UK Catalysis Hub Winter Conference 2017
On the 14th and 15th of December 2017 the UK Catalysis Hub Will host its annual winter conference and network meeting. The Conference will take place on the Harwell Campus.
The conference will start at lunchtime on the 14th and the main conference will conclude at lunch on the 15th. There will be a dinner on the evening of the 14th of December.
Speakers for the Catalysis Hub Winter conference include: Prof. Matt Rosseinsky (Liverpool), Prof. Dr. Francesc Illas (Universitat de Barcelona), Prof. Gary Lye (UCL), Prof. Stan Golunski (Cardiff) and Prof. Leon Lefferts (University of Twente) as well as many more.
- Prof. Dr. Francesc Illas
Francesc Illas (1954) carried out his chemistry degree studies and Ph. D Thesis at the Universitat de Barcelona where he became Full Professor of Physical Chemistry in 1992. He spent several periods at different research centres (IBM Almaden Research Center and Los Alamos National Laboratory) and has been invited professor at Universita’ della Calabria (Italy) and Université Pierre et Marie Curie (France). He received the Distinguished Professor Mention for the Research Promotion awarded by the Generalitat de Catalunya in 2001 and the Bruker Physical Chemistry Research Award of the Spanish Royal Society of Chemistry in 2004. In 2009 he received the ICREA Academia Award and was elected Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences. In 2012 he joined the Editorial Board of Surface Science and of Theoretical Chemistry Accounts. He published over 560 papers which received ~16000 citations (h-index = 60). At present he serves as the Director of IQTCUB and of XRQTC.
- Prof. Stan Golunski
Stan Golunski is Professor of Catalysis and Co-Director of the Cardiff Catalysis Institute at Cardiff University. His research interests lie in the fundamentals and applications of supported nano-particle catalysts, mainly in the context of water and air purification for environmental protection.
- Prof. Leon Lefferts
Leon Lefferts (1960) was trained as a chemical engineer at the University of Twente (1983) and received his PhD in 1987 also at the University of Twente. He continued to specialize on heterogeneous catalysis and joined the DSM Research laboratories (1987-1999), working on catalyst characterization, hydrogenation, slurry phase catalysis, carbon supported metals and kinetics. He acted as research scientist, project leader as well as senior scientist. In this 12 years period the emphasis on output was clearly on proprietary knowledge rather than on publications. He founded Eurokin in 1999, a consortium of companies and universities addressing challenges in the field of kinetics, that is successfully operating since then. He was appointed full professor “Catalytic Processes and Materials” (CPM) at the University of Twente in 1999. He has been visiting professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2005-2007. He was appointed as Finnish Distinguished Professor in 2011-2015, and is continuing as a visiting professor at Aalto University in Helsinki till 2019. He acted as director of the research institute IMPACT (2010-2011) and the Green Energy Initiative (2013-2015) within the University of Twente. He supervised 32 PhD students, of which 25 graduated.
He (co-)authored over 200 peer-reviewed scientific publications and three patents, was cited more than 3800 times and h-index is 34, despite the fact he worked in industry for 12 years. The Royal Dutch Chemical Society awarded his thesis with the first Catalysis Prize of the section Catalysis (1987). He organized several national and international meetings, including Europacat II in Maastricht. He is member of the board of NIOK and served as chairman of the board of the Catalysis Section of the Royal Dutch Chemical Society as well as the NCCC Meeting (Dutch Catalysis meeting). He also participated recently in two international network initiative on diffusion in porous media (IRTG, DFG Germany) and biomass conversion (PIRE, USA).
The work of the CPM group is aiming at building the bridge between molecular science and material science at one hand, and catalytic process engineering at the other hand. Lefferts therefore actively cooperates with hard-core engineering groups. Multi-disciplinary cooperation also extended to explore application of new materials (e.g. entangled CNF layers) for applications in other fields such as heat transfer (Prof. van der Meer) and composite materials (prof. Akkerman). In line with this approach, a significant part of the financial support is obtained from national research programs supported by the ministry of Economic Affairs in consortium with many companies (ACTS, ASPECT, CATCHBIO, NCI, STW) and FP-7 projects supported by EU. Bilateral projects have been performed with Shell, BASF-Ludwigshafen, BIOeCON, Evonik, BioMCN and DSM.
