CCF Co-founder Catalysis Medal Recipient Dr. Ivo G. Dalla Lana Passed Away
A Co-founder of the Canadian Catalysis Foundation and the recipient of 1994 Catalysis Medal of The Catalysis Division, Chemical Institute of Canada, Professor Emeritus of the University of Alberta, Dr. Ivo G. Dalla Lana passed away on March 5, 2018.
Ivo Dalla Lana was born on 5 July 1926 in Trail, B.C. He received his Bachelor of Applied Science degree from the University of British Columbia. During 1948-51 he worked as an engineer in the Research and Development Department of Cominco Ltd. In 1953 he received his Master of Science degree from the University of Alberta and in 1958 he received a Ph.D. degree from the University of Minnesota, with a major in chemical engineering and minor in physical chemistry. From 1958 until his retirement in 1992, Dr. Dalla Lana was a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Alberta. During that time he supervised graduate work on 20 M.Sc. and 7 Ph.D. theses and collaborated with 25 postdoctoral fellows who participated in research programs that he initiated. This work resulted in over 100 publications and research reports, and a number of patents and patent applications. Dr. Dalla Lana’s retirement did not interrupt his research activities which continue with unweakened energy, valuable experience and knowledge. Since his retirement, he has supervised research projects supported by three NSERC strategic grants: one NSERC operating grant and two industrial grants concerning olefin polymerization. His research group is truly an international one and his collaboration in the field of catalytic research involves five catalytic groups in different European countries. He was a visiting professor at the University of Bath, England, at Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft in Berlin, Germany (twice), and at Atomic Energy of Canada in Chalk River, Ontario. He delivered a number of invited lectures both in Canada and abroad, and he was also a keynote speaker. The Association of Professional Engineers of Alberta nominated him as a life member and The Chemical Institute of Canada nominated him as a fellow. Over ten scientific periodicals, publishing papers in the field of catalysis and chemical engineering, have asked Dr. Dalla Lana to referee submitted manuscripts. The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council nominated him a member of various committees and the Ontario Council of Graduate Studies invited him as a consultant for appraisal of a Ph.D. program. Due to his comprehensive knowledge of catalysis, he served as a consultant with a number of companies in Canada, and as an expert witness in a court case involving patent litigation in the United States of America. Dr. Dalla Lana devoted much time to professional societies such as: 1) the Canadian Society of Chemical Engineering serving as director and secretary on the national executive and chairman of the local executive, 2) The Chemical Institute of Canada serving as a regional counsellor for Alberta and Saskatchewan, 3) The Catalysis Division of The Chemical Institute of Canada serving as national chairman and a founding member of its executive, 4) the 9th International Congress on Catalysis serving as vice-chairman of the organizing committee, and 5) The North American Catalysis Society serving as Catalysis Division representative. The main areas of Dr. Dalla Lana’s research activities include: 1) utilizing infrared spectroscopy to study adsorption and surface reactions (since 1967; has been successfully applied to several industrial catalytic reaction systems), 2) sulphur recovery technology, primarily based on the modified Claus reaction, which made him an internationally recognized expert in this field, and 3) ethylene polymerization on supported chromium catalysts in slurry reactors and oligomerization of ethylene in a solution reactor (since the mid-1980s).
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Scientific contributions: https://www.researchgate.net/scientific-contributions/79581826_I_G_Dalla_Lana