FineCat 2016 - Symposium on heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals

FineCat 2016 - Poster of the 5th edition of the SymposiumWhat: FineCat 2016 - Symposium on heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals
When and Where: 6-7 April 2016; Palermo, Palazzo Steri
General Information: Accommodation, Social program, Palermo, etc
How to attend: Download and send the Registration form (Word) via email only
Timeschedule: Full scientific program

The 5th edition of the FineCat Symposium will be held in Palermo, Italy, on April 6-7, 2016. Eminent chemists Valentine Ananikov, and Bert Sels are the eminent plenary speakers of the Symposium at University of Palermo's splendid Palazzo Steri.

Plenary Lectures

Valentine P. Ananikov, Heterogeneous Catalysis in the Eyes of Fine Organic Chemists: Selective Formation of C-C and C-Heteroatom Bonds
ND Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

Bert F. Sels, Novel Advancements in Lewis Acid Catalysis with Sn
Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, Université Catholique de Louvain, Leuven, Belgium

Registration and Payment

Delegate: 300 EUR
Accompanying person: 70 EUR

All payments for the congress will be made in Euro (EUR). The Registration form (Word) must be followed by appropriate remittance, otherwise registration cannot be accepted. Payments should be made in full and completed by bank transfer only (wire transfer, free of charges for the recipient), using the following bank account details:

Bank: Banca di Credito Cooperativo di Cambiano
Agenzia San Miniato Basso
Via Tosco Romagnola Est, 599
I-56028, San Miniato (Pisa)

Recipient: Comitato Congressi FINECAT e SUNEC 2016
via Caproni 8
50145 Firenze (Italy)
IBAN: IT65 V084 2571 1510 0003 1104 276

Delegate registration includes:

Admission to the oral and poster sessions
Book of Abstracts (conference kit)
Coffee break
Social program (Guided tours and Social Dinner)

It is not expected that accompanying persons will attend scientific sessions. Their registration fee includes the social program (half-day tour of Palazzo Steri and social dinner).
Please remember that accompanying persons need to register at the registration desk.

On completing the payment, please clearly specify the name of the delegate/institution ("Attendance of FineCat 2016 of Dr John Smith/University of...").

Please notice that, due to tight budget constraints, no charges for the recipient should be applied. It is not possible to pay by credit card.


Established in 2011, after the themed issue of Catalysis Science & Technology "Heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals" dedicated to Prof. Michele Rossi, the FineCat Symposium is jointly organised by the Institute of Nanostructured Materials of Italy’s Research Council (CNR) and by Palermo's University DEIM Department.

The standing of this Symposium is testified by the previous speakers at the previuous editions of the meeting: 

Publishing Partner

Catalysis Science & Technology: FineCat Publishing PartnerDelegates 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.


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.

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, some of the Symposium organizers described in OPRD 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 clean, efficient chemical synthesis both on the lab and on industrial scale.

In the meanwhile, too, biomass feedstock is emerging to replace raw materials of petrochemical origin, thereby closing the materials cycle that makes processes truly sustainable.

Research presented at FineCat 2016 will hopefully further advance this progress.

Further information

Dr M. Pagliaro (mario.pagliaro[at] - Prof. L. Palmisano (leonardo.palmisano[at]

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