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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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Meet us in 2013

With the start of the calendar year, its as good a time as any to get thinking about where our 2013 travels will take us…

We are planning to attend the following conferences. Will you be there too?

 

Please do let us know if you think you’ll be attending – we’d love to meet you!
  Jamie Humphrey, Editor Fiona McKenzie, Deputy Editor
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FineCat 2013 – Symposium on heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals

FineCat 2013Following the success of the 2012 edition, the 2013 FineCat Symposium will be held on April 2013 in the splendid conference venue of the Steri Palace, hall of Palermo’s University Rectorate. The meeting 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.

The following eminent scientists have confirmed their Symposium attendance as plenary lecturers in 2013:

Claudio Bianchini (CNR, Italy): Electrochemical Valorisation of Alcohols
D. Tyler McQuade (Florida State University): A Flow Chemistry Approach to Catalysis

Call for Papers and Abstract Submission
A call for Oral and Poster presentation is now open within one of the 2013 Symposium themes:

  • Green catalytic processes
  • Organo- and biocatalysis
  • Selective photocatalysis for organic chemistry
  • Asymmetric heterogeneous catalysis
  • Atom economy and clean technology
  • Green reaction media
  • Heterogeneous catalysis under flow conditions

For more details about the symposium, including how to submit your abstract and register to attend FineCat 2013, visit the website.

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Celebrating Catalysis in Munich

E-Posters at the ICC in Munich July 2012

E-posters provided an easier way to find one poster amongst the many.

The International Congress on Catalysis is arguably the largest international meeting focussed on catalysis, and, just like the Olympics, takes place every four years. This year, the 15th congress in the series was held in the Bavarian city of Munich, Germany.  Munich was a well chosen venue. Not only is the city a excellent centre of research and technology, home to two major universities and a number of academic centres and research institutes, but also it has a vibrant cultural life, from opera to museums to excellent local cuisine and of course, fantastic beer!

Over 2200 delegates attended the meeting, which was exceptionally well organised, even down to the army of ushers who directed delegates to the last few empty seats in the lecture halls.  Despite everyone’s best efforts, however, attendance was so good at this conference that not everyone could fit into the lecture hall and overflow lecture hall for the opening ceremony, and those arriving late were turned away.

One characteristic of this meeting was the vast number of posters that were presented. At times it seemed that whereever one turned, there was another poster to be read! It was great to see so many people involved in this way, and to have so many opportunities to learn about people’s research.  At this conference I came across something that I have not seen before – some of the posters were not printed on paper or card, but on fabric instead (I suppose posters on fabric are easier to transport to the conference). For those delegates who could not find the poster they were looking for, there were a number of e-poster stations available, where electronic versions of the posters could be searched and displayed.

The conference highlighted the huge impact that catalysis has on our lives, and had 19 sessions covering topics such as: biomass conversion, catalysis via nanotechnology, catalysis for fine chemicals,  pharmaceuticals, and organic transformations, photocatalysis, automobile catalysts, industrial implementation, green synthesis, computational catalysis, use of renewables via catalysis, catalysis in CO2 capture, fuel cells, biocatalysis and advances in reactor technology.

Six plenaries, by Kazunari Domen, Philippe Sautet, Charles Kresge, Hans-Joachim Freund, Alex Bell and Roy Periana, introduced the sessions, as did a number of keynote lectures. Two awards were also celebrated at the conference, with the International Catalysis Award lecture given by Bert Weckhuysen, and the Heinz Heinemann Award given by Graham Hutchings.

It will be another four years until the 16th International Congress on Catalysis, and just like for the Olympics, it will be worth the wait!

To get a taste of the conference, and the exciting science discussed in Munich, read the Catalysis Science & Technology articles below, a selection of those published by the Plenary and Keynote speakers.

