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Celebrating International Women’s Day in RCE

As part of International Women’s Day, we would like to take the opportunity to celebrate research led by women and published in Reaction Chemistry & Engineering. With a big thank you to these researchers, and to all women that have contributed to work published in the journal, we encourage you to read their excellent work!


  • Professor Donna Blackmond, Scripps Research Institute, USA and Editorial Board member for Reaction Chemistry & Engineering

In situ FTIR spectroscopic monitoring of electrochemically controlled organic reactions in a recycle reactor
Alexander G. O’Brien, Oana R. Luca, Phil S. Baran and Donna G. Blackmond
React. Chem. Eng., 2016, 1, 90-95
DOI: 10.1039/C5RE00050E

An electrochemical reactor coupled with a recycle loop through a transmission FTIR cell allows continuous monitoring of reaction progress.

 


Catalysis in flow: O2 effect on the catalytic activity of Ru(OH)x/γ-Al2O3 during the aerobic oxidation of an alcohol
John B. Brazier, Klaus Hellgardt and King Kuok (Mimi) Hii
React. Chem. Eng., 2017, 2, 60-67
DOI: 10.1039/C6RE00208K

Different roles of O2 in the Ru-catalysed aerobic oxidation of alcohols have been delineated.

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Aerobic oxidations in flow: opportunities for the fine chemicals and pharmaceuticals industries
Asterios Gavriilidis, Achilleas Constantinou, Klaus Hellgardt, King Kuok (Mimi) Hii, Graham J. Hutchings, Gemma L. Brett, Simon Kuhn and Stephen P. Marsden
React. Chem. Eng., 2016, 1, 595-612
DOI: 10.1039/C6RE00155F

This collaborative review (between teams of chemists and chemical engineers) describes the current scientific and operational hurdles that prevent the utilisation of aerobic oxidation reactions for the production of speciality chemicals and active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).

 


Synthesis of narrow sized silver nanoparticles in the absence of capping ligands in helical
microreactors

Ke-Jun Wu, Geoffroy Michet De Varine Bohan and Laura Torrente-Murciano
React. Chem. Eng., 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6RE00202A
From themed collection Reaction Chemistry & Engineering Emerging Investigators

Microtubular helical reactors generate secondary flows promoting the synthesis of mono-sized silver nanoparticles in the absence of capping ligands.

 


Application of microfluidics to control product selectivity during non-catalytic oxidation of
naphthenic-aromatic hydrocarbons

M. N. Siddiquee, A. de Klerk and N. Nazemifard
React. Chem. Eng., 2016, 1, 418-435
DOI: 10.1039/C6RE00010J

Liquid phase oxidation of naphthenic-aromatic hydrocarbons in slug-flow reactor shows high selectivity, arising from the ability to control local oxygen availability in miniaturized reactors.

 


The catalytic activity and chemical structure of nano MoS2 synthesized in a controlled environment
H. P. Zhang, H. F. Lin, Y. Zheng, Y. F. Hu and A. MacLennan
React. Chem. Eng., 2016, 1, 165-175
DOI: 10.1039/C5RE00046G
From themed collection Celebrating 175 years of the Royal Society of Chemistry

The redox synthesis mechanism is, for the first time, revealed in a novel hydrothermal preparation of nano MoS2 with MoO3 as precursors. The S-to-Mo ratio plays a key role in influencing the morphology and activity of catalyst MoS2.

 


Decay kinetics of sensitive bioinorganic species in a SuperFocus mixer at ambient conditions
Daniela Schurr, Florian Strassl, Patricia Liebhäuser, Günter Rinke, Roland Dittmeyer and Sonja Herres-Pawlis
React. Chem. Eng., 2016, 1, 485-493
DOI: 10.1039/C6RE00119J

For the first time the formation and decay of the thermally very sensitive bis(μ-oxo)dicopper species was monitored at ambient temperature in a continuous flow setup and the rate constant of the decay was measured.

 


Methanation of residual syngas after LPG synthesis: identifying the main effects on catalytic performance with Plackett–Burman screening design
Florian Krebs, Vitaliy Bliznuk, Joon Hyun Baik, Regina Palkovits and Kalin Simeonov
React. Chem. Eng., 2016, 1, 477-484
DOI: 10.1039/C6RE00071A

Seven factors in catalyst development were selected and rated towards their impact on methanation as a downstream process.

 

 


Development of a reactor with carbon catalysts for modular-scale, low-cost electrochemical generation of H2O2
Zhihua Chen, Shucheng Chen, Samira Siahrostami, Pongkarn Chakthranont, Christopher Hahn, Dennis Nordlund, Sokaras Dimosthenis, Jens K. Nørskov, Zhenan Bao and Thomas F. Jaramillo
React. Chem. Eng., 2017, Advance Article
DOI: 10.1039/C6RE00195E
From themed collection Reaction Chemistry & Engineering Emerging Investigators

Small-scale reactors for H2O2 production that can couple to renewable energy sources would be of great benefit for decentralized water purification.

