Koch Graduate Student Travel Award

Theodore A. Koch Graduate Student Travel Award

Theodore A. Koch
The Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia (CCP) is pleased to announce estab­lish­ment of a new stu­dent award in hon­or of Dr. Theodore A. Koch (1925 – 2014). The award com­pris­es trav­el funds up to $1000 to assist a deserv­ing stu­dent to attend a sci­en­tif­ic con­fer­ence and present his / her research. The inau­gur­al award will be grant­ed dur­ing the 2017–18 aca­d­e­m­ic year. A call for appli­ca­tions will be announced before Octo­ber 2017.
A Past Chair of the CCP and employ­ee of DuPont, Koch was wide­ly rec­og­nized as an inno­va­tor in the sci­ence and appli­ca­tion of catal­y­sis. Notable tech­ni­cal accom­plish­ments in Koch’s career includ­ed devel­op­ing a new cat­a­lyst for nitrous oxide destruc­tion (an ozone-deple­tion byprod­uct from Nylon man­u­fac­ture), devel­op­ment of a new process for hydro­gen cyanide man­u­fac­ture and improve­ments to many poly­mer inter­me­di­ates process­es. Koch received the Award for Excel­lence in Cat­alyt­ic Sci­ence and Tech­nol­o­gy from the Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia in 1994 and the Lavoisi­er Medal for Tech­ni­cal Excel­lence from DuPont in 1998. Ted always strived to grow and devel­op young sci­en­tists and this trav­el award is a small effort to con­tin­ue his lega­cy of believ­ing in the next gen­er­a­tion of sci­en­tists.
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Past Recipients of the Award

2015 Alex Miro­nenko
2017 Jen­nifer Lee