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13th European Congress on Catalysis
27 August - 1 September 2017
French Conference on Catalysis
May 23-27 2016,
17th Nordic Symposium on Catalysis 2016
June 14-16 2016
2nd EFCATS-CNRS European Summer School on Catalyst Preparation
June 12-17, 2016
16th International Congress on Catalysis
July 3-8 2016,
XXV Congreso Iberamericano de Catálisis
September 18-23 2016,
X International Conference “Mechanisms of Catalytic Reactions ” (MCR-X)
October 2-6 2016,
EFCATS Awardees 2015
Iacovos Vasalos, Professor Emeritus of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and Emeritus Director of CPERI has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 EFCATS Applied Catalysis Award
We are pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2015 EFCATS Applied Catalysis Award, sponsored by BP and administered by the European Federation of Catalysis Societies, is Iacovos Vasalos, Professor at the Chemical Engineering Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1979-2005) and Emeritus Researcher at the Chemical Process and Energy Resources Institute, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas. The Award will be... more
Prof. Michel Che, University of Paris VI: Pierre et Marie Curie was awarded the prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry's Faraday Lectureship Prize, and received the Faraday medal in a ceremony in Cardiff.
As part of the award Prof. Michel Che was invited to give a series of lectures in the UK.
On Monday 26th January Professor Michel Che of the Universite Pierre et Marie Curie-Paris 6 & Institut Universitaire de France gave his 2014 Faraday Lecture at the School of Chemistry, Cardiff University, UK. The title of his lecture was "Relevance of Geochemistry to the Life of a Catalyst: When Fire Meets Water." After the lecture Professor... more
Hajo Freund of the Fritz Haber Institute has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Michel Boudart Award for the Advancement of Catalysis
We are pleased to announce that Professor Hans Joachim Freund of the Fritz Haber Institute is the recipient of the 2015 Michel Boudart for the Advancement of Catalysis, sponsored by the Haldor Top-søe Company and administered jointly by the North American Catalysis Society and the European Fed-eration of Catalysis Societies. The Award will be presented at the 24th North American Meeting of the Catalysis Society (Pittsburgh, June 2015) and... more
Xile Hu, Professor at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 EFCATS Young Researcher Award
We are pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2015 EFCATS Young Researchers Award, sponsored by BASF and administered by the European Federation of Catalysis Societies is Xile Hu, Professor at the Institute of Chemical Sciences and Engineering of the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne. The Award will be presented at Europacat XII (Kazan, Russia, August 2015).
This Award recognizes individual contributions in the field... more
Klaas Jan Schouten, graduated from Leiden University has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 EFCATS Best PhD Thesis Award
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Klaas Jan Schouten, who has graduated from Leiden University, The Netherlands, and was guided by Prof. Marc Koper is the recipient of the 2015 EFCATS Best PhD Award, administered by the European Federation of Catalysis Societies. The Award will be presented at Europacat XII (Kazan, Russia, August 2015).
This Award recognizes the best PhD Thesis in the field of catalysis with emphasis... more
Joachim Sauer, Professor at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin has been selected as the recipient of the 2015 Francois Gault Lectureship
We are pleased to announce that Professor Joachim Sauer of the Humboldt University Berlin is the recipient of the 2015 EFCTAS Francois Gault Lectureship administered by the European Federation of Catalysis Societies. This Award recognizes individual groundbreaking contributions to catalysis.
Professor Sauer is being specifically recognized for his contributions to the atomistic understanding of catalysis by zeolites and supported... more
Professor Antonio Cortes (1937 - 2015)
Antonio Cortes was born in Almería (Spain) in 1937. He received his Doctorate in Chemical Sciences (1966) from the University of Madrid, with the PhD work: “Catalytic cracking of p-cymene”, supervised by Prof. Juan Francisco García de la Banda (also recently passed away). Afterwards, he did a Postoctoral stay, between 1966 and 1967, at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland, UK) working on the study of the H-D isotope exchange in hydrocarbons, under the supervision of Prof. Ch. Kemball. In May of 1968 he began to work in the Research and Development Department of the M.V. Kellogg Co., in New Market (NJ, USA), where he remained until October 1970. On that date, he returned to Madrid as a Tenured Scientist to the Catalysis Department of the Instituto de Química Física “Rocasolano” of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC). In 1971 he was appointed to Scientist Researcher and, finally, in 1988 he got the Full Research Professor status. He was author of numerous publications and patents and supervisor of a large number of Projects, PhD students, etc.
Under the leadership of Professor J.F. García de la Banda, he was, in 1975, one of the founder researchers of the Instituto de Catálisis y Petroleoquímica (ICP) in Madrid.
Among other relevant positions, he was the Director of the ICP between 1988 and 1989, Director of the Instituto Nacional del Carbón (INCAR), Director of the Cabinet of Studies of the Presidency of the CSIC, President of the Spanish Society of Catalysis (SECAT) and Secretary of the European Federation of Catalysis Societies (EFCATS).
Professor Juan Francisco García de la Banda (1921 - 2015)
Juan Francisco García de la Banda was born in Madrid (Spain) in 1921. He studied Chemistry and Mathematics in the Universities of Valladolid, Oviedo and Madrid, completing his Bachelor Degree in 1943. In 1948 he presented his PhD work (“Dependence between calorific conductivity and vapor pressure of high boiling point substances”) supervised by Professors Foz-Gazulla and Colomina, carried out in Madrid in the Instituto de Química Física “Rocasolano” (IQFR) of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC).
Between 1951 and 1952 he moved to Bristol (UK) to work with Professor William E. Garner and collaborate with Dr. Dennis A. Dowden (Head of the Research Group of Catalysis of the ICI at Billingham, UK). Upon his return to Spain, inside the framework of the IQFR, he created the “Laboratory on Catalysis”, pioneer group of this discipline in Spain and origin of the Instituto de Catálisis y Petroleoquímica (ICP), funded by García de la Banda in 1975.
He was the first Director of the ICP enhancing strongly the research in Applied Catalysis and Biocatalysis, a completely innovative research line in Spain.
He was the impeller and organizer of the 1st Iberoamerican Symposium on Catalysis, held in Madrid in 1968, first of a successful series of Conferences, which will celebrate its 25th edition next year at Montevideo (Uruguay).
During the 70’s and 80’s, he occupied different relevant positions in the Research and Development structure of the Spanish administration.
García de la Banda has been certainly the most important promoter of the Catalysis in Spain during the second half of the XX Century and he can be considered as a key person in the notable development of the Spanish Catalysis during the last decades.