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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Change in instructions to authors for Communication articles

To ensure that Communications articles published in Catalysis Science and Technology are succinctly communicating the most novel and urgent research, we have recently altered the criteria for publishing Communications. As of 21st April 2015, two additional criteria must be satisfied upon submission:

1)      Manuscript submissions should be a maximum of four printed journal pages and must be submitted using the template available on our website.

2)      Submissions must be accompanied by a statement that outlines:

  • The significance and novelty (what are the key advances made in the article)
  • The interest to the catalysis community
  • Details of why rapid publication is warranted

Please click for further details on these changes or to access a Communication template.

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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

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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
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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 28th February 2015. The order they appear in the list has no meaning or ranking.


Ionic liquid-functionalized graphene oxide as an efficient support for the chiral salen Mn(III) complex in asymmetric epoxidation of unfunctionalized olefins
Weiguo Zheng, Rong Tan, Shenfu Yin, Yaoyao Zhang, Guangwu Zhao, Yaju Chen and Donghong Yin 
DOI: 10.1039/C4CY01290A, Paper

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Novel nanoparticle/enzyme biosilicified nanohybrids for advanced heterogeneously catalyzed protocols
Carolina Garcia, Ivaldo I. Junior, Rodrigo O. M. A. de Souza and Rafael Luque 
DOI: 10.1039/C4CY01313A, Paper 

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Combination of gold and iridium catalysts for the synthesis of N-alkylated amides from nitriles and alcohols
Feng Li, Juan Ma, Lei Lu, Xiaofeng Bao and Wanying Tang 
DOI: 10.1039/C4CY01506A, Paper

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Composites of [γ-H2PV2W10O40]3− and [α-SiW12O40]4− supported on Fe2O3 as heterogeneous catalysts for selective oxidation with aqueous hydrogen peroxide
Ye Wang, Keigo Kamata, Ryo Ishimoto, Yoshiyuki Ogasawara, Kosuke Suzuki, Kazuya Yamaguchi and Noritaka Mizuno 
DOI: 10.1039/C4CY01693A, Paper

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Electrochemical activation of an oblique angle deposited Cu catalyst film for H2 production
Jesús González-Cobos, Víctor J. Rico, Agustín R. González-Elipe, José L. Valverde and Antonio de Lucas-Consuegra 
DOI: 10.1039/C4CY01524J, Paper

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Recent advances in metal free- and late transition metal-catalysed hydroamination of unactivated alkenes
Elise Bernoud, Clément Lepori, Mohamed Mellah, Emmanuelle Schulz and Jérôme Hannedouche 
DOI: 10.1039/C4CY01716A, Perspective

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Ozone catalytic oxidation for ammonia removal from simulated air at room temperature
Yang Liu, Xiao-Song Li, Jing-Lin Liu, Chuan Shi, Xiaobing Zhu, Ai-Min Zhu and Ben W.-L. Jang 
DOI: 10.1039/C4CY01269K, Paper

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Anchors Away!

Written by Christopher Hinde. Christopher obtained his Masters in Chemistry (MChem) from the University of Southampton, UK in 2011. He is currently doing research towards a Ph.D. in the area of materials chemistry and catalysis under the supervision of both Dr Robert Raja at the University of Southampton and Prof. T. S. Andy Hor at the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), a research institute in Singapore’s Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*STAR).

The latest themed issue from Catalysis Science and Technology, “Catalysis on Chiral Surfaces: From Fundamental Aspects to Application”, contains a plethora of articles reporting on the latest heterogeneous catalysts with significant stereospecific properties for asymmetric or chiral transformations.

In an article from the group of Dr Raja at the University of Southampton, UK, S. Newland et al. demonstrate the importance of anchoring organocatalysts to the inner walls of mesoporous silica to attain highly active and selective catalysts. Traditionally, organocatalysts are used in a homogeneous fashion, however this often leads to labour and energy intensive recollection for recycling of the catalyst. The covalent anchoring of cinchonine to the inner walls of mesoporous silicas not only gains the facile recycle benefits of a heterogeneous catalyst, but can increase the activity 6-fold for Michael addition reactions compared with the homogeneous analogue. And this is all achieved without sacrificing the enantioselectivity of the catalyst!

The anchoring methods were applied to DABCO, another molecule used as a chemoselective organocatalyst to show that the method could be applied to a variety of different catalysts with equally impressive results. It is easy to envisage these anchoring methods being significantly useful to any researchers working in the area of chiral organocatalysis.

Want to find out more on the synthesis and origin of these catalytic properties? Read the full article now!

Highly effective design strategy for the heterogenisation of chemo- and enantioselective organocatalysts
Stephanie H. Newland, David J. Xuereb, Enrica Gianotti, Leonardo Marchese, Ramon Rios and Robert Raja
Catal. Sci. Technol., 2015,5, 660-665, DOI: 10.1039/C4CY00895B,

Graphical abstract: Highly effective design strategy for the heterogenisation of chemo- and enantioselective organocatalysts

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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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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 31st January 2015. The order they appear in the list has no meaning or ranking.

