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, Palazzo Steri
General Information: Accommodation, Social program, Palermo, etc
How to attend: Download and send the Registration form (Word) via email only

The 6th edition of the FineCat Symposium will be held in Palermo, Italy, on April 5-6, 2017. Eminent chemists will once again be the plenary speakers of this top Symposium at University of Palermo's splendid Palazzo Steri.

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 at the previuous editions of the meeting: 


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.

Publishing Partner

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.

Registration and Payment

Delegate: 300 EUR
Accompanying person: 70 EUR

The Registration form (Word) must be followed by appropriate remittance, otherwise registration cannot be accepted.

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

Further information

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

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