FineCat 2016 - Symposium on heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals

What: FineCat 2016 - Symposium on heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals
When: 6-7 April 2016
Where: Palermo, Palazzo Steri
General Information: Accommodation, Social program, Palermo, etc
How to attend: Download and send the Registration form (Word) via email only
Abstract submission: Deadline extended to 29-Feb-2016
Timeschedule: Temporary scientific program

The 5th edition of the FineCat Symposium will be held in Palermo, Italy, on April 6-7, 2016. Eminent chemists Valentine Ananikov, Bert Sels and Babak Karimi are the eminent plenary speakers of the Symposium at University of Palermo's splendid Palazzo Steri. The scientific program below is temporary. Abstracts can be sent within the extended deadline of February 29th.

Plenary Lectures

Valentine Ananikov, Bert Sels and Babak Karimi: Plenary Speakers 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, Université Catholique de Louvain, Leuven, Belgium

Babak Karimi, The Use of  Periodic Mesoporous Organosilicas with Imidazolium framework as Novel Functional Materials in Catalysis (PL-3)
Institute for Advanced Studies in Basic Sciences, Gava Zang, Iran

Oral Presentation

Fabian Meemken, Proline-Mediated Asymmetric Hydrogenation of Isophorone on Pd Supported Catalyst (OP-1)
Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Chiara Pezzotta, Rejuvenation of Heteropolyacid-Based Catalysts for the Friedel-Crafts Alkylation (OP-2)
Institute of Condensed Matter and Nanosciences, Université Catholique de Louvain, Leuven, Belgium

Ludivine van der Biggelar, Biocatalytic Transaminations in Continuous Flow (OP-3)
Institute of Condensed Matter and Nanosciences, Université Catholique de Louvain, Leuven, Belgium

Anna Brisou, New Mixed Oxide Catalysts Obtained by Non-Hydrolytic Sol-Gel (OP-4)
Catalysis and Separation Division, IFP Energies nouvelles, Solaize, France

Mangesh Ramesh Avhad, Glycerol-Activated Calcium Oxide Catalyst for Biodiesel Production from Crude Jatropha Curcas Oil (OP-5)
Chemical Engineering Department, Faculty of Chemistry, Complutense University, Madrid, Spain; Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Oslo, Norway.

Logo of the FineCat 2016 Symposium - Palermo, 6-7 April 2016Poster Presentation

Laura Rodriguez-Garcia, Computational Modelling of Flow-Through Reactor Cells for Operando ATR-IR Studies (PO-1)
Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

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 29 February 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, and ensure you provide the details of the presenting author and indicate whether you are submitting an abstract for oral or poster presentation.. The abstracts should be no longer than one A4 page in portrait layout. Abstracts should be submitted via email only to: rosaria.ciriminna[at]


Delegate: 300 EUR
Accompanying person: 70 EUR

All payments for the congress will be made in Euro (EUR). Registration forms (Word) must be followed by appropriate remittance, otherwise registration cannot be accepted. Payments should be made in full and completed by bank transfer only (wire transfer, free of charges for the recipient), using bank account details shortly to be communicated here. Delegate registration includes:

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

It is not expected that accompanying persons will attend scientific sessions. Their registration fee includes the social program (welcome reception, excursion and social dinner).
Please remember that accompanying persons need to register at the registration desk.

On completing the payment, please clearly specify the name of the delegate/institution ("Attendance of FineCat 2016 of Dr John Smith/University of...").

Please notice that, due to tight budget constraints, no charges for the recipient should be applied. It is not possible to pay by credit card.

For cancellation before February 29, 2016, 80% of the fee paid will be refunded.

Cancellation after this date will result in forfeiture of the registration fee.


Established in 2011, after the themed issue of Catalysis Science & Technology "Heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals" dedicated to Prof. Michele Rossi, 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: 

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 Prize

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


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

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