Dr. Sourav Sengupta is the Winner of the 2015 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award

Sourav SenguptaThe Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia is pleased to announce that Dr. Sourav K. Sen­gup­ta, Research Fel­low – DuPont Cen­tral Research and Devel­op­ment, has been select­ed as the 2015 Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia Award win­ner. The selec­tion rec­og­nizes his sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tions to the sci­ence and prac­tice of catal­y­sis, along with his efforts in men­tor­ing young sci­en­tists.

Dr. Sen­gup­ta earned his Ph.D. Chem­i­cal Engi­neer­ing from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Delaware in 1991 and has held a vari­ety of research and devel­op­ment assign­ments at DuPont. He was the found­ing leader of the Process Devel­op­ment Cen­ter for DuPont Chem­i­cal Solu­tions Enter­prise and his efforts led to the com­mer­cial­iza­tion of sev­er­al new spe­cial­ty chem­i­cal prod­ucts and opti­miza­tion of sev­er­al exist­ing cat­a­lysts and cat­alyt­ic process­es, which col­lec­tive­ly gen­er­ate tens of mil­lions of dol­lars.

To achieve these accom­plish­ments, Sen­gup­ta applies an in depth under­stand­ing of het­ero­ge­neous cat­a­lyst struc­ture / func­tion rela­tion­ships in oxide mate­ri­als, sup­port­ed met­al cat­a­lysts and bulk met­al cat­a­lysts. He was a pri­ma­ry con­trib­u­tor to a nov­el process for on-demand hydro­gen cyanide pro­duc­tion via induc­tion heat­ing of Pt-Rh gauze and opti­mized oxide sup­port­ed base met­al cat­a­lysts for abate­ment of ozone deplet­ing efflu­ent gas­es. Recent­ly, Dr. Sen­gup­ta has direct­ed his exper­tise toward the uti­liza­tion of bio-renew­able resources for the pro­duc­tion of fuels and chem­i­cals.

Beyond tech­ni­cal con­tri­bu­tions, he is rec­og­nized for his efforts at men­tor­ing young sci­en­tists and engi­neers. Count­less careers have ben­e­fit­ed from his tech­ni­cal and orga­ni­za­tion­al insights. He has shared these through for­mal inter­ac­tions, such serv­ing as instruc­tor for a short course on Hydro­gena­tion Catal­y­sis and on the board of the Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia but more impor­tant­ly through per­son­al inter­ac­tions with junior col­leagues. The Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia is proud to rec­og­nize Dr. Sourav Sen­gup­ta for his com­bi­na­tion of tech­ni­cal excel­lence and men­tor­ing with the grant­i­ng of its 2015 award.

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
2013 Daniel Resas­co
2014 Haiy­ing Chen
2015 Sourav Sen­gup­ta
2016 Dion Vla­chos
2017 Thomas Cola­cot
2018 Car­mo Pereira