2013 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 24th, 2013 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 Octo­ber 4th, 2013, to Ale­jan­dra Rivas at rivasa01@​jmusa.​com.

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.

Daniel Resasco is the recipient of the 2013 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award

Daniel_ResascoThe Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia is pleased to announce Dr. Daniel Resas­co as the recip­i­ent of the 2013 Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia Award, in recog­ni­tion of his many con­tri­bu­tions relat­ed to sup­port­ed met­al and sol­id acid catal­y­sis, hydro­car­bon con­ver­sion, nan­otube syn­the­sis, and bio­mass-derived com­pound upgrad­ing.

Prof. Resas­co obtained his PhD in chem­i­cal engi­neer­ing from Yale Uni­ver­si­ty in 1983 under the direc­tion of Gary Haller. While at Yale, he co-authored a sem­i­nal work explain­ing strong met­al-sup­port inter­ac­tions on Rh/TiO2 cat­a­lysts that sub­se­quent­ly became a Cur­rent Con­tents Cita­tion Clas­sic. After grad­u­a­tion from Yale, he joined the chem­i­cal engi­neer­ing depart­ment of the Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty of Mar del Pla­ta, Argenti­na, even­tu­al­ly serv­ing as depart­ment chair. In 1991 he returned to the US as Senior Sci­en­tist at the Sun Com­pa­ny, and in 1993 he joined the School of Chem­i­cal, Bio­log­i­cal and Mate­ri­als Engi­neer­ing at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Okla­homa where he is now the George Lynn Cross Research Pro­fes­sor and Dou­glas & Hil­da Bourne Chair of Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing.

Prof. Resasco’s research in het­ero­ge­neous catal­y­sis has always aimed at impor­tant appli­ca­tions, but has been strong­ly ground­ed in fun­da­men­tals of struc­ture-prop­er­ty rela­tion­ships and char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of cat­a­lysts and mech­a­nisms. Ini­tial­ly, his research pro­gram exam­ined strong sol­id acid catal­y­sis and sup­port­ed met­al catal­y­sis for hydro­car­bon pro­cess­ing. In the late 90s, Resasco’s group began inves­ti­ga­tion of het­ero­ge­neous cat­alyt­ic syn­the­sis of sin­gle-wall car­bon nan­otubes, dis­cov­er­ing that care­ful con­trol of the cat­a­lyst nanos­truc­ture enabled unprece­dent­ed chi­ral selec­tiv­i­ty in the nan­otubes.

Their work led to the patent­ed CoMo­Cat process, capa­ble of scale­up to indus­tri­al pro­duc­tion, and a spin­off com­pa­ny, South­West Nan­oTech­nolo­gies. More recent­ly, Resasco’s work on upgrad­ing of bio­mass-derived com­pounds led to the devel­op­ment of Janus nanopar­ti­cle cat­a­lysts which simul­ta­ne­ous­ly sta­bi­lize high inter­fa­cial area emul­sions and car­ry out upgrad­ing reac­tions in both the aque­ous and organ­ic phas­es. This work was ini­tial­ly report­ed in Sci­ence in Jan­u­ary, 2010.

Prof. Resas­co has authored well over 200 archival jour­nal arti­cles which have been cit­ed over 8,000 times, 32 indus­tri­al­patents, and over 120 invit­ed lec­tures. From 2001 – 2007 Resas­co also served as asso­ciate edi­tor of the Jour­nal of Catal­y­sis.

Prof. Resas­co will be hon­ored with a plaque an hon­o­rar­i­um ($1000) dur­ing his award pre­sen­ta­tion at the Catal­y­sis Club of Philadelphia’s month­ly meet­ings in the upcom­ing 2013–2014 sea­son.

Catalysis Club of Philadelphia — Announcement of Election Results

The elec­tions for the 2013–2014 sea­son of the Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia (CCP) were held on April 18, 2013.

