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The title “Honorary Professor of Boreskov Institute of Catalysis” is introduced after the decision of BIC Academic Council for the foreign citizens who made outstanding contribution into the development of scientific relations of BIC and the largest foreign universities, research institutions and companies involved into the studies and developments in the field of catalysis and allied subjects, who promote the international rating of the Institute and who support it regardless of the international political environment.

The title “Honorary Professor of Boreskov Institute of Catalysis” is granted for life according to the results of secret ballot of BIC Academic Council with a simple majority of voices.

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Alexis T. Bell

Alexis T. Bell, the University of California, Berkeley, USA

BIC Honorary Professor (2018)

Professor Bell studies reaction mechanisms to identify the factors limiting the activity and selectivity of catalysts.

The main scientific achievements of Alexis T. Bell lie in the field of studying the fundamental laws of chemical catalysis at the atomic-molecular level, establishing the relationship between the composition and structure of heterogeneous catalysts and their catalytic properties for a wide range of industrially important reactions: alkane dehydrogenation, electrochemical conversion of methane to methanol, electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide, partial oxidation of various organic compounds and many other processes.

Bell received a bachelor's degree (1964) and a master's degree (1967) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA). He is currently a professor of chemical engineering at the University of California (Berkeley) and a senior fellow at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (California, USA).

Alexis T. Bell is one of the most cited scientists in the field of catalysis. He is the author of more than 1000 scientific articles, his Hirsch index reaching 123 (WoS, 2020). He has supervised the research of more than 200 graduate students and post-docs.

Alexis Bell's research activities have received numerous national and international awards, including the Paul H. Emmett Award in Fundamental Catalysis, the American Catalytic Society Award for Creative Research on Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysis, and others. Professor Bell is a member of the National Academy of Engineering (1987), elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2007).

Over the years, Alexis Bell has maintained close ties with Russian science and has made a significant contribution to the strengthening of cooperation between the catalytic communities of Russia and the United States. In 2001, he was awarded the title of Honorary Professor of the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences. Alexis T. Bell is a foreign member of the Russian Academy of Sciences (2019).

Source of photo: The University of California, Berkeley

Gilbert F. Froment

Gilbert F. Froment, Professor Emeritus of Ghent University, Belgium, Research Professor of Texas A&M University, USA

BIC Honorary Professor (2018)

The scientist made a major contribution to bridging the gap between basic scientific research in the field of catalysis and solving applied industrial problems.

Gilbert Froment received a Ph.D. in chemical technology in 1957 at the Ghent University, Belgium. Afterwards, he worked as a post-doc at the Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany, and the University of Wisconsin, USA. In 1968, he became a full professor of chemical technology at the Ghent University, where he headed the laboratory of petrochemical technologies. In 1998, after retiring, Gilbert Froment joined the University of Texas as a research professor.

Currently, Prof. Froment continues active research in the engineering aspects of oil refining and petrochemical processes, while being an active consultant to major national and international chemical, oil refining and petrochemical companies worldwide, including Exxon Mobil, DuPont, BASF, SABIC, Synfuels China, Gazprom Neft.

Professor Froment is known as the author of more than 350 publications in international journals and the supervisor of about 75 candidates of sciences (PhD). His book Chemical Reactor Analysis and Design, (G.F. Froment, K.B. Bischof and J. De Wilde), has become a classic textbook and is used in training courses around the world. According to the Scopus system, his works has more than 14 thousand citations, the current scientist’s Hirsch index is 70.

Professor Froment is a member of the Belgian Academy of Sciences, the Belgian Royal Academy of Foreign Sciences, a Foreign Member of the US Academy of Engineering, and a member of the Academy of Medicine, Engineering & Science of Texas. He also holds the title of Doctor Honoris Causa at Technion University (Haifa, Israel) and Nancy-Université (France).

Gilbert Froment maintains active cooperation with the Institute of Catalysis SB RAS since the 1980s. He is a co-founder and co-chair of the international scientific and technological symposium "Catalytic Hydroprocessing in Oil Refining", which is organized by SB RAS since 2014, and a member of the scientific committee and an active participant in the international conference "Chemical Reactor", also held by Boreskov Institute of Catalysis.

Claude Mirodatos

Claude Mirodatos, Institute of Research on Catalysis and the Environment of Lyon (IRCELYON), France

BIC Honorary Professor (2018)

The scientist’s main interests lie in the field of catalytic reaction mechanisms and kinetics, process development; light alkane activation, biomass and fossil resources co-processing, gas exhaust depolluting.

Claude Mirodatos received his degree as Engineer in chemistry in 1972 in Lyon and State doctorate in 1977 in Lyon University (supervised by Dr. D. Bartholomeuf).

Prof. Mirodatos’s current position is Distinguished Researcher at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) as part of the Engineering and Process Intensification group at the Institute of Research on Catalysis and the Environment of Lyon.

Prof. Mirodatos is the author of more than 250 international papers, 15 chapters and reviews, 13 patents. His h-index is 52 (WoS). He gave more than 65 plenary, key and invited lectures at different academic gatherings.

His scientific achievements have received numerous prizes and awards; in 2013, Prof. Mirodatos was given Grand Prix Pierre SÜe of French Chemical Society. He is the Member of French Chemical Society and European Chemical Society.

Claude Mirodatos maintains close ties with Boreskov Institute of Catalysis and conducts joint research with the Laboratory of catalysts of deep oxidation headed by Dr. Vladislav Sadykov.

Source of photo: Lyon Institute for Catalysis and Environmental Research (IRCELYON), France

Robert Schlögl

Prof. Dr. Robert Schlögl, Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society

BIC Honorary Professor (2018)

Robert Schlögl's research focuses primarily on the investigation of heterogeneous catalysts and on the development of nanochemically-optimized materials for energy storage.

Robert Schlögl studied chemistry and completed his PhD on graphite intercalation compounds at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich (1982). After postdoctoral stays at Cambridge and Basle he carried out his habilitation under the supervision of Professor Ertl (Nobel Laureate) at Fritz Haber Institute in Berlin (1989). Later he accepted the call for a Full Professorship of Inorganic Chemistry at Frankfurt University.

In 1994 he occupied his current position as Director at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin. In addition, in 2011 he was appointed as Founding Director at the new Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion in Mülheim a.d. Ruhr. 

He is the author of more than 1,000 publications, gave more than 450 invited talks and lectures and is registered inventor of more than 20 patent families. The scientist's Hirsch index is 104 (Scopus).

Robert Schlögl is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Tetelman Fellow and member of numerous international organizations. His research activities have been recognized with several national and international awards. Prof. Dr. Robert Schlögl is the Honorary Professor at Technical University Berlin, Humboldt University Berlin, University Duisburg-Essen and Ruhr University Bochum.

Robert Schlögl has strong ties with Boreskov Institute of Catalysis, in participation in join research with Surface Science Laboratory headed by Valerii Bukhtiyarov as well as in organization of conferences and workshops.

Source: Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society

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