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).

2012 Catalysis Gordon Conference

I am pleased to announce the 2012 Catalysis Gordon Conference to be held June 24-29, 2012 at Colby-Sawyer College in New London, New Hampshire. As in previous years the Catalysis GRC promises to be an exciting conference in the normal GRC format focusing on highlighting and discussing the latest often unpublished results in the hottest areas of catalysis.

The 2012 GRC has a theme of “Catalysis – From Fundamentals to Application” and seeks to build bridges between theory and experiment as well as low pressure spectroscopy and high pressure application. This year the conference will be held in the beautiful New London, New Hampshire at Colby Sawyer College in newly upgraded conference facilities.
Oral Presenters:

  • Avelino Corma – UPV
  • Bert Weckhuysen – Utrecht
  • Beatriz Roldan – Central Florida
  • Adriano Zecchina – Turin
  • Jens Norskov – Stanford
  • Karsten Reuter – TU Munich
  • Christophe Coperet – ETH
  • Justin Notestein – Northwestern
  • Edmund Carnahan – Dow
  • Fabio Ribeiro – Purdue
  • Manos Mavrikakis – Wisconsin
  • Jingguang Chen – Delaware
  • Abhya Datye – New Mexico
  • Stig Helveg – Haldor Topsoe
  • Jae Sung-Lee – Pohang
  • Kazunari Domen – Tokyo
  • Yang Shao-Horn – MIT
  • Daniel Resasco – Oklahoma
  • Chris Marshall – Argonne
  • Alexis Bell – Cal-Berkeley

Applications are now being accepted at http://www.grc.org/programs.aspx?year=2012&program=catalysis. Graduate students and post-docs are highly encouraged to apply and present posters. Questions about the conference and financial support can be addressed to the conference chairman at bruce.cook2@bp.com.
 
Bruce Cook
Chairman, 2012 Catalysis GRC

Elections for the 2012-13 Season Executive Committee will be held on April 19, 2012

Candidates:
Chair-elect: Carl Menning, Vlad Nikolakis
Treasurer: Haiying Chen, Parag Shah
Directors: Yaritza Lopez, Chuck Coe
Biographical sketches of the candidates

Chair-elect

Carl Menning is currently a Research Engineer at DuPont at the Corporate Research center in Wilmington, DE, where he is working on catalyst development for renewably-sourced materials. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2003. Following a short period in industry, he received his Ph. D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware under the guidance of Jingguang Chen in 2009 with a focus on bimetallic catalysts for PEM fuel cells. He has industrial experience in a variety of fields including consumer foods, petroleum-based products, inorganic pigments and renewably-sourced materials. Carl is currently the Program Chair of the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia and was the Arrangements Chair from 2006 to 2008.

Dr. Vladimiros Nikolakis (Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2001) joined the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation at University of Delaware as a Senior Research Associate in 2011. Before that 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, evaluation and development of novel characterization techniques. He has published more than 30 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.

Treasurer

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 Sectary, Program Chair, Director, and Chair.

Parag Shah is a Research Chemist at PQ Corporation and is involved in developing improved silica-based supports, new polyolefin catalysts 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 served as Secretary since 2010-2011 season.

Directors

Yaritza M. López is currently a Senior Application Engineer at Johnson Matthey in the Heavy Duty Diesel department in Audubon, PA. She is working on the technical applications of new catalysts for emission control for heavy duty diesel engines. 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.

Chuck Coe is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department of Villanova University. After obtaining his PhD in inorganic chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University, Chuck joined the Chemical Additives division of Air Products and Chemicals Early in Chuck’s career he transferred to the corporate research group at the company headquarters where he developed an extensive expertise in molecular sieve science. Before retiring from Air Products, Chuck was named a strategic technologist for the Corporation and provided internal consultation on a broad range of materials characterization issues involving catalysts and adsorbents. Chuck has been an active member of the Philadelphia and NY Catalysis Clubs for over thirty years. Earlier in his career he served as an officer in the Philadelphia Catalysis Club. He received the 2010 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award. Since retiring, Chuck has joined the Chemical Engineering faculty at Villanova as a Visiting Assistant Professor and is sharing his knowledge with the next generation of engineers and scientists.

Travel Grants for Participation in the 15th International Congress on Catalysis

The North American Catalysis Society will provide supplemental funding for support of attendance at the 15th International Congress on Catalysis (15th ICC) to be held in Munich, Germany, July 1-6, 2012.

Funding for this program has been provided by federal agencies (NSF, DOE) and industry (Dow Chemical Co., BASF, BP, SudChemie). These funds will be used to provide partial reimbursement of travel, lodging and registration expenses for attendees with priority given to:

  1. Faculty members in their first four years of appointment to ladder-rank positions and currently active in catalysis research at U.S. institutions.
  2. Postdoctoral and graduate student presenting oral or poster contributions at the 15th ICC.
  3. Invited chairs of session at the 15th ICC meeting.
  4. Other applicants, as funds permit.

Applications should be submitted to Professor Jingguang Chen (NACS Director-at-Large, and coordinator of this grant program) no later than March 30, 2012 in electronic form (jgchen@udel.edu). This application should be no longer than one page and include your qualifications in the context of items 1-3 listed above.

This one-page application should clearly state:

  1. Your position, including years in present position and activity in catalysis research since 2007 (publications and patents in the catalysis area). Please indicate if your academic research group is currently funded by DOE-BES or NSF
  2. Your accepted presentation in the 15th ICC (title, session, and oral or poster venue. Include acceptance letter as a second page).
  3. Sessions that you are chairing (include invitation to chair as a second page).
  4. Any other data that the selection panel should consider.

The panel decision will be communicated to all applicants no later than May 15, 2012 via email. Original receipts will be required for reimbursement and travel must be booked via U.S. carriers.

2012 CCP Spring Symposium

The Catalysis Club of Philadelphia will be holding its annual Spring Symposium on Thursday, May 17th, 2012 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Wilmington DE. The current list of speakers is listed below. Details on registration will be circulated in the March and April announcements.

Speakers for the 2012 Spring Symposium:

  • Matt Neurock – University of Virginia
  • Enrique Iglesia – University of California, Berkeley
  • David Johnson – Lucite
  • Istvan Halasz – PQ Corporation
  • Raul Lobo – University of Delaware
  • Michael Janik – Penn State
  • Vicky Doan-Nguyen – University of Pennsylvania (winner of CCP student poster competition)

For additional information, please contact Bjorn Moden (bjorn.moden@pqcorp.com).

Herman Pines Award in Catalysis

Sponsored by UOP and the Catalysis Club of Chicago

The 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 2012 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 year 2012, the award will be given to an Industrial researcher
  • Active member in catalysis community
  • A resident of North America

Deadline for nomination is February 29, 2012. 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 February 29, 2012 as a single PDF document to:
 
Feng Xu
President – The Catalysis Club of Chicago (2011-2012)
UOP LLC, A Honeywell Company
Des Plaines, IL 60017
feng.xu@uop.com

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