International Conference on Catalysis Research in Aachen


1,500 researchers from all over the world convene in Aachen to discuss the future of energy and chemistry



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The "14th European Congress on Catalysis" is scheduled to take place in Aachen between August 18 and 23, 2019. Conference chair Professor Walter Leitner, RWTH Chair of Technical Chemistry and Petrochemistry and director at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion, expects about 1,500 delegates from 51 countries to attend the event.

Under the motto of "Catalysis without Borders", the researchers will discuss current advances in catalysis research and their industrial application at the Eurogress Conference Center, Monheimsallee 48, in Aachen.

As Leitner explains, “Catalysis research is indispensable for a sustainable future. Catalytic technologies hold the key to many of today’s challenges, spanning an enormous range of applications. From fuel cells to pharmaceutical production, from CO2 reduction to ammonia synthesis, from alternative feedstocks to emission control, from refinery technologies to hydrogen economy: in any of these areas, solutions are hardly conceivable without the involvement of some form of catalyst."

The conference offers a unique scientific program including lectures, poster sessions and exhibitions presenting current research results and their industrial application. In addition, overarching aspects such as the future of scientific publishing, opportunities for start-up companies, and the redesign of the energy-chemistry nexus will be highlighted. The conference is also concerned with the promotion of early-career researchers in the field of catalysis, supporting, for example, the establishment of a "Young European Catalysis Network.”

During the conference, Professor Regina Palkovits, Chair of Heterogeneous Catalysis and Technical Chemistry at RWTH Aachen University and member of the conference’s executive organizing committee, will be presented with the EFCATS Young Researcher Award, which is worth 5,000 euros. With this award, the European Federation of Catalysis Societies recognizes Palkovits’s work on the catalytic uses of sustainable carbon sources.