The International Conference on the Frontiers of Catalytic Science and Technology for the 21st Century will be held in Dalian (P.R. China) on June 3-6. The conference will be held at the Conference Center of Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences. The programme can be downloaded here.
This event is coupled with a meeting of the IACS Council members who will get together and discuss the IACS work with emphasis on the fostering of the international collaboration, and to promote the development of global catalysis science and technology to meet the challenges of the current global issues.

A new Society is born: Deutsche Gesellschaft für Katalyse (GECATS: German Catalysis Society)…
The German Catalysis Society ( follows from the merge of different entities formerly run under the sponsorship of ProcessNet (, DECHEMA (, VDI (, GDCh (, DBG (, and DGMK (
GeCatS is the platform for the whole German catalysis community, covering research and application activities. It counts at present approximately 1,000 members from industry and academia. The German Catalysis Society pursues the following goals:
* Interface function for the scientific-technological exchange between industry, universities, non-university research institutes and research-policy organisations
* Promotion of research and teaching
* Promotion of the scientific new generation
* Representation of the catalysis community on national and international levels
* Promotion of the understanding of the meaning of catalysis for general public
* Support of interdisciplinary cooperation
* Support of transfer of basic research results into industrial applications

An old Society changes its name…
The Société Française de Chimie, host Society of the French Catalysis Division has recovered its first (150 years old) name: Société Chimique de France (SCF). The corresponding revamped pages of the Division ( and of GECAT ( will be published next July.

A Physical & Theroetical Chemistry Symposium to be held in Shanghai…
In the frame of the 13th Asian Chemical Congress (, September 14-16, 2009, Shanghai (P.R. China), a Symposium on Physical & Theroetical Chemistry will be organised by Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, in partnership with the Chinese Chemical Society (CCS), under the Auspices of the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies (FACS).
The Physical & Theoretical Chemistry Symposium (PTCS) will focus mainly on Physical & Theoretical Chemistry related research for understanding and defining the underlying concepts, as well as their potential applications. More information is available at

EuropaCat IX: The deadline for early registration has been extended…
The deadline for early registration has been extended to Friday, June 19.
The Scientific Committee has already managed the revision of all contributions. The authors are invited to log into the Scientific Application for the results and the possible suggestions made by the Reviewers (
Further information is available on the Congress Web site:

Springer is pleased to welcome Norbert Kruse as a new Editor-in-Chief to…
Springer is pleased to welcome Norbert Kruse as a new Editor-in-Chief to the journals Catalysis Letters and Topics in Catalysis.
Dr. Kruse joined Dr. G. A. Somorjai and Dr. J. M. Thomas in the editorship of Catalysis Letters and Topics in Catalysis on May 1st, 2009 and we are looking forward to seeing great things from their partnership.
In honor of his appointment we are opening BOTH journals for 4 weeks of FREE access!
Read Catalysis Letters free - no registration necessary (lien avec :
Browse Topics in Catalysis - it's only free for the next four weeks (lien avec :

ThalesNano is organising Web seminar series…
ThalesNano Webinar Series
ThalesNano is organising Web seminar series ( on topics relevant to flow reactors for faster evaluation of catalysts. The series is educational and intended to provide alternative chemistry solutions.
Accelerating Hydrogenation           June 18, 2009                Richard Jones, ThalesNano Inc. and  Dr. Toma Glasnov, University of Graz
Scaling-up Hydrogenation               July 23, 2009                Dr. Attila Wootsch, ThalesNano Inc.
Ozonolysis Reinvented                    September 24, 2009      Richard Jones, ThalesNano Inc.
Each webinar is approximately 45 minutes in length and some will include a user guest speaker. For more information on each webinar please click on the title.
Attendance is free, only registration is required. The links to register can be found by clicking on the webinar title

Daniel G. Nocera is honoured with the August-Wilhelm-von-Hofmann…
The Henry Dreyfus Professor of Energy and Professor of Chemistry Daniel G. Nocera (Massassuchets Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, United States; will receive the August-Wilhelm-von-Hofmann Medal at the next GDCh Scientific Forum, August 30-September 2, Frankfurt/Main, Germany following his plenary lecture entitled "Personalized Energy for 1(x 6 Billion). This Medal is given to non-German chemists for their outstanding contributions in chemistry and education. More @

Advertisement of a full Professorship in Catalysis at…
 The RWTH Aachen (Germany) is looking for candidates with competence in catalytically active materials to complement the molecular catalysis programmes in the long term. It is a full professorship, not a Junior or Assisant-Professorship, so the candidate should have a corresponding track record or a clearly visible potential. The RWTH Aachen aims to increase the number of women in areas in which they are under-represented, thus women are strongly encouraged to apply. Knowledge of German is not compulsory for the first years.
The deadline for application is September 15. The application should be sent to the following adress: An den Dekan der Fakultät für Mathematik, Informatik und Naturwissenschaften der RWTH Aachen, Prof. Dr. Ulrich Simon, Templergraben 55, D-52062 Aachen(Germany). For additional information please contact Prof. Dr. Walter Leitner, Institute of Technical und Macromolekular Chemistry, Tel.: +49(0)241-802 6480,

The informal meeting of the IACS Council held during the last NAM Congress, agrees the following appointments…
The informal meeting of the IACS Council held during the last NAM Congress, agrees the following appointments proposed by the Member Societies:Dr. Bruce R. Cook, USA (BP Products NA, Inc./Mail Code 701-1133/H6/150 W. Warrenville Rd./Naperville, IL 60563, USA/ José L. Garcia Fierro, Spain (Instituto de Catalisis y Petroleoquímica/CSIC, Cantoblanco/E-28049 Madrid, Spain/ José Manuel López Nieto, Spain (Instituto de Tecnología Química UPV-CSIC, Avda de los Naranjos s/n/E-46022 Valencia, Spain/ Roberto Fernando de Souza, President of the Brazilian Catalyst Society (Lab. Reatividade e Catálise/Universidade Federale do Rio Grande do Sul/Avenida Bento Gonçalves 9500/91591-970 Porto Alegre, Brazil/

ThalesNano will be hosting a free 45 minute webinar on Ozonolysis…
ThalesNano will be hosting a free 45 minute webinar on Ozonolysis Reinvented. The webinar will be educational and will focus on teaching chemists a novel way of performing ozonolysis making it easier, faster, and safer.
September 24, 2009, Webinar
ThalesNano Ozonolysis Reinvented Webinar
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The TOPCOMBI project has developed an intensive interactive course for students…
The TOPCOMBI project has developed an intensive interactive course for students from areas of chemical engineering and chemistry, as well as junior industrial scientists and engineers to provide a more industrially relevant training, focusing on the required interactions. Based on a novel concept, the participants will jointly work on the scale-up of a chemical process combining laboratory experiments, modelling and pilot plant runs.
January 11-15, 2010, Laboratory for Chemical Technology, Ghent University (Belgium)
Interactive Course: Design and Optimisation of Catalytic Processes - From Laboratory Experiments to Design of Industrial Reactors
Target Group: Students in chemical engineering and chemistry, junior industrial staff
Course fee: 395 Euro
Additional information:

The minutes of the informal meeting of the IACS Council held on June 10, 2009, San Francisco, are available. Read them here