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Prof. Dion Vlachos is the Winner of the 2016 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award

Dion VlachosThe Catalysis Club of Philadelphia is pleased to announce Prof. Dion Vlachos as the recipient of the 2016 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award, in recognition of his long-standing creative technical contributions, both theoretical and experimental; advancing the understanding of the molecular basis of heterogeneous catalysis of complex systems; and his leadership role at the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation and Center for Catalytic Science and Technology.

Prof. Vlachos received his PhD form the Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Department, University of Minnesota, where he studied the structures and dynamics of adsorbed phases and crystal surfaces. He joined the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Massachusetts in 1993 as an Assistant Professor and in 1998 became an Associate Professor at the department. In 2000, Dion joined the Department of Engineering at the University of Delaware, where he currently holds a position as Elizabeth Inez Kelley Professor of Chemical Engineering.

Dion has pioneered the work on development of multi-scale modeling and applying this approach to technologically important problems in energy, catalysis, biomass conversion, nanotechnology and cellular engineering. His research has been adopted by chemical industry in companies, such as ConocoPhillips, Praxair, and Rohm and Haas, for chemical processes design and emissions reduction.

Dion’s research of biomass conversion, specifically catalytic transformation of sugars into fuels and chemicals, helped to advance the understanding of sugar chemistry. His work on the elucidation of active species in HCl/CrCl3 involved in sugar transformations resulted in a high impact publication with a record number of citations. His theoretical study of Sn-Beta catalyst for glucose isomerization has found the active form of tin in the zeolite and revealed the importance of neighboring silanol groups for the selectivity of the isomerization reaction. Dion’s theoretical work was later confirmed experimentally by Davis group in Caltech.

As the founder and director of the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation (CCEI), Dion has shown an outstanding leadership and obtained $29.5M in funding over nine years. Through CCEI, he helped to nurture collaborations between research groups from leading academic institutions. CCEI focuses on the development of new catalysis and processes for biomass conversion to fuel and chemicals.

Dion has published over 340 scientific papers, which collectively have over 9400 citations. In the past few years, he has been publishing over 30 research papers per year, which makes Dion one of the most productive catalysis researchers.

Please join us in congratulating Dion on receiving the 2016 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia 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

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

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 catalysisclubphilly.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
Chair
(610)651-4679
bjorn.moden@pqcorp.com

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.

Catalysis Club of Philadelphia 2012 Spring Symposium

The Catalysis Club of Philadelphia held its annual Spring Symposium at the Doubletree Hotel in Wilmington, DE on May 17, 2012. It was a successful event with 87 attendees from industry and academia. The speakers presenting their work at the symposium were: Matt Neurock (University of Virginia), Enrique Iglesia (University of California, Berkeley), Raul Lobo (University of Delaware), David Johnson (Lucite International), Tewodros Asefa (Rutgers University), Istvan Halasz (PQ Corporation), Michael Janik (Pennsylvania State University), Alan Allgeier (DuPont) and Yadan Tang (Lehigh University).

Elections for the 2012-13 Season Executive Committee will be held on April 19, 2012

Candidates:
Chair-elect: Carl Menning, Vlad Nikolakis
Treasurer: Haiying Chen, Parag Shah
Directors: Yaritza Lopez, Chuck Coe
Biographical sketches of the candidates

Chair-elect

Carl Menning is currently a Research Engineer at DuPont at the Corporate Research center in Wilmington, DE, where he is working on catalyst development for renewably-sourced materials. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities in 2003. Following a short period in industry, he received his Ph. D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware under the guidance of Jingguang Chen in 2009 with a focus on bimetallic catalysts for PEM fuel cells. He has industrial experience in a variety of fields including consumer foods, petroleum-based products, inorganic pigments and renewably-sourced materials. Carl is currently the Program Chair of the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia and was the Arrangements Chair from 2006 to 2008.

