FineCat 2015 - Symposium on heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals

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What: FineCat 2015 - Symposium on heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals
When: 8-9 April 2015
Where: Palermo, Palazzo Steri
Timeschedule: The program will be strictly adhered to
How to attend: Download and send the Registration form via email only (Still possible to register)
General Info: Accommodation, Social program, Transport from the airport, Sicily & Palermo, and more
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Palermo, February 2015

Dear Colleague,

On behalf of Italy's chemical community we warmly welcome you to Palermo for the “FineCat 2015 - Symposium on heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals”, that will be hosted in the Sala delle Capriate of the Steri Palace, hall of Palermo's University Rectorate, on the morning of April 8th and 9th.

Featuring the plenary lectures of eminent chemists Manfred Reetz, Irina Beletskaya, Pedro Maireles Torres, Oliver Kappe and Rodrigo de Souza, and dedicated to the memory of University of Palermo's Professor Roberto Triolo, the 4th edition of the FineCat Symposium aims o provide a new, high-level learning and networking opportunity amongst researchers working at the development of solid catalysts for the clean and economically viable production of fine chemicals.

To cite only a few selected topics, the scientific program highlights exciting innovation in fields as important as the directed evolution of enantioselective enzymes, the low cost manufacturing of medicines for developing countries, catalysis via new encapsulated chiral nanoparticles and new visible-light photocatalysts, and a unified view of heterogeneous catalysis for the oleochemical platform.

The other contributions are no less impressive. May we thus kindly recommend timely attendance of all sessions of the tightly scheduled scientific program.

The beauty of the Symposium’s venue, the social program, and the surrounding 2,700 years old city of Palermo will hopefully contribute towards a better conference experience.

Enjoy the meeting and your stay!

Mario Pagliaro and Leonardo Palmisano
Chairman and Co-Chairman, FineCat 2015

The eminent speakers at FineCat 2015: Manfred Reetz, Irina Beletskaya, Oliver Kappe, Pedro Maireles, Rodrigo de Souza, Päivi Mäki-ArvelaPlenary Lectures (Check the Timeschedule)

Manfred T. Reetz: Directed Evolution of Enantioselective Enzymes as Catalysts in Organic Chemistry IL-1
External emeritus group leader of the Mülheim Max-Planck-Institute, Hans-Meerwein-Research-Professor, Marburg University, Germany

Irina P. Beletskaya: From Homogeneous to Heterogeneous Catalysis in Fine Organic Synthesis IL-2
Russian Academy of the Sciences, M. V. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Chemistry Department, Moscow, Russia

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

Pedro J. Maireles Torres: Heterogeneous Catalysis for the Oleochemical Platform IL-4
Department of Inorganic Chemistry, University of Malaga, Spain

Rodrigo de Souza: Medicines for All: A Brazilian Perspective IL-5
Institute of Chemistry, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Oral Presentation (Check the Timeschedule)

The list includes only the presenting Author (OP = Oral Presentation; PO = Poster Presentation). The indexed Book of Abstract -- that will published as eBook available on all main bookstores online -- will include all Author names and affiliation.

Sébastien Paul: Realcat: An Advanced High-Throughput Platform Dedicated to Biorefineries Catalysts Design OP-1
Unité de Catalyse et de Chimie du Solide, Ecole Centrale de Lille, France

Päivi Elisa Mäki-Arvela
: Catalytic Synthesis of Dioxinol Formed by Addition of a Monoterpenoid, Verbenol Oxide, with Benzaldehydes over Metal Modified Zeolites OP-2
Process Chemistry Centre, Åbo Akademi University, Turku/Åbo, Finland

Damien Debecker
: Original Sol-Gel Strategies for Succesful Catalyst Preparation: From Bulk Petrochemistry to Green Chiral Synthesis OP-3
Institute of Condensed Matter and Nanoscience –Molecules, Solids and Reactivity (IMCN/MOST), Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium

Doris Ruiz: Chiral Nanoparticles on SiO2 as Catalysts in Enantioselective Hydrogenation OP-4
Physical Chemistry Department, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Concepcion, 407037, Chile

Giovanni Palmisano: N-doped anatase/rutile for the photocatalytic synthesis of aromatic aldehydes under ultraviolet and solar light OP-5
Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, Chemistry Department, nstitute Center for Water and Environment, United Arab Emirates

Luigi Da Vià: Selective Photocatalytic Oxidation of Glucose to Value-Added Products with Ttania-supported Gold and Silver Nanoparticles under Visible Light OP-6
Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy, Chemistry Department, University of Liverpool, UK

Francesco Mauriello: Hydrogenolysis vs APR of Glycerol Promoted by Heterogeneous Pd/Fe Catalyst OP-7
Dipartimento DICEAM, Università Mediterranea di Reggio Calabria, Italy

Alberto De Riccardis: Phtalocyanine/TiO2 and Porphyrin/TiO2 Photocatalysts Used in Processes Under Mild Conditions OP-8
Department of Engineering for Innovation, University of Salento, Lecce, Italy

Chiara Deiana: Production of Dibutyl Carbonate by Insertion of CO2 in Titanium(IV) Butoxide OP-9
Department of Chemistry and Centre for ‘‘Nanostructured Interfaces and Surfaces-NIS’’, University of Torino, Italy

Poster Presentation (Check the Timeschedule)

Suzan A. Khayyat: Application of Semiconductor Nanoparticle Photocatalysis for Oxidation of Cyclohexane PO-1
Department of Chemistry King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia

Francesco Parrino: Photocatalytic Isomerization of Caffeic Acid and its Cyclization to Esculeting PO-2
"Schiavello-Grillone" Photocatalysis Group,  DEIM Department, University of Palermo, Italy

Cristina García-Sancho: WO3 Supported on Zr-SBA-15 for Glycerol Dehydration to Acrolein PO-3
Universidad de Málaga, Departamento de Química Inorgánica, Cristalografía y Mineralogía, Spain

Marzia Sciortino: The Second-Generation Citrus Biorefinery PO-4
Istituto per lo Studio dei Materiali Nanostrutturati, CNR, Palermo, Italy

Maria Luisa Testa: Heterogeneous Photoactive Susbstances Isolated from Urban Biowaste for Environmental Application PO-5
Istituto per lo Studio dei Materiali Nanostrutturati, CNR, Italy

Francesca Pomilla: Photocatalytic Conversion of Glucose in Aqueous Suspensione of Heteropolyacid-TiO2 Composites PO-6
"Schiavello-Grillone" Photocatalysis Group, DEIM Department, University of Palermo, Italy

Erika Amore: PEG-ylated Graphene Oxide (GO-PEG) as New Carrier for Chemotherapeutic Agent Delivery PO-7
Istituto per lo Studio dei Materiali Nanostrutturati, CNR, Italy, and STEBICEF Department, University of Palermo, Italy

Chiara Botto: Delivery of DNA Plasmid by Cationic Solid Lipid Nanoparticles for Hepatocarcinoma PO-8
Istituto per lo Studio dei Materiali Nanostrutturati, CNR, Italy, and STEBICEF Department, University of Palermo, Italy

Publishing Partner, Poster Prizes and  Instructions for Poster Presentation

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.

The Journal offers two poster prizes (RSC books and certificates) to the Authors of the two best posters.

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.

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, to not incur in fitting problems when mounting your poster. Compact posters printed on one large sheet of paper is highly recommended.

Organizing Committee, Themes and Research Context

Jointly organised by the Institute of Nanostructured Materials of Italy’s Research Council (CNR) and by Palermo's University DEIM Department, the meeting was born out of the 2011 themed issue of Catalysis Science & Technology "Heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals" dedicated to Prof. Michele Rossi.

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

•    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

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 2015 will hopefully further advance this progress.

Further information

Dr M. Pagliaro ( - Prof. L. Palmisano (

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