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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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.
C: 302-9818331; O: 302-8316204
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 email@example.com.
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)
Each year the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia recognizes an outstanding member of the catalysis community, who has made significant contributions to the advancement of Catalysis. Such advancement can be scientific, technological, or in organization leadership. The Award consists of a plaque and a $1,000 cash prize.
We appreciate your help in submitting nominations. The entire nomination package, including a resume and recommendation letters, should not be more than 10 pages and should include a ½ page tentative award announcement. The deadline for the receipt of nominations is April 11, 2013. Prior nomination packages sent in 2012 or later will automatically be considered for the 2014 Award.
Nomination letters along with supporting materials should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
280 Cedar Grove Rd
Conshohocken, PA 19428
Previous Winners 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
Sponsored by UOP and the Catalysis Club of Chicago
The Catalysis Club of Chicago is soliciting nominations for the Herman Pines Award for outstanding research in the field of catalysis. Herman Pines was an outstanding research scientist, and his work revolutionized the general understanding of organic chemistry, particularly the chemistry of hydrocarbons interacting with strong acids. The Award in his honor is co-sponsored by UOP, where Herman Pines began his industrial career in 1930 and amassed 145 US patents, and by the Catalysis Club of Chicago of which Herman Pines was a founding member.
The Award will be presented at the 2014 Catalysis Club of Chicago Spring Symposium and consists of a plaque, a cash award of $1,000 and reimbursement for travel and lodging as a plenary speaker at the Spring Symposium.
The nominee must meet the following criteria:
- Great achievements of catalysis research in the past five years.
- For the year of 2014, the award will be given to an industrial researcher.
- Active member in catalysis community.
- A resident of North America.
Deadline for nomination is January 31, 2014. Nomination should describe the specific work for which the nominee should be recognized. Complete curriculum vitae with letters of support for the nominee must be included in the nomination, together with the description of work. Letters of nomination and supporting documentation must be sent by January 31, 2014 as a single PDF document to:
President – The Catalysis Club of Chicago (2013-2014)
BP Products North America Inc.
Naperville, IL 60565
List of past award recipients of the Herman Pines Award:
- 1999 Prof. Harold Kung – Northwestern University
- 2000 Dr. John Monnier – Eastman Chemical Company
- 2001 Prof. Lanny Schmidt – University of Minnesota
- 2002 Dr. James Brazdil – BP
- 2003 Prof. James Dumesic – University of Wisconsin
- 2004 Dr. Alak Bhattacharyya – BP
- 2005 Prof. Israel Wachs – Lehigh University
- 2006 Dr. Jeff Miller – BP
- 2007 Prof. Chunshan Song – Pennsylvania State University
- 2008 Dr. Aleksey Yezerets – Cummins Inc.
- 2009 Prof. Tobin Marks – Northwestern University
- 2010 Dr. James Rekoske – UOP
- 2011 Prof. Jingguang Chen – University of Delaware
- 2012 Dr. Stuart Soled – ExxonMobil
- 2013 Prof. W. Nicholas Delgass – Purdue University