FineCat 2017 - Symposium on heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals

What: FineCat 2017 - Symposium on heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals
When and Where: 5-6 April 2017. Palermo, Italy
General Information: Accommodation, Social program, Palermo, etc
How to attend: Send the Registration form (via email only)
Scientific program: Temporary (updated as Abstracts are received)
Submit your abstract by 15-Mar-2017

Palermo, February 2017

Dear Colleague,

Featuring the lectures of eminent chemists Stephen Hashmi, Gideon Grader, Babak Karimi and Raed Abu-Reziq, FineCat 2017 is rapidly approaching. The 6th edition of the “FineCat - Symposium on heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals”, indeed, will be hosted in the Steri Palace on April 5-6.

Do not hesitate to submit your Abstract and take part into one of Europe's premier meetings in catalysis providing an high-level and informal learning and networking opportunity to researchers working at the development of solid catalysts for the clean and economically viable production of fine chemicals.

The elegance of the real estate where the social dinner will be held, the splendid conference venue, and the surrounding 2,700 years old city of Palermo will hopefully contribute to make of FineCat 2017 an unforgettable experience.

Mario Pagliaro and Leonardo Palmisano
Chairman and Co-Chairman, FineCat 2017
Mario Pagliaro and Leonardo Palmisano, Chairmen, FineCat 2017

Invited speakers

A. Stephen K. Hashmi, New Aspects of Gold Catalysis
Institute for Organic Chemistry, University of Heidelberg, Germany
Gideon Grader, To be indicated
Chemical Engineering Department, Technion, Israel
Babak Karimi, To be indicated
Department of Chemistry, Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences, Iran
Raed Abu-Reziq, Nanostructured Materials, Nano- and Microreactors as Platforms for Heterogeneous Catalysis
The Institute of Chemistry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Offers of Abstract

Submission is open for Oral abstracts and poster presentations within the Symposium themes listed below:

Heterogeneous organo- and biocatalysis
Fine chemicals from biomass via solid phase catalysis
Heterogeneous photocatalysis for synthetic organic chemistry
Asymmetric heterogeneous catalysis
Atom economy and clean technology
Heterogeneous catalysis in green reaction media
Heterogeneous catalysis under flow conditions

Authors will be notified of the outcome of the review process within about 2 weeks of the submission deadline. The abstracts should be no longer than one A4 page in portrait layout and should use the template (Word) provided. Please ensure you provide the details of the presenting author and indicate which type of presentation you are submitting your abstract for.

Please send the abstract via email only to Dr R. Ciriminna (

Posters are displayed throughout the meeting with scheduled poster session on day 2.


Please download and email the Registration form (Word). The form must be followed by appropriate remittance, otherwise registration cannot be accepted.

The fee has been deliberately kept very low to incentivate young researcher attendance.

Delegate fee: 300 EUR
Accompanying person fee: 70 EUR

Delegate registration includes:

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

On completing the payment, please clearly specify the name of the delegate/institution ("Attendance of FineCat 2017 of Dr John Smith/University of..."). 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).


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 2017 will hopefully further advance this progress.

The Symposium

Established in 2012, following publication of the Catalysis Science & Technology themed issue "Heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals", 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 atthe previuous editions of the meeting: 
  • FineCat 2016: Valentine Ananikov, Bert Sels
  • FineCat 2015: Manfred Reetz, Irina Beletskaya, Pedro Maireles Torres, Oliver Kappe and Rodrigo de Souza
  • 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

Publishing Partner and Poster prizes

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.

The Journal further promotes the event through provision of poster prizes of online subscriptions to the journal, inclusion of a full or half-page advert in an issue of the journal, and promotion of the conference on its blog or e-TOC alerts sent to all of our subscribers

Further information

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

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