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Royal Society of Chemistry and ACS Publications commit to ORCID integration

Yesterday, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the American Chemical Society Publications Division, ACS Publications, both signed the ORCID Open Letter committing to unambiguous identification of all authors that publish in our journals.

The official press release can be found here: http://rsc.li/orcid

In brief, this partnership with ORCID will resolve ambiguity in researcher identification caused by name changes, cultural differences in name presentation, and the inconsistent use of name abbreviations, thereby ensuring their contributions are appropriately recognized and credited.

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Flow Chemistry Europe 2017

Reaction Chemistry & Engineering is proud to sponsor the Flow Chemistry Europe 2017 meeting, to be held by the Flow Chemistry Society at Magdalene College, University of Cambridge, UK, on 7–8 February 2017. Submit your poster abstract before 17 January 2017 for a chance to win a prize, courtesy of Reaction Chemistry & Engineering!

Conference Chairs:

  • Volker Hessel (Eindhoven University of Technology, Reaction Chemistry & Engineering Editorial Board)
  • Mimi Hii (Imperial College London, Reaction Chemistry & Engineering Advisory Board),

This meeting is dedicated to the integration of flow chemistry into everyday processes. By attending this industry-leading conference, you will benefit from the expert knowledge of academic and industry leaders who are pushing the boundaries of this rapidly evolving field. Agenda topics include:

  • Back to Einstein – Electrification of chemistry – making use of the smallest units, photons and electrons
  • Back to Health – Medicinal flow chemistry in the era of the FDA’s door opening towards emerging technologies
  • Back to Nature – End-to-end continuous-flow production

Keynote Speaker

  • Timothy Noel (Eindhoven University of Technology), presenting “A Conceptually New Photomicroreactor Design for Energy-efficient Solar Photochemistry

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Andrea Adamo (Zaiput Flow Technologies)
  • Claudio Battilocchio (University of Cambridge)
  • Richard Bourne (University of Leeds, Reaction Chemistry & Engineering Advisory Board)
  • Doris Dallinger (University of Graz)
  • Stevan Djuric (AbbVie)
  • Amanda Evans (California State University Fullerton)
  • Alain Favre-Reguillon (University of Lyon)
  • Daniel Fitzpatrick (University of Cambridge)
  • Antimo Gioiello (University of Perugia)
  • Robert Green (University of Southampton)
  • Heidrun Gruber-Woelfler (Graz University of Technology)
  • Thomas Junkers (Hasselt University)
  • Anita Maguire (University College Cork)
  • Kevin Milburn (University of Bristol)
  • Polona Znidarsic Plazl (University of Ljubljana)
  • Igor Plazl (University of Ljubljana)
  • Dominique Roberge (Lonza Group)
  • Floris Rutjes (Radboud University Nijmegen)
  • Guy Samburski (TEVA)
  • Siegfried Waldvogel (Johannes Gutenburg-University Mainz, Reaction Chemistry & Engineering Advisory Board)
  • Thomas Wirth (Cardiff University)

Early bird discounts are available until 10 January 2017 and the deadline for poster submission is 17 January 2017.

Flow Chemistry Society members save 25% on the cost of registration whilst non-members receive their first year’s membership included in the fee.
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37th International Organic Process Research and Development Conference

We are pleased to announce Organic Process Research& Development – The 37th International Conference and Exhibition, to be held on 6–8 March 2017 at the Westin Pasadena, Pasadena, USA.

On the agenda are discussions of the latest issues relating to synthetic route design, development and optimisation in the parmaceutical, fine chemical and related fields.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Robert Grubbs (CalTech, USA)

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Jean Guy Boiteau (Galderma R&D, France)
  • Peter Hermsen (DSM Chemical Technology R&D, The Netherlands)
  • Scott Hecker (Rempex Pharmaceuticals, USA)
  • Clemens Steuckler (Patheon Austria GmbH & Co KG, Austria)
  • Ben Littler (Vertex Pharmaceuticals, USA)
  • Jade Osei-Tutu (Johnson Matthey Plc, UK)
  • David Rozzell (Provivi, Inc., USA)
  • Scott Savage (Genentech, Inc., USA)
  • Chris Senanayake (Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc., USA)
  • John Studley (Vertex Pharmaceuticals (Europe) Ltd, UK)
  • Rajappa Vaidyanathan (Bristol-Myers Squibb, India)
  • Phillip Wheeler (Materia Inc., USA)

Early bird discount is available if you register before 31 December 2016.

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25th International Symposium: Synthesis in Organic Chemistry – registration now open!

