Emerging Challenges in Catalysis for Sustainable Production of Transport Fuels: An Industrial View

2017 Spring Symposium

John Shabaker, BP Group Research, Naperville, IL

Abstract – Primary energy demand has grown tremendously over the past century, and despite the recent economic downturn, it is predicted to increase another 37% over the period from 2013-20351. Driven by global population growth and rising standards of living, this rapid increase in demand has driven innovation in the development of new energy supplies and highlighted environmental impacts of energy production & consumption. In this seminar, we will explore how these broad changes have in turn affected the transportation fuels sector, greatly influencing the price and availability of feedstocks, as well as the desired mix and quality of products. We will focus on the technological challenges arising for today’s transport fuels industry, and provide commentary on the role of catalysis research to help address them.

1 BP Energy Outlook 2035 (2017)

Biography – John is currently Technology Strategist in BP Group Research, where he provides technical input into strategic initiatives across the company.  Formerly, he was US Science Team Leader in the BP Center of Excellence for Applied Chemistry & Physics, also part of Group Research that supports businesses in refining, petrochemicals, lubricants, and upstream production, as well as manages global university programs. From 2007-2011 John led the implementation of new biofuels pathways in Refining Technology, ranging from biobutanol process development to renewable diesel co-processing in refinery hydrotreaters.   He was also active in conventional hydroprocessing technology, including pilot plant operations and modelling.

Prior to joining BP, John was a reaction engineering specialist at Bristol-Myers Squibb, applying in-situ spectroscopy, kinetics, and safety studies to pharmaceutical process development.  He received his PhD in chemical engineering in 2004 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He holds bachelor degrees in chemical engineering and chemistry from Lehigh University.

2015 Spring Symposium

8:00 amRegistration - Breakfast
8:40 amOpening Remarks
8:45 amWei Fan, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Development of Hierarchical Zeolite Catalysts for Bulky Molecule Reactions
9:25 amDion G. Vlachos, University of Delaware
Renewable Chemicals and Fuels from Biomass
10:05 amGraham Hibbert, HEL Group
Platinum Sponsor Presentation: HEL – Better Chemistry – Faster
10:20 amCoffee Break
10:40 amSteven L. Suib, University of Connecticut
Novel Porous Metal Oxides and Sulfides and Their Applications in Adsorption, Batteries, and Catalysis
11:20 amMarco J. Castaldi, City College of New York/CUNY
The Role of Oxidation State on Regeneration Capacity When Reforming Oxygenated Fuels With Rh Based Catalysts
12:00 pmLunch
1:20 pmRobert Farrauto, Columbia University
A Dual Function Material for Capturing and Catalytically Converting CO2 to Synthetic Natural Gas Using Renewable H2
2:00 pmHasan Dindi, DuPont
“Design of Bimetallic Catalysts for Use in DuPont’s IsoTherming® Hydroprocessing Reactors”
2:40 pm Bryan Yonemoto, University of Delaware
Student Poster Winner: “Mesoporous Materials for Energy Applications”
3:00 pmAward Announcement
3:15 pmCoffee Break
3:35 pmCathy H-Y. Chin, University of Toronto
Catalytic Conversion of Renewable Feedstocks to Value-Added Products
4:15 pmPhillip E. Savage, Penn State
Advances and Applications of Hydrothermal Catalysis
4:55 pmClosing Remarks
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2014 Spring Symposium

