Challenges in Catalysis

for Pharmaceuticals and Fine Chemicals V

Wednesday, 2nd November 2016

at the Royal Society of Chemistry at Burlington House, London, UK


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The RSC Applied Catalysis Group and the SCI Fine Chemicals Group were pleased to announce ‘Challenges in Catalysis V’, returning by popular demand, following highly successful meetings in 2007, 2009, 2011, and 2014.  Once again, an exciting programme was assembled to highlight the current challenges and practices of catalysis science in the Pharmaceutical and Fine Chemicals industries.

Topics covered this time were catalysis in cross-coupling reactions, novel catalytic methods and mechanism, catalysis in flow, novel reactor systems, and automation in catalyst discovery.


About the ACG

The Applied Catalysis Group aims to promote both hetero- and homogeneous catalysis through a range of activities including seminars, conferences and other professional activities related to chemical catalysis.


Call for Posters

The deadline for poster submissions was 9th September 2016.


Exhibition Opportunities

There was a small exhibition of relevant trade stands. The exhibition stands cost £500, and this included one trade stand staff (no access to the symposium).   The exhibition is now fully booked.

The exhibition package included:
• Stand area with space for roller panel or poster board to display products and services

• One table measuring 0.8 m deep x 1.6 m wide x 0.725 m high (optional)
• Inclusion of a single flyer in the delegate packs (to comprise no more than two pages of A4 fixed together)
• Inclusion of an advert slide to be played on rotation on the main screen during breaks
• Sponsor logo acknowledgement in the delegate handbook
• Attendance by one representative, including food and drinks mixer event (excludes access to technical programme).


Delegate pack inserts were offered at £200 - sponsor to provide pack inserts.

Programme   Presentations may be downloaded where speaker permission has been given and as highlighted in blue


Registration, refreshments and exhibition
 Session chairman:  Guy Lloyd-Jones, University of Edinburgh


Introduction and welcome


Continuous-flow organometallic catalysis using advanced fluids: towards adaptive catalytic systems for asymmetric catalysis

Walter Leitner, Institut für Technische und Makromolekulare Chemie (ITMC), University of Aachen


Rapid development of processes using automated flow reactors

Richard Bourne, iPRD (Institute of Process Research and Development), University of Leeds

12:00Lunch, exhibition and poster display
 Session chairman:  Paul Murray, Paul Murray Catalysis Consulting


Aerobic (alcohol) oxidation in flow

Paul Alsters, DSM

14:00Lewis base catalysis: reaction development and heterocycle synthesis

Andrew Smith, University of St Andrews

14:45Flow chemistry – blending the old with the new

Ian Baxendale, Durham University


Refreshments, exhibition, and poster display


Session chairman: Andy Whiting, Durham University


Poster prize awards


Catalysis in the pharmaceutical industry : challenges and approaches

Yi Hsiao (Xiao), Bristol Myers Squibb


Single electron processes to enable cross-couplings

Gary Molander, University of Pennsylvania

17:35Closing remarks
17:40Close, and walk to the Leicester Arms
17:50Drinks reception at the Leicester Arms, Glasshouse Street


We were pleased to offer:
• Free registration to the first 10 students who were accepted to present a poster (first-come, first-served).
• Travel bursaries were available to other student members attending the meeting.  Applicants must submit an abstract and be RSC members.



Registration fees for delegates included the evening drinks reception.


Registration fees to 8th September 2016
£120   RSC or SCI member
£160   Non-member
  £45  RSC or SCI student* member
  £80  Student* non-member

Registration fees from 9th September 2015
£150   RSC or SCI member

£190   Non-member
  £50   RSC or SCI student* member
  £95   Student* non-member

* Student is undergraduate or post-graduate, not post-doc

£500   Exhibition trade stand, including one stand staff (flat rate) -
now fully booked


Cancellation Policy

In the event of cancellation by 17th October 2016, 80% of the registration fee paid will be refunded. Cancellations must be received in writing. Refunds will not be possible from 18th October onwards, although substitutions are possible at any time.

In the unlikely event of cancellation of the meeting, fees paid will be refunded in full. Registration acknowledgements will be sent within two weeks.



The venue address is The Royal Society of Chemistry at Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BA.  For travel directions, follow this link.



A list of nearby accommodation options is available here.




We are grateful to our confirmed sponsors:










We rely on the generosity of our sponsors in order to keep registration costs as low as possible!


This event was jointly organised by the RSC's Applied Catalysis Group (ACG) and SCI's Fine Chemicals Group (FCG).


Organising Committee

David Alker (David Alker Associates)

Guy Lloyd-Jones (University of Edinburgh)

Paul Murray (Paul Murray Catalysis Consulting)

Andy Whiting - chairman (Durham University)


Secretariat Contact

Maggi Churchouse, 3 East Barn, Market Weston Road, Thelnetham, Diss IP22 1JJ, UK

Telephone: +44 (0)1359 221004



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