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 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

4th International Congress on Operando Spectroscopy

Recent Developments and Future Perspectives in Spectroscopy of Working Catalysts

April 29 – May 3, 2012 – Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY, USA

Key Dates

  • April 29, 2011: 2nd Circular and call for abstracts
  • October 1, 2010: Abstract submission deadline
  • December 3, 2010: Notification of acceptance
  • March 2, 2012: Registration deadline
  • April 29, 2012: Submission of manuscripts
  • April 29 – May 3, 2012: Conference


Situated on a 5,250-acre campus, Brookhaven National Laboratory – in Upton, New York – is part of Long Island’s Central Pine Barrens region and home to 230 plat species, 15 animal species, and 85 species of birds. With innumerable restaurants, theaters, and internationally recognized sites of New York City 65 miles to the west, beautiful beaches stretching along the nearby coasts to the north and south, and an extensive array of vineyards and charming Hamptons towns to the east, Brookhaven offers visitors access to a little of everything.

Scope and Invitation

The study of catalysts in their working state, the so-called in situ or operando approach, has become a well-established and critical research area in catalysis. In this methodology the behavior of working catalysts is probed using physico-chemical methods while simultaneously measuring the catalytic activity and selectivity. The operando approach is an excellent one to assess structure-activity relationships at the molecular level since structural and catalytic parameters are determined together.

We invite you to attend and contribute to the Fourth International Congress on Operando Spectroscopy, to be held at Brookhaven National Laboratory in April 2012. This congress follows on to the prior conferences in 2003 (Lunteren), 2006 (Toledo), and 2009 (Rostock).

This conference will cover all aspects of operando spectroscopy of catalysts: both heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis, application of theory, new experimental approaches and techniques, time and spatial resolution, and combination of techniques. It is anticipated that there will be an emphasis on fuel cells, electro-catalysis, and catalysis related to the production of biofuels, and other energy-related areas where catalysis is playing a major role in renewable energy.

The program will comprise plenary lectures, invited keynote lectures, and contributed oral and poster presentations covering the whole field of catalysis. An exhibition of commercial products and equipment related to catalyst characterization will be held during the meeting.
Please add the conference dates to your calendar now, and join us at Brookhaven National Laboratory in April, 2012.

Session Topics

  • Electrocatalysis: Fuel Cells and Related Technologies
  • Catalytic Bio-conversion Technologies
  • Homogeneous/Liquid Phase Catalysis
  • Bridging the Gap between Model and Technical Conditions
  • Multi-technique Approach to Operando Spectroscopy
  • Combining Operando Spectroscopy and Theoretical Studies
  • New Advances in Reaction Cells including Improved Time and Spatial Resolution

Registration Fees

$350 – Early Bird (until March 2, 2012)


Dormitory Rooms @ $42/night to Local Hotels @ $114/night

Vendor Exhibition

An exhibition of commercial products and equipment related to in situ and operando spectroscopy will be held during the meeting. Companies wishing to exhibit their products at the meeting should contact Ms. Gretchen Cisco,

Further Information

Full information about the Congress can be found at:

Call for 2012 IACS Award Nominations

IACS will present two awards at the 15th ICC in Munich – the ICC Award and the Heinz Heinemann Award. Please note that the deadline for nominations is January 15, 2012. All nominations should be submitted to the Secretary of the IACS by email to the following address: The recipients of these awards will be selected by the IACS Awards Committee, and it is planned to inform the recipients by March 15, 2012. Both recipients will be invited to present a plenary presentation at the ICC in Munich.

International Catalysis Award The International Catalysis Award will be given to recognise and encourage individual contributions by a young person in the field of catalysis, such as the discovery of the significant improvement of a catalytic process, or an important contribution to the understanding of catalytic phenomena. The recipient must not have passed her/his 45th birthday by May 1 of the award year. The Award consists of a plaque and a check for $5,000.

Heinz Heinemann Award in Catalyst Science and Technology The Heinz Heinemann Award in Catalysis will be given to an individual or a group for significant contributions to catalyst science and technology achieved between January 1, 2007, and December 31, 2011. The Award consists of a plaque and a check for $5,000.

