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1st International Electronic Conference on Catalysis Sciences

10/09/2020 - 30/09/2020
Abstract Submission
31st May 2020
Acceptance Notification
10th June 2020
Full Paper Submission
15th July 2020

Sustainable Energy, Environmental Protection, chemical manufacture, catalysts
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Welcome from the Chair

Dear Colleagues,

It is my pleasure to invite you to join the 1st International Electronic Conference on Catalysis Sciences in 2020 (ECCS 2020) that will be hosted online by : https://sciforum.net/conference/ECCS2020

An often-quoted statistic is that catalysts are used in 90% of all chemical products, a reflection of the importance of catalysis in powering a modern society. This includes the role that catalysis plays in the production of fuels, chemical manufacture, fertilizer production, environmental protection and cleanup, pharmaceutical manufacture, sustainable energy, biomass conversion, polymer chemistry, and electrochemistry. ECCS 2020 will present the latest research on the use of catalysts in these critical areas. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

Despite being considered by many to be a mature field, catalysis research continues to be a vibrant topic of research throughout the world, with publications continually increasing over time. The continued interest in catalysis cries out for a new way for cutting edge research in the field to be shared. ECCS 2020 seeks to fulfill this need by offering a completely digital (online) method for running a scientific conference. ECCS 2020 will allow its participants to share their latest research results and receive near-instantaneous feedback from catalysis researchers throughout the world through online question and answer sessions and discussion groups. In this way, ECCS 2020 will serve as a platform for advancing the state-of-the-art in catalysis. There is no cost to participate in ECCS 2020.

All submitted abstracts will be evaluated by the conference committee. Upon acceptance of their abstract, authors will contribute an extended abstract for the conference proceedings and a slide presentation of their work. The authors of the most outstanding contributions will be invited to submit a full manuscript for potential publication in Catalysts (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/catalysts).

I hope you will choose to be a part of this exciting conference and present your most transformative research on catalysis.

Conference Secretariat

Ms. Caroline Zhan
MDPI Branch Office, Beijing
E-mail: [email protected]

Ms. Hobby Hou
MDPI Branch Office, Beijing
E-mail: [email protected]

Call for Papers

The 1st International Electronic Conference on Catalysis Sciences will be held on 10–30 September 2020. ECCS 2020 aims to promote and advance the exciting and rapidly changing field of catalysis. All proceedings will be held online at https://sciforum.net/conference/ECCS2020.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

ECCS 2020 is a virtual conference sponsored by Catalysts. Participation is free of charge for authors and attendees. Accepted papers will be gathered in the proceedings of the conference. Selected extended versions of the papers will be published in a Special Issue of Catalysts and undergo full peer review (ISSN 2073-4344; impact factor: 3.444 (2018)) with a 20% discount on the article processing charge. ECCS 2020 offers you the opportunity to participate in this international, scholarly conference without the concerns or expenditure of travel—all you need is your computer and access to the internet. We would like to invite you to attend this conference and present your latest work.

Abstracts (in English) should be submitted online by 31 May 2020 at http://www.sciforum.net/login. For accepted abstracts, the proceedings can be submitted by 15 July 2020. The conference will be held on 10–30 September 2020.

Paper Submission Guidelines

For information about the submission procedure and preparation of a full presentation, please refer to the "Instructions for Authors".

Time Schedule
  • Abstract Submission: 31 May 2020
  • Notification of Acceptance: 10 June 2020
  • Paper Submission Deadline: 15 July 2020
  • Conference Open: 10–30 September 2020

We thank you in advance for your attendance of this conference and look forward to a stimulating exchange.



Conference Chairs

Prof. Dr. Keith L. Hohn

Chemical, Paper, and Biomedical Engineering Department, Miami University, Oxford, OH 45056, USA Website

DETAILS

Dr. Keith L. Hohn is the Editor-in-Chief of Catalysts, an open access journal published by MDPI, and Chair and Professor of the Department of Chemical, Paper, and Biomedical Engineering at Miami University. He received his PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Minnesota in 1999. He then joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at Kansas State University, where we worked for 20 years before moving to Miami University in 2019. Dr. Hohn’s research interests are in heterogeneous catalysis, with emphasis on energy applications. In particular, he has researched the conversion of hydrocarbons and alcohols to hydrogen and catalytic processes for converting biomass to fuels and chemicals.

