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GPCS 2020 Spring Syposium

posted Aug 11, 2019, 8:42 PM by Great Plains Catalysis   [ updated Aug 11, 2019, 8:42 PM ]

GPCS Spring Symposium 2020 will take place on Monday 5/11/2020 on the ISU Campus. The plenary talks will be given by Abhaya Datye, Susannah Scott, and the GPCS award winner.

Call for Nominations

posted Aug 1, 2019, 8:20 PM by Great Plains Catalysis   [ updated Aug 2, 2019, 8:02 AM ]

Great Plains Catalysis Society Officers’ Election

Call for Nominations

Now it's time to nominate candidates for the various positions within the Great Plains Catalysis Society. See below or details here.

Officers to be Elected and Terms

1.     President–elect (will be president in 2021)

2.     Secretary (2020-21)

3.     Treasurer (2020-21)

4.     Industrial Liaison (2020-21)

5.     Communications Director (2020-21)

6.     Three Directors (2020-21)

7.     NACS Representative (2020-2024)


Timeline for Election

1.     Call for Nominations for Each Position                August 1, 2019

2.     Last date to send nominations                           August 20, 2019

3.     Candidate names finalized by Exec Cmte                      Sept 1, 2019

4.     Candidate bios (100 words)                               Sept 10, 2019

5.     Start of Voting                                                  Sept 15, 2019

6.     End of Voting                                                    October 10, 2019

7.     Announcement of Officers                                 October 20, 2019


Nomination Procedure

1.     All current GPCS members can nominate another member for an Officer’s position.  Please note that a prospective candidate should become a member before being nominated.

2.     Please check with the candidate if s/he is willing to be nominated before submitting the name

3.     Self-nominations are welcome

4.     A person can be nominated for only one position

5.     Submit the nominee’s name and the position for which s/he is being nominated to Bala Subramaniam, Secretary, GPCS at

Contact Bala Subramaniam if you have any questions.

Abstract submission and registration

posted Mar 26, 2019, 11:27 AM by Great Plains Catalysis   [ updated Mar 26, 2019, 11:28 AM ]

Both early registration and abstract submission to the GPCS Spring meeting have been postponed to March 29. Please find more details here.

GPCS Spring Meeting

posted Mar 20, 2019, 5:14 PM by Great Plains Catalysis   [ updated Mar 20, 2019, 5:14 PM ]

GPCS has scheduled the second Spring Symposium on April 12, 2019 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma at Phillips 66 Research Center. Both early registration and abstract submission is due March 22. Please find more details here.

Brent Shanks Receives Inaugural GPCS Award

posted Feb 23, 2019, 8:22 PM by Great Plains Catalysis

The 2019 Great Plains Catalysis Society Award is presented to Professor Brent Shanks of Iowa State University.  Dr. Shanks is a visionary in the development of new materials to bridge the gap between biological catalysis and heterogeneous catalysis. He is the founder of three biorenewables-based start-up companies and has served as Director of the highly successful NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) for over a decade.  Dr. Shanks’s accomplishments as a scientist, entrepreneur, educator, and organizational leader epitomize the spirit of the Great Plains Catalysis Society Award, making him an exemplary honoree for the inaugural Award.

GPCS Award

posted Jan 3, 2019, 1:29 PM by Great Plains Catalysis   [ updated Jan 3, 2019, 1:30 PM ]

The deadline to submit the nomination package for the GPCS Award has been postponed to January 15th, 2019.

Call for Nominations of the 2019 GPCS Award

posted Nov 5, 2018, 8:32 PM by Great Plains Catalysis   [ updated Jan 4, 2019, 10:17 AM ]

The GPCS is pleased to announce the Inaugural Great Plains Catalysis Society Award will be granted at the GPCS Spring Symposium April 12, 2019.  GPCS members are encouraged to nominate candidates for the Award before January 8, 2019.  See the Award Tab above for details.

Note the deadline to submit the nomination package has been postponed to January 15, 2019.

Spring Symposium 2018

posted Apr 20, 2018, 9:28 AM by Great Plains Catalysis   [ updated Apr 20, 2018, 11:20 AM ]

The Great Plains Catalysis Society (GPCS) held the inaugural Spring Symposium on April 18, 2018 in Manhattan, Kansas. About 60 participants from academia and industry attended. 

There were overall 17 talks and 20 posters, including plenary speakers Teh C. Ho (Ciapetta Lecturer)Fabio Ribeiro (Purdue University), Aditya Bhan (University of Minnesota) as well as invited talks given by Byron Johnson (Phillips 66), Max McDaniel (Chevron Phillips Chemical), Brent Shanks (Iowa State), Bala Subramaniam (KU), Keith Hohn (KSU), Alan Allgeier (KU), Bin Liu (KSU), Bin Wang (OU), Steven Crossley (OU), Juan Bravo-Suarez (KU), Marcus Foston (WUSTL), Franklin Tao (KU), Kuizhi Chen (OSU) and Ahmed Jasim (Missouri). 

We appreciate the local organizers and those who helped to chair the sessions. Thank you all for the participation and look forward to working with you toward the next annual meeting.

Inaugural Spring Symposium

posted Feb 23, 2018, 7:24 PM by Great Plains Catalysis   [ updated Feb 26, 2018, 10:40 PM ]

The Great Plains Catalysis Society (GPCS) has scheduled our inaugural Spring Symposium on April 18, 2018in Manhattan, Kansas, near the Kansas State University Campus. Plenary speakers include Dr. Teh C. HoDr. Fabio Ribeiro (Purdue University), Dr. Aditya Bhan (University of Minnesota). See more information here.

Please join us as a GPCS member

posted Jan 20, 2018, 8:16 PM by Great Plains Catalysis   [ updated Jan 23, 2018, 12:09 PM ]

On behalf of the exec­u­tive com­mit­tee, we are pleased to announce the formation of the Great Plains Catalysis Society (GPCS), a society that seeks to promote fellowship and collaborations among the chemists, chemical engineers, material scientists and other scientists in the general Great Plains region who are interested in catalysis and related fields. I am excited that catalysis scientists in the area will have a society that can host regional meetings, honor outstanding catalysis research, and bring catalysis scientists and engineers together.  

You are invited to join GPCS and contribute to this mission. Membership dues are $30 for regular members and $10 for students and retirees. These dues cover membership to both GPCS and our parent organization, the North American Catalysis Society (NACS). You will automatically be registered with the NACS with your membership to GPCS (Please find payment options at the Join-us Page). 

The benefits of joining GPCS are numerous. Members will have a regional venue for sharing research progress and technological needs between industry and academia.  We seek to foster collaborations among members and leverage unique research capabilities to spur regional economic development.  In support of this mission we plan to publicize research expertise and unique instrumentation / reactor systems in academic laboratories via our website. Students will benefit from participation in the GPCS through poster session presentations and the opportunity to network with industrial colleagues in the region.  Suppliers of advanced instrumentation will benefit from access to a targeted market in a small group setting.  

Keith Hohn 

President of the Great Plains Catalysis Society

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