May 23, 2007
CSCB hosts COST Action D40 Workshop

“Innovation 1” which took place at the CSCB on May 20-22 was the first of five meetings supporting the COST Action D40 in “Innovative Catalysis: New Processes and Selectivities”. This Action involves 22 European countries and will run from 2006 to 2011.

The primary objective is the discovery of new, highly innovative, pre-competitive research that lays the foundation for providing new industrial products and processes with significant competitive advantages over the current state of the art.

Delegates at COST D40 Innovation 1 at CSCB on May 22
Attendees at the COST D40 Workshop on Innovative Catalysis held in the Centre for Synthesis and Chemical Biology from May 20-22 2007

Over 80 delegates attended the meeting which was organised by Professor Pat Guiry. The workshop included presentations and discussions by members of the three COST D40 Working Groups and a programme of talks and poster presentations.

Professor Simon Woodward, Chair COST Action D40, opened the meeting
welcoming members of the group and describing the next five years of the programme as an “unparalleled opportunity for integrating new and old ideas and conceiving new ways forward for catalysis.”

Photo of Professors Pat Guiry, Serafino Gladiali and Simon Woodward
From left: Professor Pat Guiry with Professor Serafino Gladiali (Vice-Chair, COST D40) and Professor Simon Woodward (Chair, COST D40)

The first plenary lecture was given by Professor Guy Lloyd-Jones, University of Bristol, UK entitled Multi-Descriptor LFER Analysis of Transition Metal Catalysed Reactions. He discussed a quantitative approach to ligand design describing the idea of “ligand space” and how he believes that researchers are at the beginning of a journey towards predictive transition metal catalysis.

Professor Patrick J. Walsh, University of Pennsylvania, USA gave the second plenary lecture on Asymmetric C-C and C-O Bond Forming Reactions. He described highly selective one-pot methods and new tandem reactions for the synthesis of heterocycles.

Chemists’ role in confronting the challenge the world faces with regard to energy was discussed on Tuesday morning. The final plenary lecture on Catalysis, Green Chemistry and Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities by Professor Roger A. Sheldon, Technical University of Delft, Netherlands presented catalysis as the solution. Professor Sheldon outlined the need to replace traditional procedures with catalytic alternatives. He stressed the importance for chemists to ensure they are focusing on the economically and environmentally acceptable reactions and products which will be needed by the chemical industry in the future.

Parallel sessions in the afternoon gave members of the three Working Groups the opportunity for discussion in the areas of Oxidation, Reduction and C-C and
C-Hetero Bond Forming Reactions.

Short term scientific missions (STSMs) were agreed to within and between the three Working Groups and will start in September 2007. The next meeting in this series is to be held in Tarragona, Spain in May 2008.


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