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“FineCat Symposium on heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals” – FineCat 2015

The 4th FineCat Symposium was held at the palazzo Steri on 8th-9th April 2015 with lectures given by Irina Beletskaya, Manfred Reetz and Oliver Kappe.

In partnership with Catalysis Science and Technology, three poster prizes were awarded. The first prize went to Francesco Parrino, a post-doc research fellow at the “Schiavello-Grillone” research Group of the University of Palermo, for his poster concerning the catalytic photoisomerization of trans-caffeic acid to cis-caffeic acid.

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Sustainable Catalytic Conversions of Renewable Substrates – SuBiCat II symposium

On 2nd March 2015, Catalysis Science and Technology Associate Editor, Professor Paul Kamer, hosted the SuBiCat II symposium at the University of St. Andrews. SuBiCat is an international training network that aims to provide expertise and drive changes that will allow chemicals to be produced with minimal chemical waste in all-catalytic, low energy, multi-step production methods exclusively from renewable resources.

Catalysis Science and Technology was pleased to sponsor this excellent event which was well attended by the catalysis community, including a number of members of the board. Editor-in-Chief, Professor Piet van Leeuwen, gave the opening talk on “Ligand effects in nanoparticle catalysis”, this was followed by contributions from Associate Editors Professor Ding Ma and Professor Javier Perez-Ramirez and Editorial Board members David Jackson and Christian Bruneau.

Pictured: Professor Paul Kamer opening the symposium, Professor Christian Bruneau and Professor Piet van Leeuwen.

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Catalysis Science and Technology – One Day Symposium

Catalysis Science and Technology is delighted to announce that the journal is organising a one day Symposium on the subject of Sustainable Catalytic Conversions of Renewable Substrates (SuBiCat II) on 2nd March 2015, at St Andrews, UK.

The symposium is free of charge, but you are requested to register before 15th February 2015 at http://www.subicat.org/events/index.php.

There is an excellent list of speakers already confirmed, including:

  • Prof. Piet van Leeuwen , ICIQ, Tarrgona, Spain
  • Dr Pieter Bruijnincx, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Prof. Ding Ma Peking University, China
  • Prof. Carsten Bolm, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Prof. David Jackson, University of Glasgow, Scotland, UK
  • Dr Kristiina Hilden, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Prof. Christian Bruneau, University of Rennes, France
  • Prof. John Irvine, University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK
  • Prof. Dr. Pérez-Ramírez, Institute for Chemical and Bioengineering, Zurich, Switzerland

Visit the website for further information and to register now.

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FineCat 2015 – Symposium on heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals

The 4th FineCat Symposium will be taking place from 8th–9th April 2015 in Palermo, Palazzo Steri.  The event is jointly organised by the Institute of Nanostructured Materials of Italy’s Research Council (CNR) and by Palermo’s University DEIM Department and aims to provide an opportunity for contact between academic and industrial researchers, manufacturers and users of solid catalysts for the efficient and selective production of fine chemicals.

Confirmed plenary speakers include:

  • Manfred Reetz, External emeritus group leader of the Mülheim Max-Planck-Institute, Hans-Meerwein-Research-Professor, Marburg University, Germany
  • Pedro J. Maireles Torres, Department of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Malaga, Spain
  • Oliver Kappe, Institute of Chemistry, University of Graz, Austria
  • Rodrigo de Souza, Institute of Chemistry, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The deadline for abstracts in 31st December 2014. For further information and to register, visit the website now!

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Congratulations to the poster prize winners at NSC2014

Congratulations to the poster prize winners at NSC2014 (16th Nordic Symposium on Catalysis). Green Chemistry and Catalysis Science & Technology were pleased to sponsor a poster prize each at the symposium, which were awarded as follows:

Green Chemistry poster prize
awarded to Aron Dombovari, University of Oulu
for “Photocatalytic processing of algae

Catalysis Science & Technology poster prize
awarded to Jacob O. Abildstrøm, Technical University of Denmark
for “Investigation of Mesoporous TS-1 for the Catalytic Formation of N-oxides

The prize winners received a certificate and a book from Royal Society of Chemistry Books.

You can read more about the Poster Award and find out about the Nordic Symposium on the UiO website.

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FineCat 2014: Great Catalysis Science and Art

http://www.qualitas1998.net/ismn/locandina_finecat_2014.pngThe third FineCat – Symposium on heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals was held in Palermo, Italy, on April 2-3, 2014 in the splendid venue of the Steri Palace. The Symposium ended late in the evening of April 3rd with a spectacular social dinner at the Tasca d’Almerita estate, following the guided tour of the 1,000 years old Steri Palace the day before.

