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ChE Professor Friederike Jentoft Selected for Excellence in Catalysis Award

Friederike Jentoft

Friederike Jentoft

Professor Friederike Jentoft of the Chemical Engineering Department has been awarded the 37th annual "Excellence in Catalysis Award" from the Catalysis Society of Metropolitan New York (CSNY), which is a regional organization, but the awardee pool is national in scope. The award, sponsored by ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company, consists of a plaque and a $1,500 gift. According to the CSNY, the award “is granted to an individual or a research team from North America to recognize outstanding contributions in either applied or basic research in either homogeneous or heterogeneous catalysis.”

The CSNY is one of the clubs of the North American Catalysis Society, and Jentoft will present her award lecture on “Tracing Reaction Steps on Solid Acid Catalysts by Spectroscopy” at the next CSNY meeting on May 16 at the Clarion Hotel, 60 Cottontail Lane, in Somerset, New Jersey.

Before coming to UMass Amherst in 2015, Professor Jentoft had a wealth of previous experience, including serving as a group leader at the Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society in Berlin from 1996 to 2008, and then functioning as an associate professor and later a professor at the University of Oklahoma in Norman from 2008 until 2014.

“Catalysts facilitate chemical reactions and enable the efficient industrial production of chemicals and fuels,” as Jentoft explains her research. “The goal of our research is to understand how catalytic reactions proceed and how performance of a catalyst is linked to its composition and structure. With this knowledge, we seek to design novel, more effective catalysts to process conventional as well as biomass-derived feedstocks. Key competences of our laboratory are in the areas of catalyst synthesis, structural and surface characterization, kinetics analysis, and spectroscopic monitoring of the adsorption and reaction of molecules on surfaces.”

During her career, Dr. Jentoft has edited seven books, authored six book chapters and other contributions, and published more than 100 articles, including papers in peer-reviewed journals, proceedings articles, technical reports, and other publications.

Among her many honors and accomplishments, Jentoft has been selected for the Carl Zerbe Award of the German Society for Petroleum and Coal Science and Technology (1996), the Young Scientists Prize of the International Association of Catalysis Societies (2000), and an Anadarko Petroleum Corporation Presidential Professorship (2014). She served also as a member and chair of the Acid-Base-Catalysis Board of Directors (2005-2013), an associate editor/editor of Advances in Catalysis (2008-2015), on the editorial board of Applied Catalysis A: General (2007-2010), and on the international advisory board of ChemCatChem (2013-2016).

Jentoft was educated at: Eberhard-Karls-Universität Tübingen (1984-1986); Dipl.-Chem., Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (1990); Dr. rer. nat. (summa cum laude), Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (1994); and Facultas docendi (Habilitation), Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (2005). (May 2018)