The Michel Boudart Award for the Advancement of Catalysis

The Michel Boudart Award for the Advancement of Catalysis is sponsored by the Haldor Topsøe Company, and is administered jointly by the European Federation of Catalysis Societies and the North American Catalysis Society. The Award will be presented biennially in odd numbered years. The recipient will give plenary lectures at the biannual meetings of both the European Federation of Catalysis Societies (EFCATS) (EuropaCat) and the North American Catalysis Society (NAM). The award consists of a plaque or object of art and a prize of $6,000. Up to an additional $2,000 will be made available for otherwise non-reimbursed travel expenses.

The Award recognizes and encourages individual contributions to the elucidation of the mechanism and active sites involved in catalytic phenomena and to the development of new methods or concepts that advance the understanding and/or practice of heterogeneous catalysis. The Award selection process will emphasize accomplishments and contributions published within the five preceding years. Candidates may be nominated without any restriction of national origin, thus reflecting the international scope of the career and contributions of Michel Boudart.

The recipient of the Michel Boudart Award will be selected by a committee of renowned researchers appointed jointly by the European Federation of Catalysis Societies and the Presidents of the North American Catalysis Society. The selection shall be made without regard for age, gender, affiliation, or national origin.

The nomination proposal should describe clearly, specifically, and concisely the nominee’s qualifications and accomplishments in the context of the specific award. The proposal should include the following documents (submitted as a single PDF file and not exceeding the indicated length):

  • a nomination letter (1000 words);
  • two supporting letters (800 words each);
  • a narrative biographical note (500 words);
  • a curriculum vitae for the nominee, including relevant positions and recognitions and a list of publications and patents.

The nomination and supporting letters should specify the year and the name of the award.

One complete electronic copy of the nomination (as a single PDF file) for the 2021 Boudart Award should be sent to the President of The European Federation of Catalysis Societies, Prof. Bert Weckhuysen () and the President of The North American Catalysis Society, Prof. Jingguang Chen ().

The deadline for the submission of the nominations is November 15, 2020.