2018 Summer Newsletter

ENFL Letter from the Chair: A.-H. Alissa Park


Hello fellow ENFL members! On behalf of the ENFL Executive Committee I would like to thank you all for continuously supporting the division and would now like to share several 2018 highlights.

We had another successful conference, the 255th ACS National Meeting, held in New Orleans with the theme of Nexus of Food, Energy & Water. ENFL had an outstanding technical program consisting of 22 symposia and 64 oral sessions led by Dr. Jingbo Louise Liu and supported by the Programming Committee. We collaborated with other divisions (CATL, ENVR, INOR and PHYS) to co-sponsor. A special thanks to Stephen Guertin at Tulane University and Zachary Perry at Texas A&M, two PhD candidates, who organized the excellent poster session that included 64 poster presentations by students and post- doctoral researchers.

The highlight of the meeting was three award symposia: ENFL Distinguished Researcher Award – Dr. Joe D. Allison, George A. Olah Award in Hydrocarbon or Petroleum Chemistry

– Dr. Oliver C. Mullins and Kathryn C. Hach Award for Entrepreneurial Success – Dr. Javier Garcia Martinez. Joe, Oliver and Javier were all recognized for their fantastic contributions to science and engineering and the ENFL division were very proud to take part in their award celebrations!

The bi-annual Business Social was held on Monday afternoon and the ENFL Division

dinner was held at Annunciation on Tuesday evening. It was great to see many old friends and meet new friends! This meeting was particularly interesting because a large number of young members joined the ENFL division and attended both the business social and the division dinner. The ENFL division will continue to grow with our young members! I would like to thank sponsors and their ENFL contacts for their generous support for the ENFL activities in 2018: Chevron (Dr. Cesar Ovalles), ExxonMobil (Dr. Mobae Afeworki), Oyama Consulting (Dr. Ted Oyama), Pete Derrick Memorial funds (Dr. Sajid Liu) and Saudi Aramco (Dr. Sehoon Chang)!

In a month, we will be assembling once again at the fall ACS meeting in Boston, MA. We have an exciting symposia line-up and social events. We hope you will find time to join us on Tuesday, August 21st at Tuscan Kitchen for an evening of fun, food and great conversation at the ENFL Division dinner. There are several dinner tickets remaining but they will go fast so get yours now. During the division dinner, we will present the 2018 Emerging Researcher Award and the Distinguished Service Award. On Monday and Tuesday, there will be a symposium in honor of Dr. Andrew Herring who will receive the Storch Award. Please join us to celebrate Dr. Herring’s great contribution to Energy and Fuels Research! We are also pleased to announce the newly elected ACS Fellows: Dr. Michelle Kidder, Dr. Ripu Malhotra, Dr. Sarma Pisupati and Dr. Michael Reynolds. We congratulate all our 2018 award winners and new ACS fellows and wish them luck in their future endeavors.

The fall meeting is also the time when we provide an update on the state and status of the division by holding a joint Business Meeting

and Social for the membership with food and drink early afternoon on Monday, August 20th.

We have an excellent team of volunteers in ENFL who serve in the capacity as officers and symposium organizers, and I would like to thank all of you who volunteer and have dedicated your service to our division. Without each volunteer, the division would not be able to provide quality symposia, recognize the science of our members, or contribute to local societies to enhance scientific outreach and education. It is through everyone’s great contributions that allows for the successful operation of the ENFL Division.

Please take advantage of the Newsletter and the ENFL website

( to post jobs opportunities. Also, keep an eye on the website and your email for important announcements such as due dates for award nominations, ACS registration or abstracts, etc.

Finally, I wish you all the best and hope to see you at the 2018 fall ACS meeting in Boston!

A.-H. Alissa Park

2018 Chair, ACS Energy and Fuels Division

2018 Storch Award Winner (to be presented in the Fall ACS Boston meeting)

Andy Herring


Prof. Herring’s interests are generally in materials or catalysis to enable renewable energy, energy efficiency, or energy storage. In his early career he was interested in biomass pyrolysis, bio-diesel, hydrocarbon catalysis and photoelectrochemical water splitting. He is currently studying low and intermediate temperature fuel cells an effort that began 23 years ago. Dr. Herring is developing anion exchange membranes for electrolysis and fuel cells, and proton exchange membranes for increased durability or higher fuel cell operating temperatures and for ion selective redox flow batteries. He has complimentary projects in electrocatalysis, ion exchange membranes, and membrane electrode assembly testing for both anion and proton exchange membrane electrochemical energy conversion devices.

