NACS Elections for Directors-at-Large

This year, for the second time, the NACS will be using on-line balloting as the only way to vote for Directors-at-Large. We have contracted with a firm that is experienced in on-line voting to ensure the accu­racy and con­fi­den­tial­ity of the process. The elections are scheduled for March 18th to April 5th. You will be receiving an email message on March 17th with your username, unique password and a link to a restricted voting webpage. The subject headline is “NACS Elections for Directors-at-Large”. Please don’t delete this email until you cast your vote. If you have a problem receiving this email, then you need to contact Edrick Morales at

The web log-in page will have instructions on how to use your electronic ballot with links to technical assistance in case you have difficulty with the log-in and PDF documents with the pro­posed amend­ments and revised version of the by-laws.

You can cast your vote starting on March 18th at 12:01 am. The voting webpage will be held open to those members of NACS (including students) who reside within North America. Background information for each candidate will be available on the ballot site with a hyperlink associated to each candidate’s name. On the ballot website, you will be selecting only six (6) or less members from the slate of 11 candidates for the office of Director-at-Large and one vote to approve or not approve the amendments to the by-laws. The top six candidates will be elected to office if the amendments to the by-laws are approved; otherwise, the top four (4) candidates will be elected.

Voters will need to log back in and complete the ballot from scratch if they log-out or close the browser window without submitting their ballot. Your password will be deactivated after you record your vote.

Call for Nominations of The 2013 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award

Each year the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia recognizes an outstanding member of the catalysis community, who has made significant contributions to the advancement of Catalysis. Such advancement can be scientific, technological, or in organization leadership. The Award consists of a plaque and a $1000 cash prize.

We appreciate your help in submitting nominations. The entire nomination package, including a resume and recommendation letters, should not be more than 10 pages and should include a ½ page tentative award announcement. The deadline for the receipt of nominations is April 19, 2013. Prior nomination packages sent in 2011 or later will automatically be considered for the 2013 Award.

Nomination letter along with supporting materials should be emailed to
Joseph Fedeyko
Johnson Matthey ECT
436 Devon Park Drive
Wayne, PA 19087
Tel. 610-341-8218
Fax 610-341-3495
Past Recip­i­ents of the Award
1968 Adalbert Farkas
1969 Charles J. Plank
1970 Paul H. Emmett
1971 G. Alex Mills
1972 Alfred E. Hirschler
1973 Paul B. Weisz
1974 Roland C. Hansford
1975 Paul Venuto
1976 Heinz Heinemann
1977 G.C.A. Schuit
1978 George W. Parshall
1979 Alvin B. Stiles
1980 Abraham Schneider
1981 James F. Roth
1982 Robert Eischens
1983 Edward Rosinski
1984 James R. Katzer
1985 N.Y. Chen
1986 Bruce C. Gates
1987 James E. Lyons
1988 George Kokotailo
1989 Maurice Mitchell, Jr.
1990 Werner O. Haag
1991 John A. Sofranko
1992 Fran Waller
1993 George Kerr
1994 Theodore A. Koch
1995 John N. Armor
1996 Mae Rubin
1997 Leo E. Manzer
1998 Ray Gorte
1999 Anne M. Gaffney
2000 Henry C. Foley
2001 Mark Barteau
2002 Steven D. Ittel
2003 Frank E. Herkes
2004 Jingguang Chen
2005 Israel Wachs
2006 James Dumesic
2007 John Vohs
2008 David Olson
2009 Ted Oyama
2010 Chuck Coe
2011 Chunshan Song
2012 Rostam Madon

NECZA 2012 Meeting Announcement – Update

The Northeast Corridor Zeolite Association Meeting will take place in David Lynch Conference Room, Chemistry Building, the University of Pennsylvania on December 14, 2012. Meeting registration and poster setup will start at 8:30 am.

Undergraduate, graduate and post-doctoral researchers are invited to present posters at the meeting. The deadline for poster abstract submission is Wednesday, December 5, 2012.

The deadline for advance registration is Friday, December 7, 2012. Checks only, please. For additional details regarding the meeting refer to the 2012 NECZA Announcement and list of Poster Abstracts.

Invited Speakers

  • Aditya Bhan, University of Minnesota
    Shape selectivity and selectivity in methanol to hydrocarbons conversion
  • Karena Chapmann, Argonne National Laboratory
    Introduction to PDF methods and their applicability to studies of porous materials and catalysis
  • David Corbin, DuPont
    Studies of Industrial Applications of Zeolites at DuPont
  • Wei Fan, University of Massachusetts
    A General Method for Synthesis of Hierarchical Zeolites
  • Friederike Jentoff, University of Oklahoma
    Do Olefins Ru(i)n the Show in Paraffin Isomerization
  • Stan Roth, BASF
    Zeolite Applications in Environmental Catalysis: A Retrospective
  • Matthias Thommes, Quantachrome
    Surface and pore structure assessment of hierarchically structured micro/mesoporous molecular sieves by gas adsorption

