FineCat 2017 - Symposium on heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals

What: FineCat 2017 - Symposium on heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals
Where and When: Palermo, 5 April 2017
General Information: Accommodation, Social program, Palermo, etc
How to attend: Send the Registration form
Scientific program

Dear Colleague,

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

Since 2012, FineCat provides 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 splendid conference venue, and the surrounding 2,700 years old city of Palermo will hopefully enhance your meeting 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, Mesoporous Ceramic Nanofibers for Heterogeneous Catalysis
Chemical Engineering Department, Technion, Israel

Raed Abu-Reziq, Nanostructured Materials, Nano-and Microreactors as Platforms  for Heterogeneous Catalysis
The Institute of Chemistry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel


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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