Catalysis Club of Chicago

Member of the North American Catalysis Society

Pines Award – 2019

The 2019 Pines is presented to Professor Manos Mavrikakis (University of Wisconsin).

Manos Mavrikakis is the Paul A. Elfers Professor and the Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor of Chemical Engineering at UW-Madison. He received a Diploma in Chemical Engineering from NTUA in Greece, and a MS in Applied Math, and a PhD in Chemical Engineering & Scientific Computing from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Following a postdoc at the University of Delaware and another one at the Technical University of Denmark, as a Marie-Curie Fellow, he joined the faculty of Chemical Engineering at UW-Madison in 1999.

His main research interests include the elucidation of detailed reaction mechanisms for heterogeneously catalyzed reactions and the identification of improved catalytic materials from first-principles-based microkinetic modeling. Manos was elected to APS Fellow in 2013, AAAS Fellow in 2014, and AVS Fellow in 2016. He received the 2009 Paul H. Emmett award in Fundamental Catalysis from the North American Catalysis Society, the 2014 R. H. Wilhelm Award in Chemical Reaction Engineering from AIChE, and the 2019 Gabor A. Somorjai Award for Creative Research in Catalysis from ACS.  His work has been cited more than 20,000 times (Web of Science). Manos served as his Department Chair between 2015-2018 and he is currently on sabbatical at UC Berkeley, as a Visiting Miller Research Professor. Manos currently serves on the editorial board of: AIChE Journal, ChemPhysChem, Catalysis Today, and has been the editor-in-chief of Surface Science since 2012.

Prof. Mavrikakis will present an award address at the Spring Symposium of the Catalysis Club of Chicago on April 16, 2019. The title of his talk will be “Molecular Modeling of Heterogeneous catalysis: Insights on the nature of the active site and improved catalysts”