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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.

2021 Award Symposium &
Poster Competition

Our first event of 2021 will be on Friday, April 23, 2021 between 2:30 - 5:30 pm. The program begins with the presentation of the 2020 Excellence in Applied Catalysis Award to Dr. Steve King, followed by his award lecture on "Advances in the Catalyzed Reductive Amination of Monoethanolamine", and an interactive poster session and competition.

Learn more and register for this event. 

2021 Election of New Officers

The election of new officers opens on Friday, March 12th, 2021 and the candidate statements are available here.


Members who were in good standing with the SWCS in 2019 (i.e., everyone who attended the 2019 Spring Symposium) and new members registering before March 12th, 2021 are eligible to vote.

To become a member, simply pay the dues ($20 - Regular; $5 Student/Retiree) using the PayPal button below. Members of the SWCS are automatically members of the NACS.

SWCS Virtual Practice Award Lecture
& Social Hour, Friday, June 19th, 3 pm

We are excited to announce our first virtual meeting on Friday, June 19th at 3 pm (Central Time). Prof. Mike Harold, recipient of the 2019 Excellence in Applied Catalysis Award, will be presenting his award lecture "Catalytic Engineering Studies of NH3 Oxidation on Platinum". The lecture will be followed by a Social Hour during which you are encouraged to consume your own drinks.

Advance registration is required: 


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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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