UK Catalysis Hub



Dates for your Diary:

The Rideal Conference

"Designing new catalytic processes to address global challenges"

When: 26 - 28 March 2018

Where: Abingdon, Oxfordshire

The Rideal Conference 2018 will be held in Abingdon, Oxfordshire this year with the theme of "Designing new catalytic processes to address global challenges." Spaces are limited to 80 places. It brings together chemists, chemical engineers and physicists interested in the fundamentals and application of catalysis, and heterogeneous catalysis in particular.

One of the aims of the meeting is to allow young researchers and students a unique platform to get firsthand information from world-renowned scientists on topics of prime importance in catalysis. The young researchers will present posters within a poster session.

The conference will be held at The Cosener’s House, Abingdon, Oxfordshire from Monday 26th – Wednesday 28th March 2018. The conference is organized in five orals and a poster session, each one with a specific topic:

  1. Sustainable Catalytic Reaction Engineering
  2. Designing new nanomaterials as effective catalysts
  3. Computational methods for catalysts design
  4. Integrated Chemo/Bio-Catalysis
  5. In situ studies of catalysis

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Faraday Discussion Designing Nanoparticle Systems for Catalysis

When: 16-18th May 2018

Where: London

Heterogeneous catalysis is a core area of contemporary physical chemistry posing major fundamental and conceptual challenges, and nanoparticles are pivotal components of many successful heterogeneous catalysts. For example, commercial Fischer Tropsch catalysts require supported cobalt nanoparticles that are 6 nm in diameter for optimal performance. Nanoparticles are ubiquitous in many heterogeneous catalysts and it is now opportune to focus a Faraday Discussion concerning key aspects of their synthesis characterisation and use.

This Faraday Discussion will explore the modern methods being used to design, synthesise and characterize nanoparticles and how these bridge across the disciplines of physical science and chemical engineering. The core aim of this discussion meeting is to develop a fundamental understanding of these crucial aspects of catalytic science, especially relating to nanoparticle synthesis and its use in catalytic reactions, knowledge of which is essential for the design of new catalysts. This topic touches a myriad of aspects in the broad spectrum of catalysis research.

Faraday Discussions have a special format where research papers written by the speakers are distributed to all participants before the meeting, and most of the meeting is devoted to discussing the papers. Everyone contributes to the discussion - including presenting their own relevant research. The research papers and a record of the discussion are published in the journal Faraday Discussions.

Abstract submission and registration is now open!  Click below for more information and to register.

Upcoming deadlines:

Poster abstract submission: 05 March 2018

Last changes to programme: 16 March 2018

Early bird registration deadline: 26 March 2018

The RSC offer bursaries for student and early career members to attend the meetings–details available on the registration section of the web site. (http://rsc.li/catalysis-fd2018)


L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science UK & Ireland Fellowships!

When: 23 - 24 May 2018

Where: London

The L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme recognises the achievements and contributions of exceptional females across the globe, by awarding promising scientists with Fellowships to help further their research.

Established in 1998, the L'Oréal-UNESCO partnership is a long-term commitment to recognizing women in science and supporting scientific vocations. For Women in Science has grown into a global programme that includes International, Regional and National Fellowships and an international network of over 2,000 women in over 100 countries.

There are three distinct tiers:
1. The International Laureate Programme
2. The International Rising Talents Programme
3. National Programme
The L'Oréal UK & Ireland Fellowships For Women in Science

The L'Oréal UK & Ireland Fellowships For Women in Science were launched in January 2007. The Fellowships are awards offered by a partnership between L'Oréal UK & Ireland, the UK National Commission for UNESCO and the Irish National Commission for UNESCO, with the support of the Royal Society. From 2015, Five Fellowships are awarded annually to outstanding female postdoctoral researchers. Each worth £15,000 (equivalent € for candidates in Ireland), the Fellowships are tenable at any UK or Irish university / research institute to support a 12-month period of postdoctoral research in any area of the life, physical sciences, mathematics and engineering.

The Fellowships have been designed to provide practical help for the winners to undertake research in their chosen fields. For example, winners may choose to spend their fellowship on buying scientific equipment, paying for child care costs, travel costs or indeed whatever they may need to continue their research.

Visit https://www.womeninscience.co.uk/ more information and click below to apply.


UK Catalysis Hub Summer Conference!

19 - 20 June 2018, Harwell Campus

On the 19th and 20th of June 2018 the UK Catalysis Hub will host its annual summer conference and network meeting. The Conference will take place on the Harwell Campus.

The conference will start at lunchtime on the 19th and the main conference will conclude at lunch on the 20th. There will be a dinner on the evening of the 19th of December.

Speakers include researchers from the Catalysis Hub and internationally renowned speakers and industrialists covering a range of topics in catalysis. The event will also include flash presentations from the Hub postdocs. Registration now open! For more information and to register click on the button below.


50 years of Synchrotron Radiation in the UK and its global impact

When: 26 - 29 June 2018

Where: University of Liverpool, UK

The UK Synchrotron Radiation effort started in the 1960’s and led to the establishment of the national Synchrotron Radiation Facility (SRF) at the NINA 5GeV electron synchrotron at Daresbury Laboratory via a five-year research grant of six million pounds (in today’s value) in 1970. The use of SRF over 5 years persuaded the UK’s Science Research Council to design and build the world’s first dedicated multi-GeV storage ring that came in operation in 1980.

In 1997 the Synchrotron world received its ultimate recognition in the form of the first Nobel prize for work facilitated by synchrotron radiation (John Walker 1997). An all insertion device third generation source was recommended by the Woolfson review giving birth to a new source that was named DIAMOND in 1995, funded in 2001 and began its operation in 2007 at the Harwell campus in Oxfordshire.

During the past fifty years Synchrotron Radiation, has become an integral part of the UK’s academic and industrial science base; and there are now over 70 synchrotron sources and FELs worldwide which facilitate an expanding range of pure and applied science.

The conference celebrates the achievements and explores the future of the light sources (Synchrotrons and FELs) and their applications in the coming decades. It coincides with 70th anniversary of the first publication of the International Union of Crystallography which decided to establish the dedicated Journal of Synchrotron Radiation at its Congress and General Assembly in 1993.

Nearly fifty percent of the invited talks will be selected from the submitted abstracts.

For more information visit http://www.uksr50.org/

Registration is now open!  Click below to register.


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