Advisory board member Professor Ian Fairlamb wins prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry Prize

Professor Ian Fairlamb, originally from Crewe, UK, is the Royal Society of Chemistry Corday-Morgan Prize winner for 2016

A picture of Ian FairlambIan is Professor of Chemistry at the University of York. His research focuses on understanding how organic, carbon-containing compounds cooperate with transition metals. His work enables the development of sustainable and greener chemical reactions and syntheses that can produce valuable pharmaceutical and agrochemical compounds of benefit to humankind. The Corday-Morgan Prize recognises the most meritorious contributions to chemistry. He said: “I am delighted to receive this prestigious award.  I’m deeply indebted to the incredible efforts and talents of both past and present research group members.

To read more about Professor Ian Fairlamb and the 2016 Corday-Morgan Prize please click-through to the website.

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All 2016 Royal Society of Chemistry prize and award winners: http://rsc.li/awards-prizes-2016
Collection of articles published by prize and award winners: http://rsc.li/rscwinners2016-collection

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A new Catalysis, Science & Technology Associate Editor for 2016

Catalysis, Science & Technology would like to welcome Professor Christopher Williams to the journal as a new Associate Editor for 2016.

Professor Williams received a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Delaware in 1993 and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University in 1997. Following a post doctoral appointment in the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Department at Oxford University, he joined the faculty in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of South Carolina and is currently a Professor. His research interests are in the area of heterogeneous catalysis and surface science, with a particular emphases on studying solid-liquid catalytic interfaces with in-situ/operando spectroscopy and developing novel synthetic approaches to producing bimetallic catalysts for a variety of applications.

Read Professor Williams’ latest Catalysis Science & Technology article here:

Yunya Zhang, Weijian Diao, John R. Monnier and Christopher T. Williams
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2015, 5, 4123-4132. DOI: 10.1039/C5CY00353A

Professor Williams and the rest of the Editorial board would like to invite you to submit your best work to Catalysis, Science & Technology.

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HOT Articles in Catalysis Science & Technology

The following HOT articles have been highlighted by the reviewers of the articles as being particularly interesting or significant pieces of research. These are all free to access until 30/11/15. The order they appear in the list has no meaning or ranking.

A water-dependent kinetics guide for complex lipase-mediated synthesis of biolubricants in a water activity control reactor
Yifeng Tao, Guohua Chen, Ioannis V. Pavlidis, Yang Jiang, Longfei Qie, Caixia Cui, Luo Liu, Biqiang Chen and Tianwei Tan
Journal Article
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5CY00995B, Paper


Enhanced activity of H2O2-treated copper(II) oxide nanostructures for the electrochemical evolution of oxygen
Albertus D. Handoko, Suzi Deng, Yilin Deng, Andy Wing Fai Cheng, Kuang Wen Chan, Hui Ru Tan, Yanlin Pan, Eng Soon Tok, Chorng Haur Sow and Boon Siang Yeo
Journal Article
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5CY00861A, Paper


A modular family of phosphine-phosphoramidite ligands and their hydroformylation catalysts: steric tuning impacts upon the coordination geometry of trigonal bipyramidal complexes of type [Rh(H)(CO)2(P^P*)]
Rebecca C. How, Robert Hembre, James A. Ponasik, Ginette S. Tolleson and Matthew L. Clarke
Journal Article
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5CY00886G, Paper


Uranium-mediated ring-opening polymerization of ε-caprolactone: a comparative study
Isabell S. R. Karmel, Maxim Khononov, Matthias Tamm and Moris S. Eisen
Journal Article
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5CY01162K, Paper


Graphene decorated with Fe nanoclusters for improving the hydrogen sorption kinetics of MgH2 – experimental and theoretical evidence
M. Sterlin Leo Hudson, Keisuke Takahashi, A. Ramesh, Seema Awasthi, Ashish Kumar Ghosh, Ponniah Ravindran and Onkar Nath Srivastava
Journal Article
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5CY01016K, Paper


Ru/TiO2-catalysed hydrogenation of xylose: the role of the crystal structure of the support
Carlos Hernandez-Mejia, Edwin S. Gnanakumar, Alma Olivos-Suarez, Jorge Gascon, Heather F. Greer, Wuzong Zhou, Gadi Rothenberg and N. Raveendran Shiju
Journal Article
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5CY01005E, Paper