The new­ly elect­ed offi­cers to the CCP Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee are:

  • Chair-Elect: Vladimiros Niko­lakis
  • Trea­sur­er: Steve Har­ris
  • NACS Rep­re­sen­ta­tive: Anne Gaffney
  • Direc­tors
    • Yaritza Lopez
    • Parag Shah
    • Ale­jan­dra Rivas-Car­dona

The pro­pos­al to amend BY–LAW IV — Offi­cers, sec­tion 5 to include the posi­tion of Web­mas­ter among the appoint­ed posi­tions was approved. The com­plete CCP by-laws are avail­able at catal​y​sis​clubphilly​.org/​a​b​o​u​t​/​b​y​-​l​aws.

Seventh World Congress on Oxidation Catalysis

7WCOCAdvThe 7th World Con­gress on Oxi­da­tion Catal­y­sis aims to focus on the under­stand­ing of cat­alyt­ic oxi­da­tion phe­nom­e­na across time and length scales, tak­ing togeth­er the fun­da­men­tal phe­nom­e­na that is most often the focus of acad­e­mia with the process­es and appli­ca­tions that dri­ve indus­try. The ses­sion titled From Fun­da­men­tals to Appli­ca­tion includes exist­ing and nascent top­ics that bridge fun­da­men­tal under­stand­ing to cur­rent and emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies. For exam­ple, materials/catalyst prepa­ra­tion and design top­ics address the mul­ti­func­tion­al nature inher­ent in oxi­da­tion process cat­a­lysts. Emerg­ing alter­na­tive or “green” oxi­dants can be used in both het­ero­ge­neous and homo­ge­neous process­es to ben­e­fit selec­tiv­i­ty. Chem­i­cal loop­ing process­es promise to elim­i­nate the pri­ma­ry source of nitro­gen oxides.

A new ses­sion for­mat is includ­ed with the goal of pre­sent­ing new ideas and method­olo­gies for decod­ing the com­plex­i­ty inher­ent in catal­y­sis and cat­alyt­ic process­es. Pre­sen­ters are encour­aged to dis­cuss excit­ing com­bi­na­tions of the­o­ry and exper­i­ment and the com­bi­na­tion of mul­ti­ple exper­i­men­tal tech­niques. Pre­sen­ta­tions will be sched­uled ear­ly in the pro­gram with a dis­cus­sion work­shop to gen­er­ate con­sen­sus on the cur­rent state and direc­tion of the field.

The oxida­tive cat­alyt­ic appli­ca­tions impor­tant to indus­try in a great sense dri­ve the fun­da­men­tal work dis­cussed above. The petro­chem­i­cal process­es focused on syn­gas generation/conversion, com­bus­tion, par­tial and selec­tive oxi­da­tion, amines and C1 chem­istry, along with process­es for bio­mass con­ver­sion to fuels will be pre­sent­ed. Fine chem­i­cal and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal pro­duc­tion that gen­er­al­ly employ homo­ge­neous oxi­da­tions are cov­ered among the subtopics of olefin and aro­mat­ic oxi­da­tion, epox­i­da­tion and the chem­istry of rad­i­cal species. Final­ly, the con­tri­bu­tion of catal­y­sis to envi­ron­men­tal tech­nolo­gies such as VOC oxi­da­tion, waste­water treat­ment and autoex­haust catal­y­sis will be pre­sent­ed.

The Con­gress begins with a full day on Sun­day, June 9th, and lasts through Wednes­day June 12th. It will be held in Saint Louis, Mis­souri on the cam­pus of Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­si­ty. With Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­si­ty act­ing as host the Con­gress is made quite eco­nom­i­cal and many will find the reg­is­tra­tion prices cou­pled with the avail­abil­i­ty of cam­pus hous­ing a pleas­ant sur­prise. The Con­gress din­ner will be on Tues­day, June 11 and a group excur­sion to the top of the Gate­way Arch will take place on Wednes­day, June 12. For more infor­ma­tion about the 7th World Con­gress, vis­it www​.7wcoc​.org.

Registration Deadline for 2013 Spring Symposium

Dear Col­leagues,
The dead­line for advance reg­is­tra­tion for 2013 Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia Spring Sym­po­sium has been extend­ed until Fri­day, May 3rd.

The reg­is­tra­tion for the Sym­po­sium can be con­ve­nient­ly done online.