The scientific program featured 12 symposia and 11 poster presentations that highlighted practically relevant chemical innovation in fields as diverse as flow catalysis, catalysis with metal “Lego” nanoparticles, photocatalysis and biomass catalytic valorization. Fine chemicals — polyfunctional molecules with specific properties imparting them high added value — have traditionally been synthesized via selective homogeneous synthetic methods. All this is now changing as newly developed heterogeneous catalysis emerges as a convenient industrial tool capable to make the fine chemicals industry not only environmentally, but also economically, more sustainable. Delegates from Slovenia, Thailand, Canada, UK, Italy and Germany showed once again the truly international nature of this Symposium series inaugurated in 2012.

A Catalysis Science & Technology post prize was awarded to Maria Luisa Testa for her poster concerning he use of acid hybrid silicas in esterification reactions, awarding one year’s personal e-subscription to Catalysis Science & Technology. The Prize was offered by RSC Publishing, partnering with the organizers since the very first FineCat symposium.

Read more about the conference here.

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FineCat 2014 – Symposium on heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals

The 3rd FineCat Symposium will be held on 2-3 April 2014 in the Steri Palace, hall of Palermo’s University Rectorate, with plenary lectures from David Cole-Hamilton, Serge Kaliaguine, Paolo Fornasiero and Jose Antonio Lopez-Sanchez.

The conference is jointly organised by the Institute of Nanostructured Materials of Italy’s Research Council (CNR) and by Palermo’s University DEIM Department  and was born out of the 2011 Catalysis Science & Technology themed issue of ”Heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals” dedicated to Prof. Michele Rossi. It aims to provide opportunities for contact between academic and industrial researchers, manufacturers and users of solid catalysts for the efficient and selective production of fine chemicals.

The dealine for oral and poster abstracts is 3rd February 2014. Register now!

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European Federation of Catalysis Societies Young Researcher’s Award

We would like to congratulate Professor Javier Perez-Ramirez, associate editor of Catalysis Science & Technology, who won this year’s EFCATS (European Federation of Catalysis Societies) Young Researcher’s Award. This award recognizes his many contributions to the field of heterogeneous catalysis, especially his research on the rational design of hierarchical zeolites for catalytic applications and the development of novel catalysts for chlorine production. The award will be presented on the 5th September at the EuropaCat meeting in Lyon, France.


Javier Perez-RamirezJavier Pérez-Ramírez has been the Chair of Catalysis Engineering at the Institute for Chemical and Bioengineering, ETH Zurich since January 2010. Born and raised in Benidorm, Spain, Javier studied chemical engineering at the University of Alicante and later earned his PhD degree at the Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands in 2002. After spending some time in industry (2002-2005), holding several positions at Norsk Hydro and Yara International in Porsgrunn (Norway) where he was responsible of core projects related to catalyst development within fertilizer production, he was appointed ICREA research professor at ICIQ in Tarragona, Spain where he remained until his move to Zurich in 2010. The goal of this research is the discovery of energy-efficient chemical transformations that minimize byproducts, separation of waste and eliminate precious metals.

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An exuberant event: 20th Organometallic EuCheMS Conference

 

  

Sara Coles is a guest web-writer for Catalysis Science & Technology. She currently works for Johnson Matthey in Royston, UK. 


The 20th EuCheMS Conference on Organometallic  Chemistry was held from 30th June–4th July 2013, and co-sponsored by the RSC’s Catalysis Science & Technology and Dalton Transactions. This was the main international European conference on organometallic chemistry for 2013 and attendees came from all over the UK, Europe and further afield (notably the USA, Japan and various African countries). 

Palladium and ruthenium were by far the most represented metals. The presenters were split between those primarily studying fundamentals such as mechanism or characterisation techniques, and those with a focus on practical applications. Several were sponsored or supported by industrial or commercial companies, and others were clearly interested in developing commercialisable products. During the poster sessions, it was clear that some of the students were thinking about industry either in terms of their careers or of commercialising the products that they were working on. 

Popular catalytic themes included synthesis of novel compounds and complexes; the improvement of existing routes (including some current industrial processes); and waste reduction. Several presenters mentioned valorisation of waste biomass, a hot topic in the current climate. The cost of catalysts came up a few times. Often, though, the cost of the catalytic metal is secondary to other factors such as the cost of the ligand or of ultrapure solvents or reagents that must be added. It does not always follow that an expensive metal means a more expensive process – in fact the reverse is often the case. 

The conference was well attended and the main lecture theatre was full for the final presentation (by Bruno Chaudret, Institut National des Sciences Appliquées, Toulouse, France) at the end of day three. There was standing room only and the mood was exuberant after an inspiring three days. 

There was an unscheduled additional presentation for Professor David Cole-Hamilton, of the University of St Andrews, in celebration of his long career in chemistry. The RSC prepared a special issue of Dalton Transactions, co-ordinated by Professors Duncan Bruce and Derek Woollins. Poster prizes were judged by the Young Plenary lecturers and were presented by Professor Dr Eric Meggers. There were nine winners and the prizes were books on organometallic chemistry contributed by Springer and the RSC. 

