Winter Conference 2023

When: 18 & 19 December 2023
Where: Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell Campus, Fermi Avenue, Didcot, Oxfordshire, OX11 0QX

On the 18th and 19th of December 2023 the UK Catalysis Hub will host its annual winter conference and networking meeting. The Conference will take place at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire. The event will be a hybrid event so we will have the option to attend virtually for those who can’t attend in person.

The conference will start at lunchtime on the 18th and the main conference will conclude at lunchtime on the 19th December. There will be the JMT medal presentation, a poster session on the evening of the 18th December and dinner by invitation on the evening of the 18 December. Lectures continue until lunchtime on the 19th.

Speakers include researchers from the Catalysis Hub and internationally renowned speakers and industrialists covering a range of topics in catalysis.

Confirmed speakers include:

Prof. Suzanne Blum, University of California, Irvine
Dr. Sudip Chakraborty, Harish-Chandra Research Institute
Prof. Jacqueline Cole, Cambridge
Dr. Michael Forde, University of the West Indies
Dr. Arthur Graf, Cardiff 
Dr Yujie Ma, Manchester
Dr. Thomas McGuire, Oxford
Dr. Pierre Moreau, Plastic Energy Ltd
Dr. Abraham Nieva de la Hidalga, Cardiff University
Dr. Andy Wain, National Physical Laboratory

Click on the talk titles below to view abstracts and speaker biographies:

18 December 2023

12:00 -13:00 β€“ Buffet Lunch – Visitors Centre (R112)

Session 1 β€“ Pickavance Lecture Theatre (R22) Chair: Professor Graham Hutchings, Cardiff   

13:00 -13:05 β€“ Welcome – Pickavance Theatre (Building R22)

13:05 -13:50 β€“ Prof. Jacqueline Cole, Cambridge – Data-driven design of catalysts for sustainable applications

13:50 -14:35 β€“ Dr. Andy Wain, National Physical Laboratory  β€“ Using In Situ Vibrational Spectroscopy to Probe (Electro)Catalytic Interfaces

14:35 -14:55 β€“ Dr. Thomas McGuire, Oxford  β€“ Chemical Recycling of Commercial Poly(l-lactic acid) to l-Lactide Using a High-Performance Sn(II)/Alcohol Catalyst System

14:55 -15:25 β€“ BREAK

Session 2 β€“ Pickavance Lecture Theatre (R22) Chair: Professor Christopher Hardacre, Manchester

15:25 -16:10 β€“ Dr. Pierre Moreau, Plastic Energy  β€“ Acceleration of End-of-Life Plastic Chemical Recycling by Catalysis

16:10 -16:30 β€“ Dr. Arthur Graf, Cardiff – PiFM: Deciphering the nano-world

16:30 -17:15 β€“ Prof. Suzanne Blum, University of California, Irvine β€“ Insights into Polymerization through Chemical Imaging – Speaking virtually

17:15 -18:15 β€“ Sir John Meurig Thomas Medal Presentation  β€“ Special winner announcement and presentation

18:15 -19:00  β€“ Poster Session & Refreshments, Visitors Centre (R112)

20:00 Dinner by invitation only

19 December 2023

8:30 -8:55 β€“ Tea and Coffee, Visitors Centre (R112)

Session 3 β€“ Pickavance Lecture Theatre (R22) Chair: Professor Richard Catlow, UCLCardiff

09:00 -09:10 β€“ Welcome

9:10 -9:55 β€“ Dr. Michael Forde, University of the West Indies – Green Catalysis Examples and Insights from the Caribbean

9:55 -10:15 β€“ Dr Yujie Ma, Manchester β€“ Direct Conversion of Methane to Ethylene and Acetylene over an Iron-Based Metalβˆ’Organic Framework

10:15 – 10:45 – BREAK: Tea and Coffee, Visitors Centre (R112)

Session 4 β€“ Pickavance Lecture Theatre (R22) Chair: Professor Matthew Davidson, UK Catalysis Hub Director   

10:45 -11:05 β€“ Dr. Abraham Nieva de la Hidalga, Cardiff University β€“ Using published data for the development of processing and analysis tools: XAS data processing use case

11:05 -11:50 β€“ Dr. Sudip Chakraborty, Harish-Chandra Research Institute β€“ Computational Advancement towards Efficient Catalytic Materials: Connecting a Few Dots

12:00 β€“ Conference Closes

12:00 – 13:00 β€“ Buffet Lunch Visitors Centre (R112)

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