Dear SECS Members,

We are all looking forward to the 2023 SECS Annual Meeting, which will be held in Tuscaloosa, AL on February 27-28, 2023. This will be a 1.5 day in-person symposium, lasting from Monday AM until Tuesday midday.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Cong-Yan Chen (Chevron), the recipient of the 2020 F.G. Ciapetta Lectureship in Catalysis; Dr. Chen’s lecture is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 27th.

Abstract submission is requested by December 9, 2022. Read on for more details about abstract submission and registration.

Registration Please go to https://secatsoc.wordpress.com/registration to register and pay for the meeting. This is a two step process. Please be sure to complete both steps:

  1. Pay for your registration at https://secatsoc.wordpress.com/registration. Pay the right amount (standard: $90, student: $35, or exhibitor: $180) and add your name and affiliation to the payment description.
  2. Register for the symposium using the registration form at the same page, and located here. If you are presenting, the form will ask you to submit an abstract.

The registration form and fees are due by 11:59pm on December 9. Thanks to several generous sponsors (NACS, Ayas Renewables, BBP, Eastman, Hunt Refining, UA College of Engineering, and Y-S, inc.) of the meeting, fees are $35 for students and $90 for everyone else. We will provide light breakfast on both days, lunch, dinner, two free drinks on Monday, and full day coffee service for participants. Electronic programs will be available to all registrants.

Abstract submission must be done using the registration form linked above. Abstracts are due by 11:59pm on December 9, 2022. This deadline will not be extended. Abstracts must be 2500 characters or less and may not include any graphics, figures, tables, etc. Abstracts will be typeset using LaTeX. See this link for how to enter subscripts and superscripts. You can use this link to see how your abstract will be typeset. Important: Enter the content of your abstract ONLY into the registration form. DO NOT add any classes, packages, or commands. 

Exhibit registration Representatives of vendors of catalysis-related products are welcome to attend and may bring an exhibit. Each display is limited to a single 2.5’x6′ table. These will be located adjacent to the conference room and will be available for viewing during the symposium. An exhibitor fee of $180 includes one complimentary meeting registration and an exhibit table. Please contact Sreshtha Sinha Majumdar (sinhamajumds@ornl.gov) for further information.

Hotel Accomodations The entire meeting will be held at the Hotel Capstone on the campus of The University of Alabama. A block of hotel rooms has been reserved, and reservations can be made here (by January 22, 2023): Capstone Hotel Block . The cost will be $129/night for the night(s) of 2/26 and/or 2/27/2023.

Sponsorship at the silver ($500), gold ($1000), and platinum ($1500) levels is still welcome! Contact Jamie at james.harris@eng.ua.edu for more information. 

Looking forward to seeing you in February!


Jamie Harris

Secretary, SECS