Andy Herring has a B.Sc. Hons in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Inorganic and Structural Chemistry with Prof Bernard L. Shaw, FRS, from the University of Leeds, UK. After postdoctoral appointments at Caltech and NREL he joined the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) as a research associate. After 23 years at CSM, Prof. Herring is now a tenured full Professor in the department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. He was elected as a fellow of the American Chemical Society in 2016, where he served as the division chair of the Fuel (now Energy and Fuels) Division. He is currently

chair of the Energy Technology Division of the Electrochemical Society.

ACS Fellows Class of 2018

The ACS Fellows Program was created by the ACS Board of Directors in December 2008, to recognize members of the ACS for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession and the Society. 51 ACS fellows were awarded, four of the new fellows were ENFL members selected for the class of 2018: Dr. Michelle K. Kidder, Dr. Ripu Malhotra, Dr. Sarma Pisupati and Dr. Michael Reynolds. A ceremony at the Sheraton Boston Hotel, Monday Aug 20th at 2pm will be held to honor the new class of fellows.


Dr. Michelle K. Kidder

Oak Ridge National Lab, Oak Ridge, TN.


Dr. Ripudaman Malhotra

SRI International

Dr. Sarma Pisupati


Pennsylvania State University


Dr. Michael Reynolds

Shell Exploration and Production

Emerging Researcher Awards:

Guihua Yu (University of Texas Austin) and Alissa Park (Columbia University) are selected for the 2018 ENFL Emerging Researcher Award. They are recognized for their outstanding research records and excellent contributions to the ENFL Division.

Distinguished Service Award:

Michelle K. Kidder, from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, was selected as the recipient of The Distinguished Service Award. The award is limited to individuals who have been members of the division for at least 10 years and who have had, in the opinion of the selection committee, a significant and continued impact on the advancement of energy and fuels chemistry through research, teaching, service or a combination of the three over an extended period of time.

R.A. Glenn Awards :

The Division has selected two winners for the

    1. Glenn Best Paper Award from presentations at the 255th ACS National Meeting

      in New Orleans, LA. The Glenn award is given to the most innovative and interesting paper presented at each ACS national meeting. The award was established in 1956, by the Division of Fuel Chemistry, in cooperation with Bituminous Coal Research, Inc. In 1972, the award was named in honor of Richard A. Glenn, who served as Assistant Director of Research at Bituminous Coal Research, Inc. and as Chairman of the Fuel Chemistry Division in 1960 and has been awarded since. Our awardees from the ACS New Orleans spring meeting sessions were Stephen A. Miller: from the University of Florida, in Gainsville, Florida; “Biofuel and biorenewables from the carinata biomill” and Michal Leskes of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel; “Probing bulk materials properties and the electrode- electrolyte interface with novel solid-state NMR methodology.” The winners will be receiving an honorarium at the Awards Dinner in Boston, Tuesday evening.

      Student Award Session:


      NEW: ENFL developed a Student Poster Award session that kicked off in the Fall 2017, Washington, D. C. to recognize undergraduate and graduate student research. Applicants present their poster and two winners are given a $500 travel stipend each. Current undergrad and graduate students are eligible, contact Michelle K. Kidder for details on the Boston ACS session (applications are being accepted now until August 13th, 2018). The poster presentation will take place during the ENFL Business Social, Monday August 20th, at 11:30 am, in the Convention Center, room 052B.

