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FineCat 2014 - Symposium on heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals6-Mar-2014
FineCat 2014 is rapidly approaching. On behalf of Italy's chemical community, thanks again for joining us in Palermo for the “FineCat 2014 - Symposium on heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals”.
The Symposium will be hosted on the morning of April 2nd and 3rd in the splendid Sala delle Capriate of the Steri Palace, hall of Palermo's University Rectorate.
Featuring the plenary lectures of eminent chemists David Cole-Hamilton, Serge Kaliaguine, Paolo Fornasiero and Jose Antonio Lopez-Sanchez, the third FineCat Symposium will hopefully provide another pleasant learning and networking opportunity among researchers working at the development of solid catalysts for the clean production of fine chemicals.
The scientific program highlights exciting innovation in fields as diverse as new biomass upgrade, new encapsulated metal nanoparticles and visible light photocatalysis.
We hope that the beauty of the Symposium venue and of the 2,700 years old city of Palermo, crossroad of the Phoenician, Roman, Arab and Norman civilizations, will be a pleasant setting for the symposium.
Finally, do not forget to take part ino the Symposium’s social program that includes both a guided tour of Palazzo Steri and a visit and social dinner in the splendid Tasca d’Almerita Estate.
Enjoy the meeting and your stay!
Mario Pagliaro and Leonardo Palmisano
Chairman and Co-Chairman of FineCat 2014
Full Symposium ProgramConference Venue: Sala delle Capriate, Palazzo Steri, University of Palermo
When: 2-3 April-2014 (each day, h 9:00-13:00)
Registration: Download and send the Registration form [Still possible to register]
Invited LecturesDavid Cole-Hamilton (School of Chemistry University of St. Andrews)
Flow Catalysis Using Supported Homogeneous Catalysts
Serge Kaliaguine (Department of Chemical Engineering, Université Laval)
Preparation of Ti-SBA-15 Epoxidation Catalysts
Jose Antonio Lopez-Sanchez (Chemistry Department, University of Liverpool)
Opportunities and Challenges for Chemo-catalysis in Biomass to Chemicals Processes: a Critical Perspective
Paolo Fornasiero (Department of Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Trieste)
Designing Catalysts by Manipulation of Clusters and Nanocrystals as Building Blocks
How to get to Palermo from the AirportThe most comfortable way to reach the airport or the city is to order via e-mail a dedicated taxi service (25 Eur each run, independent of the passengers number) to Spada Transfer in Sicily. If you wish to use this service, prior to your departure reserve your car by emailing email at email@example.com.
The transfer time from Palermo’Airport to the city center takes about 40 minutes. Please note that this is an estimated transfer time and does not take into account traffic and road conditions.
Bus (to Palermo) Prestia & Comandé Frequency: every half hour (4.00 am-11.00 pm) One way ticket: € 6.10 Phone: 091 586 351
Train (to Palermo) Trenitalia (Trinacria Express Train) Station “Notarbartolo” of Palermo Frequency: every half hour (4.45 am-12.40 pm) One way ticket: € 5,50 Phone: 091 704 40 07.
Aims and ScopeJointly organised by the Institute of Nanostructured Materials of Italy’s Research Council (CNR) and by Palermo's University DEIM Department, the meeting -- whose idea was born out of the 2011 themed issue of Catalysis Science & Technology "Heterogeneous catalysis for fine chemicals" dedicated to Prof. Michele Rossi -- aims to provide an opportunity for contact between academic and industrial researchers, manufacturers and users of solid catalysts for the efficient and selective production of fine chemicals.
The scientific level of this Symposium is testified by the previous speakers at the 2013 and 2012 editions of the meeting: Graham Hutchings, Gadi Rothenberg, Claudio Banchini and Tyler McQuade.
The Organizing Committee includes Mario Pagliaro (CNR), Leonardo Palmisano (Palermo's University), Rosaria Ciriminna (CNR), Cristina Della Pina and Ermelinda Falletta (University of Milan), and Palermo's University Giovanni Palmisano, Vittorio Loddo, Giuseppe Marcì and Elisa García-Lopez. The Symposium Organizing Comittee is responsible for reviewing submitted abstracts and suggesting additional speakers.
Call for Papers and Book of AbstractsAn ISBN-indexed Book of Abstracts has been produced and handed out at the Symposium delegates. The Book will also be published as eBook right before the Symposium inaugural day.
Offers of Abstracts were invited for within any of the themes listed below:
Please use the Abstract template (Word) to complete your Abstract. Abstracts produced using the template should be sent by email attachment only to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following subject header: "FineCat 2014 Abstract".
- 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
Include your short bio in the Abstract and indicate whether you are submitting an Abstract for Oral or Poster presentation.
still possible to register.
Download and send the Registration form [Word]. Registration forms 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 the bank account details below:
Account Holder: Comitato Convegni FineCat e SuNEC
Fiscal Code: 06287560822
Bank: Banca Don Rizzo Credito Cooperativo della Sicilia Occidentale
Branch address: Filiale di Terrasini, Piazza Duomo 35, 900149 Terrasini (PA)
Legal address: Via Vittorio Emanuele II 15/17 91011 Alcamo (TP)
IBAN: IT 36 T 08946 43650 000013497958
Please, quote in the bank transfer the Symposium name (FineCat 2014), your name or the Institution/Company name as your reference, as this will enable us to identify the money when it is received.
It is not possible to pay by credit card.
Publishing Partner: Catalysis Science & TechnologyDelegates 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.
Social Program and Accompanying personAt the end of the 1st day morning session, the Rectorate will offer a guided tour of the splendid Palazzo Steri. On the afternoon of the 2nd day, the social program will start at 17:30 from Piazza Marina, in front of Palazzo Steri.
