Announcements 2010 - 2011

14-Dec-2011 The Structure Commission has added a new feature to the
    Database of Zeolite Structures
    To provide more quantitative information about the size of the channel systems for the different framework types, the diameters of the largest spheres that
(1) can be included in the framework,
(2) can diffuse along a, b and c
are now given as part of the framework type description. Details of how these calculations are performed can be found in
      M.D. Foster, I. Rivin, M.M.J. Treacy and O. Delgado Friedrichs
"A geometric solution to the largest-free-sphere problem in zeolite frameworks"
Microporous Mesoporous Mater. 90, 32-38 (2006)
6-Dec-2011 Postdoctoral Associate Opening in Zeolite Synthesis for Energy Storage Applications available at MIT. Interested candidates should send a detailed CV and 3 references to Prof. Evelyn Wang (E-mail:
15-Oct-2011 The Structure Commission has approved four new Framework Type Codes
    JST Type material: GaGeO-CJ63
    LTJ Type material: Linde Type J
    NPT Type material: Oxonitridophosphate-2
    *SFV Type material: SSZ-57
  There are now 201 Framework type codes.
7-Jul-2011 Assistant/Associate Professor of Catalysis Engineering Position Available
    The Faculty of Applied Sciences at the TU Delft, The Netherlands is inviting applications for this position. Click here for further information.
4-Mar-2011 The Structure Commission has approved three new Framework Type Codes
    -ITV Type material: ITQ-37  
    IRR Type material: ITQ-44  
    UWY Type material: IM-20  
12-Jan-2011 IZA News - December 2010
  All the latest IZA news has been summarized in a newsletter that was sent out to all IZA members in December. If you did not receive the newsletter, check your e-mail address in the IZA address database.
24-Nov-2010 A symposium celebrating Carmine Colella's 70th birthday planned
  An international Symposium celebrating Carmine Colella's 70th birthday will be held September 14-17, 2011 in Naples, Italy. For more information click here.
27-Oct-2010 PDF file of the Atlas of Zeolite Framework Types, 6th ed. now available
  A pdf file of the complete 2007 edition of the Atlas can now be downloaded from the Database of Zeolite Structures (just click on "PDF" in the navigation bar).
14-Sep-2010 CNRS 2010 Gold Medal awarded to Gérard Férey (member of the IZA Council),
  chemist and materials designer
  The CNRS Gold Medal, France's highest distinction in scientific research, has been awarded this year to chemist Gérard Férey. This prestigious annual prize rewards the works of a prominent personality who has made an exceptional contribution to the dynamism, reputation and influence of French scientific research. Gérard Férey is a researcher in the physicochemistry of solids and inorganic or hybrid materials. He specializes in the design of hybrid porous materials, in particular for the storage of CO2 or medicines. With the help of his team, he predicts and explains the behavior of these nanomaterials, which have a wide range of useful properties and potential applications in the fields of energy, sustainable development and healthcare. Férey is a member of the Academie des Sciences and professor emeritus at the Université de Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ). He served as deputy director of the CNRS Chemical Sciences Department before founding and heading the Institut Lavoisier in Versailles (UVSQ/CNRS).
1-Sep-2010 Rustum Roy (1924-2010)

It is with great sadness that we must report that Prof. Rustum Roy, one of the early pioneers of zeolite synthesis, passed away on August 26, 2010.

After obtaining B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees at Patna University in India, Rustum Roy received his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University, where he remained for 65 years. In the 1950's his research group was the only academic group in the USA doing synthesis research on zeolites, and Len Sand and Fred Mumpton were both former students. In 1958 he and Joe Smith (then an Assoc. Prof. of Mineralogy at Penn State) organized what was probably the first International Zeolite Meeting at Penn State, attended by R.M. Barrer and D.W. Breck, amongst others. In 1962 Prof. Roy founded the first interdiscplinary Materals Research Laboratory, and was its Director for 23 years. He was the Evan Pugh Professor of Solid State Chemistry and Professor of Geochemistry, and was also a Distinguished Professor of Materials Science at Arizona State University and a visiting Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona. He was an elected member of the US National Academy of Engineering and of numerous national and international scientific academies. He authored and co-authored over a thousand publications. A more complete orbituary can be found here.