The social activities included a musical interlude following Professor Ei-ichi Negishi’s presentation on Sunday evening. This was followed by a whisky tasting on Monday and to finish off the conference in style on Wednesday evening, a banquet and Scottish ceilidh were held in the glorious Scottish sunshine in the famous Old Course Hotel of St Andrews. 

For those who were able to stay, there was an additional morning of chemistry at the RSC Awards Symposium on Thursday 4th July. 

The 21st EuCheMS meeting will be held in Bratislava, Slovakia, from 5th–9th July 2015 and is being co-organised by the Czech and Slovak chemistry societies. The website is www.eucomcxxi.eu and will contain more information shortly. 

Read some papers by speakers at the event in Catalysis Science & Technology: 

Amination and dehydration of 1,3-propanediol by hydrogen transfer: reactions of a bio-renewable platform chemical
Sophie D. Lacroix, Annie Pennycook, Shifang Liu, Thomas T. Eisenhart and Andrew C. Marr 
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2012, 2, 288-290, DOI: 10.1039/C1CY00339A 

Organometallic hydrogen transfer and dehydrogenation catalysts for the conversion of bio-renewable alcohols
Andrew C. Marr
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2012, 2, 279-287, DOI: 10.1039/C1CY00338K 

Direct coupling of alcohols to form esters and amides with evolution of H2 using in situ formed ruthenium catalysts
Martin H. G. Prechtl, Kathrin Wobser, Nils Theyssen, Yehoshoa Ben-David, David Milstein and Walter Leitner 
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2012, 2, 2039-2042, DOI: 10.1039/C2CY20429K 

NOBIN-based phosphoramidite and phosphorodiamidite ligands and their use in asymmetric nickel-catalysed hydrovinylation
Mike Schmitkamp, Walter Leitner and Giancarlo Franciò 
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2013, 3, 589-594, DOI: 10.1039/C2CY20657A 

Controlling selectivity in the reaction network of aldoxime hydrogenation to primary amines
Ewa Gebauer-Henke, Walter Leitner, Angelina Prokofieva, Henning Vogt and Thomas E. Müller 
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2012, 2, 2539-2548, DOI: 10.1039/C2CY20356A 

A latent ruthenium based olefin metathesis catalyst with a sterically demanding NHC ligand
Anita Leitgeb, Mudassar Abbas, Roland C. Fischer, Albert Poater, Luigi Cavallo and Christian Slugovc 
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2012, 2, 1640-1643, DOI: 10.1039/C2CY20311A 

A computational perspective of olefins metathesis catalyzed by N-heterocyclic carbene ruthenium (pre)catalysts
Raffaele Credendino, Albert Poater, Francesco Ragone and Luigi Cavallo 
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2011, 1, 1287-1297, DOI: 10.1039/C1CY00052G 

Gold(I)-catalyzed synthesis of furans and pyrroles via alkyne hydration
Pierrick Nun, Stéphanie Dupuy, Sylvain Gaillard, Albert Poater, Luigi Cavallo and Steven P. Nolan 
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2011, 1, 58-61, DOI: 10.1039/C0CY00055H 

Secondary phosphine oxides as pre-ligands for nanoparticle stabilization
Eoin Rafter, Torsten Gutmann, Florian Löw, Gerd Buntkowsky, Karine Philippot, Bruno Chaudret and Piet W. N. M. van Leeuwen 
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2013,3, 595-599, DOI: 10.1039/C2CY20683H 

NHC-stabilized ruthenium nanoparticles as new catalysts for the hydrogenation of aromatics
David Gonzalez-Galvez, Patricia Lara, Orestes Rivada-Wheelaghan, Salvador Conejero, Bruno Chaudret, Karine Philippot and Piet W. N. M. van Leeuwen 
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2013,3, 99-105, DOI: 10.1039/C2CY20561K

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A Fine Catalysis Meeting in Sicily

The second “FineCat – Symposium on heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals” was held in Palermo, Italy, on April 10-11, 2013. With delegates coming from all over the world, it was two intense days of lectures and poster presentations. Some of the topics covered included biomass conversion, flow chemistry, catalysis with metal nanoparticles, heterogeneous photocatalysis and doped hybrid silicas. A poster prize was also offered, which Natcha Wongpraphairoat from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand, won with her poster on the the catalytic conversion of glycerol to propylene glycol over supported copper/ZnO catalysts.

To find out more about the conference, a more detailed report can be found here, or you can download the conference report in pdf.

Next year’s conference will be held Sicily on April 9-10, 2014, with further details here. So if you are interested in catalysis, why not consider a working holiday in Sicily next year?

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