5 November 2014

RSC/SCI Challenges in Catalysis for Pharmaceuticals and Fine Chemicals IV

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RSC, Burlington House, London, UK

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The RSC Applied Catalysis Group and the SCI Fine Chemicals Group are pleased to announce ‘Challenges in Catalysis IV’, returning by popular demand, following highly successful meetings in 2007, 2009 and 2011. Once again, an exciting programme has been assembled to highlight the current challenges and practices of catalytic science in the Pharmaceutical and Fine Chemicals industries. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, registration costs have been kept at as low as possible! Topics to be covered this time will include the latest developments in modelling and mechanism in catalytic processes, non-precious metal catalysis, direct amidation, biocatalysis and organocatalysis.


Day 1

Session chairman: Paul Murray, Paul Murray Catalysis Consulting, UK
Introduction and Welcome
What goes around comes around, or does it?
Guy Lloyd-Jones, Bristol University, UK
The current art of modelling organocatalysis: the Houk-List model revisited a decade on
Henry Rzepa, Imperial College (UK)
Lunch and poster display
Session chairman: David Alker, David Alker Associates, UK
Tom Moody, Almac Group
Important catalytic transformations for drug development
Chris Senanayake, Boehringer Ingelheim, USA
How much catalyst do we need?
Carsten Bolm, University of Aachen, Germany
Refreshments and poster display
Session chairman: Andy Whiting, Durham University, UK
Poster prize awards
Direct amide formation - the issues, the art, the industrial application
David Jackson, Syngenta, Switzerland
Pot-economy in total synthesis
Yojiro Hayashi, Tohoku University, Japan
Closing remarks
Andy Whiting, Durham University, UK
Wine mixer and depart
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Venue and Contact


Royal Society of Chemistry
Burlington House, Picadilly
London ‎W1J 0BA


Maggi Churchouse

Tel: +44 (0)1359 221004

Email: maggi@maggichurchouseevents.co.uk


Earlybird fees - before 12 September 2014
GB£120 . . . . . . . . .SCI / RSC Member 
GB£45. . . . . . . . . . SCI / RSC Student
GB£160 . . . . . . . . .Non Member
GB£80. . . . . . . . . . Non Member Student 

Standard fees - from 12 September 2014
GB£150 . . . . . . . . .SCI / RSC Member 
GB£50 .. . . . . . . . . SCI / RSC Student
GB£190 . . . . . . . . .Non Member
GB£95. . . . . . . . . ..Non Member Student

Please note 'student' means undergraduate or post-graduate, not post-doctoral student.

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Additional Info


We are pleased to offer:

  • Free registration for the first 10 students who are accepted to present a poster (first come first served). 
  • The option to apply for a travel bursary, available to RSC student members presenting a poster. 

Organising Committee

David Alker, David Alker Associates, SCI Fine Chemicals Group
Andy Whiting, Durham University, RSC Applied Catalysis Group
Paul Murray, Paul Murray Catalysis Consulting, RSC Applied Catalysis Group


There will be a small exhibition of relevant trade stands. The exhibition fee is £500 which includes one trade stand staff (no access to the symposium).