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Distinguished Researcher Award



ENFL Distinguished Researcher Award in Petroleum Chemistry - 2019

ACS Energy & Fuels (ENFL) Division invites nominations for 2019 Distinguished Researcher Award in Petroleum Chemistry. The award is formerly known as ACS Petroleum Chemistry Division Distinguished Researcher Award.

The criteria for the award include:

Excellence in Science/Profession: Excellence in basic or applied research in broadly defined area of petroleum chemistry, as evidenced by publications or patents, invention or commercialization of new technologies, and leadership in the research area. Nominee must have made significant and original contributions in research and developments that have advanced the field of petroleum chemistry.

Contributions to the Division and to ACS: Contributions to ACS and the Energy and Fuels Division or its predecessors (the former Petroleum Chemistry and Fuel Chemistry Divisions) could include, but is not limited to, contributions to ACS symposia including those sponsored by ENFL or its predecessors, as an invited speaker, a presenter, or symposium organizer.

Member in good standing of the Division: Nominees must be current members in good standing of the American Chemical Society and Energy and Fuels Division. Former members will not be considered as nominees.

Nomination package should include a letter of nomination summarizing the research accomplishments and service to ACS and the Division of Energy and Fuels or its predecessors (no more than 5 pages), a CV including list of selected publications (no more than 5 pages) and two or three supporting letters.

Nominations for 2019 award should be sent electronically to: 

Professor Chunshan Song,
Pennsylvania State University
E-mail: csong@psu.edu

The deadline for nominations is July 15, 2019.  The award consists of $2,000, a plaque, and a ticket to the Division dinner. The awardee will be recognized by an Award Symposium during the Spring 2019 ACS National Meeting.

Past recipients of the award include:

2007    Martin Gorbaty           ExxonMobil
2009    Roel Prins                    ETH Zurich
2010    Henrik Topsøe             Haldor Topsøe A/S
2011    Chunshan Song           Pennsylvania State University
2012    Umit Ozkan                Ohio State University
2013    Burtron Davis             University of Kentucky
2014    S. Ted Oyama             University of Tokyo and Virginia Tech 
2015    James Burrington        Lubrizol Corp.

2016 Stuart L.Soled ExxonMobil

2017 Mietek Boduszynsik Chevron Energy Technology Company (retired

2018 Joe Allison Phillips 66 (retired)

2018 Distinguished Researcher Award in Petroleum Chemistry

Joe D. Allision Phillips 66 (Retired)


The ACS Energy and Fuels (ENFL) Division has selected Dr. Joe Allison for the 2018 ENFL Distinguished Researcher Award. Dr. Allison is a leading researcher in petroleum chemistry and an outstanding contributor to ACS ENFL division and the former Petroleum Chemistry division.

Dr. Allison has had a productive career with Phillips 66 and former ConocoPhillips, Conoco, and DuPont as a Research Fellow. Dr. Allison has made major contributions in the following four areas: (1) the gas-to-liquids process, (2) upstream/production, (3) sulfur partial oxidation technology and (4) nylon intermediate and sodium cyanide issues.  In these areas Dr. Allison held primary investigator and leadership roles that have commercialized more than a dozen technologies that have direct usage in the fields of petroleum production and  alternative fuel chemistry, as well as several chemical processes in use at heritage DuPont facilities. He was awarded  49 US patents, 36 foreign patents and with 60 more patent applications. He is also an author or co-author of 13 peer-reviewed papers.

Some of his high-impact contributions focused on catalyst development for natural gas conversion into liquid hydrocarbons via Fischer­Tropsch (FT) and related C1-technologies. He has shown how sulfur can affect the performance of supported cobalt-based FT catalysts which has led to multiple catalyst improvements. He has invented new methods for non-oxidative conversion of alkanes into liquids and has made selective modifications to feedstock types in order to increase the efficiency of syn-gas reactions. Contrary to popular belief, it is difficult for scientists in the petrochemical industry to make considerable impacts to refining and chemicals processes given the mature nature of this business. He has mastered the ability to create value for his company through his creativity, scientific prowess and technical leadership. His creative research also resulted in efficient cross-linked water-soluble polymers for water diversion in oil reservoirs, novel processes for methane conversion to trimethylbenzene, and innovative approaches for waste water remediation. Furthermore, he invented many technologies for Conoco and ConocoPhillips as a project leader and a group director, in the areas of sulfur recovery, hydrogen and CO2 separation and recovery, methane aromatization, conversion of syngas, ethylene production, and carbon nanofiber synthesis.  He was also a manager for the CO2 Capture & Avoidance, which developed and supported efforts for the capture of carbon dioxide from various gas streams using specialized amines, solvent blends, and membrane technologies.

