FineCat 2016 - Symposium on heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals


Established in 2011, after the themed issue of Catalysis Science & Technology "Heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals" dedicated to Prof. Michele Rossi, and jointly organised by the Institute of Nanostructured Materials of Italy’s Research Council (CNR) and by Palermo's University DEIM Department, 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 will open each of the 2 conference days at University of Palermo's splendid Palazzo Steri.

Plenary Lectures

Valentine Ananikov and Bert Sels: Plenarists at FineCat 2016Valentine P. Ananikov, Heterogeneous Catalysis in the Eyes of Fine Organic Chemists: Selective Formation of C-C and C-Heteroatom Bonds (PL-1)
ND Zelinsky Institute of Organic Chemistry, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia

Bert Sels, Interesting Chemicals from KUL's Catalytic Biorefinery (PL-2)
Centre for Surface Chemistry and Catalysis, Leuven Catholic University, Leuven, Belgium

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

Themes and Abstract Submission

Oral and Poster abstracts are now invited for FineCat 2016 within any of the themes listed below:

•    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

Abstracts should be submitted by 31 January 2016.

Submitting authors will be notified of the outcome of the review process within two weeks of the submission deadline.

Please use the template in Word to prepare your abstract. The abstracts should be no longer than one A4 page in portrait layout. Please ensure you provide the details of the presenting author and indicate whether you are submitting an abstract for oral or poster presentation. Abstracts should be submitted via email only (address your abstract to:

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.

Poster Prizes and Instructions for Poster Presentation

The same 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.


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 ( - Prof. L. Palmisano (

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