Catalytic Sustainability in the Future

Catalytic Sustainability in the Future 

13th February 2015
at the
University of Manchester


Catalysis is central to any efforts to address the Grand Challenge, however many of the catalytic systems required for fine chemical synthesis rely upon precious metals which are nearing depletion.  The issue of sustainability surrounding these catalysts presents both a key challenge and an opportunity for the development of modern catalysts. 

The aim of this meeting is to bring together researchers to discuss catalytic sustainability in Chemical Sciences from several complementary perspectives:

  • The Development of Non-Precious Metal Catalysts
  • Optimisation of Catalytic Precious Metal Systems
  • Elucidation of Catalytic Pathways

In addition to keynote presentations around these themes, there will be a flash poster session and the opportunity to meet with experts in the field from both Academia and Industry.

Meeting report: Download here

Program:  Also available to download as a PDF here


10:15 Registration and coffee
11:00 Welcome and Introduction
Prof. Steve Marsden (University of Leeds, Dial-a-Molecule Co-I)
11:15 Amino-Boronates – Making them and using them
Prof. Andrew Whiting (Durham University)
11:45 Catalysis with low valent f-elements: a theoretical journey
Prof. Laurent Maron (University of Toulouse)
12:35 Lunch
13:30 Stepping up to the copper plate – base metals do valuable catalysis too
Dr Jonathan Moseley (CatScI Ltd)
14:00 X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy in Synthetic Catalysis
Dr Bao Nguyen (University of Leeds)
14:30 Catalysis in Flow
Dr K. K. (Mimi) Hii (Imperial College)
15:00 Challenges of sustainable catalysis in the pharmaceutical industry
Dr Katherine Wheelhouse (GSK)
15:30 Refreshment break
16:00 Flash poster presentations
16:40 Towards sustainable catalysis for sustainable polymers
Prof Matthew Davidson (University of Bath)
17:10 Sm(III) organic transformations
Prof. David Procter (University of Manchester)
17:40 Poster and wine reception