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Travel Grants for Participation in the 15th International Congress on Catalysis

The North American Catalysis Society will provide supplemental funding for support of attendance at the 15th International Congress on Catalysis (15th ICC) to be held in Munich, Germany, July 1-6, 2012.

Funding for this program has been provided by federal agencies (NSF, DOE) and industry (Dow Chemical Co., BASF, BP, SudChemie). These funds will be used to provide partial reimbursement of travel, lodging and registration expenses for attendees with priority given to:

  1. Faculty members in their first four years of appointment to ladder-rank positions and currently active in catalysis research at U.S. institutions.
  2. Postdoctoral and graduate student presenting oral or poster contributions at the 15th ICC.
  3. Invited chairs of session at the 15th ICC meeting.
  4. Other applicants, as funds permit.

Applications should be submitted to Professor Jingguang Chen (NACS Director-at-Large, and coordinator of this grant program) no later than March 30, 2012 in electronic form (jgchen@udel.edu). This application should be no longer than one page and include your qualifications in the context of items 1-3 listed above.

This one-page application should clearly state:

  1. Your position, including years in present position and activity in catalysis research since 2007 (publications and patents in the catalysis area). Please indicate if your academic research group is currently funded by DOE-BES or NSF
  2. Your accepted presentation in the 15th ICC (title, session, and oral or poster venue. Include acceptance letter as a second page).
  3. Sessions that you are chairing (include invitation to chair as a second page).
  4. Any other data that the selection panel should consider.

The panel decision will be communicated to all applicants no later than May 15, 2012 via email. Original receipts will be required for reimbursement and travel must be booked via U.S. carriers.

4th International Congress on Operando Spectroscopy

Recent Developments and Future Perspectives in Spectroscopy of Working Catalysts

April 29 – May 3, 2012 – Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, NY, USA

Key Dates

  • April 29, 2011: 2nd Circular and call for abstracts
  • October 1, 2010: Abstract submission deadline
  • December 3, 2010: Notification of acceptance
  • March 2, 2012: Registration deadline
  • April 29, 2012: Submission of manuscripts
  • April 29 – May 3, 2012: Conference


Situated on a 5,250-acre campus, Brookhaven National Laboratory – in Upton, New York – is part of Long Island’s Central Pine Barrens region and home to 230 plat species, 15 animal species, and 85 species of birds. With innumerable restaurants, theaters, and internationally recognized sites of New York City 65 miles to the west, beautiful beaches stretching along the nearby coasts to the north and south, and an extensive array of vineyards and charming Hamptons towns to the east, Brookhaven offers visitors access to a little of everything.

Scope and Invitation

The study of catalysts in their working state, the so-called in situ or operando approach, has become a well-established and critical research area in catalysis. In this methodology the behavior of working catalysts is probed using physico-chemical methods while simultaneously measuring the catalytic activity and selectivity. The operando approach is an excellent one to assess structure-activity relationships at the molecular level since structural and catalytic parameters are determined together.

We invite you to attend and contribute to the Fourth International Congress on Operando Spectroscopy, to be held at Brookhaven National Laboratory in April 2012. This congress follows on to the prior conferences in 2003 (Lunteren), 2006 (Toledo), and 2009 (Rostock).

This conference will cover all aspects of operando spectroscopy of catalysts: both heterogeneous and homogeneous catalysis, application of theory, new experimental approaches and techniques, time and spatial resolution, and combination of techniques. It is anticipated that there will be an emphasis on fuel cells, electro-catalysis, and catalysis related to the production of biofuels, and other energy-related areas where catalysis is playing a major role in renewable energy.

The program will comprise plenary lectures, invited keynote lectures, and contributed oral and poster presentations covering the whole field of catalysis. An exhibition of commercial products and equipment related to catalyst characterization will be held during the meeting.
Please add the conference dates to your calendar now, and join us at Brookhaven National Laboratory in April, 2012.

