16th North-East Corridor Zeolite Association Meeting


  • Friday, December 13, 2013 / 9:00 – 5:00 PM


  • Carolyn Hoff Lynch Seminar Room
    231 South 34th Street
    University of Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia, PA 19104


  • John Casci – Johnson Matthey
  • Feng Jiao – University of Delaware
  • Bjorn Moden – Zeolyst International
  • Yuriy Román – MIT
  • Helge Toufar – Clariant
  • Stacey Zones – Chevron

NECZA History and Meeting Philosophy – NECZA is an outgrowth of discussions held after sessions at the 1997 Zeolite and Layered Materials Gordon Conference, Chaired by Charles Kresge. NECZA seeks to maximize discussion and interactions between the scientists who are attending the meeting. As such, the technical program tends to be a bit flexible with contributions from a variety of backgrounds.

Traditionally, speakers are encouraged to prepare “provocative” talks and to rigorously keep the time for their talk which includes 10 to 15 minutes discussion time. The audience is STRONGLY encouraged to “participate” (even, for example, by bringing 1 – 2 overheads related to the talks to open up discussion).

The poster session and graduate student talks have been a staple of NECZA meetings. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to ‘get their feet wet’ in a relatively friendly setting.

We very much look forward to another fruitful and engaging NECZA meeting, made possible by your participation. The NECZA meeting serves as a nice cap to the year’s activities and we look forward to catching up with you all and hearing about your nice work at this December tradition.

Please forward this note on to your colleagues, or any others you feel might have interest, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions.

For registration and additional information, please contact Joseph Fedeyko (fedeyjm@jmusa.com) or visit our website at www.necza.org

We hope to see you at the NECZA meeting on Friday, December 13th, 2013.

Welcome to the 2013-14 Season of the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia

Dear Colleagues,
On behalf of the organizing committee, I would like to welcome you to join us for the 65th 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 broad range 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 Torren Carlson of DuPont. Following our tradition, the first meeting of the season will be given by the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Awardee, Daniel Resasco of University of Oklahoma, present his work on September 19th, 2013. Below is the speaker schedule for the 2013-14 season along with the special events that will occur throughout the year.

  • Sept. 19, 2013: Daniel Resasco, University of Oklahoma – CCP Award Lecture
  • Oct. 24, 2013:
    • Speaker to be announced
    • Poster Session
  • Nov. 21, 2013: Charles Campbell, University of Washington – NACS Burwell Lecture
  • Jan. 23, 2014: Chris Jones, Georgia Tech – NAM Emmett Awardee
  • Feb. 20, 2014:
    • Paul Dauenhauer, U. Mass.
    • Officer Nominations
  • March 20, 2014: Simon Podkolzin, Stevens Inst.
  • April 10, 2014:
    • Robert Schlögl, Fritz Haber
    • Officer Elections
  • May 2014: CCP Spring Symposium

Our annual student poster competition will take place in October and will be coordinated by Alejandra Rivas-Cardona of Johnson Matthey. 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 2014-15 season will take place in February with elections scheduled for April. Vladimiros Nikolakis of University of Delaware will organize the CCP Spring Symposium in May 2014. We will also continue the tradition of having brief presentations by a local graduate student prior to the main lecture at some of the monthly meetings.

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 2013-14 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 $15.00 ($5.00 for the local club and $10.00 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, Jacob Weiner, directly.

If you would like to receive our monthly announcements or need to update your contact information, please contact our Membership Director, Yaritza Lopez of Johnson Matthey (lopezym@jmusa.com).

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 19 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.
Best regards,
Carl Menning

2013 Annual Student Poster Competition

This is the first call for posters for the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia’s annual Student Poster Contest to be held Thursday, October 24th, 2013 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 October 4th, 2013, to Alejandra Rivas at rivasa01@jmusa.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.

Daniel Resasco is the recipient of the 2013 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award

Daniel_ResascoThe Catalysis Club of Philadelphia is pleased to announce Dr. Daniel Resasco as the recipient of the 2013 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award, in recognition of his many contributions related to supported metal and solid acid catalysis, hydrocarbon conversion, nanotube synthesis, and biomass-derived compound upgrading.

Prof. Resasco obtained his PhD in chemical engineering from Yale University in 1983 under the direction of Gary Haller. While at Yale, he co-authored a seminal work explaining strong metal-support interactions on Rh/TiO2 catalysts that subsequently became a Current Contents Citation Classic. After graduation from Yale, he joined the chemical engineering department of the National University of Mar del Plata, Argentina, eventually serving as department chair. In 1991 he returned to the US as Senior Scientist at the Sun Company, and in 1993 he joined the School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering at the University of Oklahoma where he is now the George Lynn Cross Research Professor and Douglas & Hilda Bourne Chair of Chemical Engineering.