Bio
Dr. Keith L. Hohn is the Editor-in-Chief of Catalysts, an open access journal published by MDPI, and Chair and Professor of the Department of Chemical, Paper, and Biomedical Engineering at Miami University. He received his PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Minnesota in 1999. He then joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at Kansas State University, where we worked for 20 years before moving to Miami University in 2019. Dr. Hohn’s research interests are in heterogeneous catalysis, with emphasis on energy applications. In particular, he has researched the conversion of hydrocarbons and alcohols to hydrogen and catalytic processes for converting biomass to fuels and chemicals.

Sessions Chairs

Dr. Evangelos Topakas

Biotechnology Laboratory, School of Chemical Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, 9 Iroon Polytech Str, Zografou Campus, Athens 15780, Greece

DETAILS

[email protected]

Evangelos Topakas is an Associate Professor leading the Industrial Biotechnology and Biocatalysis group in the School of Chemical Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Biocatalysis section of the Catalyst journal (MDPI), as well as Associate Editor in Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, section of Industrial Biotechnology and Frontiers in Microbiology, section of Systems Microbiology. Dr Topakas has also been appointed as a visiting Associate Professor in the Chemical Engineering Division of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Lulea University of Technology, Sweden, expanding his collaboration and experience in North Europe. His research experience includes the discovery and design of industrial enzymes and bioprocesses for the utilization of residual biomass for the production of 2nd generation liquid biofuels and high-added value compounds in the field of Biorefineries. His research activity is documented in 115 refereed publications in International Scientific Journals and Book chapters and presented in more than 160 International and National Conferences.

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Evangelos Topakas is an Associate Professor leading the Industrial Biotechnology and Biocatalysis group in the School of Chemical Engineering of the National Technical University of Athens, Greece. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Biocatalysis section of the Catalyst journal (MDPI), as well as Associate Editor in Frontiers in Bioengineering and Biotechnology, section of Industrial Biotechnology and Frontiers in Microbiology, section of Systems Microbiology. Dr Topakas has also been appointed as a visiting Associate Professor in the Chemical Engineering Division of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Lulea University of Technology, Sweden, expanding his collaboration and experience in North Europe. His research experience includes the discovery and design of industrial enzymes and bioprocesses for the utilization of residual biomass for the production of 2nd generation liquid biofuels and high-added value compounds in the field of Biorefineries. His research activity is documented in 115 refereed publications in International Scientific Journals and Book chapters and presented in more than 160 International and National Conferences.

Prof. Dr. Christophe LEN

Chimie ParisTech - CNRS, Institute of Chem. For Life & Health Sciences, 11 rue P&M Curie, F-75231 Paris Cedex 05, France

DETAILS

[email protected]

Christophe Len was promoted to full Professor in 2004 at the University of Poitiers (France) and then the University of Technology of Compiègne - UTC (France) in 2010. For 2017, CL develops his research in Chimie ParisTech on the reactivity of biomass-derived molecules using alternative methods and specially continuous flow technology. His scientific work has been published in ca. 185 original international publications and review articles, 8 chapters and 9 patents and among the recent awards and recognition to his scientific career, CL was promoted: Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC, 2015); Fellow of Association of Carbohydrate Chemists and Technologists (ACCTI, 2015); Honorary Life Fellow of Indian Society of Chemists and Biologists (ISCB, 2014); Honorary Professor of the University of Hull, England (2012-2018); Full Professor Exceptional Class (2017); ACI/NBB Glycerine Innovation Research Award (2017).

Bio
Christophe Len was promoted to full Professor in 2004 at the University of Poitiers (France) and then the University of Technology of Compiègne - UTC (France) in 2010. For 2017, CL develops his research in Chimie ParisTech on the reactivity of biomass-derived molecules using alternative methods and specially continuous flow technology. His scientific work has been published in ca. 185 original international publications and review articles, 8 chapters and 9 patents and among the recent awards and recognition to his scientific career, CL was promoted: Fellow of Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC, 2015); Fellow of Association of Carbohydrate Chemists and Technologists (ACCTI, 2015); Honorary Life Fellow of Indian Society of Chemists and Biologists (ISCB, 2014); Honorary Professor of the University of Hull, England (2012-2018); Full Professor Exceptional Class (2017); ACI/NBB Glycerine Innovation Research Award (2017).

Prof. Dr. Rafael Luque

Department of Organic Chemistry, Universidad de Cordoba, Cordoba, Spain

DETAILS

[email protected]

Rafael Luque (Dpt. Quimica Organica, Universidad de Cordoba) has a significant experience on biomass and waste valorisation practises to materials, fuels and chemicals as well as nanoscale chemistry and green engineering. Prof. Luque has published over 400 research articles (>24,000 citations, h-index 73), filed 5 patent applications and edited 10 books as well as numerous contributions to book chapters and invited, guest, keynote and plenary lectures in scientific events worldwide. Prof. Luque is Editor in chief of Molecular Catalysis (Elsevier) and also member of the Editorial Advisory Board of prestigious International Journals (>15). Prod. Luque was named 2018 and 2019 Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics, being currently Director of the Center for Molecular Design and Synthesis of Innovative Compounds for Medicine from RUDN University in Moscow, Russia and Chair Professor from the Chemistry Department at Xi´an Jiaotong University.

