UK Catalysis Hub



Dates for your Diary:

ACS National Meeting & Expo Nanoscience, Nanotechnology & Beyond

When: 19–23 August 2018

Where: Boston, MA, USA

With X-ray and neutron techniques have recently made increasing impact on revealing the structure, dynamics and mechanism of catalysts and catalysis. The goal of this symposium is to serve as a forum to highlight recent studies related to the utilization of in situ/operando approaches based on x-ray and neutron for catalysis research. It is expected that this symposium will stimulate discussions centered around characterizing complex structures and complex reactions for future efficient catalytic materials and processes that go beyond current chemistry and energy frontiers. Topics revolve around the following themes:

  • X-ray and neutron studies of synthesis science of catalytic materials;
  • X-ray and neutron studies of catalyst structures and dynamics under in situ/operando conditions;
  • X-ray and neutron studies of surface chemistry and reaction mechanism;
  • Computational work aiding the interpretation of x-ray and neutron results;

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7th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress

When: 26–30 August 2018

Where: ACC Liverpool, UK

With a theme of ‘Molecular frontiers and global challenges’, the 7th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress features five days of scientific and technical sessions, plenary lectures, oral and poster communications, keynote speakers and round table discussions, as well as exceptional networking opportunities, an exhibition and a unique social programme.

The EuCheMS Chemistry Congresses reflect the outstanding research being done in Europe and around the world by bringing together chemists from different countries and professional backgrounds to exchange ideas, advance knowledge and discuss key issues for chemistry and society. As such, the 7th EuCheMS Chemistry Congress offers you exceptional opportunities to network with chemists from across Europe and beyond.
Programme Themes include:Catalysis at the homo/hetero/bio interface
Convenor: Christophe Copéret
Catalysis is being transformed and many studies now try to emulate cascade processes in which several reaction steps are combined using a combination of catalysts. This session aims to capture new emerging catalysis that is at the interface between the more traditional areas.

Heterogeneous catalysis
Convenor: Annette Trunschke
New developments in heterogeneous catalysis in areas of application such as biomass utilisation, clean hydrogen production and CO2 utilisation. In addition new areas of synthesis and materials including single atom catalysis, MOFs and advanced characterisation methods.

Homogeneous catalysis
Convenor: Carmen Claver
New emerging areas of homogeneous catalysis with respect to applications in green chemistry and manufacturing, novel catalysts and synthesis methods, reaction mechanisms and spectroscopy.

Biological catalysis
Convenor: Dick Janssen
Biotransformations are at the heart of the global chemical industry’s transition to economic and environmental sustainability and this session will include all aspects; renewable feedstocks to manufacture a growing range of products for pharmaceuticals, home and personal care, food and drink, polymers, crop protection and lubricants; fundamental enzyme mechanism and modelling; biotransformations in flow systems; biotransformations for sustainable synthesis; biotransformations in metabolism/nutrition.

Registration is now open, via an online system and full payment is required to guarantee your booking.

For more information visit https://www.euchems2018.org/

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International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilization (ICCDU XVI)

When: 27–30 August 2018

Where: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The 16th International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilization (ICCDU XVI) will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from the 27th to 30th August 2018.

As for previous years, CO2Chem is offering UK funded travel bursaries to support attendance.  There are five £1000 bursaries available. More information and application details here.

Programme Themes include: Thermal and Catalytic Conversion of CO2  into Fuels and Chemicals (CO2  hydrogenation to methanol, dimethylether, hydrocarbons; synthesis of organic carbonates and carbamates, among other thermochemical transformations, including process engineering studies)

CO2 Conversion by Electrochemical, Photochemical, Plasma-Induced and other non-Conventional Energy Sources (CO2 reduction to CO, formic acid, methanol, among other conversions involving electrochemistry, photochemistry, plasma and other non-conventional sources of energy, including process engineering studies)

CO2 Conversion by Biotechnological Routes (CO2 reduction by microorganism; CO2 conversion by algae)

CO2 Capture Processes (absorption, adsorption, membrane and cryogenics, among other processes of CO2 capture; coupled processes of capture and utilization)

CO2 as Working Agent (Supercritical CO2, switchable solvents, materials and catalysts, among others)

Policies, Regulations, Life Cycle Analysis, Economic, Environmental and Social Aspects of Sustainable CO2 Utilization.