8:15 amRegistration - Breakfast
8:55 amOpening Remarks
9:00 amExploring the Catalytic Properties of Cu/SSZ-13 using NO Oxidation and Standard Selective Reduction of NO with NH3
Fabio H. Ribeiro, Purdue University
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9:45 amLife Cycle of Catalytic Diesel Emission Control Systems
Alexey Yezerets, Cummins Inc
Abstract »
10:30 amWelcome to HEL – Better Chemistry – Faster
Harold O’Grady, HEL Inc. - Platinum sponsor presentation
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10:45 amCoffee Break
11:05 amAnalysis of the Mechanism of Electrochemical Oxygen Reduction and Development of Ag- and Pt-alloy Catalysts for Low Temperature Fuel Cells
Suljo Linic, University of Michigan
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11:50 pmLunch
1:15 pmAlkene Metathesis for Propylene Production over W-based Catalysts: Insights from Multi-Functional Catalysts and Metallacyclobutanes
Chris Nicholas, UOP
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2:00 pmSynthesis and directed self-assembly of monodisperse nanocrystals as a route to engineering nanoscale catalytic contacts in model supported catalysts
Chris Murray, University of Pennsylvania
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2:45 pmZn Modification of Pt(111) for the Hydrodeoxygenation of Aldoses
Jesse McManus, University of Pennsylvania - Winner of graduate student poster competition
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3:05 pm Announcement of 2014 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award Winner
3:10 pmBreak
3:30 pmSurface Reactions of Biomass-Derived Polyols on Metal Oxides and Supported Metal Catalysts
Carsten Sievers, Georgia Institute of Technology
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4:15 pmNanoporous Materials for Solar Fuel Production
Feng Jiao, University of Delaware
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5:00 pmClosing Remarks
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2013 Spring Symposium

8:00 amRegistration and Continental Breakfast
8:55 amOpening Remarks
9:00 amCharles H.F. PedenNew Insights into the Synthesis of Methanol on Copper
Charles H. F. Peden, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
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9:50 amJeffrey GreeleyA First Principles View of Reactivity Trends in Heterogeneous Catalysis and Electrocatalysis
Jeffrey Greeley, Purdue University
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10:40 amCoffee Break
11:00 amMichael A. SmithSupported Catalysts: Does Surface Roughness Matter? A Case Study With VOx-SBA-15
Michael A. Smith, Villanova University
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11:50 amThomas R. GordonNonaqueous Strategies to Manipulate the Morphology, Phase, and Photocatalytic Activity of Monodisperse TiO2 Nanocrystals
Thomas R. Gordon, University of Pennsylvania - CCP Stu­dent Poster Com­pe­ti­tion winner
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12:10 pmLunch Buffet
1:10 pmThomas F. DegnanCatalysis in a Pocket: The MCM-22 Story
Thomas F. Degnan, Jr., ExxonMobil - 2012 Ciapetta Award Lecture
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2:10 pmDongxia LiuCatalytic Characterization of Hierarchical Meso-/microporous Lamellar Zeolite Catalysts
Dongxia Liu, University of Maryland - College Park
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3:00 pm Announcement of 2013 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award Winner
3:05 pmCoffee Break
3:20 pmMichael T. KleinSoftware Tools for the Construction of Detailed Kinetic Models
Michael T. Klein, University of Delaware
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4:10 pmAndrew M. RappePolar substrates and nonstoichiometric surfaces:
new routes to active and controllable heterogeneous catalysts

Andrew M. Rappe, University of Pennsylvania
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5:00 pmClosing Remarks
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2012 Spring Symposium