Dr. Allison also made significant contributions to ACS. He was a Treasurer (1985-1987) and a Chair (1988) of his local ACS section, Program Chair/Co-Chair (2004-2008) and Division Chair (2011) of Petroleum Chemistry Division, a Director-at-Large (2013-2014) and a Councilor (2015-2020) of Energy and Fuels Division. Furthermore, he organized many symposia for ACS national meetings and guided many junior officers in ACS ENFL and former Petroleum Chemistry Division. He was one of the important contributors for the merger between Fuel Chemistry and Petroleum Chemistry Divisions.  Dr. Allison has been recognized with many awards and honors, including Oklahoma Chemist Award (2008), Distinguished Service Award (2009) of ACS Division of Petroleum Chemistry, Purdue University Department of Chemistry Distinguished Alumnus (2010), Fellow of the American Chemical Society (2010), and The University of Central Arkansas Distinguished Alumnus (2013).


New Orleans Symposium in honor of Joe D. Allison



2017 Distinguished Researcher Award in Petroleum Chemistry

Mietek Boduszynski


Dr. Mieczyslaw (Mietek) Boduszynski Chevron Energy Technology Company (Retired) is the recipient of the 2017 ENFL Distinguished Research Award in Petroleum Chemistry. The Award was presented at the 2017 San Francisco ACS meeting. A symposium in Mietek's honor will be held on Monday afternoon, April 4, 2017 and the award will be presented at the ENFL Dinner on Tuesday April 5.

Mietek is a legend in the field of crude oil characterization and molecular transformations in petroleum refining. He spent his entire career at Chevron in the Analytical Division and, although retired, continues to contribute as a consultant. During his illustrious career, Mietek pioneered a number of techniques, models and discoveries that has had a significant impact on petroleum refining.  First and foremost, he developed the Atmospheric Pressure Equivalent Boiling Point (AEBP), a method widely used today to produce discrete distillation cuts that allow the critical study of lower molecular weight as well as previously “non-distillable” fractions. This was followed by the development of high temperature simulated distillation by retention as opposed to elution. This method has become the industry standard for crude evaluation and spawned the development of the corresponding ASTM standards.

From this work, Mietek predicted the continuum of petroleum crude oil chemical composition, and explained how a narrow boiling point cut could contain species spanning a wide molecular mass range. He also predicted that heavy crude oil components, including asphaltenes, have molecular weight less than ~2000 Da. These predictions were widely disputed for years until the advanced tools and techniques were developed nearly twenty years later. I was fortunate to be present at the presentation of the work from the Marshall-Rodgers lab at the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory at FSU that proved Mietek predictions were correct.

Additional contributions include findings on the origin and formation of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in lube hydrocrackers (RLOP) and the seconnd-stage Isomax process as well as the  development of advanced analytical techniques to understand petroleum composition including field ionization mass spectrometry and high temperature gas chromatography coupled with inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (HTGC-ICP-MS).

Mietek’s body of work has provided a fundamental understanding of distillation, the primary technology for crude oil processing and has enabled refineries to improve net margins by utilizing deep-cut distillation to produce incremental yields of high-value cracker feeds.


2016 Distinguished Researcher Award in Petroleum Chemistry

Stuart L. Soled


The Energy & Fuels Division of the American Chemical Society has selected Dr. Stuart L. Soled (ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Co.) as recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Researcher Award.  Dr. Soled  has made outstanding contributions on the discovery, development and commercialization of step-out catalytic materials that have had a significant impact in our petroleum refining industry as well as advancing the scientific understanding of petroleum chemistry. 

Dr. Soled’s remarkable accomplishments cover a broad range of catalyst technologies and are products of his scientific creativity, his passion for research and his unwavering approach of bridging the fundamentals of catalysis with some of our most pressing industrial and societal challenges. For example, his novel catalytic materials are used in more than 30 refineries throughout the world to meet the increasing demand for cleaner-burning ultra-low sulfur fuels and high performance lubricants. His impactful and broad contributions, and the balanced approach that he takes between basic and applied research are unparalleled within the industrial catalysis community today and are reflected in his more than 110 issued U.S. Patents, 86 scientific publications, and his numerous invited lectures at national and international scientific meetings. His major contributions focus on the following areas: (1) novel nanostructured metal oxide / metal sulfide bulk hydroprocessing catalysts; (2) new synthesis methods for the design of highly active and selective dispersed noble metal or metal oxide / sulfide supported catalysts; and (3) solid Acid Catalysis

Dr. Soled has unselfishly served our scientific community and has been a very effective spokesperson of industrial catalysis in the national and international scientific community. He has presented over 40 plenary and keynote lectures, including invited lectures to American Chemical Society, North American Catalysis Society, the local North American chapters of the Southwestern, Tri-States, Philadelphia, and New York Catalysis Clubs as well as the Catalysis and Solid State Gordon Conferences and several International Conferences. He has organized multiple symposia at American Chemical Society, North American Catalysis Society, and Materials Research Society meetings, and has chaired the Gordon Conference in Catalysis and co-organized the 5th Acid-Base International Conferences in Catalysis and the 2004 ACS Colloidal Science Division Session on “Synthesis and Structure of Organic and Inorganic Oxides and Sulfide Composites.” Currently, he is a Board member of the North American Catalysis Society, member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Catalysis, and Editor of Catalysis Communications. He has been an active member of the American Chemical Society since 1973, and has contributed, as a presenter or an invited speaker or symposium organizer, to the success of many ACS meetings. 

