Herman Pines Award in Catalysis

Spon­sored by UOP and the Catal­y­sis Club of Chica­go
pinesThe 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 2014 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 the year of 2014, the award will be giv­en to an indus­tri­al researcher.
  • Active mem­ber in catal­y­sis com­mu­ni­ty.
  • A res­i­dent of North Amer­i­ca.

Dead­line for nom­i­na­tion is Jan­u­ary 31, 2014. 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 Jan­u­ary 31, 2014 as a sin­gle PDF doc­u­ment to:
Neng Guo
Pres­i­dent – The Catal­y­sis Club of Chica­go (2013–2014)
BP Prod­ucts North Amer­i­ca Inc.
Naperville, IL 60565
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
  • 2012 Dr. Stu­art Soled — Exxon­Mo­bil
  • 2013 Prof. W. Nicholas Del­gass – Pur­due Uni­ver­si­ty

16th North-East Corridor Zeolite Association Meeting


  • Fri­day, Decem­ber 13, 2013 / 9:00 — 5:00 PM


  • Car­olyn Hoff Lynch Sem­i­nar Room
    231 South 34th Street
    Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia
    Philadel­phia, PA 19104


  • John Cas­ci — John­son Matthey
  • Feng Jiao — Uni­ver­si­ty of Delaware
  • Bjorn Mod­en — Zeolyst Inter­na­tion­al
  • Yuriy Román — MIT
  • Helge Tou­far — Clari­ant
  • Stacey Zones — Chevron

NECZA 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 10 to 15 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 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.

For reg­is­tra­tion and addi­tion­al infor­ma­tion, please con­tact Joseph Fedeyko (fedeyjm@​jmusa.​com) or vis­it our web­site at www​.necza​.org

We hope to see you at the NECZA meet­ing on Fri­day, Decem­ber 13th, 2013.

Welcome to the 2013–14 Season of the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia

Dear Col­leagues,
On behalf of the orga­niz­ing com­mit­tee, I would like to wel­come you to join us for the 65th sea­son of the Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia. We are proud to con­tin­ue the lega­cy set forth by the orig­i­nal 7 sci­en­tists who estab­lished this club in 1949 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.

We are excit­ed to announce the speak­er line­up for our month­ly meet­ings that has been coor­di­nat­ed by Tor­ren Carl­son of DuPont. Fol­low­ing our tra­di­tion, the first meet­ing of the sea­son will be giv­en by the Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia Awardee, Daniel Resas­co of Uni­ver­si­ty of Okla­homa, present his work on Sep­tem­ber 19th, 2013. Below is the speak­er sched­ule for the 2013–14 sea­son along with the spe­cial events that will occur through­out the year.

  • Sept. 19, 2013: Daniel Resas­co, Uni­ver­si­ty of Okla­homa — CCP Award Lec­ture
  • Oct. 24, 2013:
    • Speak­er to be announced
    • Poster Ses­sion
  • Nov. 21, 2013: Charles Camp­bell, Uni­ver­si­ty of Wash­ing­ton — NACS Bur­well Lec­ture
  • Jan. 23, 2014: Chris Jones, Geor­gia Tech — NAM Emmett Awardee
  • Feb. 20, 2014:
    • Paul Dauen­hauer, U. Mass.
    • Offi­cer Nom­i­na­tions
  • March 20, 2014: Simon Pod­kolzin, Stevens Inst.
  • April 10, 2014:
    • Robert Schlögl, Fritz Haber
    • Offi­cer Elec­tions
  • May 2014: CCP Spring Sym­po­sium

Our annu­al stu­dent poster com­pe­ti­tion will take place in Octo­ber and will be coor­di­nat­ed by Ale­jan­dra Rivas-Car­dona of John­son Matthey. 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 2014–15 sea­son will take place in Feb­ru­ary with elec­tions sched­uled for April. Vladimiros Niko­lakis of Uni­ver­si­ty of Delaware will orga­nize the CCP Spring Sym­po­sium in May 2014. We will also con­tin­ue the tra­di­tion of hav­ing brief pre­sen­ta­tions by a local grad­u­ate stu­dent pri­or to the main lec­ture at some of the month­ly meet­ings.

The month­ly meet­ings will con­tin­ue to 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 2013–14 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 $15.00 ($5.00 for the local club and $10.00 to the nation­al club).

You can receive our lat­est infor­ma­tion and news through our web­site at catal​y​sis​clubphilly​.org, through LinkedIn, and also Face­book. While you can still work with your com­pa­ny rep­re­sen­ta­tive, we would like to strong­ly encour­age you to try our online reg­is­tra­tion form or con­tact our arrange­ments chair, Jacob Wein­er, direct­ly.

If you would like to receive our month­ly announce­ments or need to update your con­tact infor­ma­tion, please con­tact our Mem­ber­ship Direc­tor, Yaritza Lopez of John­son Matthey (lopezym@​jmusa.​com).

The strength of our club has always revolved around our gen­er­ous indus­tri­al spon­sors and mem­bers of 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 19 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.
Best regards,
Carl Men­ning

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.