Prof. Resasco’s research in heterogeneous catalysis has always aimed at important applications, but has been strongly grounded in fundamentals of structure-property relationships and characterization of catalysts and mechanisms. Initially, his research program examined strong solid acid catalysis and supported metal catalysis for hydrocarbon processing. In the late 90s, Resasco’s group began investigation of heterogeneous catalytic synthesis of single-wall carbon nanotubes, discovering that careful control of the catalyst nanostructure enabled unprecedented chiral selectivity in the nanotubes.

Their work led to the patented CoMoCat process, capable of scaleup to industrial production, and a spinoff company, SouthWest NanoTechnologies. More recently, Resasco’s work on upgrading of biomass-derived compounds led to the development of Janus nanoparticle catalysts which simultaneously stabilize high interfacial area emulsions and carry out upgrading reactions in both the aqueous and organic phases. This work was initially reported in Science in January, 2010.

Prof. Resasco has authored well over 200 archival journal articles which have been cited over 8,000 times, 32 industrialpatents, and over 120 invited lectures. From 2001 – 2007 Resasco also served as associate editor of the Journal of Catalysis.

Prof. Resasco will be honored with a plaque an honorarium ($1000) during his award presentation at the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia’s monthly meetings in the upcoming 2013-2014 season.

Catalysis Club of Philadelphia – Announcement of Election Results

The elections for the 2013-2014 season of the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia (CCP) were held on April 18, 2013.

The newly elected officers to the CCP Executive Committee are:

  • Chair-Elect: Vladimiros Nikolakis
  • Treasurer: Steve Harris
  • NACS Representative: Anne Gaffney
  • Directors
    • Yaritza Lopez
    • Parag Shah
    • Alejandra Rivas-Cardona

The proposal to amend BY–LAW IV — Officers, section 5 to include the position of Webmaster among the appointed positions was approved. The complete CCP by-laws are available at catalysisclubphilly.org/about/by-laws.

Seventh World Congress on Oxidation Catalysis

7WCOCAdvThe 7th World Congress on Oxidation Catalysis aims to focus on the understanding of catalytic oxidation phenomena across time and length scales, taking together the fundamental phenomena that is most often the focus of academia with the processes and applications that drive industry. The session titled From Fundamentals to Application includes existing and nascent topics that bridge fundamental understanding to current and emerging technologies. For example, materials/catalyst preparation and design topics address the multifunctional nature inherent in oxidation process catalysts. Emerging alternative or “green” oxidants can be used in both heterogeneous and homogeneous processes to benefit selectivity. Chemical looping processes promise to eliminate the primary source of nitrogen oxides.

A new session format is included with the goal of presenting new ideas and methodologies for decoding the complexity inherent in catalysis and catalytic processes. Presenters are encouraged to discuss exciting combinations of theory and experiment and the combination of multiple experimental techniques. Presentations will be scheduled early in the program with a discussion workshop to generate consensus on the current state and direction of the field.

The oxidative catalytic applications important to industry in a great sense drive the fundamental work discussed above. The petrochemical processes focused on syngas generation/conversion, combustion, partial and selective oxidation, amines and C1 chemistry, along with processes for biomass conversion to fuels will be presented. Fine chemical and pharmaceutical production that generally employ homogeneous oxidations are covered among the subtopics of olefin and aromatic oxidation, epoxidation and the chemistry of radical species. Finally, the contribution of catalysis to environmental technologies such as VOC oxidation, wastewater treatment and autoexhaust catalysis will be presented.

The Congress begins with a full day on Sunday, June 9th, and lasts through Wednesday June 12th. It will be held in Saint Louis, Missouri on the campus of Washington University. With Washington University acting as host the Congress is made quite economical and many will find the registration prices coupled with the availability of campus housing a pleasant surprise. The Congress dinner will be on Tuesday, June 11 and a group excursion to the top of the Gateway Arch will take place on Wednesday, June 12. For more information about the 7th World Congress, visit www.7wcoc.org.

Registration Deadline for 2013 Spring Symposium

Dear Colleagues,
The deadline for advance registration for 2013 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Spring Symposium has been extended until Friday, May 3rd.

The registration for the Symposium can be conveniently done online.

Below you will find a link to an updated Symposium announcement and registration form. The Symposium is scheduled to be held on Thursday, May 9th at the DoubleTree Hotel in Wilmington, Delaware.

We have a strong program this year with a number of interesting talks. We hope to see you at the Symposium.

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