Session Topics

  • Electrocatalysis: Fuel Cells and Related Technologies
  • Catalytic Bio-conversion Technologies
  • Homogeneous/Liquid Phase Catalysis
  • Bridging the Gap between Model and Technical Conditions
  • Multi-technique Approach to Operando Spectroscopy
  • Combining Operando Spectroscopy and Theoretical Studies
  • New Advances in Reaction Cells including Improved Time and Spatial Resolution

Registration Fees

$350 – Early Bird (until March 2, 2012)


Dormitory Rooms @ $42/night to Local Hotels @ $114/night

Vendor Exhibition

An exhibition of commercial products and equipment related to in situ and operando spectroscopy will be held during the meeting. Companies wishing to exhibit their products at the meeting should contact Ms. Gretchen Cisco, cisco@bnl.gov.

Further Information

Full information about the Congress can be found at:

Call for 2012 IACS Award Nominations

IACS will present two awards at the 15th ICC in Munich – the ICC Award and the Heinz Heinemann Award. Please note that the deadline for nominations is January 15, 2012. All nominations should be submitted to the Secretary of the IACS by email to the following address: muhler@techem.rub.de. The recipients of these awards will be selected by the IACS Awards Committee, and it is planned to inform the recipients by March 15, 2012. Both recipients will be invited to present a plenary presentation at the ICC in Munich.

International Catalysis Award The International Catalysis Award will be given to recognise and encourage individual contributions by a young person in the field of catalysis, such as the discovery of the significant improvement of a catalytic process, or an important contribution to the understanding of catalytic phenomena. The recipient must not have passed her/his 45th birthday by May 1 of the award year. The Award consists of a plaque and a check for $5,000.

Heinz Heinemann Award in Catalyst Science and Technology The Heinz Heinemann Award in Catalysis will be given to an individual or a group for significant contributions to catalyst science and technology achieved between January 1, 2007, and December 31, 2011. The Award consists of a plaque and a check for $5,000.

Nomination Procedure Nomination of the award should be made before January 15 in the year of an International Congress on Catalysis (i.e. January 15, 2012, for the awards made at the 15th ICC), and should include a critical evaluation of the significance of the nominee’s published work, as well as a statement about the particular contribution on which the nomination is based. Nominations should also include the nominee’s qualifications, accomplishments and biography. Nomination documents, along with no more than four letters of support, should be submitted electronically as a single PDF file to the Secretary of the International Association of Catalysis Societies (muhler@techem.rub.de).The recipient will be required to give a lecture on her/his research as part of the International Congress on Catalysis at which the award is conferred (i.e. 15th ICC, July 1-6, 2012 in Munich, Germany).

Selection of Award Recipients Selection of the award recipients will be made by an International Committee composed of renowned scientists or engineers. This Committee will be appointed by the President of the International Association of Catalysis Societies, subsequent to proposals from the Executive Committee of the International Association of Catalysis Societies. Posthumous awards will be made only when knowledge of the winner’s death is received after the announcement of the International Committee’s decision.

15th International Congress on Catalysis

Munich, Germany, July 1 – 6, 2012

The 15th ICC is the catalysis event in 2012! More than 2,000 participants from all over the world will exchange new ideas and discuss developments in all areas of catalysis. Plenary and keynote speakers will present overviews of recent developments. The congress will be held at the International Congress Centre in Munich, a world-class facility offering the flexible infrastructure required to accommodate audiences of any size.

In four parallel oral sessions and two general poster sessions all relevant areas from fundamental understanding to catalyst design and novel processes will be covered. The sessions are complemented by cross disciplinary sessions, organized to share exciting new results at the boundaries between established fields within catalysis. Poster presenters will be able to organize up to four parallel half-day workshops to maximize direct participation by the conference attendees and to stimulate discussions in more specialized areas.

A social program rich in various aspects of the local culture will give you the opportunity to meet your colleagues and friends in a more relaxed atmosphere.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, I invite you to attend the 15th ICC in Munich and to contribute by presenting your latest results and by sharing your findings with colleagues in discussions. The call for papers is open until November 1. For more information please visit the congress website www.icc2012.org.

I all look forward to your contribution to the exiting scientific program of the 15th ICC and to meet you in 2012 in Munich.
Johannes A. Lercher
Chairman, Organizing Committee
15th International Congress on Catalysis