Winners of the 2012 Annual Student Poster Competition

The Catalysis Club of Philadelphia annual student poster contest for the 2012- 2013 season took place on October 18th 2012 at the Wilmington Double Tree Hotel, 4727 Concord Pike Wilmington, DE. Out of the twenty five abstracts submitted, twenty were presented by graduate students and five by post-doctoral fellows. The four first place winners were

  • Jesse R. McManus (University of Pennsylvania) with “Correlating Surface Chemistry of Glycolaldehyde and Glyceraldehyde with Glucose, a Mechanistic Study on Pd(111)”
  • Christopher J. Keturakis (Lehigh University) with “New Insights into the Water-Gas Shift Reaction over Bulk Cr2O3*Fe2O3 Mixed Oxide Catalysts: A Combined Operando Raman-IR-XAS-XPS Investigation”
  • Vinit Choudhary (University of Delaware) with “Furfural Production from Xylose in Aqueous Media in a Cascade of Reactions using Heterogeneous and Homogeneous Catalysis”
  • Yiqing Wu (University of Maryland) with “Catalytic Characterization of Hierarchical Meso-/microporous MFI and MWW Zeolites”.

The top honors place was awarded to Thomas R. Gordon from the University of Pennsylvania, with his poster titled “Nonaqueous Synthesis of TiO2 Nanocrystals Using TiF4 to Engineer Morphology, Oxygen Vacancy Concentration, and Photocatalytic Activity”.

2013 Award for Excellence in Catalysis: Request for Nominations

The Catalysis Society of Metropolitan New York is seeking nominations for its thirty-second annual “Award for Excellence in Catalysis.” The award, sponsored by ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, consists of a plaque and a $1,500 gift. It is granted to an individual or a research team from North America to recognize outstanding contributions in either applied or basic research in either homogeneous or heterogeneous catalysis. Particular effort is made to identify worthy individuals or teams who have not received sufficient recognition for their work.

This award will bring due recognition to the recipient(s), and we appreciate your help in seeking first-rate candidates. We especially need to fortify our active nomination list! Nominations are solicited from anyone who is currently, or has been previously, active in the field of catalysis. Nominations previously submitted as well as new ones will remain active for a period of three years.

Those wishing to submit a nomination should write a letter of recommendation for the individual nominee or team, including pertinent biographical information and a specific description of the impact of the nominee’s achievements in catalysis. The maximum length of the letter should be no more than two pages. It may be accompanied by copies of no more than two items presenting important documentation, such as papers or patents.

Deadline for receipt of nominations is January 31, 2013. Nominations for consideration should be sent to:
Lucas Dorazio
BASF Corporation
25 Middlesex/Essex Turnpike
Iselin, NJ 08830

Catalysis Club of Philadelphia’s Annual Student Poster Contest

This is the first call for posters for the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia’s annual Student Poster Contest to be held Thursday, October 18th, 2012 at the DoubleTree Hotel, 4727 Concord Pike (Rt. 202) in Wilmington, DE. To enter, please submit a short abstract of your proposed entry before October 5th, 2012, to Vladimiros Nikolakis.

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 years past Catalysis Club members and guests will cast their votes for favorite poster and a last year 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 2013.

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.

Welcome to the 2012-13 Season of the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to the 64th season of the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia. Since the club was founded in 1949, we continue the tradition 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.

The speaker lineup for our monthly meetings has been coordinated by Yaritza Lopez of Johnson Matthey. As has been our recent tradition, the first meeting of the season will be the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award Lecture. We are pleased to have the 2012 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award winner Rostam Madon of BASF present his work on September 20, 2012. Below is the speaker schedule for the 2012-13 season along with any special event that will occur throughout the year.

  • 9/20/12 – Rostam Madon, BASF – CCP Award Lecture
  • 10/18/12 – Israel Wachs, Lehigh University
  • 10/18/12 – Poster Session
  • 11/15/12 – To be announced
  • 1/17/13 – Stuart Soled, ExxonMobil
  • 2/21/13 – Anne Gaffney, INVISTA
  • 2/21/13 – Officer Nominations
  • 3/21/13 – Jim Miller, Carnegie Mellon
  • 4/18/13 – John Kitchin, Carnegie Mellon
  • 4/18/13 – Officer Elections
  • May 13 – CCP Spring Symposium

Our annual student poster competition will take place in October and will be coordinated by Vladimiris Nikolakis of University of Delaware. 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 2013-14 season will take place in February with elections scheduled for April. Carl Menning of DuPont will organize the CCP Spring Symposium in May. We will also continue to have a brief presentation by a local graduate student prior to the main lecture at some of the monthly meetings.

The monthly meetings will again 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 2012-13 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 $10.00 ($5.00 for the local club and $5.00 to the national club). You can pay your dues to your company representative, to our treasurer Hai-Ying Chen of Johnson Matthey, or at the monthly meetings. A list of company representatives is available in our website.

Please visit our website at to receive latest information on monthly meetings. If you would like to receive our monthly announcements or need to update your contact information, please contact our Membership Director, Parag Shah of PQ Corporation at

The strength of our club has always revolved around our members and 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 20 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.

Bjorn Moden