ISMZ Annual Conference, Aug. 10, 2014
During the 248th ACS National Meeting and Exposition, San Francisco, California


Yu Liu

Dr. Liu received his Ph.D in Heterogeneous Catalysis from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) in 1997. He was an associate professor in the Lanzhou Institute of Chemical Physics (LICP) at CAS. Dr. Liu was a group leader and the associate director of the heterogeneous catalysis department at LICP. In 1998, he joined Dr. Pinnavaia's group at Michigan State University as a postdoc to work on the synthesis and application of zeolite, clay, and mesoporous materials. In 2004, he joined the Dow Chemical Company. He is currently working in the Hydrocarbon R&D department at Dow as a research scientist. He has published more than 50 publications and 10 US patent applications.

Irina Ivanova

Irina I. Ivanova is Professor at the Chemistry Department of Moscow State University (MSU) and Director of the laboratory of kinetics and catalysis at MSU and the laboratory of catalysts at the Institute of Petrochemical Synthesis in Moscow. She received her PhD. and Dr. Sci. degrees from Moscow State University in 1985 and 1997 respectively. From 1990 to 1995 she was a visiting scientist in the laboratories of Prof. E. Derouane at Namur University (Belgium), Prof. A. Corma at ITQ (Spain) and Dr. F. Fajula at ENSCM (France). Her present research interests are in the field of heterogeneous catalysis, development of new catalysts and catalytic processes and application of in situ spectroscopic techniques to the elucidation of reaction mechanisms. Professor Ivanova has more than 200 publications and 20 patents.

Valentin Valtchev

Valentin Valtchev (Sofia, Bulgaria, 1959) studied Geochemistry at the University of Sofia and completed his PhD thesis at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. He has worked as post-doctoral and research fellow in the groups of Prof. A. Dyer (1992-1993) and Prof. J. Sterte (1995-1996). In 1996 he was promoted to senior researcher at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. From 1997 he works in France. At present Dr. Valtchev is Research Director at CNRS and leader of materials science division at LCS-ENSICAEN. His research involves synthesis and modification of zeolites and other porous solids that can be used for catalysis, separation and molecular recognition. Valtchev has published 4 books; a number of book chapters and reviews, over 190 publications and 19 patents.

Carlo Perego

Carlo is the director of the Istituto Eni Donegani, the Corporate Research Centre for Non Conventional Energies of Eni, the Italian oil company. He received the Laurea in Industrial Chemistry in 1978 from the State University of Milan and a Post-Degree Specialization Certificate in R&D Management at the Bocconi University of Milan. After two experiences in research centers of chemical companies (Montedison SpA, 1980-1989, and 3V Sigma, 1989-1990), he joined Eni at the research Centre of San Donato, near Milan, where he worked in the catalysis department, covering the position of responsible for catalytic processes and catalyst preparation for refining e petrochemistry. In 2001 he became the manager of the Physical Chemistry Department of the same Centre. In 2007 he moved to the current position at the Research Centre for Non Conventional Energies, dealing with a new research program devoted to solar energy, biofuels and environmental technologies. He has been President of Industrial Chemistry Division of Italian Chemical Society (2001-2003). He is member of Catalysis Commission of International Zeolite Association since 1998. He holds 55 patents and has authored more than 90 scientific papers, mainly concerning catalysis and environmentally friendly catalytic processes.

Wu-Cheng Cheng

Wu-Cheng holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from MIT and a Ph.D. from Stanford University, where he studied under Prof. Michel Boudart. Over the past thirty years, he has held various positions in R&D at W. R. Grace in Columbia, Maryland, where his primary research interests have been in the areas of hydroprocessing and fluid catalytic cracking (FCC). Wu-Cheng is currently the R&D Director for Refining Technologies. His responsibilities include developing new catalyst and additives for FCC, as well as providing technical service and manufacturing support for the business. Wu-Cheng has over 40 publications and 25 patents.

Barry Speronello

Barry is a Research Fellow at Rive Technology's Princeton, NJ laboratory where he is part of the team commercializing mesoporous faujasite for catalytic cracking. He joined Rive after retiring as a Research Fellow from BASF (Engelhard) in 2009. He has 38 years of experience in materials and catalyst research; including work in FCC catalysis, emission control catalysis, liquid and gas separations, and water treatment. Dr. Speronello holds BS, MS, and Ph.D. degrees in Ceramic Engineering from Rutgers University in New Jersey.


