multiple bonds. His research has recently expanded to include application of carbon-hydrogen bond activation to problems in synthetic organic chemistry, nanovessel catalysis, and methods for the conversion of biomass to fuels and commodity chemicals.
Dr. Joe Francisco is currently a William E. Moore Distinguished professor of Chemistry at Purdue University within the Departments of Chemistry and Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Dr. Francisco received his B.S. from the University of Texas at Austin (1977), and his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1983). Upon completion of his Ph.D., Dr. Francisco was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Cambridge University in England (1983-1985). He was also a Provost Postdoctoral Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technolgy (1985). Dr. Francisco’s many achievements and recognitions include President of the National Organization of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, 2006-2008; Alexandar von Humboldt Research Award for Senior U.S. Scientists, 2001; Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2001; Fellow of the American Physical Society, 1998; Guggenheim Fellowship, 1993; Research Associate, California Institute of Technology, 1991; Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, 1990-95; Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, 1990-1992; National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator, 1988-1993; Provost Postdoctoral Fellow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1985.
Dr. Charles T. Kresge is the Global R&D Director for Research and Engineering Sciences, Core Research & Development, of The Dow Chemical Company. His career with Dow began in 1999 when Kresge joined Corporate R&D in Midland as Global R&D Director. Before joining Dow, Kresge was a senior member of the technical leadership for the Strategic Research Center, Mobil Technology Company, Mobil Corporation. He joined Mobil in 1979 as a research chemist in the Catalyst Synthesis & Development Group in Paulsboro, New Jersey. Kresge then went on to hold various research positions dealing with the discovery, development, and commercialization of catalytic materials and processes. In 1985, Kresge joined W. R. Grace & Company as Group Head, Fluid Catalytic Cracking Research. He returned to Mobil in 1987 to become head of the Exploratory Synthesis & Characterization Group at Mobil’s Paulsboro, New Jersey, Laboratory. In 1993, Kresge became head of Mobil’s activities for catalyst synthesis, characterization, and applications at Mobil’s Princeton and Paulsboro, New Jersey, Research Laboratories. This role was expanded in 1995 to include membranes, separations media, and inorganic materials science. Kresge became the technology leader and chief scientist for exploratory materials chemistry research at Mobil in 1997. In April 1999, Kresge joined Dow to assume his current position. Kresge