Young Investigator Award 2019
I am pleased to announce the winner of the inaugural Young Investigator Award from Catalysts, given to one outstanding catalyst researcher who received his or her PhD in the past 10 years. The Young Investigator Award for 2019 was granted to Shaojun Guo, an Associate Professor at Peking University.
Dr. Guo has made important contributions to the field of functional nanomaterials and fuel cell electrocatalysis. Notably, he demonstrated that PtM (M = Fe ,Co, Ni) nanowires are active and stable electrocatalysts for oxygen reduction reaction (ORR) and that subnanometer Pt-based multimetallic nanowires boost the Pt utilization efficiency for enhancing ORR. Dr. Guo has published over 250 papers that have been cited over 20,000 times, indicative of his broad impact on the catalysis community. Congratulations to Dr. Guo and thanks to all who were nominated.
Keith L. Hohn
Travel Award 2019
I am pleased to announce the winner of the Catalysts 2019 Travel Award, which is given to one outstanding postdoctoral fellow or non-fellow postdoctoral trainee.
Juan Vicente Alegre Requena, a Postdoctoral Fellow in Robert Paton’s research group at Colorado State University, has been selected as the winner from a pool of 65 applicants. Juan’s research focuses on the use of computational chemistry to elucidate the reaction mechanisms of diverse catalytic and organic synthetic processes. Juan will be attending the 257th American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting in Orlando, Florida.
Congratulations to Juan and thanks to all who applied.
I am pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Best Paper Award. Two papers were selected for this award: one research article and one review. All papers published in 2016 in Catalysts were considered for the award. An Evaluation Committee considered the originality and significance of the papers as well as the citations and downloads in 2017 and 2018 in choosing the winners.
This year’s winners are “Charge Transfer Mechanism in Titanium-Doped Microporous Silica for Photovoltaic Water-Splitting Applications” by Wendi Sapp, Ranjit Koodali, and Dmitri Kilin in the research paper category and “Catalysts for the Selective Oxidation of Methanol” by Catherine Brookes, Michael Bowker, and Peter P. Wells in the review paper category.
The contribution by Sapp and coworkers used density functional theory to elucidate the mechanisms underlying photocatalytic water splitting on titanium-doped microporous silica. Most significantly, they showed that the porous silica structure with embedded Ti4+ ions on the inner pore wall contains electron and hole trap states that could facilitate a chemical reaction. In this way, they showed that the silica substrate played an important role in the electron/hole dynamics of the system.
The contribution by Brookes and coworkers reviewed the literature on the mechanism for the selective oxidation of methanol to formaldehyde on iron molybdate catalysts. In particular, they addressed the debate on the relative roles of stoichiometric Fe2(MoO4)3 and excess MoO3, both of which are present in the most active catalysts. From literature results and new experimental results, they conclude that the key factors affecting methanol selective oxidation are that the surface is dominated by Mo oxide and that the surface must tolerate a degree of oxygen loss without permanent loss of structural integrity.
Congratulations to the authors of these two outstanding papers!
Keith L. Hohn,
Travel Award 2018
I am pleased to announce the winner of the Catalysts 2018 Travel Award, given to one outstanding PhD student. Shangqian Zhu, a PhD student in Minhua Shao’s research group at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, has been selected as the winner from a pool of 95 applicants.
Shangqian’s research focuses on the development of advanced catalysts and a fundamental understanding of CO2 electrochemical reduction and fuel cell reactions. Shangqian will be attending the Americas International Meeting on Electrochemistry and Solid State Science (AiMES)/The Electrochemical Society (ECS) 234th meeting in Cancun, Mexico.
Congratulations to Shangqian and thanks to all who applied.
Keith L. Hohn
Travel Award 2017
I am pleased to announce the winner of the inaugural Catalysts Travel Award, given to one outstanding post-doctoral researcher. The Travel Award for 2017 was granted to Michiel Dusselier, a postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Bert Sel’s laboratory at KU-Leuven. Dr. Dusselier was selected from an applicant pool of 181 post-doctoral scholars.
Dr. Dusselier’s research focuses on new catalytic processes, functional bioplastics, and zeolite synthesis. He plans to attend the 7th FEZA conference in Sophia, Bulgaria to talk about his work on synthesis of novel zeolites.
Congratulations to Dr. Dusselier and thanks to all who applied.
Keith L. Hohn