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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.

SWCS Fall Symposium & Student Pitch Competition

We are excited to announce our Fall Symposium and Student Pitch Competition on Friday, October 15th at 1 pm CDT. Steve Deutsch will be presenting a lecture on "Circularity in Chemicals: The Crucial Role to be Played by Catalysts". The lecture will be followed by a 45-minute Question and Answer session.

After the lecture, we will host a Happy Hour and a Student Pitch Competition on where students will have the opportunity to deliver a 2-min “elevator pitch” for their research projects.


1 pm (CDT):      "Circularity in Chemicals: The Crucial Role to be                               Played by Catalysts" Lecture

                           Steve Deutsch, Ph.D.

                           Sales and Project Manager

                           The Catalyst Group Resources (TCGR)

1:45 pm (CDT):  Q&A Session

                           Steve Deutsch, Ph.D.

                           Sales and Project Manager

                           The Catalyst Group Resources (TCGR)

                           John J. Murphy


                           The Catalyst Group (TCG) / The Catalyst Group                                  Resources (TCGR)

2:30  pm (CDT):  Happy Hour and Student Pitch Competition




Advance registration and membership are required.

·       Members can register at RSVPify to join the lecture and                Q&A session. Please note that RSVPify is not supported by            Internet Explorer; please consider opening the link with a              different web browser.

·       Non-members can become a SWCS member             

        at to be able to register to the event.


After registering, you will receive an automatic confirmation email containing the information to join the meeting. Registration closes on Thursday October, 14th at 10 PM.


We are looking forward to connecting with all of you at this virtual meeting!

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.