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 edrickmorales@​live.​com.

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 fedeyjm@​jmusa.​com.
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 catal​y​sis​clubphilly​.org 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 parag.​shah@​pqcorp.​com.

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