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

Catalysis Club of Philadelphia’s Annual Student Poster Contest

This is the first call for posters for the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia’s annual Student Poster Contest to be held Thursday, October 18th, 2012 at the DoubleTree Hotel, 4727 Concord Pike (Rt. 202) in Wilmington, DE. To enter, please submit a short abstract of your proposed entry before October 5th, 2012, to Vladimiros Nikolakis.

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 years past Catalysis Club members and guests will cast their votes for favorite poster and a last year 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 2013.

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.

Welcome to the 2012-13 Season of the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the 64th season of the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia. Since the club was founded in 1949, we continue the tradition 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.

The speaker lineup for our monthly meetings has been coordinated by Yaritza Lopez of Johnson Matthey. As has been our recent tradition, the first meeting of the season will be the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award Lecture. We are pleased to have the 2012 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award winner Rostam Madon of BASF present his work on September 20, 2012. Below is the speaker schedule for the 2012-13 season along with any special event that will occur throughout the year.

  • 9/20/12 – Rostam Madon, BASF – CCP Award Lecture
  • 10/18/12 – Israel Wachs, Lehigh University
  • 10/18/12 – Poster Session
  • 11/15/12 – To be announced
  • 1/17/13 – Stuart Soled, ExxonMobil
  • 2/21/13 – Anne Gaffney, INVISTA
  • 2/21/13 – Officer Nominations
  • 3/21/13 – Jim Miller, Carnegie Mellon
  • 4/18/13 – John Kitchin, Carnegie Mellon
  • 4/18/13 – Officer Elections
  • May 13 – CCP Spring Symposium

Our annual student poster competition will take place in October and will be coordinated by Vladimiris Nikolakis of University of Delaware. 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 2013-14 season will take place in February with elections scheduled for April. Carl Menning of DuPont will organize the CCP Spring Symposium in May. We will also continue to have a brief presentation by a local graduate student prior to the main lecture at some of the monthly meetings.

The monthly meetings will again 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 2012-13 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). You can pay your dues to your company representative, to our treasurer Hai-Ying Chen of Johnson Matthey, or at the monthly meetings. A list of company representatives is available in our website.

Please visit our website at to receive latest information on monthly meetings. If you would like to receive our monthly announcements or need to update your contact information, please contact our Membership Director, Parag Shah of PQ Corporation at

The strength of our club has always revolved around our members and 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 20 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.

Bjorn Moden

Rostam Madon is the recipient of the 2012 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award

The Catalysis Club of Philadelphia is pleased to announce Dr. Rostam Madon as the recipient of the 2012 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the fields of Fischer-Tropsch and fluid catalytic cracking catalysts.

Rostam obtained his PhD in chemical engineering from Stanford University. While at Stanford, Rostam helped develop the Madon-Boudart criterion for identifying mass-transfer, heat transfer, and poisoning effects on catalytic rates. The criterion is used today in academic and industrial laboratories worldwide.

After post-doctoral research at the University of Wisconsin, Rostam started his industrial career at Exxon where he discovered the importance of support oxide structures in controlling the overall reaction rates for Fischer-Tropsch catalytic chemistry. This finding led to the development of a specific oxide support enabling Exxon’s Advanced Gas Conversion 21th (AGC21) process and catalysts and was cited by Exxon’s Corporate Research during its 30th Anniversary as a key development during that period. His work and collaborations on Fischer-Tropsch catalysts, also led to important contributions on the impact of sulfur on activity patterns and modeling chain growth reaction pathways.

In 1986, Rostam transitioned to Engelhard (now BASF) and began to focus on fluid catalytic cracking (FCC) catalysts. His study of FCC catalysts has led to many important insights. In particular, Rostam led the development of the Reduxion-Maxol® suite of catalysts which were the result of understanding the interplay between of the matrix and zeolite Y and have been used in over 100 refineries worldwide. Furthermore, he explained the role of ZSM-5 as a co-catalyst in FCC units and the role of rare earth oxides in increasing the rates of hydride transfer during hydrocarbon cracking reactions. Rostam has authored 43 technical papers and been awarded 9 US patents. Additionally in 2009, Rostam was awarded the AIChE Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Practice Award.

Please join us in congratulating Rostam on receiving the 2012 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia award.

Catalysis Club of Philadelphia 2012 Spring Symposium

The Catalysis Club of Philadelphia held its annual Spring Symposium at the Doubletree Hotel in Wilmington, DE on May 17, 2012. It was a successful event with 87 attendees from industry and academia. The speakers presenting their work at the symposium were: Matt Neurock (University of Virginia), Enrique Iglesia (University of California, Berkeley), Raul Lobo (University of Delaware), David Johnson (Lucite International), Tewodros Asefa (Rutgers University), Istvan Halasz (PQ Corporation), Michael Janik (Pennsylvania State University), Alan Allgeier (DuPont) and Yadan Tang (Lehigh University).