Aqueous-phase reforming of crude glycerol: effect of impurities on hydrogen production
Dilek A. Boga, Fang Liu, Pieter C. A. Bruijnincx and Bert M. Weckhuysen
Journal Article
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C4CY01711K, Paper


Highly crystalline vanadium phosphate catalysts synthesized using poly(acrylic acid-co-maleic acid) as a structure directing agent
Mosaed Alhumaimess, Zhongjie Lin, Nicholas F. Dummer, Stuart H. Taylor, Graham J. Hutchings and Jonathan K. Bartley
Journal Article
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5CY01260K, Paper


Development of a post-synthetic method for tuning the Al content of OSDA-free Beta as a catalyst for conversion of methanol to olefins
Ryoichi Otomo, Ulrich Müller, Mathias Feyen, Bilge Yilmaz, Xiangju Meng, Feng-Shou Xiao, Hermann Gies, Xinhe Bao, Weiping Zhang, Dirk De Vos and Toshiyuki Yokoi
Journal Article
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5CY00944H, Paper


In situ spectroscopic investigations of MoOx/Fe2O3 catalysts for the selective oxidation of methanol
Catherine Brookes, Michael Bowker, Emma K. Gibson, Diego Gianolio, Khaled M. H. Mohammed, Stephen Parry, Scott M. Rogers, Ian P. Silverwood and Peter P. Wells
Journal Article
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5CY01175B, Paper


Dynamic evolution of specific catalytic sites on Pt nanoparticles
Hector Barron, George Opletal, Richard D. Tilley and Amanda S. Barnard
Journal Article
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5CY01205H, Paper


Enhancing internal mass transport in Fischer–Tropsch catalyst layers utilizing transport pores
Henning Becker, Robert Güttel and Thomas Turek
Journal Article
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5CY00957J, Paper


Shaping up operando spectroscopy: Raman characterization of a working honeycomb monolith
S. B. Rasmussen, R. López-Medina, R. Portela, E. Mikolajska, M. Daturi, P. Ávila and M. A. Bañares
Journal Article
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2015,5, 4942-4945
DOI: 10.1039/C5CY01375E, Communication


Effects of La-doping on charge separation behavior of ZnO:GaN for its enhanced photocatalytic performance
Yansong Zhou, Gang Chen, Yaoguang Yu, Lichen Zhao, Qilin Yu and Qiang He
Journal Article
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5CY01193K, Paper


Continuous flow hydrogenation of nitroarenes, azides and alkenes using maghemite–Pd nanocomposites
Anuj K. Rathi, Manoj B. Gawande, Vaclav Ranc, Jiri Pechousek, Martin Petr, Klara Cepe, Rajender S. Varma and Radek Zboril
Journal Article
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2016, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5CY00956A, Paper


Theoretical insight on reactivity trends in CO2 electroreduction across transition metals
Sneha A. Akhade, Wenjia Luo, Xiaowa Nie, Aravind Asthagiri and Michael J. Janik
Journal Article
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5CY01339A, Paper


Bifunctional hybrid catalysts derived from Cu/Zn-based nanoparticles for single-step dimethyl ether synthesis
M. Gentzen, W. Habicht, D. E. Doronkin, J.-D. Grunwaldt, J. Sauer and S. Behrens
Journal Article
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5CY01043H, Paper


Structural effects of two-dimensional perovskite Ca2Nb2TaO10− nanosheets for photocatalytic hydrogen evolution
Kazuhiko Maeda and Miharu Eguchi
Journal Article
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5CY01246E, Paper


Niobium phytate prepared from phytic acid and NbCl5: a highly efficient and heterogeneous acid catalyst
Zhimin Xue, Yuwei Zhang, Guofeng Li, Jinfang Wang, Wancheng Zhao and Tiancheng Mu
Journal Article
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5CY01123J, Paper


Nickel sulfides for electrocatalytic hydrogen evolution under alkaline conditions: a case study of crystalline NiS, NiS2, and Ni3S2 nanoparticles
Nan Jiang, Qing Tang, Meili Sheng, Bo You, De-en Jiang and Yujie Sun
Journal Article
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2015, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5CY01111F, Paper

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2nd UK Catalysis Conference 6th – 8th January 2016

The second UK Catalysis Conference will take place at Holywell Park, Loughborough over 6th – 8th January 2016.  Abstract submission is now open and the deadline is 14th September 2015.  The template can be downloaded from the website and submitted here.

