In Memoriam: Theodore A. Koch (1925–2014)


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.

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​.catal​y​sis​clubphilly​.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
2018 Car­mo Pereira

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.