Beatriz Roldán Cuenya wins Paul H. Emmett Award
Prof. Dr. Beatriz Roldan Cuenya has been awarded the Paul H. Emmett Prize for Fundamental Catalysis by the North American Catalysis Society (NACS). Up to two researchers are honored every two years by NACS for their research in the field of catalysis. Special emphasis is placed on work focused on discovery and understanding of catalytic phenomena, reaction mechanisms, and identification and description of catalytic sites and species. The award is given to researchers under the age of 46, recognizing the achievements and strong careers of young scientists.
Jingguang Chen, president of NCAS, issued the following statement on Professor Roldan's award:
"Professor Roldan has made exceptional contributions to the mechanistic understanding of thermal and electro-catalytic reactions based on the use of well-defined nanostructured materials combined with advanced in situ and operando microscopic and spectroscopic characterization. Her challenging experimental catalytic research has greatly advanced our fundamental knowledge of how geometric and electronic properties influence the catalytic performance. In particular, she has provided insight into re-utilization of CO2 through its thermal or electrochemical conversions to higher value chemicals and fuels such as methanol, ethylene, or ethanol. A highlight of her research program are studies featuring the dynamic nature of nanocatalysts under reaction conditions using synchrotron-based operando spectroscopy and diffraction methods combined with environmental transmission electron microscopy. She has pioneered the combination of colloidal chemistry approaches and electrochemical synthesis for the preparation of model catalytically active materials, and their chemical functionalization and restructuring using plasma treatments. Overall, her work has served to bridge the gap between surface science and “real” catalysis by creating scalable ex situ synthesis approaches leading to monodispersed nanomaterials and exposing them to in depth physico-chemical characterization under realistic reaction conditions. Her research will help to guide the rational design of the next generation of catalysts based on atomistic understanding."
The Paul H. Emmett Prize is endowed with $5000 and a medal, which will be presented during the graduation ceremony at the banquet of the Society's next meeting. At this event, both award winners will give a lecture.
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