- Prof. Matt Rosseinsky
Matthew Rosseinsky obtained a degree in Chemistry from the University of Oxford and a D. Phil under the supervision of Professor P. Day, FRS in 1990. He was a Postdoctoral Member of Technical Staff at A.T.&T. Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, New Jersey where his work with D.W. Murphy, A.F. Hebard and R.C. Haddon led to the discovery of superconductivity in alkali metal fullerides. In 1992, he was appointed University Lecturer at the Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory, University of Oxford, where he remained until 1999 when he moved to the University of Liverpool as Professor of Inorganic Chemistry. He was awarded the inaugural de Gennes Prize for Materials Chemistry (a lifetime award for achievement in this research area open to all scientists internationally) by the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2009 and the C.N.R. Rao Award of the Chemical Research Society of India in 2010. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2008, and was awarded the Hughes Medal of the Royal Society in 2011 and its Davy Medal in 2017. In March 2013 he became a Royal Society Research Professor. He is a member of the Council of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the UK funding body for this area of research. His work addresses the synthesis of new functional materials for energy catalysis and information storage applications, and has been characterised by extensive collaboration with many academic and industrial colleagues.
The event will include flash presentations from the Hub postdocs and a Dinner in the local town of Abingdon. The Conference will also include the presentation of the JMT medal for Catalysis.
Winter Conference 2017 Programme
At Harwell Campus, Harwell, Oxfordshire, OX11 0FA
Day One: 14/12/17
12:00 -13:00 Buffet Lunch - Visitors Centre (R18)
|13.00 -13.05||Welcome - Pickavance Lecture Theature (R22)|
|Chair: Professor Richard Catlow, UCL - Pickavance Lecture Theatre|
New porous materials and heterogeneous catalysis – control of molecular organometallic catalysts by cation exchange into a metal-organic framework
Matt Rosseinsky, Liverpool
Methanol dynamics in zeolite ZSM-5 pores at room temperature
Santhosh Mattam, UCL
Transition metal carbides based catalysts for clean energy
Prof. Dr. Francesc Illas, Universitat de Barcelona
|14.45 -15.15||Break: tea & coffee and posters Visitors Centre (R18)|
|Chair: Professor Chris Hardacre, Manchester - Pickavance Lecture Theature (R22)|
Electrochemical characterisation and regeneration of sulfur poisoned Pt catalysts
Changhui Chen, Warwick
|15.35 -16.35||Flash presentations|
Sir John Meurig Thomas Medal Presentation
- Special announcement and talk
|17.30 -18.30||Poster session & Drinks, Visitors Centre (R18)|
|19.30||Dinner: Crown & Thistle, Abingdon - http://www.crownandthistleabingdon.co.uk/|
Day Two: 15/12/17
8:30 - 9:05 Tea and Coffee - Visitors Centre (R18)
|Chair: Professor Adrian Mulholland, Bristol - Pickavance Lecture Theature (R22)|
Investigations into the development of a
membrane system to improve the catalytic upgrading of fructose to 5-HMF
Tomos Clarke, Bath
Particulate destruction Combined with SCR for Simultaneous
Soot and NOx Control
Stan Golunski, Cardiff
Preparation of chiral amines through the integration of gold catalysis and enzymatic deracemisation
Marcin Odachowski, Manchester
Mass transfer inside porous catalyst bodies in liquid phase operation
Leon Lefferts, University of Twente
||Break: tea and coffee, Visitors Centre (R18)|
|Chair: Professor Nick Turner, Manchester - Pickavance Lecture Theature (R22)|
Valorisation of sugar beet pulp in a biorefinery context
Dr Max Cardenas-Fernandez, UCL
PdZn catalyst CO2
hydrogenation to methanol
Dr Hasliza Bahruji, Cardiff
New insights in the mechanism of the iron-catalysed Negishi cross-coupling: the unexpected role of the phosphine ligand
Antonis Messinis, Bristol
Lunch & Posters, Visitors Centre (R18)
Click here to download the winter conference programme PDF
Details of how to get to the Conference can be found here. The Hub will provide a bus to Abingdon after the conference for the dinner, please book a ticket if you wish to use this transport. After the dinner Attendees will need to arrange their own transport back to their accommodation.
Note: there is parking available on the campus in the Bus stop car park a short walk from reception. Please do not park in front of the reception building.
Visit the eventbrite page at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/uk-catalysis-hub-winter-conference-2017-tickets-36399674406 to register.