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Applications for Summer Science Exhibition 2019 now open

When: July 2019

Where: 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

Applications are open to take part in next year's Royal Society Summer Science Exhibition, a week-long celebration of the science and engineering shaping our future. You can apply to exhibit on the RS website and click on button below. The exhibition features the UK’s most inspiring research and is a chance for scientists to showcase their work to over 14,000 visitors including members of the public, schools, research funders, the media, and Fellows of the Royal Society.

You can read about why you should get involved and find out more about what exhibiting involves and how to apply. The deadline for applications is 7 September 2018.

If you have any questions, contact Amy Fry at amy.fry@royalsociety.org or 020 7451 2582.

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Save the Date

Diamond Light Source - Virtual Town Hall Meeting

When: 10 September 2018

Where: Virtual

As you may or may not know Diamond Light Source is in the process of upgrading and is currently undergoing a community-wide consultation on how this upgrade can best support the user communities interest.

Essentially this is taking part in 2 stages; in the first instance this involves a gradual updating of existing beamlines and their capabilities as well as adapting the type of user support it can provide (i.e. establishing a sample environment team).

In the second instance there is a proposed 'lattice upgrade' to increase the number of beamlines (up to 8) and to increase the ring energy to 3.5 GeV so as to enable more photons at higher energies (20 - 30 keV). It is proposed that the lattice upgrade will take place sometime around/after 2024.

As a community then we have now an opportunity to shape the future of Diamond to suit our future needs/ambitions particularly since the Catalysis Hub is seen as an important community for Diamond to interact with. As such we would like you to join us at a Virtual town hall meeting on the 10th September to provide any feedback that you may have on this subject. Speakers include; Sofia Diaz Moreno and Paul Thompson.

More details to follow closer to the date of the meeting. 

Invitation to attend and present at Photocatalysis Network UK&I meeting in Las Palmas

When: 10-12 September

Where: Las Palmas, Gran Canaria

For the Autumn meeting of the Photocatalysis Network UK&I Network it is proposed that it is combined with the members of the Spanish photocatalyst Network in  Las Palmas, in Gran Canaria on 10-12th September 2018.

The suggestion is that the two networks will have their usual meetings first, and separately, (in the first 1.5 days) and then hold a joint (UK&I plus Spanish) meeting on the afternoon of the 11th September and morning of the 12th September, i.e. effectively a 1 day joint meeting.  There will be a banquet on the 11th September.

If you/members of your group would:

(i)                 like to attend

(ii)                like to present

As part of the UK&I  only bit (i.e. in the first 1.5 days) there will be presentations from UK&I PhD students, and have most of the UK&I supervisors/post docs/industry present at the joint (1 day) meeting.  The more that can attend and present the better.

Contact Professor Andrew Mills at andrew.mills@qub.ac.uk for more information.

UK Catalysis Conference 2019 (UKCC)

When: 9 -11 January 2019

Where: Holywell Park, Loughborough University

The fifth UK Catalysis Conference (UKCC) which will take place at Holywell Park, Loughborough over Wednesday 9th – Friday 11th January 2018. 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.

The scientific programme will be organised around the following all aspects of catalysis: Organo/Biocatalysis, Heterogeneous Catalysis, Homogeneous Catalysis and Engineering.

We are pleased to announce that our plenary speakers in 2019 will be Nora de Leeuw (Cardiff University, UK), Sabine L Flitsch (University of Manchester, UK), Andreas Jentys (Technical University of Munich, Germany) and Freek Kapteijn (Delft University of Technology, Netherlands).

Please note that the early bird registration fee will be £410 for PDRA, Academic, Industry & Government registrations and £340 for PhD student and Emeritus registrations. The deadline to register with the earlybird registration price will be Friday 9th November. Following this the price will be £480 and we will not be able to guarantee on-site accommodation (although accommodation will still be included).

The conference registration fee includes the conference, two nights accommodation at nearby Burleigh Court (including breakfast and dinners), the abstracts, coffee/tea, lunches and access to the lectures and poster session. Accommodation will be arranged for participants upon registration by the UKCC team. The conference registration fee includes the conference, two nights accommodation at nearby Burleigh Court (including breakfast and dinners), the abstracts, coffee/tea, lunches and access to the lectures and poster session. Accommodation will be arranged for participants upon registration by the UKCC team.

A number of bursaries of £100 for early career researchers, excluding PhD students, are available to assist with participation in the UKCC2019. These will be awarded to staff within 10 years of the award of their PhD and will be prioritised by the researcher giving an oral presentation then a poster presentation in registration date order.

Abstract submission is now available with a final deadline for submission of 16th September 2018, 23:59.

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