      Spring 2018 Poster Award Winners

      Rangana Jayawickramage, graduate student


      @U of Texas at Dallas


      “PAN-Lignin polymer blends as carbon fiber precursors for high performance supercapacitors”

      Harrison Siegal, undergraduate student @ Christopher

      Newport University “Determination of the most effective asphaltene inhibitor at affecting the flocculation onset point in a medium crude oil”

      Joint Award for Publication Symposium

      The fourth annual Energy and Fuels Joint Award for Excellence in Publication was awarded to author Fateme Rezai, assistant professor at Missouri University Science and Technology, for her paper titled “SOx/NOx Removal from Flue Gas Streams by Solid Adsorbents: A Review of Current Challenges and Future Directions”. A symposium in honor of her dedication will be held in Boston at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront hotel, on Tuesday afternoon.

      ChemLuminary Awards Night:

      The 20th annual ACS ChemLuminary Awards celebration will be held in Boston on August 21, from 8pm (poster session 8-10 pm) until midnight at the Boston Park Plaza, Grand Ballroom A/B. Awards recognize local, technical, regional and international chapters for efforts and work in promoting chemistry and the chemical sciences during 2017. ENFL has been nominated for two awards: Most Unique Project as Funded by a Division IPG, and Outstanding Leadership Development Program.

      Innovative Program Grant (IPG)

      ENFL secures 2018 IPG grant, proposed by Paul Robinson: Public Outreach with Energy- Related Presentations. The project goal is to educate the general public, students and working professionals on critical energy- related issues. For more info, or to be a volunteer, please contact Paul,


      Our annual elections will be held in November. The slate of nominees will be presented to the Division at our business meeting in Boston. The list of open positions are secretary, chair elect, councilor, alternate councilor, and director at large. If you are interested in serving, please contact Past Chair Michael Reynolds

      Important Dates: 2018

      • August 19th-23rd 256th National ACS Boston meeting

      • ENFL Symposium Organizer Breakfast: For organizers only! Monday Aug 20th

        @ 7am, Renaissance Boston Waterfront

      • Business Social: Monday Aug 20, 11:30-1:30, Convention Center room 052B -all invited with light refreshments and student award poster presentation

      • ENFL Dinner: Tuesday, Aug 21nd, The Tuscan Kitchen @ 6pm, pre-sale tickets at the ENFL table, and online.

      • Deadlines for Spring 2019 ACS meeting:

Please submit your abstract at; MAPS opens in August 2018 for submission

Please submit any newsletter items to Newsletter editor, Michelle K. Kidder, at email



Alissa Park (2018) Columbia University

Dept. of Chemical Engineering

918 SW Mudd Hall, Mailcode:4711 New York, NY 10027



Immediate Past-Chair

Michael A. Reynolds (2018)

Shell Exploration and Production Co. 150 N Dairy Ashford St.

Houston, TX 77079




David Heldebrant

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Applied Materials and Performance PO Box 999

Richland, WA 99352




Bevin Parks (2017-2018) Afton Chemical

500 Spring Street

Richmond, VA 23114




Jinxia Fu (2018-2020)

Hawaii Natural Energy Institute


Directors At Large


Alan Chaffee (2016-2018) Monash University School of Chemistry

Building 23N, Clayton Campus Clayton, 3800 Australia

+61 3 9905 4626


Yun Hang Hu (2017-2019) Michigan Technological University Materials Science and Engineering 502 M&M Building

Houghton, MI 49931-1295

906-487-2261, FAX 906-487-2934



Joe Allison (2018-2020)

5715 Aspen Ave.

Bartlesville, OK 74006


Elise Fox (2015-2017)

Savannah River National Laboratory

Materials Science & Technology 999-2W

Aiken, SC 29808



Semih Eser (2016-2018) Pennsylvania State University 101 Hosler Bldg.

University Park, PA 16802-5000 814-863-1392


Lisa Houston (2017-2019) PAC, LP

8824 Fallbrook Drive

Houston, TX 77064


281.580.0339 (fax)


Alternate Councilors

Umit S. Ozkan (2015-2017) Ohio State University

Chemical Engineering Department 151 W. Woodruff Ave.

Columbus, OH 43210-1110


614.292.3769 (fax)


Kathleen Carrado Gregar (2016-2018) Center for Nanoscale Materials Argonne National Laboratory

CNM 440

9700 S. Cass Ave. Lemont, IL 60439


630-252-6866 fax


Michelle Kidder (2017-2019) Oak Ridge National Laboratory 1 Bethel Valley Rd.