The conference will cover the following areas;

  • Organo/Biocatalysis - Integration of Bio- and Chemo-/Hetero- Catalysis, Cascade Processes & Engineering Biocatalysts for Sustainable Chemical Production.
  • RSC Surface Reactivity & Catalysis Group/Applied Catalysis Group Environmental, Fine Chemicals, Petrochemicals, Green synthesis, In-situ & Operando Methods.
  • IChemE Catalysis Specialist Interest Group - Kinetics, Modelling, Reaction Engineering, Combined Reaction and Separation & Intensified Processes.
  • RSC Dalton Division - All aspects of Homogeneous Catalysis will be considered, especially those concerned with New Reactions,  New Reactor Concepts, Bio-derived Feed-Stocks, Asymmetric Synthesis, Tandem & Cascade Reactions.

Confirmed Plenary Speakers include;

  • Prof. John Blacker (University of Leeds)   “Why Does Industry Struggle to Adopt Academics’ Catalysts?”
  • Prof. Enrico Tronconi (LCCP Milano, Italy) “Recent Advances in Fundamental Understanding of Automotive NH3-SCR Reactions”
  • Dr. King Kuok (Mimi) Hii (Imperial College London) “Catalysis in Flow”
  • Prof. Bert Sels (KU Leuven, Belgium)

The meeting will provide an opportunity for Catalytic scientists and Engineers from across the UK’s academic and industrial communities to interact and network over the whole spectrum of Catalysis ranging from Organocatalysis, Biocatalysis, Homogenous catalysis and Heterogeneous catalysis.  More information about the conference can be found here.

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HOT Articles in Catalysis Science & Technology

The following HOT articles have been highlighted by the reviewers of the articles as being particularly interesting or significant pieces of research. These are all free to access until 30/09/15. The order they appear in the list has no meaning or ranking.


Predicting the performance of oxidation catalysts using descriptor models
Neetika Madaan, N. Raveendran Shiju and Gadi Rothenberg
Journal Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5CY00932D, Paper

C5CY00932D GA


CuO–CeO2/TiO2 catalyst for simultaneous NO reduction and Hg0 oxidation at low temperatures
Hailong Li, Shaokang Wu, Liqing Li, Jun Wang, Weiwu Ma and Kaimin Shih
Journal Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5CY00794A, Paper

C5CY00794A GA


Synthesis and oxidation catalysis of a Ti-substituted phosphotungstate, and identification of the active oxygen species
Eri Takahashi, Keigo Kamata, Yuji Kikukawa, Sota Sato, Kosuke Suzuki, Kazuya Yamaguchi and Noritaka Mizuno
Journal Article
DOI: 10.1039/C5CY01031D, Paper

C5CY01031D GA


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15th National Youth Catalysis Conference – China

Catalysis Science & Technology is proud to announce that it awarded poster prizes at the 15th National Youth Catalysis Conference, “Multidisciplinary and multi-scale catalytic science and technology”, in China. The conference was held on 19th July 2015, at the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC), in Hefei. Plenary lectures were given by Professor Qingbai Xu (Tsinghua University), Professor Ye Wang (Xiamen University), Professor Wenjie Shen (Dalian Insitute of Chemical Physics, CAS), Professor Jiaguo Yu (Wuhan University of Technology) and Professor Baoning Zong (SINOPEC research institute of petroleum processing). Professors Wang, Shen and Yu are pictured below (left-right), together with the prize winners, Professor Weixin Huang (USTC, the local Chair) and Catalysis Science & Technology Associate Editor, Professor Ding Ma (Peking University).

The Winners:

Di Xin (Dalian University of Technolgy)

Ding Liangbing (University of Science and Technology of China)

Song Xiaojing   (Jilin University)

Han Lupeng (East China Normal University)

Su Xiaojuan (Ningxia University)

Chen Lang (Hunan University)

Su Diefeng (Zhejing University)

Wei Mingming (Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, CAS)

Wang Dandan   (Xiamen University)

Gu Jing (Nanjing University)

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International Symposium on Relations between Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysis -ISHHC17

The 17th International Symposium on Relations between Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysis (ISHHC17) was held at Utrecht University between 12th-15th July, 2015. The opening ceremony took place in the Dom church in the city centre, with plenary lectures given by Professor Robert Schlögl (Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, Germany) and Professor Jan van Hest (Radboud University, the Netherlands).

