S. Ted Oyama, University of Toyko and Virginia Tech
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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.
ACS Energy and Fuels Division invites nominations for 2015 Distinguished Researcher Award in Petroleum Chemistry. The award is formerly known as ACS Petroleum Chemistry Div. 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 ACS Petroleum Chemistry and Fuel Chemistry Divisions) could include, but is not limited to, services to the division(s), contributions to governance, meetings (organization of symposia or major presentations), publications (editor or guest editor, associate editor, editorial board), etc.
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 2015 award should be sent electronically to:
Professor Chunshan Song,
Pennsylvania State University
The deadline for nominations is July 15, 2014. The awardee will be recognized by an Award Symposium during the Spring 2015 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 Ted Oyama University of Tokyo and Virginia Tech