The ACS ENFL division has organized an Award symposium in his honor at ACS Spring 2016 national meeting.


2015 Distinguished Researcher Award


James Burrington

Jim Burrington

Symposium in Colorado Convention Center Mile High 3C Monday am, pm Tuesday am

Dr James Burrington of Lubrizol is being recognized for his original and important inventions and contributions to the research and development closely related to petroleum chemistry. A major focus of Dr. Burrington’s work has been the discovery, understanding and commercial application of novel chemical technologies for improved sustainability, reduced environmental impact, and enhanced activity/low treat, in the following areas.  (1) Controlled Release Additive Technology.  Dr. Burrington established a fundamental working understanding of petroleum-based lubricant additive component gelation and its use as a matrix for controlled release of additives as a means to enhance performance. These inventions have been incorporated into numerous commercialized products for enhanced performance in engine oils and industrial lubricants. This technology has extended the performance and applications of currently established additive chemistries beyond what would have been otherwise possible. (2) Solid Acid Catalysis: Dr. Burrington invented several patented processes based on novel applications of cost-effective heteropolyacid catalysts as a means to reduce waste, recycle raw materials and otherwise reduce the environmental impact of industrially significant cationic polymerization and alkylation processes including polymerization of isobutylene and alkylation of aromatic amines. (3) Succination Process Chemistry: Dr. Burrrington invented a novel process and identified fundamental mechanisms for production of polyisobutenyl succinic acid type ashless dispersants, which are used throughout the lubricant industry.  (4) Selective Oxidation and Ammoxidation Catalysis: Dr. Burrington published mechanisms and fundamental understanding still acknowledged today as the detailed description of selective heterogeneous oxidation and ammoxidation catalysis for a broad range of catalyst systems, including molybdates and antimonates.  (5) New Catalytic Process for Fine and Specialty Chemicals: Dr. Burrington’s innovative work on this topic area includes catalytic acrylic dimerization, catalytic amino-carbonylation to amino acid derivatives, and novel aromatic catalytic oxidation.

Dr. Burrington received his BS degree in chemistry from John Carroll University in 1973, and his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1977. He joined BP (formerly Standard Oil) in 1977 as a Senior R&D Chemist with assignments in fundamental and exploratory catalysis. He advanced to the position of Research Associate in 1982, Research Supervisor in 1984, and Research Manager in 1988. In 1993, he joined The Lubrizol Corporation in Wickliffe, Ohio, and was promoted to Senior Fellow in 1998, and to Lubrizol Fellow, the highest technical rank in the corporation, in 2006. At Lubrizol he has been responsible for applied research in catalysis, process chemistry and the development of new lubricant additive and performance chemical products.  Dr. Burrington is an inventor of 51 US Patents and an author of 45 scientific and technical publications, which span Dr. Burrington’s 37-year career in catalysis and process chemistry, fine and specialty chemicals, lubricant and rubber additives, and controlled release technology.

Dr. Burrington is a Fellow (Class of 2013) of the American Chemical Society (ACS), and has held offices in the ACS within the Petroleum Division as Secretary (1983-86), Chair (1988-89 and 1991-92), Program Committee (1998-2001), and was co-developer/organizer of many Division Symposia, including those on “Solid Acid Catalysis (ACS Fall 1997 National Meeting), “Recent Advances in the Chemistry aof Lubricant Additives (ACS Spring 2000 National Meeting), and “Catalysis, Processes and Reactors for Ultra-Clean Gasoline and Diesel Fuels”, ACS Fall 2003 National Meeting).



2014 Distinguished Researcher Award

S. Ted Oyama, University of Toyko and Virginia Tech


Symposium in Dallas

The Division of Energy & Fuels of the American Chemical Society has selected Prof. S. Ted Oyama as recipient of the 2014 Distinguished Researcher Award.   Prof. Oyama is Prof. of Chemical Systems Engineering Dept. at the University of Tokyo and the Chemical Engineering Dept. at Virginia Tech.
 Prof. Oyama has been recognized for his substantial contributions to the field of heterogeneous catalysis, in particular in the hydrodesulfurization and hydrodenitrogenation of petroleum and coal-derived feedstocks.  He discovered transition metal phosphides, a class of highly active catalysts for oil refining and biomass upgrading.   His research in this area has involved the development of new compositions and the study of reaction mechanisms by the application of spectroscopic techniques at reaction conditions.  Prof. Oyama has also worked in the field of inorganic membranes where he has advanced the theory and application of silica and palladium membranes for the separation of hydrogen.  He is the author of over 220 refereed publications and his research achievements have been recognized with the Humboldt Senior Researcher Award (2009), the Philadelphia Catalysis Club Award (2009), the Alumni Award for Research Excellence (2008), and a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowship (2007).
In addition to his activities in research, Prof. Oyama has been recognized also for his extensive service to the ACS, of which he was elected Fellow (2011). He was Chair of the Northern New York Section (1990-1993) and Chair of the Division of Petroleum Chemistry (2009-2010).  He has been member of the Program Committee (1991-present) and has organized numerous symposia at National Meetings and recruited many symposium organizers and committee members.   


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