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Stanford University professor and noted catalysis researcher Jens Nørskov named 2014 Bayer Distinguished Lecturer at Pitt

PITTSBURGH  (December 10, 2013) … The Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering has named Professor Jens Nørskov as recipient of the 2014 Bayer Distinguished Lectureship. Dr. Norskov, one of the leading researchers in computational catalysis, is the Leland T. Edwards Professor of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University and Professor of Photon Science at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory.

The Bayer Distinguished Lectureship is presented annually by the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, and recognizes excellence in chemical education, outreach and research. The lecture is sponsored by Bayer MaterialScience. 

Dr. Nørskov will present lectures on Thursday, February 20 at 5:00 pm with a reception following, and Friday, February 21 at 9:30 am. Both lectures will be presented in Benedum Hall Room 102, 3700 O'Hara Street. Parking is limited. For more information email che@engr.pitt.edu or call 412-624-9630.

"Dr. Nørskov is extremely influential in the field of molecular modeling of catalysis, and is considered one of the heroes in the field," noted J. Karl Johnson, PhD, William K. Whiteford Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering and NETL Faculty Fellow, who nominated Dr. Nørskov for the Bayer Lectureship. "His research is leading to the design of new catalytic materials for in energy conversion and storage." 

Dr. Nørskov's research focuses on theoretical methods and concepts to understand and predict properties of biomolecules and materials, such as catalysts, nanostructures and surfaces. He earned his MSc in Physics and Chemistry in 1976 and his PhD in Theoretical Physics in 1979 from the University of Aarhus Denmark under B. I. Lundqvist. Following his PhD he served as a research fellow, postdoctoral associate and staff scientist at various institutions including IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center. In 1987 began his tenure as a research professor at Technical University of Denmark where he was named professor of theoretical physics in 1992, prior to his appointment at Stanford. 

In 2009 Dr. Nørskov was the recipient of the American Chemical Society's prestigious Gabor A. and Judith K. Somorjai Award for Creative Research in Catalysis, which recognizes outstanding theoretical, experimental, or developmental research resulting in the advancement of understanding or application of catalysis.

About Bayer MaterialScience
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech materials. As an innovation company, it sets trends in research-intensive areas. Bayer's products and services are designed to benefit people and improve the quality of life. At the same time, the Group aims to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power. 

Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development and acts as a socially and ethically responsible corporate citizen. In fiscal year 2012, Bayer employed 110,500 people and had sales of €39.8 billion ($51.9 billion). Capital expenditures amounted to €2 billion ($2.6 billion), R&D expenses to €3 billion ($3.9 billion). 

Bayer MaterialScience is a Bayer Group company. With 2012 sales of €11.5 billion ($15 billion), Bayer MaterialScience is among the world's largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction and sports and leisure industries. Bayer MaterialScience has 30 production sites around the globe and employed approximately 14,500 people at the end of 2012.

About the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering
The Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering serves undergraduate and graduate engineering students, the University and our industry, through education, research, and participation in professional organizations and regional/national initiatives. Our commitment to the future of the chemical process industry drives the development of educational and research programs. The Department has a tradition of excellence in education and research, evidenced by recent national awards including numerous NSF CAREER Awards, a Beckman Young Investigator Award, an NIH Director's New Innovator Award, and the DOE Hydrogen Program R&D Award, among others. Active areas of research in the Department include Biological and Biomedical Systems; Energy and Sustainability; and Materials Modeling and Design. The faculty has a record of success in obtaining research funding such that the Department ranks within the top 25 U.S. ChE departments for Federal R&D spending in recent years with annual research expenditures exceeding $7 million. The vibrant research culture within the Department includes active collaboration with the adjacent University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, the Center for Simulation and Modeling, the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation, the Petersen Institute of NanoScience and Engineering and the U.S. DOE-affiliated Institute for Advanced Energy Solutions. 

About the Swanson School of Engineering
The University of Pittsburgh's Swanson School of Engineering is one of the oldest engineering programs in the United States and is consistently ranked among the top 50 engineering programs nationally. The Swanson School has excelled in basic and applied research during the past decade and is on the forefront of 21st century technology including sustainability, energy systems, bioengineering, micro- and nanosystems, computational modeling, and advanced materials development. Approximately 120 faculty members serve more than 2,600 undergraduate and graduate students and Ph.D. candidates in six departments, including Bioengineering, Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Materials Science. 


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