Dr. George J. Antos is currently the Director of the Catalysis and Biocatalysis Program in the Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems Division of the Engineering Directorate at the U.S. National Science Foundation. This program annually receives 150-200 proposals for university research funding in fundamental catalysis, biocatalysis, biomass conversion, electrocatalysis and photocatalysis with millions of dollars awarded annually in a competitive process. Catalytic conversion of CO2 to useful products is one direction for the Program.
He has taken advantage of the posting in Washington to become more involved in renewable alternative energy research programs, particularly those related to biomass conversion. He is a member of the Operations Committee of the federal Biomass R&D Board, a multi-agency board chartered by the U.S. Congress to co-ordinate the research programs at the various agencies. He is a member of the Conversion and the Algae Working Groups of this body, and has participated in review panels for the U.S. Departments of Energy and of Agriculture. Within NSF, he is the Program Officer for the initiatives Hydrocarbons from Biomass and Photosynthetic Biorefineries, both within the Emerging Frontiers of Research and Innovation Division.
George joined NSF after a 33+ year career in industry with UOP LLC. This experience encompassed the research, development and commercialization of process, catalyst and material technologies for the petroleum refining and petrochemical industries. George has authored and co-authored over 160 US patents, and has developed a large number of presentations and papers in the area. George is also CEO of Catalyst Realizations, Inc., a consulting company. His education includes a B.S. in Chemistry from Iowa State University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Chemistry from Northwestern University.