FineCat 2015 - Symposium on heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals

What: FineCat 2015 - Symposium on heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals
When: 8-9 April 2015
Where: Palermo, Palazzo Steri
How: Registration form (Word)
Organizers: Italy's Research Council and Palermo's University

Plenary Lectures

Confirmed eminent speaker sat FineCat 2015 include Professors Manfred Reetz (Marburg), Pedro Maireles Torres (Malaga), Oliver Kappe (Graz) and Rodrigo de Souza (Rio de Janeiro).

Manfred Reetz: To be announced PL-1
External emeritus group leader of the Mülheim Max-Planck-Institute, Hans-Meerwein-Research-Professor, Marburg University, Germany

Pedro J. Maireles Torres: Heterogeneous Catalysis for the Oleochemical Platform PL-2
Department of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Malaga, Spain

Oliver Kappe: Towards the Synthesis of APIs in Continuous Flow Mode PL-3
Institute of Chemistry, University of Graz, Austria

Rodrigo de Souza: Medecines for All: A Brazilian Perspective PL-4
Institute of Chemistry, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Registration

Download and send the Registration form (Word) via email only.

Jointly organised by the Institute of Nanostructured Materials of Italy’s Research Council (CNR) and by Palermo's University DEIM Department,  the meeting -- whose idea was born out of the 2011 themed issue of Catalysis Science & Technology "Heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals" dedicated to Prof. Michele Rossi -- aims to provide an opportunity for contact between academic and industrial researchers, manufacturers and users of solid catalysts for the efficient and selective production of fine chemicals.

Previous editions

The scientific level of this Symposium is testified by the previous speakers at the 2014, 2013 and 2012 editions of the meeting: David Cole-Hamilton, Paolo Fornasiero, Jose Antonio Lopez-Sanchez, Serge Kaliaguine, Graham Hutchings, Gadi Rothenberg, Claudio Banchini and Tyler McQuade.

Publishing Partner: Catalysis Science & Technology

Catalysis Science & Technology: FineCat Official Publication

Delegates are encouraged to submit their work to Catalysis Science & Technology -- the flagship catalysis journal of RSC Publishing -- right after the meeting's closure.

All articles will be subject to rigorous peer-review according to the journal’s usual standards. If accepted, manuscripts will be published with a footnote mentioning the FineCat Symposium.

Call for Oral and Poster presentation

A Call for Oral and Poster presentation at FineCat 2015, within one of the Symposium themes is now open:

•    Green catalytic processes
•    Organo- and biocatalysis
•    Photocatalysis for organic synthesis
•    Asymmetric heterogeneous catalysis
•    Atom economy and clean technology
•    Green reaction media
•    Catalysis under flow conditions

Please use the Abstract template only (Word) to produce the Abstract. Send the correctly formatted one-page Abstract in Word format (and not PDF) via email only (rosaria.ciriminna@cnr.it) to Dr R. Ciriminna.

Research Context

Research in heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals synthesis, preparative chemistry and drugs discovery, is flourishing; as heterogeneous catalysis emerges as the valuable tool in making the fine chemicals industry environmentally and economically more sustainable.

Fine chemicals -- polyfunctional molecules with specific properties imparting them high added value -- indeed, in most cases are in synthesized via highly selective homogeneous synthetic methods, most of which were stoichiometric, and not catalytic.

Ten years after the highlight paper in Science of Cole-Hamilton in which David lamented that no heterogenized homogeneous catalysts was known to have found practical application, OPRD reports a number of new industrial processes that use efficient and highly selective solid mediators.

New solid catalysts can not only be easily separated, recovered, and recycled; but also effectively applied to continuous chemical syntheses carried out under flow, thereby opening the route to flow chemistry made practical both on the lab and on industrial scale. In the meanwhile, too, biomass feedstock -- glycerol from biodiesel and fatty alcohols, for example -- is emerging to replace raw materials of petrochemical origin, thereby closing the materials cycle that makes processes truly sustainable.

Research presented at FineCat 2015 will hopefully further advance this progress.

Weather and How to get to Palermo from the Airport

Usually weather in Palermo in early April is sunny with temperature around 20°C. Check personally weather forecast.

The most comfortale way to reach the city from the airport is to order via e-mail a dedicated taxi service (25 Eur each run, independent of the passengers number) to Spada Transfer in Sicily. If you wish to use this service, prior to your departure reserve your car by emailing email at spadatransferinsicily@hotmail.it.

The transfer time from Palermo’"Falcone e Borsellino" airport to the city center takes about 40 minutes. Please note that this is an estimated transfer time and does not take into account traffic and road conditions. Cheaper ways to reach out the city are below.

Bus (to Palermo)
Prestia & Comandé Frequency: every half hour (4.00 am-11.00 pm) One way ticket: € 6.10 Phone: 091 586 351

Train (to Palermo) Trenitalia (Trinacria Express Train) Station “Notarbartolo” of Palermo Frequency: every half hour (4.45 am-12.40 pm) One way ticket: € 5,50 Phone: 091 704 40 07.

Book of Abstracts

An ISBN-indexed Book of Abstracts of accepted contributions will be produced and handed out at the conference.

Registration of Delegates and Conference Venue

Located in the hearth of Palermo, the splendid Palazzo Steri is a well suited conference venue. To reach out Palazzo Steri, just head on foot to Piazza Marina 61.

The Conference hall, the Sala delle Capriate is located at the 3rd floor of this 12th century Palace. Just enter the building. Take the elevator, and exit turning to your left hand side. The Conference desk is located at the entrance of the Sala delle Capriate.