Dr. Vladimiros Nikolakis (Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2001) joined the Catalysis Center for Energy Innovation at University of Delaware as a Senior Research Associate in 2011. Before that he was a Principal Researcher at the Institute of Chemical Engineering & High Temperature Chemical Processes (FORTH/ICE-HT), Greece. His current studies are focused in the field of heterogeneous catalysis for the conversion of biomass feedstocks to platform chemicals or fuels. His research interests also include the fields of zeolite crystallization; zeolite membrane synthesis, evaluation and development of novel characterization techniques. He has published more than 30 articles in peer reviewed scientific journals and he has more than 50 presentations in scientific conferences. He has served the professional community as a member of the organizing committee of several scientific conferences (once as a conference chair), and as reviewer of research articles or proposals.

Treasurer

Dr. Hai-Ying Chen is a Product Development Manager at Johnson Matthey Inc., Emission Control Technologies, in Wayne, Pennsylvania. He is responsible for developing advanced catalysts for exhaust emission control. Hai-Ying Chen received his Ph. D. degree in Chemistry from Fudan University, Shanghai, China. He has been a member of the Philadelphia Catalysis Club since 2000, and served the club as Sectary, Program Chair, Director, and Chair.

Parag Shah is a Research Chemist at PQ Corporation and is involved in developing improved silica-based supports, new polyolefin catalysts and process/product development for emerging catalyst technologies. In 2008 he received his PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from University of Pennsylvania under the guidance of Prof. Raymond J. Gorte. His thesis work focused on investigating the thermodynamic properties of metal-oxide catalysts. Parag earned his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Institute of Chemical Technology, University of Bombay (India), and subsequently did a Masters in Chemical Engineering at the University of Twente (The Netherlands), with emphasis on Process Development and Design. He has been a member of the Catalysis Club of Philadelphia since 2004, and served as Secretary since 2010-2011 season.

Directors

Yaritza M. López is currently a Senior Application Engineer at Johnson Matthey in the Heavy Duty Diesel department in Audubon, PA. She is working on the technical applications of new catalysts for emission control for heavy duty diesel engines. She joined JM in September 2010, after finishing her Post-Doc at the University of South Carolina (USC), where she focused her research of NOx reduction catalysts for gasoline emissions. She obtained her PhD degree from USC in 2009, her dissertation was focused on the synthesis, characterization and kinetic evaluation of dendrimer-derived monometallic and bimetallic catalysts for hydrogenation and NOx reduction reactions. Yaritza was member of the Southeast Catalysis Society and she is an active member of the North American Catalysis Society (2007 – present). She has been part of several professional and graduate student committees. She was co-chair on fundamentals of catalysis session in AIChE and she participated as judge of AIChE undergraduate student poster (2010). She was also vice-president of the chemical engineer graduate organization at USC (2008-2009) and part of the graduate student recruiting committee at USC from 2005 to 2009.

Chuck Coe is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department of Villanova University. After obtaining his PhD in inorganic chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University, Chuck joined the Chemical Additives division of Air Products and Chemicals Early in Chuck’s career he transferred to the corporate research group at the company headquarters where he developed an extensive expertise in molecular sieve science. Before retiring from Air Products, Chuck was named a strategic technologist for the Corporation and provided internal consultation on a broad range of materials characterization issues involving catalysts and adsorbents. Chuck has been an active member of the Philadelphia and NY Catalysis Clubs for over thirty years. Earlier in his career he served as an officer in the Philadelphia Catalysis Club. He received the 2010 Catalysis Club of Philadelphia Award. Since retiring, Chuck has joined the Chemical Engineering faculty at Villanova as a Visiting Assistant Professor and is sharing his knowledge with the next generation of engineers and scientists.

2012 CCP Spring Symposium

The Catalysis Club of Philadelphia will be holding its annual Spring Symposium on Thursday, May 17th, 2012 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Wilmington DE. The current list of speakers is listed below. Details on registration will be circulated in the March and April announcements.

Speakers for the 2012 Spring Symposium:

  • Matt Neurock – University of Virginia
  • Enrique Iglesia – University of California, Berkeley
  • David Johnson – Lucite
  • Istvan Halasz – PQ Corporation
  • Raul Lobo – University of Delaware
  • Michael Janik – Penn State
  • Vicky Doan-Nguyen – University of Pennsylvania (winner of CCP student poster competition)

For additional information, please contact Bjorn Moden (bjorn.moden@pqcorp.com).