Sun, Rimer Recognized by Catalysis Club of Philadelphia

April 18, 2024 

The Catalysis of Philadelphia selected UD Ph.D. candidate Jessie Sun (left) for the 2024 Koch Travel Award.  Dr. Jeffrey Rimer, an esteemed alum of the University of Delaware, was selected for the 2024 CCP Award.


The Catalysis Club of Philadelphia (CCP) recently announced its 2024 awards, honoring individuals who have demonstrated exceptional contributions to the field of catalysis. Among the recipients are two impressive individuals affiliated with the University of Delaware.

Ph.D. candidate Jessie Sun was awarded CCP’s prestigious Koch Student Travel Award. Sun’s selection followed a panel review process where her contributions to catalysis research stood out among a competitive pool of applicants. The Theodore A. Koch Travel Award, sponsored in memory of Dr. Theodore Koch, aims to recognize and support graduate students excelling in catalysis research. Koch, remembered for his innovative work at DuPont, left a lasting legacy in the field through his commitment to advancing chemical processes from laboratory development to commercialization. The award provides travel funds of up to $1000 to assist deserving students in attending scientific conferences and presenting their research.

Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Hasan Dindi, the 2023 CCP Award recipient, who donated his award prize, CCP was able to extend the honor of the Koch Travel Award to two deserving students in 2024. The opportunity further enriches the academic experiences of emerging scholars like Sun and her co-recipient, An Zhang, a Ph.D. candidate at Villanova University.

In addition to Sun’s recognition, Dr. Jeffrey Rimer, an esteemed alum of the University of Delaware, was selected for the 2024 CCP Award. The CCP Award is presented annually to individuals who have made significant advancements in the field of catalysis and embody a spirit of innovation and excellence. Dr. Rimer, Abraham E. Dukler Professor and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Houston, earned his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware in 2007. His notable contributions to the catalysis community earned him this esteemed recognition from CCP and underscore his promise in shaping the future of catalysis research and development.

Sun and Rimer exemplify the University of Delaware’s commitment to fostering groundbreaking research and nurturing talent in the field of catalysis. Congratulations to both on these outstanding achievements – we eagerly anticipate the future contributions they will undoubtedly bring to the field.