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ACS Catalysis Lectureship for the

Advancement of Catalytic Science

Previous Award Winners

Purpose of the award: 

The ACS Catalysis Lectureship for the Advancement of Catalytic Science honors current groundbreaking research that enables better understanding of the links among the various subdisciplines of catalysis and also advances the field of catalysis as a whole. The lectureship is co-sponsored by the ACS Division of Catalysis Science & Technology and the ACS Publications journal ACS Catalysis. The lectureship may be awarded to an individual or a collaborative research team for their contributions to the field. In 2021-2023, the award has a different focus each year:  

  • 2021: Biocatalysis or enzymology

  • 2022: Heterogeneous catalysis

  • 2023: Homogeneous or molecular catalysis

To Make a Nomination Please Complete the Form by November 1, 2021

You cannot save a partially completed form and return to complete it later. Before you begin, please prepare the following:

  • Relevant Publications: The DOIs of up to 5 heterogeneous catalysis papers published by the nominee between 2015 and 2021 (exclusive of time committed to an official leave of absence) that distill the specific, distinctive, creative, and impactful contribution being recognized by the award.

  • Nomination Remarks: A 3,500-character (~500 words), or shorter, description articulating the impact of the nominee’s research accomplishment being recognized in this nomination.

  • Suggested Citation: A 750-character (~100 words), or shorter, summary of the nominee's accomplishment being recognized with this award. If the nominee is selected, this citation will be considered for inclusion in the winner's announcement.


PLEASE NOTE: We are not accepting CVs or supporting letters as part of this nomination process.

The 2022 Winner will Receive: 

  • An award plaque

  • An honorarium of US$3,000

  • Travel and accommodations funding of up to US$1,500 to attend and present at a symposium in their honor at ACS Fall 2022, which will take place online and in Chicago, Illinois, August 21-25, 2022



  • Self nominations are welcome.

  • Nominees' work must be in the area of heterogeneous catalysis. For the 2022 award we will not consider nominations working in other areas.

  • Nominees must have published at least one paper in ACS Catalysis, although that paper does not need to serve as the basis for the award.

  • Team nominations must be limited to three principal team members.

  • Neither active Associate Editors of ACS Catalysis, nor Editors-in-Chief of any ACS journal are eligible to be considered for this award.


Additional Information:

  • The lectureship recognizes a recent, specific, distinctive, creative, and impactful contribution to catalysis science. Emphasis is placed on specific contributions that have not been recognized with other awards.

  • Nomination documentation should describe and provide evidence for the impact of the contribution, which will have been in the past 5-7 years exclusive of time committed to an official leave of absence.

  • In the event of multiple submissions of similar quality, nominees who have not yet been recognized for the work associated with the nomination will receive priority.

  • Nominations from previous years do not carry over, but may be updated and resubmitted.

  • The award selection committee will consist of ACS Catalysis editors as well as representatives from the ACS Division of Catalysis Science and Technology.

  • If you have questions, please send them to

  • Before making a nomination, you must get the nominee's consent to share information about them as part of the nomination process. This is necessary for the American Chemical Society, ACS Publications, and the ACS Division of Catalysis Science and Technology to comply with laws and rules around the processing of personal data.

2023: Molecular/homogeneous catalysis

Mary Watson, University of Delaware

2022: Heterogeneous Catalysis

Eranda Nikolla, Wayne State University

2021: Biocatalysis or enzymology

Thomas Ward, University of Basel

2020: Homogeneous or Molecular catalysis

Shannon Stahl, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2019: Heterogeneous catalysis

Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos and E. Charles H. Sykes, Tufts University

2018: Biocatalysis

Nicholas Turner, The University of Manchester

2017 Paul Chirik

2016 Matthias Beller

2015 Morris Bullock and Daniel Dubois

2014 Suljo Linic

2013 John Hartwig

2012 Alan Goldman

How do I become eligible for awards?
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