ISMZ Annual Conference, Aug. 20-24, 2017
During the 254th ACS National Meeting and Exposition, Washington, DC


Matthias Thommes

Dr. Matthias Thommes , Quantachrome’s Director of Applied Science, has more than 20 years of experience in the field of adsorption and materials characterization. He has published extensively in the field of adsorption and materials characterization including a monograph on the characterization of powders and porous solids and presented numerous invited keynote and plenary lectures in major scientific events. Dr. Thommes is also a Visiting Professor at University of Edinburgh and holds many leadership positions in professional organizations associated with adsorption and characterization science.

Adrian Humphries

Adrian Humphries earned his undergraduate degree in Chemistry and his Ph.D. in Catalysis at the University of Bristol in England. He has had a 35+ year career in the refining and catalyst industries, formerly manager of Research and Development for Filtrol Corporation, where he was involved in the design and development of FCC Catalysts and Additives. Filtrol was later acquired by Akzo Nobel and subsequently Albemarle. He left Albemarle in 2007 to join Hermes Catalysts and later Quanta Technologies. He is currently the VP of Technical Services for Rive Technology. Dr. Humphries is the author of more than 100 technical papers and patents, and has been published in a variety of books and journals around the world.

Eelco Vogt

Eelco Vogt studied chemistry at Utrecht University. He received his Ph.D. from the same university in 1988. He has worked for Albemarle Catalysts (previously Akzo Nobel Catalysts) for almost 29 years in various R&D and R&D-management functions. He has worked on Fluid Catalytic Cracking, Hydroprocessing, Hydrocracking, Biomass Conversion and various other processes, and was Albemarle’s Global Director for Catalyst R&D from 2006 through 2009. He is currently a Distinguished Advisor in Catalysts R&D at Albemarle’s Amsterdam R&D center. Since 2014, he is also professor by special appointment at Utrecht University, focusing on Catalysis of Refinery Processes. He is the chairman of the Industrial Advisory Board (VIRAN) to the Netherlands Institute for Research in Catalysis (NIOK), and principal and co-author of the recent Science and Technology Roadmap for Catalysis in the Netherlands.

Martin Hartmann

Martin Hartmann is Professor of Catalysis and Director of the Erlangen Catalysis Resource Center (ECRC) at the Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) since 2009. He studied chemistry at TU Dortmund and obtained his Ph.D. in physical chemistry in 1993. After postdoctoral stays with L. Kevan at the University of Houston (USA) and J. Weitkamp at the University of Stuttgart (1996-1999), he joined the Department of Chemistry at TU Kaiserslautern and finished his habilitation in Chemical Technology in 2002. From 2005 to 2009, he held the position of Professor of Advanced Materials Science at the University of Augsburg. Martin Hartmann has published more than 200 original research articles and reviews devoted to the synthesis, characterization and use of micro- und mesoporous materials in separation and heterogeneous catalysis. He is currently president of the German Zeolite Association and Chairman of the Catalysis Commission of the International Zeolite Association.


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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.

Rive Technology, Inc.

Rive Technology, Inc., was founded in 2006 to comemercialize 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, Rive's proprietary technology improves traditiional 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. Rive is commercializing its Molecular HighwayTM technology for the petroleum refining industry with W.R.Grace. In mid-2010 Rive and Grace entered into a joint development and commercialization rogram to combine Rive's innovative technology with Grace's market leading capabilities in catalyst formulation and manufacturing. The companies are jointly developing and marketing breakthrough FCC catalysts based on Molecular HighwayTM technology. Rive's Sales, Marketing, and Finance offices are in Boston, Massachusetts. Rive's Research & Development team - over thirty technical team members from leading universities, catalyst manufacturers, and oil companies - is located in the heart of New Jersey's "Einstein Alley", near Princeton, NJ.


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

There are travel and student awards available

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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Student Reimbursement
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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