Nicholas Delgass is the Winner of the 2013 Herman Pines Award in Catalysis

The Catalysis Club of Chicago is pleased to announce that Prof. W. Nicholas Delgass (Maxine Spencer Nichols Emeritus Professor of Chemical Engineering at Purdue University) is the recipient of the 2013 Herman Pines Award in Catalysis. This Award is given to recognize Prof. Delgass’ outstanding contributions to catalyst characterization, reaction and catalyst chemistry, and advanced catalyst design. Prof. Delgass first introduced the applications of Mössbauer spectra and XPS to the catalysis community.

Prof. Delgass has served on the editorial boards of leading catalysis journals such as Journal of Catalysis and as chairs for international catalysis conferences. He is a gifted teacher, winning the Purdue School of Chemical Engineering Teaching Awarding for seven times. Prof. Delgass has been invited to give more than 190 lectures on national and international scientific meetings. He has published over 160 publications.

The award includes an honorarium ($1,000) and a plaque. Prof. Delgass will receive this Award during the Catalysis Club of Chicago Spring Symposium on May 7, 2013 at BP Research Center (Naperville, IL). Prof. Delgass will deliver the Award address at the Symposium.
Previous 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)

Elections for the 2013-2014 CCP Season

Elections of officers and amendment to the by-laws

Candidates for the CCP Executive Committee

  • Chair-Elect: Vladimiros Nikolakis and Haiming Liu
  • Treasurer: Steve Harris and Hai-Ying Chen
  • NACS Representative: Anne Gaffney and Mike Smith
  • Directors: Yaritza Lopez, Joe Li, Alejandra Rivas-Cardona, Parag Shah, and Eric Zhang

Biographical sketches of the candidates


  • Dr. Vladimiros Nikolakis (Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2001) is a Research Associate Director at the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation (CCEI), University of Delaware. Before joining CCEI 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 and performance evaluation. He has published more than 40 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. He served the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia as the Director of the Poster Session in 2012-2013.
  • Haiming Liu is currently a Senior Research Scientist at Arkema Inc at North America R&D Center in King of Prussia, PA. For the past ten years he works on characterization of organic and inorganic materials including polymers, small molecules, and catalysts, using primarily Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and expanding new instrumentation capability. He received his Ph. D. in chemistry from State University of New York at Stony Brook, and worked as a post-doc at University of Pennsylvania on synthesis, catalysis, and gas sorption/separation applications of molecular sieves including zeolites and porous metal-organic frameworks. He has been a member of the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia for twelve years, and has served as Arrangements Chair, Membership Director, and Sponsorship Director in the past. He is also a member of American Chemical Society and North East Corridor Zeolite Association. ToC


  • Stephen Harris received his PhD in Organometallic Chemistry/Physical Organic Chemistry from the University of Rochester. He worked 32 years for ARCO Chemical and its successors on organometallic olefin catalysis and plant implementation, product purification improvements, product technical service and new product development, and general organic process development and implementation. After a brief stint in the excellent city of Boston working on biomass transformations to commodity chemicals, he is working now at Renmatix on conversion of wood and other biomass substrates into fermentable sugars.
  • 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 Secretary, Program Chair, Director, Chair, and Treasurer. ToC

NACS Representative

  • Anne Gaffney is currently an INVISTA™ R&D Leader working on Specialty Materials in Newark, DE. She has been a member of the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia since 1982 and has held the following club positions: Chair (1986-87); Director (1989-1995); and NACS Representative (1996-2013). Anne received her BA in chemistry and mathematics from Mount Holyoke College and her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Delaware. She has been working in industrial catalysis since 1981 at the following additional companies, ARCO Chemical, DuPont, Rohm and Haas, and Lummus Technology.
  • Dr. Michael A. Smith is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Villanova University. He received his BS in Chemical Engineering from Lafayette College in 1980, then worked in a variety of assignments with the DuPont Company for 17 years. Dr. Smith returned to school to obtain a Masters at Villanova University, and obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware in 2004 working with Prof Raul Lobo. Since he has work as a research scientist for an SBIR startup, and has been at Villanova since 2006, first as a Visiting Assistant Professor, then in a tenure track position since 2008. Dr. Smith’s research interests include the synthesis and characterization of nanostructured materials made using colloidal self-assembly and sol-gel techniques, and heterogeneous catalysis with an emphasis on catalysis by metal oxides. ToC