Aug. 10, 2014   8:00    
Javier Garcia-Martinez
  Introductory Remarks
Aug. 10, 2014   8:05   Keynote  
C. Perego, R. Millini
  Mesoporous zeolites: an industrial view.
Aug. 10, 2014   8:45   Keynote  
B. K. Speronello
  Cost Reduction In The Production Of Mesostructured Zeolite For Fluid Catalytic Cracking
Aug. 10, 2014   9:25   Keynote  
K. A. Cychosz, E. Li, J. Garcia-Martinez, M. Thommes
  Textural Characterization of Catalytically Active Hierarchically Structured Zeolites via Gas Adsorption
Aug. 10, 2014   9:55    
Aug. 10, 2014   10:10   Keynote  
S. Kundu, D. Wallenstein, W. Cheng
  Understanding Mesoporosity in Y Zeolite and its Application in Fluid Catalytic Cracking
Aug. 10, 2014   10:50   Keynote  
Y. Liu, G. Meima, G. Lee
  Development and application of mordenite for the production of fine chemicals
Aug. 10, 2014   11:30    
K. Na, N. Musselwhite, X. Cai, S. Alayoglu, G. A. Somorjai
  Enhancement of Catalytic Activity and Control of Reaction Pathway for Hydrocarbon Reforming over Mesoporous Zeolites Supporting Metal Nanoparticles
Aug. 10, 2014   12:00    
  Lunch Break
Aug. 10, 2014   13:30   Keynote  
V. Valtchev, Z. Qin
  Mesoporous Zeolites by Fluoride Route
Aug. 10, 2014   13:40    
H. Zeng
  Integrated Nanocatalysts with Mesoporous Silica Supports
Aug. 10, 2014   14:10    
W. Fan, Z. Wang
  Facile Synthesis of Mesoporous ZSM-5 without Using Secondary Template
Aug. 10, 2014   14:30    
F. Chen, H. Du
  Synthesis of ultra-large pore zeolites
Aug. 10, 2014   14:50    
Aug. 10, 2014   15:05   Keynote  
I. I. Ivanova
  Design of hierarchical micro-mesoporous materials for different catalytic applications using surfactant-mediated zeolite recrystallization
Aug. 10, 2014   15:45    
Y. Lai, G. Veser
  Stabilization of ZnO in mesoporous ZSM-5 for methane dehydroaromatization
Aug. 10, 2014   16:05    
S. M. Opalka, E. P. Schreiner, R. F. Lobo, R. R. Willigan, T. Zhu, M. B. Colket
  Influence of the Si/Al ratio on H-ZSM-5 lattice and reaction site characteristics
Aug. 10, 2014   16:25    
Y. Han, M. Fan, A. G. Russell, S. Ma
  Synchronous adsorption of SO2, NO and CO2 using modified zeolite assistant by the microwave irradiation
Aug. 10, 2014   16:45    
Javier Garcia-Martinez
  Concluding Remarks



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Zeolyst International

Since its inception in 1988, Zeolyst International has emerged as a global leader in the disciplines of zeolite powders, catalysts and adsorbents. It combines the product development and manufacturing expertise in zeolites and catalysts from its parent companies, PQ Corporation and the Shell Global Solutions affiliate CRI/Criterion Inc., into a single entity that can handle the entire development and commercialisation of zeolite applications.

Quantachrome Instruments

Founded in 1968 in Long Island, NY, and currently headquartered in Boynton Beach, FL, Quantachrome Instruments is an industry leader in porous materials characterization instruments. Quantachrome is represented worldwide with several direct offices in Europe, China, Japan, and India, as well as an extensive exclusive distributor network covering all major markets around the world. Quantachrome focuses on providing both instruments and support for customers undertaking unique types of research and/or manufacturing in the field of materials characterization and porous solids in applications such as polymers, catalysts, activated carbons, zeolites, pharmaceuticals, and more.

Rive Technology, Inc.

Rive Technology, Inc., was founded in 2006 to commercialize Molecular Highway (TM) technology for catalytic and separations processes, such as those used to refine petroleum, produce chemicals and biofuels, and purify air and water. Invented at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rives proprietary technology improves traditional zeolite catalysts and adsorbents through introduction of broad channels, or molecular highways, which overcome the diffusion limits of these materials, leading to better yields, process efficiency, and process economics.


Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts; engineered and packaging materials; and, specialty construction chemicals and building materials. The company's three industry-leading business segments-Grace Catalysts Technologies, Grace Materials Technologies and Grace Construction Products-provide innovative products, technologies and services that enhance the quality of life. Grace employs approximately 6,700 people in over 40 countries and had 2013 net sales of approximately $3.1 billion. More information about Grace is available at

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Travel Awards
Reimbursement of up to $400 on travel expenses to the postdoctoral researchers or assistant professors (less than 4 years since appointment) from an accredited university in US or other countries around the world.

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Reimbursement of up to $200 to graduate students currently enrolled in a graduate program towards a master’s or doctoral degree in an accredited university in US or other countries around the world.

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