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13th European Congress on Catalysis

The 13th biannual European Congress on Catalysis (EUROPACAT 2017) will take place in Florence, Italy at the Palazzo dei Congressi between 27-31 August 2017. The conference will focus on the crucial roles of catalysis science and technology in enabling a sustainable future.

Royal Society of Chemistry journals Catalysis Science & Technology, Green Chemistry, Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics and Sustainable Energy & Fuels will be supporting the conference, each offering poster prizes for the best poster submissions.

Catalysis Science & Technology Associate Editor Regina Palkovits will be present as a keynote speaker at the event, as well as Advisory Board members Avelino Corma and Bruce Gates and Green Chemistry Advisory Board member Rafael Luque.

Registration for the event closes on 31 July 2017.

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UK Catalysis Conference (UKCC) 2018

Catalysis Science & Technology is pleased to support the fourth UK Catalysis Conference (UKCC) taking place between 3-5 January 2018 at Holywell Park, Loughborough. The journal will be awarding poster prizes for the winning abstract submissions.

The scientific program for the event will be focused around:

  • Organo/Biocatalysis
  • RSC Surface Reactivity & Catalysis Group/Applied Catalysis Group
  • IChemE Catalysis Specialist Interest Group
  • RSC Dalton Division

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. Plenary speakers for the 2018 edition are:

Prof. Adrian Mulholland
Bristol University, UK
Prof. Louise Olsson
Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Prof. Karen Wilson
Aston University, UK
Dr Moniek Tromp
University of Amsterdam,
The Netherlands

The final deadline for submission of abstracts for oral and poster presentations will be 22 September 2017.

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4th International Congress on Catalysis for Biorefineries

The 4th International Congress on Catalysis for Biorefineries (CatBior 2017) will take place between 11-15 December 2017 at Université Lyon 2 in Lyon, France.

The fourth edition of CatBior will address the main issues in the dynamic field of catalysis for biorefineries, in fundamental and applied catalysis researches for biomass transformation. Special emphasis will be placed on the utilization of lignocellulosic or algal biomass and non-edible vegetable oils, which do not compete with food. It will be focused on the use of sustainable catalytic methodologies, heterogeneous and homogeneous, including hybrid or dual catalysis.

The international committee features several Green Chemistry Advisory Board members, including: Fabrizio CavaniAvelino CormaJames DumesicRegina Palkovits and Keiichi Tomishige. Professor Cavani is also confirmed as a keynote speaker.

Catalysis Science & Technology will be awarding a £100 book voucher prize for the winning poster abstract.

The deadline for early registration is 15 September 2017.

Registration for the event closes 27 November 2017.

For more information, please visit catbior2017.univ-lyon1.fr/en.

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Registration for the 25th North American Meeting (NAM) of the Catalysis Society is now open!

The 25th North American Meeting (NAM) of the Catalysis Society will be held 4th-9th June 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. This biennial meeting is widely recognized as the premier topical conference for matters related to heterogeneous catalysis, while also including broad coverage of homogeneous catalysis, electrocatalysis and photocatalysis.

 

 

For more information contact: info@nam25.org

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FineCat 2017: Great symposium at Royal Palace

Jointly organized by Italy’s Research Council and Palermo’s University, the 6th edition of the “FineCat – Symposium on heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals” was held in Sicily’s Royal Palace in Palermo on April 5th.

Gideon Grader at FineCat017 (Palermo, 5 April 2017)The scientific works (watch the video) were opened by Professor Gideon Grader, a Professor of chemical engineering at Haifa’s Technion where he leads the University’s energy program.

In an inspirational lecture Professor Grader discussed the mechanisms discovered by his group to create the unique mesoporous core-shell architecture of nanostructured materials with multifunctional, specific properties – an highly desirable finding which facilitates new possibilities and applications in all fields of catalysis due to the combination of high surface to volume ratio and low mass transfer resistance to and from the catalytic sites.

Heidelberg University’s organic chemistry Professor A. Stephen K. Hashmi, gave a fascinating lecture on new aspects of gold catalysis applied to the synthesis of a variety of functional products. Professor Hashmi described the latest findings concerning the new synthetic methods to access both gold(I) and gold(III) catalytic species, the identification of highly reactive catalysts, and the development of gold-catalyzed reactions including additions to allenes and alkenes, benzannulations, cycloisomerization, rearrangement as well as oxidation and reduction reactions.

Already used for the production of bulk chemicals, gold catalysis is poised to be introduced in the production of the basic ingredients of a wide variety of valued added products ranging from pharmaceuticals through liquid crystals and organic light emitting diodes (OLED) for computer, TV and mobile phone screens.