Below you will find a link to an updat­ed Sym­po­sium announce­ment and reg­is­tra­tion form. The Sym­po­sium is sched­uled to be held on Thurs­day, May 9th at the Dou­ble­Tree Hotel in Wilm­ing­ton, Delaware.

We have a strong pro­gram this year with a num­ber of inter­est­ing talks. We hope to see you at the Sym­po­sium.

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Nicholas Delgass is the Winner of the 2013 Herman Pines Award in Catalysis

The Catal­y­sis Club of Chica­go is pleased to announce that Prof. W. Nicholas Del­gass (Max­ine Spencer Nichols Emer­i­tus Pro­fes­sor of Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing at Pur­due Uni­ver­si­ty) is the recip­i­ent of the 2013 Her­man Pines Award in Catal­y­sis. This Award is giv­en to rec­og­nize Prof. Del­gass’ out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to cat­a­lyst char­ac­ter­i­za­tion, reac­tion and cat­a­lyst chem­istry, and advanced cat­a­lyst design. Prof. Del­gass first intro­duced the appli­ca­tions of Möss­bauer spec­tra and XPS to the catal­y­sis com­mu­ni­ty.

Prof. Del­gass has served on the edi­to­r­i­al boards of lead­ing catal­y­sis jour­nals such as Jour­nal of Catal­y­sis and as chairs for inter­na­tion­al catal­y­sis con­fer­ences. He is a gift­ed teacher, win­ning the Pur­due School of Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing Teach­ing Award­ing for sev­en times. Prof. Del­gass has been invit­ed to give more than 190 lec­tures on nation­al and inter­na­tion­al sci­en­tif­ic meet­ings. He has pub­lished over 160 pub­li­ca­tions.

The award includes an hon­o­rar­i­um ($1,000) and a plaque. Prof. Del­gass will receive this Award dur­ing the Catal­y­sis Club of Chica­go Spring Sym­po­sium on May 7, 2013 at BP Research Cen­ter (Naperville, IL). Prof. Del­gass will deliv­er the Award address at the Sym­po­sium.
Pre­vi­ous 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)

Elections for the 2013–2014 CCP Season

Elections of officers and amendment to the by-laws

Candidates for the CCP Executive Committee

  • Chair-Elect: Vladimiros Niko­lakis and Haim­ing Liu
  • Trea­sur­er: Steve Har­ris and Hai-Ying Chen
  • NACS Rep­re­sen­ta­tive: Anne Gaffney and Mike Smith
  • Direc­tors: Yaritza Lopez, Joe Li, Ale­jan­dra Rivas-Car­dona, Parag Shah, and Eric Zhang

Biographical sketches of the candidates


  • Dr. Vladimiros Niko­lakis (Ph.D., Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing, Uni­ver­si­ty of Mass­a­chu­setts Amherst, 2001) is a Research Asso­ciate Direc­tor at the Catal­y­sis Cen­ter for Ener­gy Inno­va­tion (CCEI), Uni­ver­si­ty of Delaware. Before join­ing CCEI 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 and per­for­mance eval­u­a­tion. He has pub­lished more than 40 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. He served the Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia as the Direc­tor of the Poster Ses­sion in 2012–2013.
  • Haim­ing Liu is cur­rent­ly a Senior Research Sci­en­tist at Arke­ma Inc at North Amer­i­ca R&D Cen­ter in King of Prus­sia, PA. For the past ten years he works on char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of organ­ic and inor­gan­ic mate­ri­als includ­ing poly­mers, small mol­e­cules, and cat­a­lysts, using pri­mar­i­ly Nuclear Mag­net­ic Res­o­nance Spec­troscopy and expand­ing new instru­men­ta­tion capa­bil­i­ty. He received his Ph. D. in chem­istry from State Uni­ver­si­ty of New York at Stony Brook, and worked as a post-doc at Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia on syn­the­sis, catal­y­sis, and gas sorption/separation appli­ca­tions of mol­e­c­u­lar sieves includ­ing zeo­lites and porous met­al-organ­ic frame­works. He has been a mem­ber of the Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia for twelve years, and has served as Arrange­ments Chair, Mem­ber­ship Direc­tor, and Spon­sor­ship Direc­tor in the past. He is also a mem­ber of Amer­i­can Chem­i­cal Soci­ety and North East Cor­ri­dor Zeo­lite Asso­ci­a­tion. ToC


