12/5/2011 - Thomas Degnan named the 2012 F.G. Ciapetta Lecturer
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The North American Catalysis Society (NACS)
named the 2012 F.G. Ciapetta Lecturer
I am pleased to announce that Dr. Thomas Degnan of ExxonMobil Research and Engineering is the recipient of the F.G. Ciapetta Lectureship in Catalysis, sponsored by the Grace Davison operating segment of W.R. Grace & Co. and the North American Catalysis Society.
is an internationally-recognized leader in the chemistry and applications of zeolite catalysis.
publications and numerous lectures, he
has provided many examples of the value of fundamental scientific concepts in the practical deployment of catalytic processes.
His record of scholarship stands alongside a remarkable list of more than 100 U.S. patents and his unique blend of creativity, leadership, and clarity of thought has made him not only a leading industrial inventor, but also an ambassador of industrial catalysis research in our community at large.
is specifically recognized with the F. G. Ciapetta Lectureship for his
contributions to the discovery, development, and commercialization of molecular sieves as catalysts and for his
key role in developing their applications as catalysts in important large-scale industrial processes.
industrial career, he
has made seminal contributions to the discovery and commercialization of more than ten catalytic processes for the production of high-performance lubricants, clean fuels, and petrochemicals.
He led a research group that discovered how active sites at zeolite crystal surfaces show unique properties in the alkylation of aromatics and coined the term "surface pocket" catalysis to describe these inorganic enzyme-like catalytic structures.
fundamental studies of paraffin isomerization on bifunctional shape-selective catalysts demonstrated the essential interplay between diffusion and reaction processes and led to the discovery of several new catalysts for the synthesis of high-quality fuels and lubricants.
research vision and management leadership also led to catalytic processes with unprecedented selectivity for the production of p-xylenes.
I am delighted that the North American Catalysis Society
has chosen to recognize the contributions of Dr. Thomas Degnan
with this lectureship.
I speak with the voice of our grateful community in also thanking the management of W.R. Grace& Co.
for its continuing support of this lectureship.