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Iglesia wins inaugural Tanabe Prize in Acid-Base Catalysis

Professor Enrique Iglesia
Enrique Iglesia

Chemical engineering professor Enrique Iglesia has been selected as the first recipient of the Tanabe Prize in Acid-Base Catalysis awarded by the International Acid-Base Catalysis (ABC) Group.

This prize is sponsored by ExxonMobil to honor the legacy and accomplishments of Professor Kozo Tanabe, a pioneer in many modern concepts in acid-base chemistry. The award consists of a plaque and an honorarium. It will be presented at the 6th International Symposium on Acid-Base Catalysis to be held in Genova, Italy, May 10-14, 2009, where the recipient will present a plenary lecture.

This prize recognizes the contributions of Professor Iglesia to acid and base catalysis and specifically his recent practical and conceptual achievements in selective carbonylation reactions at specific locations within zeolitic acids and in the rigorous interpretation of the effects of acid strength and ion-pair stability on the rate and selectivity of elimination and isomerization reactions. These advances exploit an elegant combination of spectroscopy, theory, and mechanistic studies of surface reactions to advance the understanding and practice of acid catalysis.

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