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June 2011

Johannes Lercher Named 2011 Robert Burwell Lecturer for Catalysis Society

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Johannes Lercher,
named 2011 Robert Burwell Lecturer by the North American Catalysis Society

Congratulations to Dr. Johannes Lercher, Director of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Institute for Integrated Catalysis, on receiving the Robert Burwell Lectureship in Catalysis from the North American Catalysis Society. This honor, sponsored by Johnson Matthey, recognizes outstanding contributions in catalysis research. As the Burwell Lecturer, Lercher will present talks and hold discussions at the local catalysis clubs and societies for the next 2 years.

Lercher was selected for this honor for his groundbreaking contributions to catalysis, his intellectual curiosity, and his engaging talks. His research is focused on the fundamentals of catalytic materials and processes that are important to industrial applications. His work includes research on catalyzed reactions involving fossil fuels and alternative feedstocks such as biomass, and has resulted in nearly 400 publications and 10 patents.

Lercher is a Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the Technische Universität München in Munich, Germany, and a Battelle Fellow at PNNL. He splits his time about equally between TUM and the IIC at PNNL.


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