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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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RSC poster prizes awarded at Carbohydrate COST Meeting 2012

Congratulations to Dirk Heyl (Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry), Richard Blackburn (Chemical Science) and Hilde van Hattum (Catalysis Science & Technology) who were the winners of the RSC poster prizes at the RSC Carbohydrate COST Meeting held at University of Birmingham on September 27th-28th

Congratulations also go to Myriam Bergmann for winning the Buchanan Memorial Prize for best student talk, and to Professor David Bundle for being awarded the Haworth Medal. 

Thank you to Professor Nigel Simpkins & Professor Rob Field for presenting the prizes, and to all those who participated for making this a success.

View more photos of the winners here

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Frontiers of Organometallic Chemistry (FOC-2012)

Last month ‘Frontiers of Organometallic Chemistry’ was held in Saint Petersburg and saw researchers from around the world come together to talk about the latest developments in organometallic chemistry. Nobel laureate Professor Ei-ichi Negishi opened the conference with his talk ‘ZACA Reaction (Zr-Catalyzed Asymmetric Carboalumination of Alkenes) as an Emerging Tool for Asymmetric Synthesis of Feebly Chiral Compounds of High (>99%) Enantiomeric Purity’. The symposium continued with top quality talks by researchers from around the world, more details of the conference speakers can be found here.

Professor Vadim Yu Kukushkin, Saint-Petersburg State University, discussing the posters

The prize winners with Professor Kukushkin after the award ceremony

G.A. Silantyev receiving a copy of ‘Organometallic Chemistry’ and a certificate, winning first prize

Catalysis Science & Tehcnology was very pleased to sponsor the poster prizes for this great international event, congratulations to the winners:

1st Prize: G.A. Silantyev “Structural peculiarities of dibenzobarrelene-based PCP pincer iridium complexes”

2nd Prize: W. Harnying “Zwitterionic-type molten salt: an efficient mild organocatalyst for synthesis of 2-aryl-5-methyl-2,3-dihydro-1h-3-pyrazolones by a four- component sequential reaction in water”

3rd Prize: N.A. Bumagin “A highly active heterogeneous palladium catalysts supported on silica-carbon nanotubes hybrids”

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Biotrans2011 poster prize winner

Congratulations to Robert ter Halle who was awarded the Catalysis Science & Technology  poster prize for his poster on ‘Sustainable biocatalytic processes for the synthesis of pharmaceutical and cosmetic intermediates’, presented at BioTrans2011. The conference of industrial process and development attracted participants from academia and industry from all over Europe focusing on both applied and fundamental aspects of biocatalysis. Robert was awarded both a certificate and a copy of Metal-catalysis in Industrial Organic Processes!

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Catalysis Science & Technology Poster Prize – Applied Catalysis Symposium

Catalysis Science & Technology were delighted to sponsor the poster competition at the Applied Catalyst Deactivation symposium in Billingham, UK, hosted by the RSC Applied Catalysis Group.

Judging was by eminent trio Prof David Jackson, Prof Ken Waugh & Dr John Casci, who awarded the best poster prize to Helen Daly, from Queens University Belfast.

Helen’s work was entitled ‘The effect of reaction conditions on the stability of Au/CeZrO4 catalysts in the low temperature water gas shift reaction’, and is part of her research in Chris Hardacre’s group in Belfast.

Mike Wood, Vice President of research and development at Davy Process Technology, commented that  ‘We were particularly pleased with the quality of all the posters and quantity’

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First ever Catalysis Science & Technology Poster Prize winner!

Congratulations to Toritse Bob-Egbe (Imperial College London, UK) for winning the inaugural Catalysis Science & Technology Poster Prize at the recent Dalton Discussion 12 meeting on Catalytic C-H and C-X Bond Activation, which was held in Durham from the 13th-15th September this year.

The title of the Toritse’s winning poster was ‘Development of Chiral 4-(DAAP)-N-oxide Catalysts for the Sulfonylative Kinetic Resolution of Amines’.

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