2022 Fall Symposium

2022 GPCS Fall Symposium (Final program)

GPCS 2022 Final Program.pdf

2022 GPCS Fall Symposium

The Great Plains Catalysis Society (GPCS) was started in late 2017 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. As an affiliate of the North

American Catalysis Society (NACS), GPCS expands the reach of NACS into the area of Great Plains.

GPCS has scheduled the 2022 Fall Symposium on August 15, 2022 at Iowa State University in

Ames, IA. The symposium will take place in Howe Hall.

A workshop on NMR for Catalysis will

be offered on Sunday, August 14 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM in Hach Hall.

We envision the GPCS Fall Symposium as a focal point for reporting on catalytic research in the Great

Plains area. Please join us for this great opportunity to connect and network with fellow catalysis

researchers and professionals. Our plenary lectures and keynote talks include:

Plenary Speakers

"Directing Molecular Behavior at Solid-Liquid Interfaces:

The Combined Effects of Solvents and Surfaces on Heterogeneous Catalysis"

Susannah Scott

University of California, Santa Barbara

"An Introduction to Programmable Catalysis"

Paul Dauenhauer

University of Minnesota

"Promoting Effect of Water in Some Catalytic Reactions"

Daniel Resasco

University of Oklahoma

GPCS Award Winner

Keynote Speakers

"Mechanism and Kinetics for an Earth-Abundant Metal Catalyst for

Nitrile Hydrogenation Relevant to Pharmaceuticals"

Alan Allgeier

University of Kansas

"Understanding the Role of Lewis Acid Co-Catalysts in Transition Metal

Mediated Carbon Dioxide Utilization"

Wesley Bernskoetter

University of Missouri

"Catalyst Technologies to Enable Sustainable Materials"

Erik Hagberg

Archer Daniels Midland

"Ordered Nanomaterials for Heterogeneous Catalysis: From Selective

Hydrogenation to Polymer Upcycling"

Wenyu Huang

Iowa State University


Solid State NMR for Catalysis Workshop

Date: August 14, 2022

Location: Iowa State University, Hach Hall

2022 GPCS Fall Symposium

Date: August 15, 2022

Location: Iowa State University, Howe Hall


  • 2022 GPCS Fall registration form: Click here.

  • Registration fee: $50 for senior researchers and $15 for students. The registration includes a 1-year membership to the GPCS.

  • There is a limited availability for the Solid State NMR for Catalysis Workshop on August 14 at 2 PM. Make sure to indicate your interest on the registration form.

  • Early registration ends at 11:59 pm, central time, 07/31/2022.

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  • Please use the GPCS template to prepare and submit your abstract.

  • The deadline for abstract submission is extended to 7/15/2022. The notification of acceptance will be sent out the third week of July.

  • The abstract may be sent to gpcs2022@gmail.com. Students who wish to be considered for oral presentation and/or for a travel award should also submit a 1-page CV.


  • Best Oral Presentation Award: Three oral presentations will receive awards of $200 each.

  • Best Poster Award: Five poster presentations will receive awards of $200 each.


  • We encourage business attire for attendees.

  • The symposium will include both a continental breakfast and lunch.


Hotel Options:

  • Marriott Courtyard Ames for conference attendees arriving on Sunday, August 14th and departing on Monday, August 15th. You can book a room by calling the hotel (515-620-5910) or by clicking the following link: https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1656474876354&key=GRP&app=resvlink . The negotiated rate is $142/night. Please book by July 18.

  • A block of hotel rooms has also been reserved at the Comfort Inn and Suites. You can book the room online here: https://www.choicehotels.com/reservations/groups/UI96R8. The negotiated rate is $99/night.

  • The Hilton Garden Inn hotel in Ames will also offer rooms at a negotiated rate of $125/night when calling the hotel (515-233-8000) and using the “CATAL” promo code.

Alternative hotels in Ames include:

  • Best Western Plus University Park Inn & Suites (2500 University Bvd), 515-296-2500

  • Country Inn & Suites by Radisson (2606 E 16th St), 515-233-3935

  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ames (2600 E 13th St), 515-232-2300


  • Sunday Workshop: Hach Hall is located on the NW side of the ISU campus and can be accessed from Pammel Drive. Parking will be free on Sunday and participants may park in Lots 22, 23, and 25 located next to Hach Hall (Both in the Yellow/Staff and Red/Reserved areas). Google maps directions can be found here: https://goo.gl/maps/xRbuJdNueti8TZN87

  • GPCS Symposium: Howe Hall is located on the West side of the ISU campus and can be accessed by car from both Sheldon Ave and Bissell Road. The building hosts the Dept. of Aerospace Engineering and can be easily identified by its sky bridge connecting Howe and Hoover Hall. Parking is located on the south side of the building (lot 3). Parking passes will be emailed to participants in early August. Google maps directions can be found here: https://goo.gl/maps/aXwxTLSKx6ocoSpb8


For conference attendees who intend on flying, the Des Moines International Airport is located approximately an hour South of the Iowa State University campus. The airport has a number of rental car options available.

Guidelines for Presenters

Guidelines for Oral Presenters:

Please bring your presentation on a memory stick and load it on the podium computer before the start of your designated session. Landscape layout (16:9) for slides is preferred.

Guideline for Poster Presenters:

Presenters should have their posters in place in the morning coffee break. Poster session will be at 1PM.

The poster boards are about ½ inch thick foam core and we use push pins to hang the posters. Each poster must fit into a 4’ X 4’ space. Landscape layout is preferred.