Catalysis Science & Technology and PCCP were proud to sponsor two poster prizes during the event. These were awarded to Amanda E. Anderson (Christopher J. Baddeley and Paul A. Wright) of EaStCHEM School of Chemistry, University of St. Andrews (UK) for her poster, ‘Immobilization of Nanoparticles in Metal Organic Frameworks for Tandem Catalysis’; and to Pim Huat Phua (Boon Ying Tay, Cun Wang, Ludger Paul Stubbs) of Institute of Chemical and Engineering Science (A*STAR) (Singapore), for his poster, ‘Hydrogenation of Levulinic acid to γ-valerolactone: Homogeneous vs Heterogeneous Catalysis’.

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Catalysis Science & Technology record Impact Factor of 5.43

We are pleased to announce that Catalysis Science & Technology’s Impact Factor* has risen to its highest value yet of 5.43.

The journal continues to bring together the best quality research from the heterogeneous, homogeneous, organocatalysis and bio-catalysis communities, appealing to both academic and industrial scientists.

We would like to thank all of our authors, referees and Board members for their continued support of the journal.

For fast time to publication and excellent author service, submit your next high quality paper to Catalysis Science & Technology.

Check out the following selection of highly cited articles that contributed to this Impact Factor:

Bruno F. Machado and Philippe Serp
DOI: 10.1039/C1CY00361E

Liwu Zhang and Yongfa Zhu
DOI: 10.1039/C2CY00411A

Paolo P. Pescarmona and Masoumeh Taherimehr
DOI: 10.1039/C2CY20365K

Pieterjan Valvekens, Frederik Vermoortelea and Dirk De Vos
DOI: 10.1039/C3CY20813C

Amarajothi Dhakshinamoorthy, Maksym Opanasenko, Jiří Čejka, and Hermenegildo Garcia
DOI: 10.1039/C3CY00350G

*The Impact Factor provides an indication of the average number of citations per paper. Produced annually, Impact Factors are calculated by dividing the number of citations in a year by the number of citeable articles published in the preceding two years. Data based on 2014 Journal Citation Reports®, (Thomson Reuters, 2015).
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HOT Articles in Catalysis Science & Technology

The following HOT articles have been highlighted by the reviewers of the articles as being particularly interesting or significant pieces of research. These are all free to access until 18/06/2015. The order they appear in the list has no meaning or ranking.

Slight channel difference influences the reaction pathway of methanol-to-olefins conversion over acidic H-ZSM-22 and H-ZSM-12 zeolites
Yueying Chu, Xianyong Sun, Xianfeng Yi, Lihong Ding, Anmin Zheng and Feng Deng
DOI: 10.1039/C5CY00312A, Paper

C5CY00312A GA


Does a multiply bonded oxo ligand directly participate in B–H bond activation by a high-valent di-oxo-molybdenum(VI) complex? A density functional theory study
Liangfang Huang, Jiandi Wang, Xiaoqin Wei and Haiyan Wei
DOI: 10.1039/C5CY00177C, Paper

C5CY00177C

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New Associate Editor – Jennifer Love

We are delighted to welcome Professor Jennifer Love as new Associate Editor for Catalysis Science &Technology

Jennifer Love obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Allegheny College in 1994 and her PhD from Stanford University in 2000. After postdoctoral research at the California Institute of Technology, she began her independent career at the University of British Columbia in 2003. Her research interests span organic, organometallic and inorganic chemistry with a focus on developing new homogeneous catalytic transformations, mechanistic analysis, catalyst design and synthesis.

Read a selection of Jenifer’s papers – free to access until 15th June 2015:

Synthesis and reactivity of 2-azametallacyclobutanes, Alexander Dauth and Jennifer A. Love, Dalton Trans., 2012, 41, 7782-7791, DOI: 10.1039/C2DT30639E

Ring expansion of a 2-rhodaoxetane: insertion chemistry with unsaturated molecules, Addison N. Desnoyer, Alexander Dauth, Brian O. Patrick and Jennifer A. Love, Dalton Trans., 2014,43, 30-33, DOI: 10.1039/C3DT52569D

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