Welcome to the 2014-15 Season of the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia

Dear Colleagues,
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:
    • TBA
    • Officer Nominations
  • March 19, 2015:
    • Fuat Celik, Rut­gers Uni­ver­sity
    • Officer Nominations
  • April 16, 2015:
    • TBA
    • Officer Elections
  • 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 (eyas@udel.edu), 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.
Best regards,
Vlad Nikolakis
C: 302-9818331; O: 302-8316204

2014 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 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 bxu@udel.edu.

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.

Dr. Haiying Chen is the Winner of the 2014 Herman Pines Award in Catalysis

Haiying_ChenThe 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)

Call for Nominations of the 2014 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 $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 bjorn.moden@pqcorp.com.
Bjorn Moden
Zeolyst International
280 Cedar Grove Rd
Conshohocken, PA 19428
(610) 651-4679
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

Herman Pines Award in Catalysis

Sponsored by UOP and the Catalysis Club of Chicago
pinesThe 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:
Neng Guo
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

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