8:00 amRegistration and Continental Breakfast
8:55 amOpening Remarks
9:00 amEngineering Molecular Transformation over Supported Catalysts for Sustainable Energy Conversion
Matt Neurock, University of Virginia
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9:50 amSelective Hydrodeoxygenation of m-cresol over Bifunctional Metal-Acid Catalysts
Raul Lobo, University of Delaware
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10:30 amCoffee Break
10:50 amCommercialization of a Novel Methyl Methacrylate Process - Catalyst Design and Development
David Johnson, Lucite International
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11:30 amEfficient and Selective Multifunctional Nanocatalysts: New Synthetic Strategies and Potential Applications
Tewodros Asefa, Rutgers University
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12:10 pmFormic Acid Decomposition on Bulk Metal Catalysts
Yadan Tang, Lehigh University (runner-up in CCP student poster competition)
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12:30 pmLunch Buffet
1:40 pmConsequences of Acid Strength and Confinement in Catalytic Reactions Mediated by Ion-pair Transition States
Enrique Iglesia, University of California, Berkeley
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2:30 pmDesktop Molecular Modeling Help in Clarifying Odd Experimental Observations on Zeolites and Silica Gels
Istvan Halasz, PQ Corporation
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3:10 pmAnnouncement of 2012 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award Winner
3:20 pmCoffee Break
3:40 pmDensity Functional Theory Studies of Electrocatalysis
Michael Janik, Penn State
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4:20 pmCatalysis Challenges in Pharmaceutical Process Development
Alan Allgeier, DuPont (formerly Amgen Inc.)
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5:00 pmClosing Remarks
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2011 Spring Symposium

8:00 amRegistration and Continental Breakfast
8:25 amWelcome
8:30 amCatalysis and Energy Interlinked as Businesses
John Armor, Global Catalysis
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9:30 amThe Trials and Tribulations of Zeolite Structure Analysis
Lynne McCusker, ETH Zürich, IZA Ambassador
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10:30 amCoffee Break
10:45 amFischer-Tropsch Catalysis: Early 20th Century Technology Re-invented for the 21st Century
John Casci, Johnson Matthey
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11:30 amPhotocatalytic Products for De-pollution in a Major City
Robert McIntrye, Millennium Inorganic Chemicals a Cristal Company
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12:15 pmLunch
1:45 pmMulti functional Catalysts and Reactors for Lean NOx Reduction
Michael Harold, University of Houston
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2:20 pmThe Roles of External and Microporous Acidity in Alkylation and Trans Alkylation
Deng-Yang Y Jan, UOP
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2:55 pmPresentation of 2011 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award
3:05 pmCoffee Break
3:25 pmReducibility of Cobalt Supported on SBA-15 and Zirconia for Fischer-Tropsch Synthesis
Kevin Bakhmutsky, University of Pennsylvania - Student Poster Award Winner
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3:45 pmHigher Catalytic Rates in Smaller Zeolite Channels
Aditya Bhan, University of Delaware
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4:25 pmClosing
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2010 Spring Symposium

7:45 AMRegistration and Breakfast
8:20 AMWelcome
8:30 AMThe Outlook for Energy and Technology Implications
Alessandro Faldi, ExxonMobil
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9:15 AMHydrocarbon Fuels from Biomass: Catalysis as Important as Ever!
George Antos, NSF/UOP
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9:55 AMBreak
10:10 AMExperimental and Theoretical Studies of Novel Electrocatalysts
Jingguang Chen, University of Delaware
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10:50 AMElectrodes for Solid Oxide Fuel Cells and Electrolyzers
Raymond J. Gorte, University of Pennsylvania
Abstract »
11:20 AMCopper Coordination in Cu-SSZ-13 and Cu-SSZ-16 Investigated by Variable-
Temperature XRD
Dustin W. Fickel, University of Delaware
Winner of CCP 2010 Poster Competition
Abstract »
11:40 AMAnnouncement of 2010 CCP Award
11:50 AMLunch
1:00 PMPresentation: Overview by FreeSlate
1:10 PMReactive boiling of microcrystalline cellulose on high-temperature inorganic surfaces for millisecond processes
Paul Dauenhauer, University of Massachusetts Amherst
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1:40 PMAlternative Feedstocks for Olefin Production: What Role will Ethanol Play?
Mark Stewart, Dow Chemicals
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2:10 PMEnvironmental Catalysis from First Principles
Dr. William F. Schneider, University of Notre Dame
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2:40 PMBreak
2:55 PMHierarchical nano-manufacturing of multiscale, porous inorganic materials towards biomass processing
Mark A. Snyder, Lehigh University
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3:35/3:45 PMClosing
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