  • Stephen Har­ris received his PhD in Organometal­lic Chemistry/Physical Organ­ic Chem­istry from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Rochester. He worked 32 years for ARCO Chem­i­cal and its suc­ces­sors on organometal­lic olefin catal­y­sis and plant imple­men­ta­tion, prod­uct purifi­ca­tion improve­ments, prod­uct tech­ni­cal ser­vice and new prod­uct devel­op­ment, and gen­er­al organ­ic process devel­op­ment and imple­men­ta­tion. After a brief stint in the excel­lent city of Boston work­ing on bio­mass trans­for­ma­tions to com­mod­i­ty chem­i­cals, he is work­ing now at Ren­matix on con­ver­sion of wood and oth­er bio­mass sub­strates into fer­mentable sug­ars.
  • 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 Sec­re­tary, Pro­gram Chair, Direc­tor, Chair, and Trea­sur­er. ToC

NACS Representative

  • Anne Gaffney is cur­rent­ly an INVISTA™ R&D Leader work­ing on Spe­cial­ty Mate­ri­als in Newark, DE. She has been a mem­ber of the Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia since 1982 and has held the fol­low­ing club posi­tions: Chair (1986–87); Direc­tor (1989–1995); and NACS Rep­re­sen­ta­tive (1996–2013). Anne received her BA in chem­istry and math­e­mat­ics from Mount Holyoke Col­lege and her Ph.D. in chem­istry from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Delaware. She has been work­ing in indus­tri­al catal­y­sis since 1981 at the fol­low­ing addi­tion­al com­pa­nies, ARCO Chem­i­cal, DuPont, Rohm and Haas, and Lum­mus Tech­nol­o­gy.
  • Dr. Michael A. Smith is cur­rent­ly an Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing at Vil­lano­va Uni­ver­si­ty. He received his BS in Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing from Lafayette Col­lege in 1980, then worked in a vari­ety of assign­ments with the DuPont Com­pa­ny for 17 years. Dr. Smith returned to school to obtain a Mas­ters at Vil­lano­va Uni­ver­si­ty, and obtained his PhD in Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Delaware in 2004 work­ing with Prof Raul Lobo. Since he has work as a research sci­en­tist for an SBIR start­up, and has been at Vil­lano­va since 2006, first as a Vis­it­ing Assis­tant Pro­fes­sor, then in a tenure track posi­tion since 2008. Dr. Smith’s research inter­ests include the syn­the­sis and char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of nanos­truc­tured mate­ri­als made using col­loidal self-assem­bly and sol-gel tech­niques, and het­ero­ge­neous catal­y­sis with an empha­sis on catal­y­sis by met­al oxides. ToC