Bldg. 4100, MS 6197

Oak Ridge, TN 37831 865-241-2159


Randall E. Winans (2016-2018) Argonne National Laboratory 9700 S. Cass Avenue, Bldg 433

Argonne, IL 60439-4803

(630) 252-7479


Awards Chair and Webmaster

Randall E. Winans

Argonne National Laboratory 9700 S. Cass Avenue, Bldg 433

Argonne, IL 60439-4803

(630) 252-7479



Jonathan P. Mathews Pennsylvania State University Energy and Mineral Eng. Dept. 126 Hosler Bldg.

University Park, PA 16802-5000 814-863-6213


Newsletter Editor

Michelle Kidder

Oak Ridge National Laboratory 1 Bethel Valley Rd.

Bldg. 4100, MS 6197

Oak Ridge, TN 37831 865-241-2159


Long-Range Planning

Lisa Houston PAC, LP

8824 Fallbrook Drive

Houston, TX 77064





Public Policy

Paul Robinson


Program Secretary

Ranjit Koodali (2015-2017) University of South Dakota Dept. of Chemistry

414 E. Clark Street Vermillion, SD 57069



Program Chair, 2018

Jingbo (Louise) Liu

The Department of Chemistry MSC 161, 700 University Blvd

Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMU- K)

Kingsville, TX, 78363, USA 361.593.2919

Program Chair, 2019

Hongfei Lin

Washington State University Wegner Hall 109

Pullman, WA 99164

(509) 335-1341


Programming Committee André Boehman University of Michigan

Dept. of Mechanical Engineering 2007 AL- W.E. Lay Auto Lab Ann Arbor, MI 48109

36 1.593.29 19

Program Chair, 2019

Hong fei Lin

Washington State University Wegner Hall I09

Pu llman, WA 99 I64 (509) 335-1341

Progra111111i11g Co mmitt ee

Andre Boehman University of Michigan

Dept. of Mechanical Engineering

2007 AL- W.E. Lay Auto Lab Ann Arbor, Ml 48 109


Umit S. Ozkan

Ohio State University Chem Engr Dept

140 W 19h' Ave

Columbus, OH 43210 - 1 110


614.292.3769 (fax)

ozkan. l

Yunlong Zhang

ExxonMobil Researc h and Engineering 1545 Route 22 East

A nnandale, NJ, 0880I T e l: 908-335 -2792


Michael A. Reynolds Shell Oil and CRI Int '!. 3333 Highway 6

Houston, TX 77082



David Heldebrant

Pacific Northwest National Labo ratory Applied Materials and Performance PO Box 999

Richland , WA 99352 509.372.6359


Area I Representative


Area II Representative


Area Ill Representative Jonathan McConnachie ExxonMobil Research Eng 1545 US Highway 22 E

Annanda le, NJ 0880 I-3096



Area IV Representative

Jingbo (Louise) Liu

The Department of Chemistry MSC I 6 I, 700 University Blvd

Texas A&M University-Kingsville (TAMU-K) Kingsville, TX, 78363, USA

36 1.593.29 I 9

ji ngbo.liu@chem.tamu.e du

Area V Representative

Christopher L. Marshall

Chem ical Sciences and Enginee ring Division Argonne National Laboratory

9700 South Cass Avenue, CSE/24 I A rgonne , IL 60439-4837


marshall@anl.go v

Area VI Representative

Cesar Ovalles

Petroleum & Material Characterization Unit Chev ron Energy Techno logy Compa ny

100 Chevron Way, Suite 50-1279 Richmond CA 94802, U.S.A.


Mexico, Central America and S011th A m erica Representative


E11rope a11d North Africa Representative

Javier Garcia-Martinez University of Alicante

Dept. of Inorganic Chemistry

Alicante, S PAIN E-03690

Pacific Rim am/ A11stra lia Representative



Michael Ser io (860)528-9806 ( I 05)


Eric Suuberg (401)863-1420

Eric Su uberg@ Brow n.EDU

Marek Wojtowicz (860)528-9806 (142) m