In about 2 h, a bus will then reach Regaleali namely the heart of the Tasca d'Almerita family's wine production.
There, following a guided tour of the winemakery a Sicilian dinner will be offered in the wonderful Resort.
Registration of Delegates and Conference Venue
The Conference hall, the Sala delle Capriate is located at the 3rd floor of this 12th century Palace. Just take the elevator, and exit turning to your left hand side.
The registration desk is located at the entrance of the Sala delle Capriate, the conference venue.
Conference Delegates are kindly encouraged to register at the Conference Desk already on the afternoon of April 1st /between h 15:00 and 16:30).
During both Symposium days the registration desk will remain open between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm.
Please remember that accompanying persons, too, need to register at the Conference Desk.
Instructions for Poster PresentationPosters should be 1.20 m high and 0.90 m wide. On printing your poster, please do not exceed the 1.2 m lenght in order to not incur in fitting problems when mounting your poster.
Compact posters printed on one large sheet of paper is highly recommended.
The poster boards will be numbered according to the program.
Authors are kindly requested to mount their poster on the day for which they are accepted (April 3) between 8:30 and 9:00 in the morning; and to be in front of their poster during the official session time, scheduled on April 3, 13:30-14:00.
Suitable adhesives (not damaging the poster) will be available next to the poster boards mounted on stands.
Poster Prizes: Book and Journal's e-subscription
Following successful partnership for FineCat 2012 and FineCat 2013, the RSC Publishing publisher has partnered again with the the organizers for the 2014 Symposium.
The publisher has agreed to offer a poster prize for the best poster at the event, namely a 1 year’s free personal e-subscription to Dalton Transactions.
World Scientific, a leading scientific publisher in the Asia-Pacific region, offers as Poster Prize two copies of the book Design and Applications of Single-Site Heterogeneous Catalysts by John Meurig Thomas (University of Cambridge, UK) - a nicely written text by a leading catalysis expert.
Reaching out Palermo and AccommodationSeveral airlines operate regular flights to Palermo's "Falcone e Borsellino" airport.
WeatherWeather in April is usually warm and sunny (25°C). Check personally the weather situation and forecast.
Suggested accommodationIn the Symposium area (walking distance).
Sicily and PalermoSicily was voted “the best destination in the world” in 2009 and second “best island” in 2010 by readers of Condé Nast Traveller. The largest island in the Mediterranean, and largest region in Italy, Sicily is packed with things to see and places to go, so you shouldn’t expect to “do” it all in one go. The island has 5 million inhabitants and hosts an enormously varied and important cultural heritage.
Palermo is a 2,700 years old city with about 600,000 inhabitants. Entirely built in front of the sea, it has gone through Phoenician, Roman, Arab, Norman, German, Spanish, French and Italian domination which resulted in a unique mix of cultures well reflected by the magnificent cultural heritage of the city.
Testifying to this are the different urban strata that have changed the face of the city over the centuries. The city's name derives from the Greek and means "all port", to indicate the width of the approach and the importance of this trading post. In fact, Palermo was founded by the Phoenicians, probably in the eighth century BC. Fortified and surrounded by defensive walls, in the fifth century BC it became the most important Carthaginian stronghold on the island.
After the Roman conquest, the barbarian invasions and Byzantine domination, then under the Arabs, who arrived in 831, Palermo became the capital of the autonomous emirate of Sicily and one of the busiest emporia of the Mediterranean. In the successive Norman period, the work of Byzantine, Arab and Latin craftsmen again transformed the architectural and urban fabric of the centre and the whole province, as the beautiful Palatine chapel and the Monreale cathedral testify. Finally, between the sixteenth and seventeenth century a new period of reconstruction occurred, that enriched the churches, palaces and monuments.
«The essential charms of this mysterious and intoxicating city -- has written has written Ariel Forman in The New York Times -- thankfully remain intact.
«The current face of this modern metropolis of the South is that of a mighty and mysterious city, enclosed in the labyrinth of Arabian lanes, in the magnificence of palaces and sanctuaries, in art treasures, in the charm of natural scenery, and in the unchanging values of ancient craft and food tradition».
LanguageThe official language of the conference will be English. No simultaneous translation will be provided.
Passport and VisasAll non-residents of the EU are required to have a valid passport.
Participants should check regarding visa requirements for travel to Italy. Applications should be made to the nearest Italian Embassy or Consulate as soon as possible. Citizens of member states of the European Union and the USA do not need visas.
Insurance and LiabilityParticipants are advised to arrange whatever insurance they consider necessary. No responsibility can be assumed by the Congress for personal accidents, sickness, theft, or property damage suffered by the participants.
ElectricityThe electrical current is 220 volts, 50 Hz.
BankingBank hours are Monday - Friday 8:30 - 13:30 and 15:45 - 16:30. Bank are closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
CurrencySince the beginning of 2002 the Euro is the official currency in Italy.
1 Euro = 100 Cents.
Coins: 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 Cents; 1, 2 Euros
Banknotes: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 Euros.
The Euro is usually abbreviated as EUR. The symbol of the Euro is €;.
Money can be changed at the airport, at banks, exchange bureaus, and larger hotels. For a cash advance, credit cards and Maestro-cards can be used at cash dispensers (Bancomat) which are available all over the city.
ShoppingTypical shopping hours are Monday to Saturday 9:00 - 13:00 and 16:30 - 20:00. Apart from some tobacconists and small supermarkets at petrol stations and at the main railway stations, shops are closed on Sundays. Luxury shops with an elegant clientele can be found in city downtown (via Libertà, via Ruggiero Settimo and via Maqueda).
Further informationDr M. Pagliaro (email@example.com) - Prof. L. Palmisano (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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