  • Dr. Yaritza M. López is cur­rent­ly Tech­ni­cal Pro­gram Man­ag­er at John­son Matthey Inc., Emis­sion Con­trol Tech­nolo­gies, in the Heavy Duty Diesel depart­ment in Audubon, PA. She is lead­ing tech­ni­cal pro­grams for direct appli­ca­tion of advanced cat­a­lyst tech­nol­o­gy onto future engines/vehicles and devel­op­ment of new emis­sions con­trol tech­nol­o­gy. 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.
  • Yejia (Joe) Li is a sci­en­tist in Arke­ma Inc. work­ing in analy­sis of poly­mers using Gel Per­me­ation Chro­matog­ra­phy (GPC)/Size Exclu­sion Chro­matog­ra­phy (SEC). He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Sci­ence from Peking Uni­ver­si­ty Health Sci­ence Cen­ter, Bei­jing, Chi­na. After a short peri­od of indus­try expe­ri­ence, he stud­ied in Tulane Uni­ver­si­ty for his PhD degree in syn­the­sis, purifi­ca­tion and char­ac­ter­i­za­tion of poly­mers with var­i­ous archi­tec­tures, prop­er­ties and appli­ca­tions. His cur­rent work involves method devel­op­ment of GPC, analy­sis of mol­e­c­u­lar weight and dis­tri­b­u­tion of poly­mers.
  • Ale­jan­dra Rivas-Car­dona is a Staff Sci­en­tist at John­son Matthey Emis­sion Con­trol Tech­nolo­gies in the Prod­uct Devel­op­ment depart­ment. She is respon­si­ble for devel­op­ing new cat­a­lysts for emis­sion con­trol appli­ca­tions and man­ag­ing the Prod­uct Devel­op­ment research lab­o­ra­to­ry. She earned her B.S. and M.S. degree in Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing from the Celaya Insti­tute of Tech­nol­o­gy, one of the top five Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing pro­grams in Mex­i­co. Ale­jan­dra received her Ph.D. degree in Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing from Texas A&M Uni­ver­si­ty, where she worked in zeo­lite syn­the­sis under the guid­ance of Pro­fes­sor Daniel Shantz. She was a mem­ber of the South­west Catal­y­sis Soci­ety where she par­tic­i­pat­ed in sev­er­al Annu­al Spring Sym­po­siums and has been a mem­ber of the Amer­i­can Chem­i­cal Soci­ety since 2010. She became a mem­ber of the Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia in Novem­ber 2011 and has been attend­ing its meet­ings and sym­po­siums since then.
  • Parag Shah is a Senior Research Engi­neer at PQ Cor­po­ra­tion and is involved in devel­op­ing improved sil­i­ca-based sup­ports 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 has served as Sec­re­tary (2010–2012), and Direc­tor (2012–2013).
  • Dr. Xiawei (Eric) Zhang received his B.S. in chem­istry from Lanzhou Uni­ver­si­ty, Chi­na in 1995, and a M.S. in organometal­lic chem­istry from the Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty of Sin­ga­pore in 2000, where he worked in the lab­o­ra­to­ry of Pro­fes­sor Pak-Hing Leung. He obtained his Ph.D. also in organometal­lic chem­istry from Rut­gers, the State Uni­ver­si­ty of New Jer­sey at New Brunswick in 2005 work­ing with Pro­fes­sor Alan Gold­man. He then did post­doc­tor­al research in Pro­fes­sor Geoff Coates’ lab­o­ra­to­ry at Cor­nell Uni­ver­si­ty. Dr. Zhang start­ed his career in indus­try in 2008. After about 5 years work­ing in Arke­ma Inc., he joined the Philadel­phia site of Hon­ey­well as senior sci­en­tist in 2013. ToC

Proposed amendment to the CCP by-laws

We pro­posed to amend sec­tion 5 of BY–LAW IV — Offi­cers, to include the posi­tion of Web­mas­ter among the appoint­ed posi­tions. Addi­tions are high­light­ed with an ital­ic blue font on yel­low back­ground and a dele­tions are strike-through. The com­plete CCP by-laws are avail­able at catal​y​sis​clubphilly​.org/​a​b​o​u​t​/​b​y​-​l​aws.

Proposed text for section 5 of BY–LAW IV — Officers

The Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee shall con­sist of the offi­cers of the Club, the imme­di­ate Past–Chairman, three elect­ed Direc­tors, a Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the Catal­y­sis Soci­ety, and three four offi­cers appoint­ed by the Chair­man: Arrange­ments Chair, Sec­re­tary (as amend­ed – Octo­ber 2000), and Pro­gram Chair, and Web­mas­ter. Sec­re­tary (as amend­ed – Octo­ber 2000) shall include send­ing to mem­bers such notices as the busi­ness of the Club may require, noti­fy­ing mem­bers of the time and place of meet­ings, keep­ing min­utes of the busi­ness meet­ings, and tak­ing care of such cor­re­spon­dence as the busi­ness of the Club requires (as amend­ed – Novem­ber 1994). They shall adopt and rec­om­mend to the Chair­man for exe­cu­tion those poli­cies and plan which will best fur­ther the achieve­ment of the objec­tives of the Club. The Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to The Catal­y­sis Soci­ety shall serve on the Board of Direc­tors of the Catal­y­sis Soci­ety and shall be respon­si­ble to the Exec­u­tive Com­mit­tee of the Club (as amend­ed – Octo­ber, 1984). The Web­mas­ter shall main­tain the inter­net pres­ence of the Club. ToC