29-Jul-2010 News from the Zeolite 2010 Congress in Sofia, Bulgaria (11-18 July 2010)
  This meeting of the International Natural Zeolite Association was organized by Ognyan Petrov of the Central Laboratory of Mineralogy and Crystallography of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and was attended by about 120 researchers from 30 different countries. The field trip in Eastern Rhodopes covered the best natural zeolite deposits in Bulgaria and included the recently discovered Thracian holy city and Byzantine fortress Perpericon built within zeolitized rock.
    Congratulations to
      the recipient of the 2010 Frederick A. Mumpton Award for outstanding contriubtions to natural zeolites: Prof. Carmine Colella
      and the recipient of the 2010 INZA Award: Prof. G. Kirov.
    The new president of the INZA is Prof. Alessio Langella.
21-Jul-2010 News from the IZC-16 & IMMS-7 in Sorrento
  Thanks to
    Gabriele Centi and Gigi Giordano and their team for organizing this successful joint conference
  Congratulations to
    the recipients of the 2007 Breck Award
      Yushan Yan and Ryong Ryoo
      for their respective contributions in advancing the science of zeolite thin films and the direct synthesis of zeolite nanosheets
    the new IZA Ambassador, the recipient of the 2010 IZA Award
      Lynne B. McCusker
      for the seminal contributions she has made together with Christian Baerlocher to the crystallography of zeolites and for her continuous service to the zeolite community
  At the IZA Business Meeting, the IZA membership selected
    the venue for the 18th IZC in 2016:
      Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    and seven new Council members:
      Giuseppe Bellussi
Miroslaw Derewinski
Eduardo Falabella
Girolamo Giordano
Tatsuya Okubo
Joaquin Perez-Pariente
Paul Wright
  The new Executive Committee of the IZA Council is
    Giuseppe Bellussi, President
Mingyuan He, Vice-President
Paul Wright, Secretary
Steve Wilson, Treasurer
  The next IZC will be held in 2013 in Moscow, Russia
16-Jul-2010 Imre Kiricsi (1948-2010)

It is with great sadness that we must report that Prof. Imre Kiricsi, organizer of the First International Conference of the Federation of European Zeolite Associations (FEZA) in Eger, Hungary in 1999 and one of the members of the FEZA Council, passed away on July 11, 2010.

Prof. Kiricsi initiated the foundation of the Hungarian Zeolite Association in 1992, and had been its president since 1998. During this time, the HZA organized several international meetings and Prof. Kiricsi served as the co-editor of the resulting proceedings. He was the Director of the Applied Chemistry Department at Szeged Univeristy Attila Jósef and the recipient of a number of prizes, including the Gold Cross of Merit of the Hungarian Republic in 2006 and the Albert Szent-Gyorgyi Prize in 2010. Some more details on his scientific achievements have been compiled by his colleague Janos Nagy and can be found here.

1-Jul-2010 The Commission on Natural Zeolites has been busy
  There are now datasheets for 38 natural zeolites on their website.
8-Jun-2010 Johnson Matthey has two open positions for Zeolite Scientists
  Click here for more details.
8-Feb-2010 Zeolite Session at the IMA Conference (21-27 Aug 2010, Budapest, Hungary)
  There will be a session entitled Zeolites and porous materials at this conference.
It will cover both synthetic and natural zeolites and porous materials as well as their utilization, synthesis, properties, and occurrence with an emphasis on crystal chemical properties.
13-Jan-2010 The Structure Commission has approved three new Framework Type Codes
    MVY Type material: MCM-70  
    PUN Type material: PKU-9  
    SAF Type material: STA-15  
11-Jan-2010 Henk van Koningsveld (1942-2009)
  It is with great sadness that we must report that Dr. Henk van Koningsveld, a member of the Structure Commission of the IZA for the past 15 years, passed away on December 4, 2009.

Dr. van Koningsveld was a very active member of the Structure Commission, and served as Co-chair from 2001-2007. The building schemes for each of the zeolite framework types that are available on the internet via the Database of Zeolite Structures are entirely his work. In 2007, he put these together and published them in the book Compendium of Zeolite Framework Types. Together with Hermann Gies, he also prepared the pdf files for the Catalog of Disorder in Zeolite Frameworks. He is probably best known in the zeolite community though for his single-crystal refinement of the structure of ZSM-5 that was published in 1987.

Henk's cheerful presence will be sorely missed at the next International Zeolite Conference.



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