysis Club members and guests will cast their votes for favorite poster and 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 2014.
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. View the official announcement here.
The Catalysis Club of Chicago is pleased to announce that Dr. Haiying Chen (Johnson Matthey) is the recipient of the 2014 Herman Pines Award in Catalysis. This Award is given to recognize Dr. Chen’s significant contributions to the advancement of environment catalysis and technology. Dr. Chen’s research has led to the discovery and successful development and commercialization of (1) small pore molecular sieve supported transition metal catalysts for the Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) of NOx with NH3; (2) NOx adsorber catalysts for heavy duty diesel emission control; and (3) sustainable technologies for the control of volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions from industrial processes. In addition, his research has led to the development of low temperature emission control technologies to meet future emission standards.
Dr. Chen has been invited to give lectures at various universities as well as on national and international scientific meetings. He has published 13 patents and over 50 publications. In addition, Dr. Chen has served the catalysis community in several leadership roles.
The award includes an honorarium ($1,000) and a plaque. Dr. Chen will receive this award and deliver the Award address at the Catalysis Club of Chicago Spring Symposium on May 13, 2014 at the BP Research Center in Naperville, IL.
List of past recipients of the Herman Pines Award
- 1999 Harold Kung (Northwestern University)
- 2000 John Monnier (Eastman Chemical)
- 2001 Lanny Schmidt (University of Minnesota)
- 2002 James Brazdil (BP)
- 2003 James Dumesic (University of Wisconsin)
- 2004 Alak Bhattacharyya (BP)
- 2005 Israel Wachs (Lehigh University)
- 2006 Jeffrey Miller (BP)
- 2007 Chunshan Song (Pennsylvania State University)
- 2008 Aleksey Yezerets (Cummins)
- 2009 Tobin Marks (Northwestern University)
- 2010 James Rekoske (UOP)
- 2011 Jingguang Chen (University Delaware)
- 2012 Stuart Soled (ExxonMobil)
- 2013 W. Nicholas Delgass (Purdue University)