Challenges in Catalysis for Pharmaceuticals and Fine Chemicals V

As a member of the RSC applied catalysis group we ran a conference at Burlington House on the Challenges in Catalysis for Pharmaceuticals and Fine Chemicals V in conjunction with the SCI Fine Chemicals Group on the 2nd November. The event was attended by 90 people with about a 50/50 split between academia and industry.

We had superb academic talks from Prof Gary Molander (U Penn) on single electron processes to enable cross coupling, Prof Walter Leitner (RWTH) on continuous flow organometallic catalysis, Dr Ian Baxendale (Durham) on flow chemistry, Dr Richard Bourne (Leeds) on rapid development with automated flow reactors and Dr Andrew Smith (St Andrews) on Lewis base catalysis while Dr Paul Alsters from DSM spoke on aerobic oxidation in flow and Dr Yi Hsiao from BMS spoke on the BMS approach to catalysis. There were 21 excellent posters mostly from PhD students with three ACG book prizes awarded to Kate Madden (Durham), Katherine Geogheghan (Edinburgh) and Marco Sabatini (UCL).

The feedback from delegates was excellent and we look forward to organising Challenges VI in 2018.

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