Selectivity and kinetics of methyl crotonate hydrogenation over Pt/Al2O3
Chaoquan Hu, Derek Creaser, Henrik Grönbeck, Houman Ojagh and Magnus Skoglundh 
DOI: 10.1039/C4CY01470G, Paper

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Structuring catalyst and reactor – an inviting avenue to process intensification
J. Gascon, J. R. van Ommen, J. A. Moulijn and F. Kapteijn 
DOI: 10.1039/C4CY01406E, Perspective

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HOT articles in Catalysis Science & Technology

Take a look at the selection which are free to read for a short time:

Synergistic catalysis-induced ring-opening reactions of 2-substituted 3,4-dihydropyrans with α-oxoketene dithioacetals
Changhui Liu, Amir Taheri, Bingbing Lai and Yanlong Gu 
DOI: 10.1039/C4CY01212G, Paper

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Photocatalytic hydrogen generation from water reduction using orchestrated photosensitizers
Shu-Cheng Yang, Gang Chang, Guan-Jun Yang, Yan-Jie Wang and Baizeng Fang 
DOI: 10.1039/C4CY01112K, Paper


Production of alcohols via hydroformylation
Galina Morales Torres, Robin Frauenlob, Robert Franke and Armin Börner 
DOI: 10.1039/C4CY01131G, Minireview

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CoCuAl layered double hydroxides – efficient solid catalysts for the preparation of industrially important fatty epoxides
Sivashunmugam Sankaranarayanan, Ankita Sharma and Kannan Srinivasan 
DOI: 10.1039/C4CY01138D, Paper


Partial hydrogenation of acetylene over a NiTi-layered double hydroxide supported PdAg catalyst
Y. N. Liu, J. T. Feng, Y. F. He, J. H. Sun and D. Q. Li 
DOI: 10.1039/C4CY01160K, Paper

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Washcoating of cordierite honeycomb with vanadia–tungsta–titania mixed oxides for selective catalytic reduction of NO with NH3
Bo Liu, Jun Du, Xiaowei Lv, Yue Qiu and Changyuan Tao 
DOI: 10.1039/C4CY01179A, Paper


Synthesis, characterization and catalytic performances of Cu- and Mn-containing ordered mesoporous carbons for the selective catalytic reduction of NO with NH3
Feifei Cao, Jinghuan Chen, Changlei Lyu, Mingjiang Ni, Xiang Gao and Kefa Cen 
DOI: 10.1039/C4CY01221F, Paper


Catalysis at the sub-nanoscale: complex CO oxidation chemistry on a few Au atoms
Nima Nikbin, Natalie Austin, Dionisios G. Vlachos, Michail Stamatakis and Giannis Mpourmpakis 
DOI: 10.1039/C4CY01295J, Paper

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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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State-of-the-art in Photocatalysis with Semiconductor Materials

Written by Christopher Hinde. Christopher obtained his Masters in Chemistry (MChem) from the University of Southampton, UK in 2011. He is currently doing research towards a Ph.D. in the area of materials chemistry and catalysis under the supervision of both Dr Robert Raja at the University of Southampton and Prof. T. S. Andy Hor at the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering (IMRE), a research institute in Singapore’s Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*STAR).

Surely the next go-to article in the area of semiconductor photocatalysis, this thorough review by a group from the US is likely to appeal to both young researchers and established scientists alike. If you are new to the area of photocatalysis with semiconductor materials, the authors do a great job of collating the best background literature to introduce the topic, key principles and concepts in a concise fashion. At the same time, the authors have intricately organised the cutting edge research in the field so as to provide a useful tool for established researchers to continue pushing the frontiers of solar energy conversion.

In the first instance, a summary of single material photocatalysts are discussed from the well-known metal oxides and sulphides such as TiO2 and CdS through to mixed metal oxides and heavier group VI materials. Especially highlighted is how the chemical and physical structures of materials help to define the optical properties that are required for catalytic processes; band structures can be influenced by doping and energy losses can be minimised by manipulating the dimensionality and macrostructures of engineered materials.

Further discussed are more complex semiconductor composites, bringing together multiple semiconductors or combining with other materials such as carbons. These in turn have led to the development of devices such as tandem cells, which have drastically improved upon the quantum efficiencies that can be attained. The authors have successfully drawn together state-of-the-art work, breaking down the theoretical considerations in a logical manner, to allow the reader to appreciate the current state of research in the field whilst leaving the door wide open for development and innovation for the future.

Take a look at the full review article now!

Semiconductor-based photocatalysts and photoelectrochemical cells for solar fuel generation: a review

Jiangtian Li and   Nianqiang Wu

DOI: 10.1039/C4CY00974F
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