Raed Abu-REziq at FineCat017 (Palermo, 5 April 2017)Professor Raed Abu-Reziq, of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, presented the results of his team concerning the development of new nanostructured materials, nano- and microreactors as platforms for heterogeneous catalysis. He showed how advanced sol-gel processing nanochemistry can be used to encapsulate, for example, ionic liquids and convert them from liquid to solid state.

Catalytic microreactors, he explained, have a potential to bridge between homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis by the microencapsulation of catalyst dissolved or dispersed in non-volatile phase such as a ionic liquid.

Francesco Parrino, a post-doctoral researcher in the Schiavello-Grillone research group of Palermo’s University, presented the new results obtained in photocatalytic bromine synthesis. An eco-friendly and economic process capable to replace current industrial production via oxidation of bromide ions using gaseous chlorine is highly desirable, he explained opening his presentation.

Giuseppe Bagnato, a PhD student at Heriot-Watt University, United Kingdom, presented posters in the field of catalytic membrane reactor technology which he is now working to integrate in biorefinery.

His poster entitled “Hydrogenation of Bio-Oil: A Thermodynamic Study ” was awarded the best poster presentation prize – an online subscription to Catalysis Science & Technology, the RSC flagship catalysis journal with which the organisers of FineCat have partnered since the first edition of the Symposium in 2012.

Giuseppe was presented with a certificate signed by the journal’s Executive Editor, Dr Anna Simpson.

A full report of the conference proceedings can be found here.

The 7th edition of FineCat will be held in Sicily on 8th April 2018.

 

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8th International Symposium on Acid-Base Catalysis, ABC-8

Rio de Janeiro, 7th May 2017

During the 20th century, Acid-Base Catalysis played a key role in the development of improved oil refining and petrochemical processes. Today, with the climate changes the world is experiencing, Acid Base Catalysis will continue to play an important role, helping the development of more sustainable processes relying on biomass and CO2 processing.

Find out more about ABC-8.

The International Symposium on Acid-Base Catalysis occurs every four years in a different country. The ABC-8 will take place in Brazil, gathering the scientific and industrial community to discuss the advances in the area and forecasts the pathway of Acid-Base Catalysis towards a more sustainable world.

Themes of the symposium:

  • Acid-Base Catalysis applied to fossil fuel refining and petrochemical
  • Acid-Base Catalysis applied to biofuel production and biomass processing
  • Acid-Base Catalysis applied to fine chemicals
  • Acid-Base Catalysis applied to environmental aspects and CO2 conversion

Two poster prizes from Catalysis Science & Fuels will be awarded at the symposium.

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22nd International Symposium on Olefin Metathesis ISOM-XII

The 22nd 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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FineCat 2016: Towards a unified approach to catalysis

This article was written by Mario Pagliaro

Palermo Bay

Palermo Bay

Inaugurated by a welcome address of Professor Giulio Deganello, founder in the early 1990s of Palermo’s chemistry Institute of Italy’s CNR, the 5th edition of the “FineCat Symposium on heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals” was held in Palermo on April 6-7 in the splendid Sala delle Capriate of the Steri Palace, featuring the invited lectures of Valentine Ananikov and Bert Sels.

The presence of delegates from Norway, Russia, Belgium, Switzerland, UK and Italy testified once again to the international nature of this yearly Symposium series inaugurated in 2012 following the Catalysis Science & Technology themed issue1 on the same topic.

Professor Valentine P. Ananikov, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, discussed heterogeneous catalysis in the eyes of an organic chemist. His lecture started from insight of Russia’s chemist Balandin who in his last article2 published in 1969 was calling for a single theory of catalysis, capable to anticipate catalytic effects.

With the advent of today’s sophisticated and powerful analytical techniques as well as in light of recent progress in chemical theory, such approach merging molecular, metal, bio, and photo homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis is eventually becoming a reality.

Professor Valentine P. Ananikov, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow

Professor Valentine P. Ananikov, Russian Academy of Sciences, speaking at FineCat 2016

Recent work from Ananikov’s Group, for example, has shown that homogeneous metal-catalysed reactions are in fact due to “cocktail-like” systems,3 namely to participation of different metal species in the catalytic transformation; whereas heterogeneous catalysis often involves formation of a number of active species that possess dynamic properties and interconversions on the surface.4

In his lecture, academician Ananikov also discussed strategies to reducing the cost of metal catalysts, devising leach-proof synthetic strategies and using easily available metals such as nickel,5 the “spirited horse” identified by Sabatier in his seminal 1922 book on catalysis and organic chemistry.6

Professor Bert Sels, Director of the Center for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, discussed how Sn tetrahedrally incorporated into porous silica frameworks such as zeolites and structured mesoporous silica can be successfully used as heterogeneous Lewis acid catalysts.7

A remarkable example is the conversion of carbohydrates into platform and commodity chemicals such as lactic acid or alkyl lactates, building blocks of PLA, where the activity and selectivity of Sn-based materials largely surpasses those of homogeneous Sn catalysts.8 Some of the materials developed by his Group show water-tolerant behaviour and can therefore be used in aqueous conditions.