  • Dr. Yaritza M. López is currently Technical Program Manager at Johnson Matthey Inc., Emission Control Technologies, in the Heavy Duty Diesel department in Audubon, PA. She is leading technical programs for direct application of advanced catalyst technology onto future engines/vehicles and development of new emissions control technology. 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.
  • Yejia (Joe) Li is a scientist in Arkema Inc. working in analysis of polymers using Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC)/Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC). He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Pharmaceutical Science from Peking University Health Science Center, Beijing, China. After a short period of industry experience, he studied in Tulane University for his PhD degree in synthesis, purification and characterization of polymers with various architectures, properties and applications. His current work involves method development of GPC, analysis of molecular weight and distribution of polymers.
  • Alejandra Rivas-Cardona is a Staff Scientist at Johnson Matthey Emission Control Technologies in the Product Development department. She is responsible for developing new catalysts for emission control applications and managing the Product Development research laboratory. She earned her B.S. and M.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the Celaya Institute of Technology, one of the top five Chemical Engineering programs in Mexico. Alejandra received her Ph.D. degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University, where she worked in zeolite synthesis under the guidance of Professor Daniel Shantz. She was a member of the Southwest Catalysis Society where she participated in several Annual Spring Symposiums and has been a member of the American Chemical Society since 2010. She became a member of the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia in November 2011 and has been attending its meetings and symposiums since then.
  • Parag Shah is a Senior Research Engineer at PQ Corporation and is involved in developing improved silica-based supports 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 has served as Secretary (2010-2012), and Director (2012-2013).
  • Dr. Xiawei (Eric) Zhang received his B.S. in chemistry from Lanzhou University, China in 1995, and a M.S. in organometallic chemistry from the National University of Singapore in 2000, where he worked in the laboratory of Professor Pak-Hing Leung. He obtained his Ph.D. also in organometallic chemistry from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey at New Brunswick in 2005 working with Professor Alan Goldman. He then did postdoctoral research in Professor Geoff Coates’ laboratory at Cornell University. Dr. Zhang started his career in industry in 2008. After about 5 years working in Arkema Inc., he joined the Philadelphia site of Honeywell as senior scientist in 2013. ToC

Proposed amendment to the CCP by-laws

We proposed to amend section 5 of BY–LAW IV — Officers, to include the position of Webmaster among the appointed positions. Additions are highlighted with an italic blue font on yel­low background and a dele­tions are strike-through. The complete CCP by-laws are available at

Proposed text for section 5 of BY–LAW IV — Officers

The Executive Committee shall consist of the officers of the Club, the immediate Past–Chairman, three elected Directors, a Representative to the Catalysis Society, and three four officers appointed by the Chairman: Arrangements Chair, Secretary (as amended – October 2000), and Program Chair, and Webmaster. Secretary (as amended – October 2000) shall include sending to members such notices as the business of the Club may require, notifying members of the time and place of meetings, keeping minutes of the business meetings, and taking care of such correspondence as the business of the Club requires (as amended – November 1994). They shall adopt and recommend to the Chairman for execution those policies and plan which will best further the achievement of the objectives of the Club. The Representative to The Catalysis Society shall serve on the Board of Directors of the Catalysis Society and shall be responsible to the Executive Committee of the Club (as amended – October, 1984). The Webmaster shall maintain the internet presence of the Club. ToC

NACS Elections for Directors-at-Large

This year, for the second time, the NACS will be using on-line balloting as the only way to vote for Directors-at-Large. We have contracted with a firm that is experienced in on-line voting to ensure the accu­racy and con­fi­den­tial­ity of the process. The elections are scheduled for March 18th to April 5th. You will be receiving an email message on March 17th with your username, unique password and a link to a restricted voting webpage. The subject headline is “NACS Elections for Directors-at-Large”. Please don’t delete this email until you cast your vote. If you have a problem receiving this email, then you need to contact Edrick Morales at

The web log-in page will have instructions on how to use your electronic ballot with links to technical assistance in case you have difficulty with the log-in and PDF documents with the pro­posed amend­ments and revised version of the by-laws.

