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Catalysis
June 27 - July 2, 2010
Colby-Sawyer College
New London, NH
Chair:
Abhaya K. Datye

Vice Chair:
Bruce R. Cook

Catalysis is a key technology for improving the quality of life while simultaneously reducing the adverse impact of human activities on the environment. The discovery of new catalytic processes and the improvement of existing ones are also critically important for securing the nation's energy supply. The GRC on Catalysis is considered one the most prestigious conference for catalysis research, bringing together leading researchers from both academia, industry and national labs to discuss the latest, most exciting research in catalysis and the future directions for the field.

The 2010 GRC on Catalysis will follow time-honored traditions and feature invited talks from the world’s leading experts in the fundamentals and applications of catalytic science and technology. We plan to have increased participation from industry. The extended discussions in the company of outstanding thinkers will stimulate and foster new science. The conference will include talks in the following areas: Alternative feedstocks for chemicals and fuels, Imaging and spectroscopy, Design of novel catalysts, Catalyst preparation fundamentals, Molecular insights through theory, Surface Science, Catalyst stability and dynamics. In 2010, the Catalysis conference will move to a larger conference room with a new poster session area that will allow 40 posters per session. The dorm rooms provide single and double accommodations, free WiFi and the registration fee includes all meals and the famous lobster dinner on Thursday night. Afternoons are open to enjoy the New England ambiance with opportunities for hiking, sailing, golf and tennis to create an outstanding conference that will help you network with colleagues, and make long lasting connections.


Contributors

SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in (Office Closed 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:30 pmALTERNATIVE FEEDSTOCK FOR FUELS AND CHEMICALS
[In Memory of Gary B. McVicker]
Discussion Leader: W. Curt Conner (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA)
7:40 pm - 8:20 pm George Huber (Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA)
"Catalytic conversion of bio oils into fuels and chemicals"
8:20 pm - 8:35 pm Discussion
8:35 pm - 9:15 pm Brent Shanks (Iowa State University, Ames, IA)
"Multifunctional Catalyst Systems for Converting Carbohydrates and Their Derivatives"
9:15 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmNOVEL CATALYTIC MATERIALS
Discussion Leader: Eric Lowenthal (W.R. Grace, Columbia, MD)
9:00 am - 9:40 am Robert Schlögl (Fritz Haber Institute, Berlin, Germany)
"Carbon as a multifunctional catalyst - not just a support"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break / Group Photo
10:30 am - 11:10 am Levi Thompson (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI)
"Nanostructured Carbides and Nitrides: Properties, Opportunities and Challenges"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pm Anne Gaffney (The Langmuir Research Institute, St. Louis, MO)
"A New Catalyst Design Methodology: Integrated Atomic-level Modification and Intrinsic Kinetic Characterization"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session I (Poster Judging)
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm3D CHARACTERIZATION OF CATALYSTS
Discussion Leader: Abhaya Datye (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pm Fleming Besenbacher (University of Arhus, Arhus, Denmark)
"Catalytic model systems and surface reactivity studied by high-resolution, video-rate STM"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pm Paul Midgley (Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK)
"3D Imaging of Catalysts and Nanoparticles by Electron Tomography"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmSURFACE SCIENCE
Discussion Leader: Galen Fisher (Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI / Delphi Powertrain, Auburn Hills, MI)
9:00 am - 9:40 am Ib Chorkendorff (Danish Technical University, Lyngby, Denmark)
"Identifying and manipulating the active site in the search of new catalysts"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am Chuck Peden (Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, Richland, WA)
"Surface Structure and Catalytic Properties of Poorly Crystalline γ-Al2O3 Surfaces: New Insights from Ultrahigh Field NMR Spectroscopy and Aberration-Corrected Transmission Electron Microscopy"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pm Charlie Campbell (University of Washington, Seattle, WA)
"Kinetic and Thermodynamic Studies of Elementary Steps in Catalytic Reaction Mechanisms and Catalyst Deactivation"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session II (Poster Judging)
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmINSIGHTS INTO CATALYSIS THROUGH THEORY
Discussion Leader: Mark Barteau (University of Delaware, Newark, DE)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pm Matthias Scheffler (Fritz Haber Institute, Berlin, Germany)
"Surface chemistry of heterogeneous catalysis"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pm Bill Schneider (University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN)
"Capturing the Effects of Surface Coverage on Catalytic Reaction Rates"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmTHE SCIENCE OF CATALYST SYNTHESIS
Discussion Leader: Scott Mitchell (SABIC, Houston, TX)
9:00 am - 9:40 am John Regalbuto (University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL)
"A Simple, Scientific Method for the Synthesis of Supported Metal Catalysts"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am Dan Shantz (Texas A&M University, College Station, TX)
"Synthesis and Catalytic Properties of Zeolites Containing Multiple (and Different) Framework Heteroatoms"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pm Helge Toufar (Süd Chemie, Lousville, KY)
"Manufacture and Application of Novel Zeolitic Materials for Industrial Catalysis"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session III
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
(Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair)
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmENGINEERING OF CATALYSTS FOR EXCEPTIONAL STABILITY
Discussion Leader: Bob McCabe (Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, MI)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pm Hirohisha Tanaka (Daihatsu Motor Company Japan)
"Intelligent catalysts that can reform-and-restore nano particles in real automobiles"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pm Gabriel Veith (Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN)
"Hydroxyls - the key ingredient to stabilize and activate catalysts"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmSPECTROSCOPY
Discussion Leader: Peter Stair (Northwestern University, Evanston, IL)
9:00 am - 9:40 am Leon Lefferts (University of Twente, Enschede, Netherlands)
"Heterogeneous catalysis in the liquid phase: Fundamental and engineering challenges"
9:40 am - 10:00 am Discussion
10:00 am Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 am Clare Grey (State Univ. of New York, Stony Brook, NY)
"NMR spectroscopy of Catalysts"
11:10 am - 11:30 am Discussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pm Chris Williams (University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC)
"Vibrational Spectroscopy at Solid-Liquid Catalytic Interfaces: Progress and Prospects"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pm Discussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session IV
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmFUTURE PERSPECTIVES
Discussion Leader: Robert Farrauto (BASF, Menlo Park, NJ)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pm Johannes Schwank (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI)
"Catalysis - The Last Refuge For The Alchemist"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pm Discussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pm Wayne Goodman (Texas A&M University, College Station, TX)
"Six Lies and a Videotape"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pm Discussion
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDepart

 
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