Young Scientist Award

2017 Acid–Base Catalysis Young Scientist Award

Aditya Bhan 2017Acid-Base Catalysis Young Scientist AwardThe recipient of the 2017Acid-Base Catalysis Young Scientist Award is Professor Aditya Bhan. The Young Scientist Award is given in recognition of novel and promising contributions to the field of acid-base catalysis. The award ceremony will take place at the 8th International Symposium on Acid–Base Catalysis in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, May 7-10, 2017.

Professor Aditya Bhan (39) graduated in Chemical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur in 2000. He moved to United States to successfully perform his PhD in Chemical Engineering at Purdue University in 2005. He worked as postdoctoral research scholar (supervisor Prof. Enrique Iglesia) at University of California, Berkeley from 2005 to 2007.  He was appointed Assistant Professor at University of Minnesota in 2007. He took a position as McKnight Land Grant Professor in 2011 and was promoted to Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Minnesota.

Professor Bhan has an outstanding scientific profile in the field of fundamentals of heterogenouscatalysis. Having established his own group in Minnesota, hefocused on detailedmechanisticunderstanding of methanol conversion reactions in zeolites. He has made very important contributions to the understanding of differentreaction cycles in zeolites, making use of systematickineticsstudies, isotopiclabeling and transient and co-feedstudies. He isapplyingthissystematicapproachalso to othersystems and in thiswayhas succeeded in making a broad impact in the field of soldacidcatalysis. His contributions have already been recognized by otherprestigiousawards.


At the ABC-8 in Rio, he will deliver a plenary keynote lecture entitled “Chemistries mediating propagation and deactivation in methanol to hydrocarbons catalysis“.