We are delighted to announce that 25th International Symposium: Synthesis in Organic Chemistry will be held in Oxford on 17 – 20 July 2017 – be sure to secure your place today!

Plenary speakers:

  • Michael Krishe, University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • Varinder Agaarwal, University of Bristol, UK

For the full list and details of speakers and conference themes, please visit the event web page.

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21st IUPAC International Conference on Organic Synthesis

We are pleased to announce the 21st International Conference on Organic Synthesis (ICOS 21) which will be held on 11–16 December 2016 at IIT Bombay, Mumbai, India.

This biennial IUPAC event is a platform for the exhibition of new and upcoming topics in the field of organic chemistry.

Returning to India for the first time since ICOS 10 was held at IIS Bangalore in 1994, this conference aims to bring together new ideas across total synthesis, design of new methodologies, flow chemistry, C–H activation, synthetic biology, pharmaceutical chemistry and industrial chemistry.

Register now to attend the meeting alongside the following speakers:

Special Lecture

Professor Goverdhan Mehta, University of Hyderabad, India

Plenary Speakers

  • Janine Cossy, Institute of Chemistry, Biology and Innovation, France
  • Michael Krische, The University of Texas, Austin, USA
  • Dawei Ma, Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, China
  • Klaus Muellen, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, Germany
  • Ganesh Pandey, CBMR, India
  • Viresh Rawal, The University of Chicago, USA
  • Chris Senanayake, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, USA
  • Keisuke Suzuki, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Dean Toste, University of California, USA
  • Herbert Waldmann, Max Planck University of Molecular Physiology, Germany
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2016 AIChE Annual Meeting – RSC stand and speakers

2016 AIChE Annual Meeting

The AIChE Annual Meeting is nearly here! Make sure to visit Stand 33 in the East Lounge, Ballroom Level of the Hilton San Francisco Union Square where the Royal Society of Chemistry and Reaction Chemistry & Engineering Executive Editor Neil Hammond will be on hand to talk about your work:

RSC stand location

In addition, Reaction Chemistry & Engineering Editorial Board Chair Klavs F. Jensen and Scientific Editor Saif F. Khan will be chairing the Reaction Chemistry & Engineering sessions on Tuesday 15 November. Check out the list of confirmed speakers:

Session 375: Reaction Chemistry and Engineering I
Chair: Klavs F. Jensen, MIT, USA – Editorial Board Chair of Reaction Chemistry & Engineering

  • Yang Xiao, Purdue University, USA
  • Vivek V. Ranade, National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India
  • Sara Jo Taylor, North Carolina State University, USA
  • Paul J. Dauenhauer, University of Minnesota, USA
  • Lukas T. Vömel, RWTH Aachen University, Germany
  • Mark Saeys, Ghent University, Belgium

Session 434: Reaction Chemistry and Engineering II
Chair: Saif A. Khan, NUS, Singapore – Scientific Editor of Reaction Chemistry & Engineering

  • Marcel Schmidt, Technische Universität Berlin, Germany
  • Noor Al-Rifai, University College London, UK
  • Andrew Leung, Imperial College London, UK
  • Andreas Jörke, Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • Eric Grolman, DSM Ahead B.V., Netherlands
  • Irem Sen, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
  • Boris Chubukov, University of Colorado, USA

Also attending from the Reaction Chemistry & Engineering Editorial Board:

  • Mark E. Davis, California Institute of Technology, USA
  • Alexander Katz, University of California, USA
  • Guangsheng Luo, Tsinghua University, China
  • Dionision G Vlachos, University of Delaware, USA
  • and special thanks to Advisory Board member Ryan Hartman, New York University, USA, for organising these sessions!

See the full Technical Program for the meeting. Klavs, Saif and Neil look forward to welcoming you to San Francisco.

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Joel Hawkins, member of the Reaction Chemistry & Engineering Editorial Board

We are delighted to highlight Dr Joel Hawkins as part of the Reaction Chemistry & Engineering Editorial Board.

Joel is is a Senior Research Fellow in Chemical Research and Development at Pfizer, where his interests lie in the development and application of new technologies for pharmaceutical process research and development. Previously an Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley, where he investigated asymmetric Diels-Alder catalysts and fullerene chemistry, Joel regularly gives talks on the use of flow chemistry in the pharmaceutical industry, including at the 2015 Flow Chemistry Congress. His exciting work on the use of flow chemistry in synthesis relevant to industry is highlighted in his recent Chemical Science paper with Steven Ley, also a member of the Reaction Chemistry & Engineering Editorial Board:

Flow chemistry as a discovery tool to access sp2–sp3 cross-coupling reactions via diazo compounds
Duc N. Tran, Claudio Battilocchio, Shing-Bong Lou, Joel M. Hawkins and Steven V. Ley
Chem. Sci., 2015, 6, 1120-1125

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