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22th International Symposium on Olefin Metathesis ISOM-XII

The 22th International Symposium on Olefin Metathesis (ISOM-XII) will take place at ETH Zürich from July 9-12, 2017. This biennial event on metathesis and related reactions showcases advances ranging from new catalyzed reactions and processes, to ligand and catalyst design, and mechanistic advances that can change implementation into practice. We welcome students, academic partners and industrial scientist to join us and make this event successful. For more information please see our website.

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Outstanding Reviewers for Catalysis, Science and Technology in 2016

Following the success of Peer Review Week in September 2016 (dedicated to reviewer recognition) during which we published a list of our top reviewers, we are delighted to announce that we will continue to recognise the contribution that our reviewers make to the journal by announcing our Outstanding Reviewers each year.

We would like to highlight the Outstanding Reviewers for Catalysis, Science and Technology in 2016, as selected by the editorial team, for their significant contribution to the journal. The reviewers have been chosen based on the number, timeliness and quality of the reports completed over the last 12 months.

We would like to say a big thank you to those individuals listed here as well as to all of the reviewers that have supported the journal. Each Outstanding Reviewer will receive a certificate to give recognition for their significant contribution.

Professor Pieter C A Bruijnincx, Debye Institute
Professor Jiri Cejka, J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry
Professor Wei-Lin Dai, Fudan University
Professor Burtron H Davis, University of Kentucky
Dr Haijun Jiao, Leibniz-Institut für Katalyse
Professor Arjan Willem Kleij, Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ)
Professor Yoshinao Nakagawa, Tohoku University
Professor Wenjie Shen, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Professor Yi-Jun Xu, Fuzhou University
Professor Ning Yan, National University of Singapore

We would also like to thank the Catalysis, Science and Technology board and the catalysis community for their continued support of the journal, as authors, reviewers and readers.

If you would like to become a reviewer for our journal, just email us with details of your research interests and an up-to-date CV or résumé.  You can find more details in our author and reviewer resource centre

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Themed Collection now online – Catalysis in Flow Chemistry

The themed issue, Catalysis in Flow Chemistry, guest-edited by Steven Ley (University of Cambridge), features key contributions on the use of catalysis in flow chemistry applications. This important developing area of science encompasses homogeneous, heterogeneous and enigmatic systems, with an emphasis on using continuous flow based technologies.

Read the full themed collection here. It includes:

Editorial – Flow Chemistry and Catalysis
Steven V. Ley
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2016,6, 4676-4677
DOI: 10.1039/C6CY90064J

Fine chemical syntheses under flow using SiliaCat catalysts
Rosaria Ciriminna, Valerica Pandarus, François Béland and Mario Pagliaro
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2016,6, 4678-4685
DOI: 10.1039/C6CY00038J

Synthesis in mesoreactors: Ru(porphyrin)CO-catalyzed aziridination of olefins under continuous flow conditions
S. Rossi, A. Puglisi, M. Benaglia, D. M. Carminati, D. Intrieri and E. Gallo
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2016,6, 4700-4704
DOI: 10.1039/C6CY00207B

You can read similar articles on this topic published in our new journal Reaction Chemistry & Engineering, including:

A convenient numbering-up strategy for the scale-up of gas–liquid photoredox catalysis in flow
Yuanhai Su, Koen Kuijpers, Volker Hessel and Timothy Noël
React. Chem. Eng., 2016,1, 73-81
DOI: 10.1039/C5RE00021A, Paper

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Themed collection now online – Catalysis on Zeolites

Zeolites are the most important heterogeneous catalysts with numerous large-scale applications including cracking, petrochemistry, fine chemical synthesis, and environmental protection. This themed issue evidences the significant impact of zeolites in catalysis, new trends in catalytic applications of zeolites and, in particular, their potential in catalysis. The Guest Editors of the issue are Jiri Čejka, David Serrano and Russell Morris.

Read the full themed collection here. It includes:

Catalysis on Zeolites – Catalysis Science & Technology
Jiří Čejka, Russell E. Morris and David P. Serrano
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2016,6, 2465-2466
DOI: 10.1039/C6CY90042A

Improvement in the catalytic properties of ZSM-5 zeolite nanoparticles via mechanochemical and chemical modifications
Satoshi Inagaki, Shoma Shinoda, Shunsuke Hayashi, Toru Wakihara, Hiroshi Yamazaki, Junko N. Kondo and Yoshihiro Kubota
Journal Article
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2016,6, 2598-2604
DOI: 10.1039/C5CY01644D, Paper

Selective dehydrogenation of bioethanol to acetaldehyde over basic USY zeolites
G. M. Lari, K. Desai, C. Mondelli and J. Pérez-Ramírez
Journal Article
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2016,6, 2706-2714
DOI: 10.1039/C5CY02020D, Paper

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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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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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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 31/03/2015. The order they appear in the list has no meaning or ranking.

Reversibility of asymmetric catalyzed C–C bond formation by benzoylformate decarboxylase
Marco Berheide, Selin Kara and Andreas Liese

DOI: 10.1039/C4CY00171K, Paper

10.1039/C4CY00171K


Sailing into uncharted waters: recent advances in the in situ monitoring of catalytic processes in aqueous environments
Hui Shi, Johannes A. Lercher and Xiao-Ying Yu
10.1039/C4CY01720J

10.1039/C4CY01720J


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