Nomination Procedure Nomination of the award should be made before January 15 in the year of an International Congress on Catalysis (i.e. January 15, 2012, for the awards made at the 15th ICC), and should include a critical evaluation of the significance of the nominee’s published work, as well as a statement about the particular contribution on which the nomination is based. Nominations should also include the nominee’s qualifications, accomplishments and biography. Nomination documents, along with no more than four letters of support, should be submitted electronically as a single PDF file to the Secretary of the International Association of Catalysis Societies ( recipient will be required to give a lecture on her/his research as part of the International Congress on Catalysis at which the award is conferred (i.e. 15th ICC, July 1-6, 2012 in Munich, Germany).

Selection of Award Recipients Selection of the award recipients will be made by an International Committee composed of renowned scientists or engineers. This Committee will be appointed by the President of the International Association of Catalysis Societies, subsequent to proposals from the Executive Committee of the International Association of Catalysis Societies. Posthumous awards will be made only when knowledge of the winner’s death is received after the announcement of the International Committee’s decision.

15th International Congress on Catalysis

Munich, Germany, July 1 – 6, 2012

The 15th ICC is the catalysis event in 2012! More than 2,000 participants from all over the world will exchange new ideas and discuss developments in all areas of catalysis. Plenary and keynote speakers will present overviews of recent developments. The congress will be held at the International Congress Centre in Munich, a world-class facility offering the flexible infrastructure required to accommodate audiences of any size.

In four parallel oral sessions and two general poster sessions all relevant areas from fundamental understanding to catalyst design and novel processes will be covered. The sessions are complemented by cross disciplinary sessions, organized to share exciting new results at the boundaries between established fields within catalysis. Poster presenters will be able to organize up to four parallel half-day workshops to maximize direct participation by the conference attendees and to stimulate discussions in more specialized areas.

A social program rich in various aspects of the local culture will give you the opportunity to meet your colleagues and friends in a more relaxed atmosphere.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, I invite you to attend the 15th ICC in Munich and to contribute by presenting your latest results and by sharing your findings with colleagues in discussions. The call for papers is open until November 1. For more information please visit the congress website

I all look forward to your contribution to the exiting scientific program of the 15th ICC and to meet you in 2012 in Munich.
Johannes A. Lercher
Chairman, Organizing Committee
15th International Congress on Catalysis

Catalysis Scientists recognized with Institute Awards by AIChE

Dion Vlachos of the University of Delaware has received the Richard H. Wilhelm Award in Chemical Reaction Engineering for “pioneering work on multiscale modeling and application to development, design, and elucidation of catalytic reaction mechanisms, computational materials design, and renewable energy”.

Enrique Iglesia of the University of California at Berkeley has received the Alpha Chi Sigma Award for Excellence in Chemical Engineering Research for ” his outstanding contributions to the science and development of catalysts and for his leadership in the field of catalysis”.

Please use the link below to view the award announcement.

Call for Nominations: The 2012 ACS Catalysis Lectureship for the Advancement of Catalytic Science

Co-sponsored by the ACS Division of Catalysis Science & Technology and the ACS Publications journal ACS Catalysis, the annual ACS Catalysis Lectureship for the Advancement of Catalytic Science will honor the contributions of one individual or a collaborative team for groundbreaking research that strengthens connections between catalysis subdisciplines and has a profound impact on catalysis as a whole.

The inaugural ACS Catalysis Lectureship for the Advancement of Catalytic Science will be presented at the Fall 2012 ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Lectureship award winner will receive $3000, plus travel and lodging costs. In addition, a symposium will be developed to honor the recipient of the lectureship.

Nominators should include:

  • Name and affiliation of nominee
  • Name and affiliation of nominator
  • Brief statement describing the nominee’s accomplishments
  • List of top publications relevant to the award

The deadline for nominations is December 1st, 2011.

Send your nominations for the 2012 ACS Catalysis Lectureship to