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Lehigh professor delivers key lectures at CHF, TSRC conferences

In addition to the classroom, it's been a busy year on the lecture circuit for G. Whitney Snyder Professor and Lehigh Professor of Chemical Engineering Israel Wachs.

Dr. Wachs recently delivered two key lectures at a Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) symposium in Philadelphia, and at the Telluride Research Science Center (TSRC) in Telluride, Colorado.

The CHF -- a collections-based nonprofit organization that preserves the history and heritage of chemistry, chemical engineering, and related sciences and technologies --invited Wachs to its 10th Annual Innovation Day Symposium in September. He presented the lecture entitled  "Conversion of Methane by Mo/ZSM-5 catalysts to Aromatic Liquids" during the session entitled "Direct Conversion of Natural Gas to Liquids."

Wachs also gave this key lecture at the TSRC's "Theory and Practice of Catalysis" workshop held in early August.

Additionally, the Lehigh professor delivered lectures this year recently covering the topic of "Fundamental Surface Analysis of Mixed Oxide and Oxynitride Water Splitting Photocatalysts" at Germany's Bochum University and the German Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion, as well as the Institute of Inorganic Chemistry in Zurich, Switzerland.

Wachs is Director of the Operando Molecular Spectroscopy and Catalysis Research Lab. His research focuses on surface oxides and has demonstrated that, for many two-component metal oxide systems, one metal oxide may be present as an atomically dispersed phase over a second metal oxide substrate.

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Israel Wachs

Dr. Israel Wachs, G. Whitney Snyder Professor and Lehigh Professor of Chemical Engineering.