UK Catalysis Hub


UK Catalysis Hub Summer Conference 2018

Summer Conference 2017 Wisteria

On the 19th and 20th of June 2018 the UK Catalysis Hub will host its annual summer conference and network meeting at De Vere Oxford Thames, Henley Road, Oxford OX4 4GX.

The conference will start at 12pm with a buffet lunch 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 June.

Speakers include:

Prof. Andrew Weller (Oxford) Prof. Helen Hailes (UCL)
Dr. Pawel Plucinski (Bath) Dr Natalie Fey (Bristol)
Dr. Antoine Buchard (Bath) Dr. Jeremy Titman (Nottingham)
Dr. Stephen Mansell (Heriot-Watt University) Dr. Sofia Diaz-Moreno
Dr. Thomas Farmer (York) Prof. John Blacker (Leeds)
Dr. Arthur Garforth (Manchester) Prof. Valentine Ananikov (Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry)
Prof. Ben Davis (Oxford) Dr. Ines Lezcano-Gonzalez
Dr. Lorenzo Caputi (John Innes Centre) Dr. Itziar Penafiel (Manchester)
Dr. Kara Ranaghan (Bristol) Dr. Sarwat Iqbal
Dr. Misbah Sarwar Dr. Tang Son Nguyen

And many researchers from the Catalysis Hub and internationally renowned speakers and industrialists covering a range of topics in catalysis and introducing the new phase of the UK Catalysis Hub.

The event will also include a poster session showcasing work from the Hub postdocs, ECR networking event and a celebration dinner.

The ECR networking event on the 19th June will provide the opportunity for early career scientists (PhD student, post-doctoral researchers and early career fellowship holders) in the UK Catalysis Hub to interact and establish networks with a variety of professionals from a range of sectors related to scientific research at a career workshop. Please click here for the career biographies from all our confirmed guests.

Dr. Alex Greenaway has kindly offered to organise the ECR networking event. Places are limited to 50 so contact Alex at a.greenaway@ucl.ac.uk now to book your time slots with each expert.

Summer Conference 2018 Programme

Day One: 19/06/18

12:00 -12:45 Buffet Lunch - Conservatory

12.45 -12.50 Welcome - Oxford Suite

Session 1:

Chair: Professor Matthew Davidson, Bath - Oxford Suite
12.50 -13.25 Mechanistic understanding of a Selective, Non-Decarbonylating Rhodium Catalyst for the Hydroacylation of β-Amido Aldehydes 
Prof. Andrew Weller, Oxford
13.25 -13.40 Lactic acid conversion into commodity chemicals
Dr. Sarwat Iqbal, Cardiff
13.40 -14.15 Kinetics of reactions in heterogeneous media: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Dr. Pawel Plucinski, Bath 
14.15 -14.50 Biocatalytic routes to amines
Prof. Helen Hailes, UCL
14.50 -15.20 Break: tea & coffee - Oxford Suite foyer

Session 2:

Chair: Professor Chris Hardacre, Manchester -  Oxford Suite
15.20 -15.55 Computational Mechanistic Studies of Catalysis – Learning from Enzymes about Catalyst Design
Dr Natalie Fey, Bristol
15.55 -16.30 Catalysis for Sustainable Polymers
Dr. Antoine Buchard, Bath
16.30 -16.45 Discovery and preliminary characterisation of two plant “Diels-Alderases” involved in the biosynthesis of the anti-cancer drug vinblastine
Dr. Lorenzo Caputi, John Innes Centre
16.45 -17.20 Dynamic Nuclear Polarization Enhanced Solid-state NMR Studies of Catalysts and Catalyst Supports
Dr. Jeremy Titman, Nottingham
17.20 -17.40 Applying Phosphinophosphinine Ligands to Catalysis
Dr. Stephen Mansell, Heriot-Watt University
17.40 -18.00 Opportunities for Chemistry and Catalysis that could flow from the Diamond II upgrade
Sofia Diaz-Moreno, Diamond Light Source
18.00 -19.15 Poster session & ECR Networking - Conservatory
19.30 Dinner - Oxford Suite

Day Two: 20/06/18

8:30 - 9:00 Tea, Coffee and Pasries - Oxford Suite foyer

Session 3:

Chair: Professor Richard Catlow, UCL, Cardiff - Oxford Suite
9.00 -9.35 A Sustainable Chemical Industry: A Marriage of Bio-based Chemicals and Catalysis
Dr. Thomas Farmer, York
09.35 -09.50 Operando Kerr-Gated Raman Studies of Methanol to Hydrocarbons Conversion on Zeolites
Ines Lezcano-Gonzalez, UCL
09.50 -10.05 Integrating electrosynthesis and biocatalysis
Dr. Itziar Penafiel, Manchester
10.05-10.40 Multi-phase continuous flow bio- and chemo- catalysed transformations
Prof. John Blacker, Leeds
10.40 -11.00
Break: tea and coffee - Oxford Suite foyer

Session 4:

Chair: Professor Graham Hutchings, Cardiff - Oxford Suite
11.00 -11.35 Enhanced Feedstock Recycling of Plastic Waste
Dr. Arthur Garforth, Manchester
11.35 -11.50 Computer simulation as a tool in the development of biosynthetic routes to high value monoterpene compounds
Dr. Kara Ranaghan, Bristol
11.50 -12.25

Sugars and Proteins: Understanding and Exploiting Glycosylation Biocatalysts
Prof. Ben Davis, Oxford
12.25 -13.00
Understanding active species in catalytic transformations: How to design an efficient metal catalyst for synthetic applications?
Prof. Valentine Ananikov, Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry
13.00 -13.15
Understanding the components required for low temperature methane oxidation catalysts
Dr. Tang Son Nguyen, Queens University Belfast
13.15 -13:50
A combined Quasielastic Neutron Scattering (QENS) and Molecular Dynamics (MD) Study of Diffusion in Zeolites
Mizbah Sarwar, Johnson Matthey
13.50 -14.50 Buffet Lunch - Conservatory

Download a copy of the programme as a PDF here

Conference venue & travel information:

The summer conference will be held at the De Vere Oxford Thames hotel which is located 4 miles from Oxford. You can find information about the hotel here at https://www.phcompany.com/de-vere/oxford-thames/

The De Vere Oxford Thames can be reached via Oxford Train Station, more travel information can be found here at https://www.phcompany.com/de-vere/oxford-thames/contact-us/. The hotel has parking available on site.

Local taxi firm:
Royal Cars 01865 777333

There is a bus from Oxford Westgate to the venue which takes around 30 minutes.
The nearest stop to the venue is the Catherine wheel a minute away, this stop is not on the timetable it’s the stop between The George Pub and science Park. You can download the timetable here.

There are some local hotels near the conference venue:

The Holiday Inn Express Oxford - https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/gb/en/oxford/ofdks/hoteldetail?cm_mmc=GoogleMaps-_-EX-_-GB-_-OFDKS

Hampton by Hilton http://hamptoninn3.hilton.com/en/hotels/united-kingdom/hampton-by-hilton-oxford-OXFHXHX/index.html?WT.mc_id=zELWAKN0EMEA1HP2DMH3LocalSearch4DGGenericx6OXFHXHX