You can cast your vote starting on March 18th at 12:01 am. The voting webpage will be held open to those members of NACS (including students) who reside within North America. Background information for each candidate will be available on the ballot site with a hyperlink associated to each candidate’s name. On the ballot website, you will be selecting only six (6) or less members from the slate of 11 candidates for the office of Director-at-Large and one vote to approve or not approve the amendments to the by-laws. The top six candidates will be elected to office if the amendments to the by-laws are approved; otherwise, the top four (4) candidates will be elected.

Voters will need to log back in and complete the ballot from scratch if they log-out or close the browser window without submitting their ballot. Your password will be deactivated after you record your vote.

Call for Nominations of The 2013 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award

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 $1000 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 19, 2013. Prior nomination packages sent in 2011 or later will automatically be considered for the 2013 Award.

Nomination letter along with supporting materials should be emailed to
Joseph Fedeyko
Johnson Matthey ECT
436 Devon Park Drive
Wayne, PA 19087
Tel. 610-341-8218
Fax 610-341-3495
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

NECZA 2012 Meeting Announcement – Update

The Northeast Corridor Zeolite Association Meeting will take place in David Lynch Conference Room, Chemistry Building, the University of Pennsylvania on December 14, 2012. Meeting registration and poster setup will start at 8:30 am.

Undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral researchers are invited to present posters at the meeting. The deadline for poster abstract submission is Wednesday, December 5, 2012.

The deadline for advance registration is Friday, December 7, 2012. Checks only, please. For additional details regarding the meeting refer to the 2012 NECZA Announcement and list of Poster Abstracts.

Invited Speakers

  • Aditya Bhan, University of Minnesota
    Shape selectivity and selectivity in methanol to hydrocarbons conversion
  • Karena Chapmann, Argonne National Laboratory
    Introduction to PDF methods and their applicability to studies of porous materials and catalysis
  • David Corbin, DuPont
    Studies of Industrial Applications of Zeolites at DuPont
  • Wei Fan, University of Massachusetts
    A General Method for Synthesis of Hierarchical Zeolites
  • Friederike Jentoff, University of Oklahoma
    Do Olefins Ru(i)n the Show in Paraffin Isomerization
  • Stan Roth, BASF
    Zeolite Applications in Environmental Catalysis: A Retrospective
  • Matthias Thommes, Quantachrome
    Surface and pore structure assessment of hierarchically structured micro/mesoporous molecular sieves by gas adsorption

Winners of the 2012 Annual Student Poster Competition

The Catalysis Club of Philadelphia annual student poster contest for the 2012- 2013 season took place on October 18th 2012 at the Wilmington Double Tree Hotel, 4727 Concord Pike Wilmington, DE. Out of the twenty five abstracts submitted, twenty were presented by graduate students and five by post-doctoral fellows. The four first place winners were

  • Jesse R. McManus (University of Pennsylvania) with “Correlating Surface Chemistry of Glycolaldehyde and Glyceraldehyde with Glucose, a Mechanistic Study on Pd(111)”
  • Christopher J. Keturakis (Lehigh University) with “New Insights into the Water-Gas Shift Reaction over Bulk Cr2O3*Fe2O3 Mixed Oxide Catalysts: A Combined Operando Raman-IR-XAS-XPS Investigation”
  • Vinit Choudhary (University of Delaware) with “Furfural Production from Xylose in Aqueous Media in a Cascade of Reactions using Heterogeneous and Homogeneous Catalysis”
  • Yiqing Wu (University of Maryland) with “Catalytic Characterization of Hierarchical Meso-/microporous MFI and MWW Zeolites”.

The top honors place was awarded to Thomas R. Gordon from the University of Pennsylvania, with his poster titled “Nonaqueous Synthesis of TiO2 Nanocrystals Using TiF4 to Engineer Morphology, Oxygen Vacancy Concentration, and Photocatalytic Activity”.

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