EUROPACAT 2017 in Florence will be the opportunity to discuss and review the challenges the discipline is facing nowadays, as a key science towards an eco-efficient use of chemistry and energy. Major focus in the program will be on the major challenges catalysis is facing in the next decades. For this reason, the subtitle “A bridge to the future” was chosen. Below a description of the sixth topics in which Europacat 2017 is organized, with some indications (not exhaustive) of the aspects covered.
TOPIC 1: Catalysis to address the evolving energy and chemical scenario
New raw materials (from natural gas to biomass and CO2, including non-conventional fossil fuels); use of renewable energy in integration with catalysis; energy-saving processes through catalysis; process intensification by catalysis and integration of catalysis with other technologies (e.g. membrane technologies) to reduce the number of process steps; new catalytic technologies for energy storage and conversion (including fuel cells, H2 production and storage); catalysis for novel polymer materials and intermediates.
Alessandra BERETTA (LCCP, Politecnico Milano) Johannes A. LERCHER (TUM, Germany and PNNL, US)
TOPIC 2: Catalysis for a cleaner and sustainable future
Catalysis for eco-technologies (from air to water and waste; stationary and mobile; including photocatalysis); towards 100% selectivity; catalysts in novel process design for resource and energy efficiency; cleaner fuels in refining ; novel catalytic processes to reduce eco-impact of fine and specialty chemicals production (including asymmetric catalysis, organocatalysis and enzymatic process, tandem process); eco-conception (LCA) of catalysts and processes.
Ilenia Giuseppina ROSSETTI (Univ. Milano, Italy) Martin MÜHLER and Lukas GOOSSEN (Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany)
TOPIC 3: Addressing catalysis complexity
Catalyst design for multistep reactions, for bulky molecules; catalysis for materials with specific properties (electronic, photonic, magnetic); synthesis of advanced and hybrid catalytic systems with tailored reactivity: functional nanoarchitectures in catalysts, novel preparation methods, integrating homo-, hetero- an bio-catalysis, novel nanoparticles, organometallic complexes, organocatalysts, biomimetic catalysts and enzymes, catalysis with immobilized or single site complexes.
TOPIC 4: Understanding and design catalyst from molecular to material scale
From deductive to predictive catalysis; theory and modelling of catalysis; new approaches in catalysts and reaction mechanism (including in-situ and operando methods); model systems (including surface science approach); bridging molecular to reactor engineering aspects in designing new processes; kinetics and reaction engineering.
Elena Clara GROPPO (Univ. Torino, Italy) Dirk De VOS (KU Leuwen, Belgium) Stain SVELLE (UiO, Norvay)
TOPIC 5: Expanding catalysis concepts
Catalysis with electrons, photons and energy sources other than heat; catalyst design to operate under non-conventional or extreme conditions; use of non-conventional solvents in catalytic processes; novel catalytic materials.
Barbara BONELLI (Politecnico Torino, Italy) Marco DATURI (Univ. de Caen/ENSICAEN/CNRS, France)
For TOPIC 6 (Industrial Catalysis) see related page.