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The Southwest Catalysis Society is a nonprofit organization providing opportunities for members in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas.  We promote the exchange of ideas between the industry and academia, and support the involvement of students in the science and research of catalysis.  We are a chapter of the North American Catalysis Society.

2023 SWCS Spring Symposium

We are pleased to announce the 2023 Southwest Catalysis Society Spring Symposium. Please mark your calendars for Friday, April 28, 2023. The event will be held on the University of Houston campus (L2D2 Engineering Lecture Hall, 4726 Calhoun Rd., Houston, TX 77204). Click below for the full symposium program:



Registration still open!

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2022 SWCS Spring Symposium

After two years of not holding an in-person meeting due to the pandemic, we are very excited to announce our 2022 Spring Symposium on Friday, April 29th, 2022 from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM, which will take place in person at the ExxonMobil Spring Campus. We will be delighted to have six outstanding professional speakers and two student presentations at this year’s symposium. The 2022 SWCS Excellence in Applied Catalysis Award will also be presented. The full program will be shared in the upcoming days. The student presentation speakers will be selected by the SWCS committee after reviewing submissions for the Student Speaker Competition (please see guidelines attached).  


Please see details for registration below. We hope to see you on April 29th at the Symposium!



Advance registration is required. This event will have a limited seating of 100 people.


Registration fees:

$20 for students

$20 for post-doctoral researchers

$60 for all other attendees


The fee includes North American Catalysis Society and SWCS annual membership dues as well as breakfast snack/coffee and lunch during the 2022 Spring Symposium. Registration can be done online at 


Fri, Apr 29, 2022 at 7:30 AM | Eventbrite


Event tickets and receipts will be sent via e-mail, so please be prepared to enter your e-mail address when you register. Registration closes on Friday April, 22nd at 5 PM. Given the need to pre-register each participant for site access, there will not be deadline extensions and/or walk-in admissions.


If you have colleagues who cannot attend the Symposium and wish to continue their membership in the NACS/SWCS, please forward this invitation to them. Membership dues (same pricing as the registration fee above) and corporate donations should be sent directly to our Treasurer, Travis Conant, email:

Call for Nominations for the 2022 SWCS Award for Excellence in Applied Catalysis

We are now accepting nominations for the Southwest Catalysis Society Award for Excellence in Applied Catalysis.  This award is given to an individual or research team from North America to recognize outstanding contributions in applied research in homogeneous or heterogeneous catalysis.  The award is open to both industrial and academic applicants. For more details please download the PDF.

The deadline for submitting nomination packages is Monday, November 15, 2021.  Please send nomination packages as well as questions to Prof. Lars Grabow, University of Houston (  The award will be presented at the SWCS Spring Symposium in April 2022.

2021 Award Symposium &
Poster Competition

Our first event of 2021 was held on Friday, April 23, 2021 and featured the 2020 Excellence in Applied Catalysis Award Lecture by Dr. Steve King and an interactive poster competition. 

2021 Election of New Officers

We congratulate our newly elected officers:

  • Praveen Bollini (University of Houston) as Chair-Elect

  • Lin Luo (Dow) as Secretary

  • Travis Conant (SABIC) as Treasurer

  • Thomas P. Senftle (Rice University) as Director

  • Michael S. Wong (Rice University) as NACS Representative

We also thank our outgoing officers for their many years of leadership and service to the SWCS!

  • Ye Xu (Louisiana State University), former Past-Chair

  • Bert Chandler (Penn State), former NACS Representative

2020 SWCS Award for Excellence in Applied Catalysis announced

The 2020 Southwest Catalysis Society Award for Excellence in Applied Catalysis goes to Dr. Steve King, a retired Senior Fellow of Dow Inc, to recognize Steve’s significant contribution to amine catalysis and process technology. The Award will be presented at the 2021 SWCS Spring Symposium held at the University of Houston.

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