Conference Delegates are kindly encouraged to register at the Conference desk already on the afternoon of April 7th (between h 15:00 and 16:30). Accompanying persons willing to take part into the Social Program will need to register at the Conference desk. 

During both Symposium days the Conference desk will remain open between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm.

Instructions for Poster Presentation and Poster Prize

Posters should be 1.20 m high and 0.90 m wide. On printing your poster, please do not exceed the 1.2 m lenght in order to not incur in fitting problems when mounting your poster.
Compact posters printed on one large sheet of paper is highly recommended.

The poster boards will be numbered according to the program.

Authors are kindly requested to mount their poster on the day for which they are accepted between 8:30 and 9:00 in the morning; and to be in front of their poster during the official session time. Suitable adhesives (not damaging the poster) will be available next to the poster boards mounted on stands.

Three prizes will be awarded

Following successful partnership for FineCat 2012 and FineCat 2013, the RSC Publishing publisher has partnered again with the the organizers for the 2014 Symposium.

The publisher has agreed to offer a poster prize for the best poster at the event, namely a 1 year’s free personal e-subscription to Dalton Transactions.

World Scientific, a leading scientific publisher in the Asia-Pacific region, offers as Poster Prize two copies of the book Design and Applications of Single-Site Heterogeneous Catalysts by John Meurig Thomas - a nicely written text by a leading catalysis expert.

Social Program and Accompanying Persons

The Tasca d'Almerita winemakery in Sicily, where the FineCat 2014 social dinner will take place At the end of the 1st day Symposium session, April 8th, the Rectorate will offer a guided tour of the splendid Palazzo Steri.

On the afternoon of April 9th, the Social program will start at 17:00 from Piazza Marina, in front of Palazzo Steri.

In about 2 h a bus will then reach Regaleali namely the heart of the Tasca d'Almerita family's wine production.

There, following a guided tour of the winemakery, a Sicilian dinner will be offered in the wonderful Resort.

Accompanying persons willing to take part into the social Program should register at the Conference desk.

Sicily and Palermo

Sicily was voted “the best destination in the world” in 2009 and second “best island” in 2010 by readers of Condé Nast Traveller. The largest island in the Mediterranean, and largest region in Italy, Sicily is packed with things to see and places to go, so you shouldn’t expect to “do” it all in one go. The island has 5 million inhabitants and hosts an enormously varied and important cultural heritage. 

Palermo is a 2,700 years old city with about 600,000 inhabitants. Entirely built in front of the sea, it has gone through Phoenician, Roman, Arab, Norman, German, Spanish, French and Italian domination which resulted in a unique mix of cultures well reflected by the magnificent cultural heritage of the city.

Testifying to this are the different urban strata that have changed the face of the city over the centuries. The city's name derives from the Greek and means "all port", to indicate the width of the approach and the importance of this trading post. In fact, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians, probably in the eighth century BC. Fortified and surrounded by defensive walls, in the fifth century BC it became the most important Carthaginian stronghold on the island.

Enjoy 36 hours in Palermo

After the Roman conquest, the barbarian invasions and Byzantine domination, then under the Arabs, who arrived in 831, Palermo became the capital of the autonomous emirate of Sicily and one of the busiest emporia of the Mediterranean. In the successive Norman period, the work of Byzantine, Arab and Latin craftsmen again transformed the architectural and urban fabric of the centre and the whole province, as the beautiful Palatine chapel and the Monreale cathedral testify. Finally, between the sixteenth and seventeenth century a new period of reconstruction occurred, that enriched the churches, palaces and monuments.

«The essential charms of this mysterious and intoxicating city -- has written has written Ariel Forman in The New York Times -- thankfully remain intact. 

«The current face of this modern metropolis of the South is that of a mighty and mysterious city, enclosed in the labyrinth of Arabian lanes, in the magnificence of palaces and sanctuaries, in art treasures, in the charm of natural scenery, and in the unchanging values of ancient craft and food tradition».

Language

The official language of the conference will be English. No simultaneous translation will be provided.

Passport and Visas

All non-residents of the EU are required to have a valid passport.

Participants should check regarding visa requirements for travel to Italy. Applications should be made to the nearest Italian Embassy or Consulate as soon as possible. Citizens of member states of the European Union and the USA do not need visas.

La Vucciria - Painting of Renato Guttuso hosted in Palazzo Steri. FineCat 2014 delegates will visit this masterpiece

Insurance and Liability

Participants are advised to arrange whatever insurance they consider necessary. No responsibility can be assumed by the Congress for personal accidents, sickness, theft, or property damage suffered by the participants.

Electricity

The electrical current is 220 volts, 50 Hz.

Banking

Bank hours are Monday - Friday 8:30 - 13:30 and 15:45 - 16:30. Bank are closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Currency

Since the beginning of 2002 the Euro is the official currency in Italy.
1 Euro = 100 Cents.
Coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 Cents; 1, 2 Euros
Banknotes: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 Euros.
The Euro is usually abbreviated as EUR. The symbol of the Euro is €;.

Money can be changed at the airport, at banks, exchange bureaus, and larger hotels. For a cash advance, credit cards and Maestro-cards can be used at cash dispensers (Bancomat) which are available all over the city.

Shopping

Typical shopping hours are Monday to Saturday 9:00 - 13:00 and 16:30 - 20:00. Apart from some tobacconists and small supermarkets at petrol stations and at the main railway stations, shops are closed on Sundays. Luxury shops with an elegant clientele can be found in city downtown (via Libertà, via Ruggiero Settimo and via Maqueda).

Further information

Dr M. Pagliaro (mario.pagliaro@cnr.it) - Prof. L. Palmisano (leonardo.palmisano@unipa.it)


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