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This report by the Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design was conducted with the support of the U.S. Department of Energy, Grant No. DP-FG41-95R110859. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of the Department of Energy.
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COMMITTEE ON CATALYTIC PROCESS TECHNOLOGY FOR MANUFACTURING APPLICATIONS
STANLEY A. GEMBICKI
UOP Corporation, Des Plaines, Illinois
RALPH A. DALLA BETTA,
Catalytica, Inc., Mountain View, California
FRANCIS G. DWYER,
Mobil Research and Development Corporation (retired), West Chester, Pennsylvania
ROBERT J. FARRAUTO,
Engelhard Corporation, Iselin, New Jersey
RANDOLPH L. GREASHAM,
Merck and Company, Inc., Rahway, New Jersey
JAMES F. ROTH,
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (retired), Sarasota, Florida
MARTIN B. SHERWIN,
ChemVen Group, Boca Raton, Florida
FRANCIS A. VIA,
GE Corporate Research and Development Center, Schenectady, New York
BARBARA K. WARREN,
Union Carbide Corporation, South Charleston, West Virginia
JOSEPH R. ZOELLER,
Eastman Chemical Company, Kingsport, Tennessee
TERI G. THOROWGOOD,
AIDA C. NEEL,
Senior Project Assistant
JUDITH L. ESTEP,
Senior Project Assistant
U.S. Department of Energy, Washington, D.C.
BOARD ON MANUFACTURING AND ENGINEERING DESIGN
Raychem Corporation (retired), Mount Shasta, California
F. PETER BOER,
Tiger Scientific, Inc., Boynton Beach, Florida
University of Wisconsin, Madison
University of Illinois, Urbana
The Boeing Company, Seattle, Washington
Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, New Mexico
UOP Corporation (retired), White Plains, New York
JOHN GILLESPIE, JR.,
University of Delaware, Newark
General Motors Corporation, Warren, Michigan
Milacron, Inc. (retired), Cincinnati, Ohio
United Technologies Corporation, East Hartford, Connecticut
Universal Technology Corporation, Dayton, Ohio
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Greensboro
Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
Stanford University, Palo Alto, California
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
TRW, Inc., Fairfax, Virginia
DALIBOR F. VRSALOVIC,
Intel Corporation, Santa Clara, California
JOEL SAMUEL YUDKEN,
AFL-CIO, Washington, D.C.
PATRICK J. DOYLE,
TERI G. THOROWGOOD,
JUDITH L. ESTEP,
Senior Administrative Assistant
The chemical industry has a long history of combining theory (science) and practice (engineering) to create new and useful products. Catalysis has been, and continues to be, a key to the development and growth of this large, diverse industry. This report builds on previous studies, especially Technology Vision 2020, prepared in 1996 by a group of chemical industry organizations, as well as the collective industrial experience of committee members and presentations by representatives of industry and the national laboratories. The report provides an overview of current research on catalysis and identifies areas for future research and development with the potential for significant industrial impact.
I wish to thank the members of the committee for their hard work, enthusiasm, and diversity of thought. Innovation in this important area will depend on creative interchanges of ideas in the scientific community. The combined efforts of the entire catalysis community will be necessary to meet future technological challenges.
Stanley A. Gembicki, chair
Committee on Catalytic Process Technology for Manufacturing Applications
The Committee on Catalytic Process Technology for Manufacturing Applications would like to thank the following individuals for their presentations: James Quinn, Office of Industrial Technologies; Brian Valentine, Office of Industrial Technologies; James Stevens, Dow Chemical Company; Robert Dorsch, E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company; Thomas Baker, Los Alamos Laboratory; Tom Verhoeven, Merck and Company, Inc.; and Ronald Heck, Engelhard Corporation.
This report has been reviewed by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise, in accordance with procedures approved by the NRC’s Report Review Committee. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the authors and the NRC in making the published report as sound as possible and to ensure that the report meets the institutional standards for objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the study charge. The content of the review comments and draft manuscript remains confidential to protect the integrity of the deliberative process. We wish to thank the following individuals for their participation in the review of this report: Thomas Baker, Los Alamos National Laboratory; Norman Blank, Sika Corporation; Scott Han, Rohm and Haas; Lanny Schmidt, University of Minnesota; Jeffrey Siirola, Eastman Chemical Company; Gabor Somorjai, University of California, Berkeley; Gregory Whited, Genencor International, Inc.; and Ronald Yates, Dow Chemical Company.
Although the reviewers listed above have provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the conclusions or recommendations nor did they see the final draft of the report before its release. The review of this report was overseen by George Keller, appointed by the Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems, who was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the institution.
Finally, the committee gratefully acknowledges the support of the staff of the Board on Manufacturing and Engineering Design, including Cung Vu, study