14 July 2023

Catalysis for a Sustainable Future

Organised by:

SCI's Materials Early Career Committee 

SCI, London, UK

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The ECR Materials annual conference returns again this year, continuing our committee theme of sustainable materials with a focus this year on catalysis to drive a sustainable tomorrow. Catalysis plays a huge part in directing the world towards sustainable progress, and contributes enormously to the UK economy. As such, research into improving catalytic processes, developing new catalytic materials and understanding homo- and heterogeneous reactions remains an integral part of both the industrial and academic landscape of UK chemistry.

Join us to take part in discussions, talks and networking opportunities between researchers and business in and associated with sustainable catalysis. There will be a particular focus on providing early career researchers with a platform on which to showcase their research, and we will be joined by prominent and well-established scientists to provide an overview of the scientific field at large, as well as hearing from the UK catalysis hub.

We will be joined by Keynote speakers Simon Kondrat (University of Loughborough), Melis Duyar (University of Surrey) and Luxfor catalysis division.

The Beilby Medal and Prize will also be awarded at this event.

This event is aimed at researchers in materials chemistry and specifically in the fields and sub-fields of catalysis in its various forms.

It will look to bring researchers from all career stages together, but maintaining an opportunity for ECRs to showcase work and develop contacts and network. It is also aimed at industry partners looking for new avenues of research into catalytic applications.

Call for Abstracts

Contributions are invited from early stage researchers and PhD students working in the materials science field focused on sustainable catalysis to submit an abstract for an oral or poster presentation. The poster session will be held in the garden room at Belgrave Square during lunch and after the talks. An abstract of maximum 250 words indicating title, authors, institution and preference for presentation option (Oral presentation or virtual poster) should be sent to conferences@soci.org by 19 June with the subject line “SCI Catalysis for Sustainable Future - abstract submission”. Presentation slots are inevitably limited and will be allocated to achieve a balanced programme – researchers will be invited to contribute a poster if submission is not chosen for oral presentation. Prizes will be awarded for the best presentation and poster. Abstract templates can be found  here

We are looking for abstracts in the following areas:

    • Catalytic materials for products from sustainable feedstocks
    • Catalysts for the production of sustainable materials
    • Catalytic materials for improved sustainable processes


Friday 14 July

Registration and refreshments
Welcome and introductions
Opening keynote
Dr. Melis Duyar, University of Surrey
High Performance, Ultralow Precious Metal Loading Hydrogen Fuel Cell Catalyst Layers: Preparation and Activity
Dr. Colleen Jackson, Imperial College London
Angus Pederson, Imperial College London
Refreshment break
Spotlight on Industry: Luxfor Group
Dr. Dave Scapens, Luxfer MEL Technologies
Beilby Medal Talk: Catalysis in energy-transition related reactions
Charlotte Vogt, Technion
Lunch and posters
Spotlight on Industry: Johnson Matthey
Dr. Stephen Poulston, Senior Principal Scientist
Characterization of Pd-Ni bi-metallic cluster-based catalysts prepared with a hybrid cluster source (hollow-cathode & magnetron sputtering)
Dr. Giuseppe Sanzone, Teer Coatings Ltd
The Effect of Metal Ratio and Precipitation Agent on Highly Active Iron-Manganese Mixed-Metal Oxide Catalysts for Propane Total Oxidation
Liam Bailey, Cardiff University
Refreshment break
Esterification/ Transesterification of free fatty acids (FFAs) and Triglyceride (TGs) with short-chain alcohol over novel surface functionalised PAN fibrous solid acid/base catalysts
Rawaz Ahmed, De Montford University
Bimetallic activity enhancements during the oxidative dehydrogenation of 5-hydroxymethyl furfural
Isaac Daniel, Cardiff University
Closing keynote
Dr. Simon Kondrat, Loughborough University
Drinks reception, posters and networking

For further information and prices, please email conferences@soci.org.
Venue and Contact


14/15 Belgrave Square

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Organising committee

Mark Isaacs, University College London / HarwellXPS
Chris Parlett, University of Manchester / Diamond Light Source
Cameron Price, University of Manchester
James Wickson, Croda
Shereen Aboarkaba, Synthomer
Lois Afua, Open University
Hatem Amli, MSS Products
Leanne Jones, University of Oxford
Ben Mair, Synthomer
Jack Swallow, University of Oxford
David Xie, Newcastle University