Watch Now: UK Catalysis Hub Conference – VIRTUAL

When: 7 – 8 December 2020
Where: Virtual

After careful consideration of the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19 we decided it was best to postpone the UK Catalysis Hub summer conference that was due to take place in July. 

The conference took place on the 7th and 8th of December 2020 and was a virtual event.

The conference included the presentation of the JMT Medal for Catalysis and a poster session showcasing work from the Hub postdocs. 

Speakers included:

Prof. Dr. Johannes A. Lercher, (TUM)
Dr. Marietjie Ungerer, Visiting Researcher, (Cardiff)
Prof. Johannes de Vries, (Rostock)


Click on the talk titles to watch recordings of the talks and view abstracts

Day One: 7/12/20

Session 1:
Chair: Christopher Hardacre, UK Catalysis Hub Director

11:00 -11:05 Welcome & Instructions – Prof. Christopher Hardacre

11:05 -11:35 Impact of aqueous phase on acid-base and metal catalyzed reactions – Prof. Dr. Johannes A. Lercher, (TUM)

11:35 -11:45 Catalytic Depolymerisation of Polycarbonates: Towards Chemical Recycling  – Frances Singer, (Bath)

11:45 -11:55 Integrating Catalysis Through Cascade Processes: Bio-derived Butanol to Propene via Dehydration, Isomerisation and Metathesis – Yiping Shi, (Durham)

11:55 -12:05 Q & A session

12:05 -13:00 Lunch Break

Session 2:
Chair: Professor Richard Catlow, (UCLCardiff)

13:00 -13:05 Welcome & Instructions – Prof. Richard Catlow

13:05 -13:15 Improved In-situ Catalytic Reactor Design at Central Facilities – Shaojun Xu, (Cardiff)

13:15 -13:25 Q & A session

13:25 -14:05 Sir John Meurig Thomas Medal Presentation Special winner announcement and talkWatch a recording of the JMT Medal presentation and winning lecture

14:05 -15:00 Virtual Poster Session – Posters presenters set up individual Zoom meetings so attendees can join with the poster presenter that interests them the most. Visit for a poster list and the meeting links. Posters will also be shared via Twitter using #CatHubConfPoster during the conference

Day Two: 8/12/20

Session 3:
Chair: Professor Nick Turner, (Manchester)

9:00 -9:05 Welcome & Instructions – Prof. Nick Turner

9:05 -9:35 New monomers and polymers based on levulinic acid – Prof. Johannes de Vries, (Rostock)

9:35 -09:45 Energy-efficient destruction of organics in shale gas brin­es – probing the chloride resistance of plasmonic catalysts – William Dlamini, (Cardiff)

09:45 -10:15 Academic Publishing Q&A Session:  A brief presentation and opportunity to ask a leading scientific publisher about the process and benefits of academic publishing  – Stephen Soehnlen (World Scientific) – Watch recording

10:15 -10:30 Q & A session

10:30 -11:00 Tea and Coffee Break

Session 4:
Chair: Professor Matthew Davidson, (Bath)

11:00 -11:05 Welcome & Instructions – Prof. Matthew Davidson

11:05 -11:35 Interaction of SO2 and H2O with the Platinum (001), (011),and (111) Surfaces: A DFT Study. – Dr. Marietjie Ungerer, Visiting Researcher, (Cardiff)

11:35 -11:45 Understanding structure-function relationship in NH3-SCO using combined spatially resolved operando techniques – Donato Decarolis, (Cardiff)

11:45 -11:55 The Nature and Reactivity of Sulfur containing Species on Sulfated Zirconia Surface – Maicon Delarmelina, (Cardiff)

11:55 -12:05 Q & A session

12:05 -12:15 Poster Prize handout

12:15 -13:15 EDI session: Careers in Science – routes to success no matter your background – Dr. Miriam O’Duill (Nottingham), Dr. Tanvir Hussain (Nottingham) & Dr. Nelson Dzade (Cardiff)Watch recording

Join the 2020 #CatHubConfPoster event:

  • Register to submit a poster  – Email with your poster title and abstract
  • Tweet your poster with a title, #CatHubConfPoster and relevant subject hashtag(s)  – during the 24h conference beginning 09:00 BST 7 December 2020
  • Discuss and engage – throughout the 24h conference; make sure to answer the questions from the community, committee and comment on other #CatHubConfPosters
  • The virtual poster session will take place on the 7th December at 14:05 -15:00 BST. Please set up a Zoom meeting (via your university Zoom) for that time and send me the link and I will send out a list of all the poster session links to all the meeting attendees so they can join the poster presenter that interests them the most.
  • Win prizes if your #CatHubConfPoster is deemed best by poster competition Chairs at the end of the conference on the 8 December 2020.

The deadline for poster abstracts is 17:00 BST, Friday 27th November 2020.

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