Rostam Madon is the recipient of the 2012 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award

The Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia is pleased to announce Dr. Ros­tam Madon as the recip­i­ent of the 2012 Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia Award, in recog­ni­tion of his out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the fields of Fis­ch­er-Trop­sch and flu­id cat­alyt­ic crack­ing cat­a­lysts.

Ros­tam obtained his PhD in chem­i­cal engi­neer­ing from Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty. While at Stan­ford, Ros­tam helped devel­op the Madon-Boudart cri­te­ri­on for iden­ti­fy­ing mass-trans­fer, heat trans­fer, and poi­son­ing effects on cat­alyt­ic rates. The cri­te­ri­on is used today in aca­d­e­m­ic and indus­tri­al lab­o­ra­to­ries world­wide.

After post-doc­tor­al research at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Wis­con­sin, Ros­tam start­ed his indus­tri­al career at Exxon where he dis­cov­ered the impor­tance of sup­port oxide struc­tures in con­trol­ling the over­all reac­tion rates for Fis­ch­er-Trop­sch cat­alyt­ic chem­istry. This find­ing led to the devel­op­ment of a spe­cif­ic oxide sup­port enabling Exxon’s Advanced Gas Con­ver­sion 21th (AGC21) process and cat­a­lysts and was cit­ed by Exxon’s Cor­po­rate Research dur­ing its 30th Anniver­sary as a key devel­op­ment dur­ing that peri­od. His work and col­lab­o­ra­tions on Fis­ch­er-Trop­sch cat­a­lysts, also led to impor­tant con­tri­bu­tions on the impact of sul­fur on activ­i­ty pat­terns and mod­el­ing chain growth reac­tion path­ways.

In 1986, Ros­tam tran­si­tioned to Engel­hard (now BASF) and began to focus on flu­id cat­alyt­ic crack­ing (FCC) cat­a­lysts. His study of FCC cat­a­lysts has led to many impor­tant insights. In par­tic­u­lar, Ros­tam led the devel­op­ment of the Redux­ion-Max­ol® suite of cat­a­lysts which were the result of under­stand­ing the inter­play between of the matrix and zeo­lite Y and have been used in over 100 refiner­ies world­wide. Fur­ther­more, he explained the role of ZSM-5 as a co-cat­a­lyst in FCC units and the role of rare earth oxides in increas­ing the rates of hydride trans­fer dur­ing hydro­car­bon crack­ing reac­tions. Ros­tam has authored 43 tech­ni­cal papers and been award­ed 9 US patents. Addi­tion­al­ly in 2009, Ros­tam was award­ed the AIChE Catal­y­sis and Reac­tion Engi­neer­ing Prac­tice Award.

Please join us in con­grat­u­lat­ing Ros­tam on receiv­ing the 2012 Catal­y­sis Club of Philadel­phia award.