ASM Akron Meeting Notice

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Joint Meeting with Akron ASME, Canton-Massillon ASM & Akron ASM
Meeting Sponsor: Beuhler Ltd.

Reservations Requested by: Friday January 10, 2014 by 1:00 p.m.
Walk-ins are welcome.
Reservations not canceled 2 days prior to meeting will be invoiced as we must pay for meals reserved..

Contact: Technical Chair: Dave Houser, Babcock & Wilcox Company or 330-860-1788

Topic: Ceramic Material Design in Fixed Bed Hydrocarbon Conversion Reactors.

The presentation will focus on the ceramic development and applications used by Saint-Gobain NorPro.

The continual mandate that oil refiners need to maintain or to increase production using heavier feedstocks to produce cleaner fuel yields has led to difficult refinery operations. This operation change has led to increased pressure drop in the catalytic and absorbent reactors and has caused shorter run times, higher operating costs, and decreased product quality. Engineering tailored ceramic materials can assist in reducing the system pressure drop and longer service life. Data will be presented from several commercial installations demonstrating this ceramic design strategy.

Speaker: Dr. Thomas Szymanski – Director New Technologies, Saint-Gobain NorPro

Dr. Szymanski was born in Acushnet, Massachusetts and was educated in the Dartmouth, Massachusetts school system. He received his bachelor of science in Chemistry at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

He continued his education at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois where he earned his masters and doctorate degrees in Physical Bioinorganic Chemistry working with Professors Fred Basolo and Brian Hoffmann.

After graduating from Northwestern University, Dr. Szymanski was a research chemist at Exxon’s Research and Development Laboratories in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Szymanski then joined Saint-Gobain NorPro’s predecessor company, Norton Chemical Process Products, as a Senior Research Scientist. He is now the Director of New Technologies for Saint-Gobain NorPro.

Dr. Szymanski is the coauthor of ten published papers and has presented more than twenty papers at various technical society meetings. He is the co-inventor of twenty two issued United States Patents and has several applications pending. Dr. Szymanski is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Ceramics Society and ASTM. He was the past Chairman of and currently serves as the Vice Chairman of the ASTM Committee on Catalysis.

Location:New Era Cafe,
10 Massillon Rd. Akron, OH 44312
Time: Networking: 5:30 / Dinner: 6:30 p.m. / Presentation: 7:30
Cost:$20.00 members & spouses / $22.00 guests / $15.00 retirees / $5.00 Students
Buffet: Chicken Paprikas, Stuffed Pork Chops, Potatoes, Vegetables, Salad, Rolls, Coffee, and Dessert.
Vegetarians: Request "vegetarian" with your reservation.

Upcoming Meetings: Engineers Week Banquet Thursday, February 20, 2014 at Emidio's Party Center. The Akron ASM Chapter is the host society for this event. Registration and information can be found at

The ASM Chapter is offering a Materials Selection Course in February. Please click here for details.

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