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ORCS Awards

At the biennial conference, the Paul N. Rylander award, established by ORCS in 1988 and sponsored by BASF, and the Murray Raney award, established by ORCS in 1992 and sponsored by Grace Catalysts Technologies, are presented to scientists who have made outstanding contributions in the field of catalysis as it applies to organic synthesis. The Russell Malz Award, also sponsored by ORCS is given to an individual for exceptional services to the Society.  The Robert Augustine Award, established by ORCS in 2017 and sponsored by ACS Journals, is made for significant early career contributions to catalysis of organic reactions of industrial importance.

Award Winners

ORCS is pleased to announce the following award winners that will be honored at this years ORCS Conference.

Dr. Huw M. L. Davies – 2018 Paul N. Rylander Award

Dr. Raghunath V. Chaudhari – 2018 Murray Raney Award  

Dr. Yuriy Roman-Leshkov – 2018 Robert Augustine Award

Linda Paradiso – 2018 Russell Malz Award

Rene Cabirac – 2018 Russell Malz Award

Dr. Ive Hermans – 2017 Robert Augustine Award

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The Robert Augustine Award

The Robert Augustine Award of the Organic Reactions Catalysis Society (ORCS) was initiated by ORCS in 2017 to recognize engineers and scientists early in their careers.  It is named after Robert Augustine, who has been a contributing member of ORCS since 1966, now over 52 years.

The Award recipient must be less than 40 years of age at the end of the calendar year in which the Award is presented. Nominations for this Award can be made by any ORCS member at any time to any member of the Executive Committee. The Chair will then poll the Executive Committee as to the acceptability of the nominee. At least three-fourths of the Executive Committee must concur for the award to be granted.

The Award will consist of a $2,000.00 honorarium, an appropriate plaque, and up to $1,500.00 for reasonable travel expenses to attend the ORCS biennial conference to receive the award. The Award will be presented during the ORCS biennial conference. This Award is administered and funded by the Corporation. The Corporation also welcomes funding by companies that benefit by advancements in catalysis. There will be no set time interval in granting of the Award, but it can be given only once every year provided a suitable candidate has been nominated.

The Russell Malz Award

The Russell Malz Award is sponsored by the Society and is bestowed in honor of Mr. Malz’ exceptional service to the Organic Reactions Catalysis Society.

This Award may be granted by the Corporation to an individual who has given exceptional service to the Society. Nominations for this Award can be made by any member at any time to any member of the Executive Committee. At the Chair’s discretion, the Award will consist of up to a $1,000.00 honorarium, an appropriate plaque, and up to $500.00 for reasonable travel expenses to attend the ORCS biennial conference to receive the award.

The Murray Raney Award

In 1992 the Organic Reactions Catalysis Society (ORCS) created the Murray Raney Award for contributions in the use of base metal catalysts in organic synthesis.

This Award may be granted by the Corporation to an individual who has made significant contributions to the development and/or fundamental understanding of the chemistry of base metal heterogeneous catalyst materials, particularly as they are applied to organic chemistry and reactions of interest to the chemical industry.

Nominations for this Award can be made by any member at any time to any member of the Executive Committee.  The Awards subcommittee will evaluate the nominations and determine the most deserving candidates.  The top candidates will be forwarded to W.R. Grace and Company and to the Executive Committee.  At least three-fourths of the Executive Committee must concur that an individual is acceptable for the award.  In the case where multiple finalists are acceptable, the awardee will be determined by majority vote of the Executive Committee.

The Award will consist of a $5,000.00 honorarium, an appropriate plaque, and up to $2,000.00 for reasonable travel expenses to attend the ORCS biennial conference to receive the award. This Award is administered by the Corporation and funded by W.R. Grace and Company. There will be no set time interval in granting of the Award, but it can be given only once every two years provided a suitable candidate has been nominated. The Award will be presented during the ORCS biennial conference

The Paul N. Rylander Award

The Paul N. Rylander Award of the Organic Reactions Catalysis Society (ORCS) has been awarded a prize for Catalysis in Organic Chemistry since 1988.  It is bestowed in honor of Mr. Rylander’s many significant achievements and includes authoring one of the earliest and most comprehensive books for the safe and effective use of precious metal catalysts for hydrogenation. The book was a means to compile and share best practices among mainly industrial scientists and engineers.

This Award may be granted by the Corporation to an individual who has made significant contributions to chemistry and the chemical industry in the field of catalysis of organic reactions. Nominations for this Award can be made by any ORCS member at any time to any member of the ORCS Executive Committee. The Chair will then poll the Executive Committee as to the acceptability of the nominee. At least three-fourths of the Executive Committee must concur for the award to be granted, and the nominee must also be acceptable to the BASF Group.

The Award consists of a $5,000.00 honorarium, an appropriate plaque, and up to $2,000.00 for reasonable travel expenses to attend the ORCS biennial conference to receive the award.

The Award will be presented during the ORCS biennial conference. This Award is administered by the Corporation and funded by the BASF Group. There will be no set time interval in granting of the Award, but it can be given only once every two years provided a suitable candidate has been nominated.

Past Award Winners

The Organic Reactions Catalysis Society (ORCS) honors award winners at its Biennial Conferences.

PAST AWARD WINNERS 
YEAR PAUL N. RYLANDER AWARD RANEY AWARD MALZ AWARD AUGUSTINE AWARD
2018  Dr. Huw M. L. Davies Dr. R. V. Chaudhari Linda Paradiso

Rene Cabirac

Dr. Yuriy Roman-Leshkov
2017 Dr. Ive Hermans
2016 Dr. Anil S. Guram Dr. Jens Nørskov Dr. Gerard V. Smith
2015 Dr. Joseph R. Zoeller
2014 James White C. Martin Lok Alan Allgeier
2013 Johannes de Vries
2012 Melanie S. Sanford Michael Prunier
2011 Thomas A. Puckette
2010 Matthias Beller Steve Schmidt Robert Augustine
2009 Hans-Ulrich Blaser
2008 John F. Hartwig Daniel J. Ostgard Michael Ford
2007 Brian R. James
2006 Gadi Rothenberg Isamu Yamauchi Frank Herkes
2005 Jean-Marie Basset
2004 Richard C. Larock Jean Lessard Victor Mylroie
2003 Donna G. Blackmond
2002 Jerry R. Ebner Akira Tai Russell Malz Jr.
2001 Francis J. Waller
2000 K. Barry Sharpless Jozsef Petró
1999 Thomas A. Johnson
1998 John F. Knifton Anatoly Fasman
1997 Roger A. Sheldon
1996 William S. Knowles Mark Wainwright
1995 Gerard V. Smith
1994 William M. Pearlman Pierre Fouilloux
1993 John R. Kosak
1992 Harold V. Greenfield Stewart Montgomery
1990 Robert L. Augustine
1988 Paul N. Rylander