Professor Bert Sels, Director of the Center for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

Professor Bert Sels, Director of the Center for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, speaking at FineCat 2016

Another discovery of great practical relevance in the context of the emerging biorefinery, is the simple method to convert wood in one pot and directly into carbohydrate-rich pulp and lignin oil rich in valued phenolics via hydrogenolysis of lignocellulose in methanol over a simple Ru/C catalyst.9 Biomass conversion, he concluded, is an exciting research area with a vast unexplored terrain. New catalysts and new synthetic routes are awaiting to be designed, guided by fundamental knowledge with regard to active sites and insight in the reaction mechanisms.

Jan Schütz, DSM Nutritional Products, Basel, showed how basic ion exchange resins containing quaternary ammonium groups are used at one of the world’s leading fine chemicals company to mediate aldol condensation reactions of various aldehydes and ketones. One example of manufactured  products is timberone, which has a woody, amberlike odor and is valued in the fragrance industry for manufacturing perfumes and cosmetics, obtained from citral and 2-pentanone.10 The anionic resins are ideally used in continuous reaction mode thus likely anticipating similar progress in the fine chemicals industry with solid-supported metal complexes and metal nanoparticles.

Professor Cristina Della Pina, Department of Chemistry, University of Milan, discussed the novel use of nanoferrites as catalysts (and fillers) for polyaniline (PANI) composites preparation. Her team recently reported a new method to produce electrical and magnetic polyaniline/ferrite nanocomposites, whereby the magnetic nanoparticles played the dual role of catalyst and magnetic filler.

Piera Demma Carà, post-doc research assistant at the MicroBioRefinery of the University of Liverpool, presented the one-pot conversion of cellobiose, a model compound for polysaccharides, into sugar alcohols over ruthenium-based bifunctional catalysts. Ru nanoparticles impregnated on Amberlyst 15 are very active and selective towards sorbitol under 40 bar hydrogen in water, affording in 5 h a >80% yield of sorbitol, much higher than the 53% yield obtained using a mixture of the solid acid A15 and Ru/C.

Regaleali villa

Regaleali villa

Ludivine van den Biggelar, PhD student at the Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, discussed the successful use of silica-supported transaminases in continuous flow to catalyse asymmetric reductive aminations and prepare valued chiral amines; whereas Chiara Pezzotta, a PhD candidate at the same University, presented interesting results concerning different rejuvenation strategies of titania-entrapped heteropolyacid solid catalysts for Friedel-Crafts alkylations.

Dr Francesco Parrino, a post-doc in the “Schiavello-Grillone” research Group of Palermo’s University, highlighted new results obtained in co-operation with Italy’s CNR concerning the one-pot synthesis of vanillic acid from ferulic acid in water. Professor Giuseppe Marcì, from the same Group, discussed the role of the support in the photocatalytic activity of heterogenized Keggin heteropolyacid PW12 in the dehydration of 2-propanol.

Mangesh Ramesh Avhad, PhD student at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, presented the results of glycerol-activated CaO catalysis for biodiesel syntheis from crude Jatropha Curcas oil, in the context of work on second generation biofuels from non edible biomass resources.

The Symposium received excellent press coverage and ended on the evening of April 7 with a social dinner at the Tasca d’Almerita estate. FineCat 6th edition will be held in Sicily on April 5-6, 2017 (http://goo.gl/DXBd8t).

References
1. M. Pagliaro, G. Hutchings, Catal. Sci. Technol. 2011, 1, 1543.
2. A. A. Balandin, Adv. Catal. 1969, 9, 1-210.
3. A. S. Kashin, V. P. Ananikov, J. Org. Chem. 2013, 78, 11117-11125.
4. V. P. Ananikov, et al. Chem. Sci. 2015, 6, 3302-3313.
5. V. P. Ananikov, ACS Catal. 2015, 5, 1964-1971.
6. P. Sabatier, Catalysis in Organic Chemistry, Van Nostrand, New York: 1922.
7. B. F. Sels, et al. ACS Catal. 2015, 5, 928-940.
8. B. F. Sels, et al. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2012, 134, 10089-10101.
9. B. F. Sels, et al. Energy Environ. Sci. 2015, 8, 1748-1763.
10. J. Schütz, W. Bonrath, Catal. Sci. Technol. 2012, 2, 2037-2038.

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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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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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