Modification of TaON with ZrO2 to improve photocatalytic hydrogen evolution activity under visible light: influence of preparation conditions on activity
Su Su Khine Ma, Kazuhiko Maeda and Kazunari Domen
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2012,2, 818-823
http://xlink.rsc.org/?DOI=10.1039/C2CY00499B

Selective oxidation of alkenes using graphite-supported gold-palladium catalysts
Salem Bawaked, Qian He, Nicholas F. Dummer, Albert F. Carley, David W. Knight, Donald Bethell, Christopher J. Kiely and Graham J. Hutchings
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2011,1, 747-759
http://xlink.rsc.org/?DOI=10.1039/C1CY00122A

Supramolecularly controlled surface activity of an amphiphilic ligand. Application to aqueous biphasic hydroformylation of higher olefins
Natacha Six, Antonella Guerriero, David Landy, Maurizio Peruzzini, Luca Gonsalvi, Frédéric Hapiot and Eric Monflier
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2011,1, 1347-1353
http://xlink.rsc.org/?DOI=10.1039/C1CY00156F

Tuning lipase activity with perfluoro carboxylic acids as additives
Carlos G. Acevedo-Rocha and Manfred T. Reetz
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2012, Advance Article
http://xlink.rsc.org/?DOI=10.1039/C2CY20173A

A detailed study of the diastereoselective catalytic hydrogenation of 6-hydroxytetrahydroisoquinoline-(3R)-carboxylic ester intermediates
Laurent Lefort, Natascha Sereinig, Harrie Straatman, David J. Ager, Johannes G. de Vries, John A. Werner, Roger B. Scherer, Todd D. Maloney, Mark D. Argentine, Kevin A. Sullivan and Jared W. Fennell
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2012, Advance Article
http://xlink.rsc.org/?DOI=10.1039/C2CY20251D

Acceptorless ruthenium catalyzed dehydrogenation of alcohols to ketones and esters
Saurabh Shahane, Cédric Fischmeister and Christian Bruneau
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2012,2, 1425-1428
http://xlink.rsc.org/?DOI=10.1039/C2CY20066J

Mechanistic insights in the olefin epoxidation with cyclohexyl hydroperoxide
Bart P. C. Hereijgers, Rudy F. Parton and Bert M. Weckhuysen
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2012,2, 951-960
http://xlink.rsc.org/?DOI=10.1039/C2CY00455K

Model Ag/HOPG catalysts: preparation and STM/XPS study
Demid V. Demidov, Igor P. Prosvirin, Alexei M. Sorokin and Valerii I. Bukhtiyarov
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2011,1, 1432-1439
http://xlink.rsc.org/?DOI=10.1039/C1CY00127B

Did you attend the 15th International Congress on Catalysis? Share your experiences below.

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A Fine Catalyst for Success: Sicily

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Professor Graham Hutchings speaking on the latest developments using supported gold and gold palladium nanoparticles as heterogeneous catalysts

By Mario Pagliaro  and Leonardo Palmisano

The first “FineCat – Symposium on heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals” was held in Palermo, Italy, on April 18-19, 2012 in the splendid venue of the Steri Palace, hall of Palermo’s University Rectorate.

The idea for this meeting was born out of the 2011 themed issue of Catalysis Science & Technology, Heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals (dedicated to Professor Michele Rossi), and took less than 3 months to go from idea to reality.

The scientific programme featured 14 symposia and 5 poster presentations, with the best poster winning the acclaimed Catalysis Science & Technology certificate and a copy of Enantioselective Homogeneous Supported Catalysis. The lectures and posters highlighted exciting chemical innovation from theoretical through practical approaches including predicting catalyst performance, gold catalysis for selective oxidations, asymmetric syntheses and hybrid silicates, bio-hydrogen production and photocatalysis for organic synthesis.

Younger and more experienced scientists at the Symposium were chosen in a good balance to present and discuss advances in the field, whereas eminent chemists Graham Hutchings from Cardiff University and Gadi Rothenberg from the University of Amsterdam were invited to give the plenary lectures.

On April 18th, Professor Rothenberg opened the conference with a lecture on a simple, but effective, new method for predicting catalyst performance….

Read the full conference report

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