The MC-NACS proudly sponsors two versions of the Guiseppe Parravano Award for Excellence in Catalysis. The Award for Excellence in Catalysis Research, awarded in odd years, recognizes any researcher within North America for outstanding achievement in the conduct of clever, productive, and influential research on problems of central interest and importance in catalysis and related fields. The Award for Excellence in Catalysis Research and Development, awarded in even years, recognizes any researcher from the greater Michigan area who has demonstrated outstanding achievements in the discovery and implementation of novel, high value catalytic chemistries and processes. Recipients are nominated by club members, supported by their curriculum vitae and letters of recommendation, and selected by an anonymous committee formed under the direction of the MC-NACS Vice President. The winner receives a $1000 honorarium and delivers an award address at the Annual Symposium.

Nominations for this year’s Parravano Award are currently CLOSED.  A complete nomination package shall include:

  1. A narrative statement from the nominator in support of the nominee (2 pages)

  2. A letter of support from a third party (1-2 pages)

  3. A proposed citation (1 sentence)

  4. A concise curriculum vitae for the nominee

  5. A conflict-of-interest list (to allow the assembly of a panel of judges without obvious conflicts of interest)

  6. Confirmation that the nominee will be available to receive the award and deliver an award lecture on September 29, 2021.


An E-mail of intent to nominate should be sent to by Friday, July 16, 2021.  Detailed information for Nominator’s will be sent in response.  

Past recipients of the Giuseppe Parravano Memorial Award for Excellence in Catalysis Research and Development:

        1983             Mordecai Shelef – Ford Motor Company

          1984             Alan Brenner – Wayne State University

          1986             Klaus Otto – Ford Motor Company

          1988             Craig Murchison – The Dow Chemical Company

          1990             John L. Gland – The University of Michigan

          1992             Peter R. Norton – University of Western Ontario

          1994             Johannes W. Schwank – The University of Michigan

          1996             Robert W. McCabe – Ford Motor Company

          1998             Galen B. Fisher – General Motors Corporation

          2000             Robert A. Stowe – Bobcat Technologies, Ltd.

          2002             Thomas J. Pinnavaia – Michigan State University

          2004             Dennis A. Hucul  – The Dow Chemical Company

          2006             Levi T. Thompson – The University of Michigan

          2008             George W. Graham  –  Ford Motor Company

          2010             Guo-Shuh John Lee – The Dow Chemical Company

          2012             Hung-Wen Jen – Ford Motor Company

          2014             Phillip Savage – The University of Michigan

          2016             Suljo Linic – The University of Michigan

          2018             William F. Schneider – The University of Notre Dame                                      

Past recipients of the Giuseppe Parravano Memorial Award for Excellence in Catalysis Research:

          1985             W. Nicholas Delgass – School of Chemical Engineering, Purdue University

          1987             Lanny D. Schmidt – Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, University of Minnesota

          1989             W. Henry Weinberg – Division of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology

          1991             Israel Wachs – Zettlemoyer Center for Surface Studies, Lehigh University

          1993             J. Michael White – Department of Chemistry, The University of Texas

          1995             Wolfgang M.H. Sachtler – Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University

          1997             Raymond J. Gorte – Department of Chemical Engineering, The University of Pennsylvania

          1999             James A. Dumesic – Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Wisconsin

          2001             D. Wayne Goodman – Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University

          2003             Bruno Notari – Department of Chemical Engineering, Northeastern University

          2005             Bruce C. Gates – Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science, University of California-Davis

          2007             Alex T. Bell – Department of Chemical Engineering, University of California – Berkeley

          2009             Mark A. Barteau – Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Delaware

          2011            Jens Nørskov – Department of Chemical Engineering, Stanford University

          2013             Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos – Department of Chemical & Biological Engineering, Tufts University

          2015             Jingguang Chen – Department of Chemical Engineering, Columbia University

          2017             Manos Mavrikakis – Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Wisconsin Madison

          2019             Fabio Ribeiro –  Department of Chemical Engineering, Purdue University

          2021             Eranda Nikolla –  Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Wayne State University

Past Outstanding Student Presentation Award Recipients

          1990      Carolyn L. Parks, Wayne State University

          1991      Sangho Lee, Wayne State University

          1992      Jean-Remi Butruille, Michigan State University

          1993      Ben Brosilow, The University of Michigan

          1994      Kendrick Curry, The University of Michigan

          1995      Gregory M. Dole, The University of Michigan

          1996      Anis Barodawalla, Michigan State University

          1997      Carla E. Hori, Wayne State University

          1998      Yisun Cheng, The University of Michigan

                             Chuck Roe, Michigan Technological Institute

          1999      John Cavataio, The University of Michigan

          2000      Jeremy Patt, The University of Michigan

          2001      Christopher Bennet, The University of Michigan

          2002      Chang H. Kim, The University of Michigan

          2003      Easwar Ranganathan, The University of Michigan

          2004      Randolph C. McGee, The University of Michigan

          2005      Worajit Setthapun, The University of Michigan

          2006      Eranda Nikolla, The University of Michigan (presentation)

                             Timothy King, The University of Michigan (poster)

          2007      Hui Wang, Michigan State University (presentation)

                             Hongliang Xin, The University of Michigan (poster)

          2008      Phillip Christopher, The University of Michigan (presentation)

                             Andrew Smeltz, Purdue University (poster)

          2009     David Ingram, The University of Michigan (presentation)

                            Peter Aurora, The University of Michigan (poster)

          2010      Michael Katz, The University of Michigan (presentation)

                             Paul Dietrich, Purdue University (poster)

          2012      Lei Wang, Tsinghua University (presentation)

                             Shane A. Bates, Purdue University (poster)

          2013      Adam Holewinski, University of Michigan (presentation)

                             Timothy Van Cleve, University of Michigan (poster)

          2014      Atish A. Parekh, Purdue University (presentation)

                             Harshavardhan J. Chaudhari, Purdue Univerisity (poster)

          2015      Jorge Gabayet, Western University (presentation)

                             Juliana Carneiro, Wayne State University (poster)

          2016      Viktor J. Cibulskis, Purdue University (presentation)

                             Xiang-Kui Gu, Wayne State University (poster)

          2017      Umar Aslam, University of Michigan (presentation)

                             Michael Cordon, Purdue University (poster)

                             Da Li, Wayne State University (poster)

          2018      Phillip M. Kester, Purdue University (presentation)

                             Jason S. Bates, Purdue University (poster)

          2019      Steven Chavez, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (presentation)

                             Kody G. Whisnant, Wayne State University (poster)

          2021     Harsh Agarwal, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (presentation)

                             Tharanga Batugedara, Wayne State University (presentation)