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promises to be an exciting conference in the normal GRC format focusing on highlighting and discussing the latest often unpublished results in the hottest areas of catalysis.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

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


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.


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.


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

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

Annual Graduate Student Poster Competition results

The Catalysis Club of Philadelphia held its annual graduate student poster session November 17, 2011 at the DoubleTree Hotel, 4727 Concord Pike (Rt. 202) in Wilmington DE. There was an outstanding collection of 28 entries from University of Pennsylvania, Lehigh University, University of Delaware, Princeton University and Villanova University.

Top honors were awarded to Vicky Doan-Nguyen from the Christopher Murray’s group at the University of Pennsylvania, with her poster titled “Group VIII Metal Nanocrystals for Catalytic Energy Conversion”. The four runners-up were Andrew Foster (University of Delaware) , Rainer Küngas (University of Pennsylvania), Yadan Tang (Lehigh University) and Tim D. Courtney (University of Delaware). Vicky will be presenting her work at the club’s Annual Spring Symposium May 17, 2012. Our thanks go out to all who presented, and congratulations to the winners!

Northeast Corridor Zeolite Association – NECZA 2011

Date: December 9th, 2011
Location: Lynch Seminar Room, University of Pennsylvania Chemistry Department
Pre-registration Deadline: December 1, 2011
Abstract Submission Deadline: November 30, 2011

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 5 to 10 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 abstracts of presentations are attached.
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. Visit our website at www.necza.org. for registration information, directions to the meeting place and abstract submission.

We hope to see you at the NECZA meeting on Friday, December 9th, 2011.
Charles G. Coe, PhD
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical Engineering
220 White Hall
Villanova University
800 Lancaster Ave.
Villanova, PA 19085-1699

Organizing Committee

  • Program Chair: Charles Coe, Villanova University
  • Program Co-Chair: Michael A. Smith, Villanova University
  • Poster Chair: Haiming Liu, Arkema
  • Poster Co-Chair: Michael A. Smith, Villanova University
  • Local Chair: David H. Olson, Rutgers University
  • Local Co-Chair: Ray Gorte, University of Pennsylvania
  • Treasurer: Ned Corcoran, ExxonMobil Corporation
  • Webmaster: Kirk Schmitt, ExxonMobil Corporation