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Rafael Luque (Dpt. Quimica Organica, Universidad de Cordoba) has a significant experience on biomass and waste valorisation practises to materials, fuels and chemicals as well as nanoscale chemistry and green engineering. Prof. Luque has published over 400 research articles (>24,000 citations, h-index 73), filed 5 patent applications and edited 10 books as well as numerous contributions to book chapters and invited, guest, keynote and plenary lectures in scientific events worldwide. Prof. Luque is Editor in chief of Molecular Catalysis (Elsevier) and also member of the Editorial Advisory Board of prestigious International Journals (>15). Prod. Luque was named 2018 and 2019 Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics, being currently Director of the Center for Molecular Design and Synthesis of Innovative Compounds for Medicine from RUDN University in Moscow, Russia and Chair Professor from the Chemistry Department at Xi´an Jiaotong University.

Prof. Dr. C. Heath Turner

Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL, USA

DETAILS

[email protected]

Heath Turner is a Professor and the Head of the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at The University of Alabama. He completed his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from NC State University with Prof. Keith Gubbins. Prior to his academic appointment, he spent several years working in industry with Monsanto, Birmingham Steel, and Trinity Consultants. Over the past few years, he has been a visiting Faculty Fellow at NASA-Langley, the Naval Research Lab, and the Air Force Research Lab, Visiting Professor at Vanderbilt University, and an International Distinguished Professor at Shanghai University of Engineering Science. His theoretical research focuses on computational catalysis, adsorption, thin film deposition, and kinetic Monte Carlo simulations.

Bio
Heath Turner is a Professor and the Head of the Chemical and Biological Engineering Department at The University of Alabama. He completed his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Auburn University and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from NC State University with Prof. Keith Gubbins. Prior to his academic appointment, he spent several years working in industry with Monsanto, Birmingham Steel, and Trinity Consultants. Over the past few years, he has been a visiting Faculty Fellow at NASA-Langley, the Naval Research Lab, and the Air Force Research Lab, Visiting Professor at Vanderbilt University, and an International Distinguished Professor at Shanghai University of Engineering Science. His theoretical research focuses on computational catalysis, adsorption, thin film deposition, and kinetic Monte Carlo simulations.

Dr. Vincenzo Baglio

CNR-ITAE Institute for Advanced Energy Technologies "N. Giordano", Via Salita S. Lucia sopra Contesse 5, Messina 98126, Italy

DETAILS

[email protected]

VINCENZO BAGLIO is a senior researcher at CNR – Institute for Advanced Energy Technologies “Nicola Giordano” (ITAE) of Messina, Italy. He obtained a B.Sc. degree in chemistry (1998) from University of Messina (Italy) and a PhD in “Materials for Environment and Energy” (2005) from University of Rome “Tor Vergata” (Italy). His current research is focused on energy conversion and storage, in particular in the field of fuel cells, batteries and electrolysers. He published more than 170 articles (more than 6000 citations and H-index 46 from SCOPUS) in international journals, 8 book chapters, 1 book and 1 international patent. He is Editor-in-chief of section “Electro-catalysis” in “Catalysts” MDPI journal, and member of the Editorial Board of the journals “Materials”, “Energies” and “Polymers” (MDPI).

Bio
VINCENZO BAGLIO is a senior researcher at CNR – Institute for Advanced Energy Technologies “Nicola Giordano” (ITAE) of Messina, Italy. He obtained a B.Sc. degree in chemistry (1998) from University of Messina (Italy) and a PhD in “Materials for Environment and Energy” (2005) from University of Rome “Tor Vergata” (Italy). His current research is focused on energy conversion and storage, in particular in the field of fuel cells, batteries and electrolysers. He published more than 170 articles (more than 6000 citations and H-index 46 from SCOPUS) in international journals, 8 book chapters, 1 book and 1 international patent. He is Editor-in-chief of section “Electro-catalysis” in “Catalysts” MDPI journal, and member of the Editorial Board of the journals “Materials”, “Energies” and “Polymers” (MDPI).

Instructions for Authors

Submission

Submissions should be submitted by the authors online by registering at https://sciforum.net, and using the “Start New Submission” function once logged into system.

  1. Scholars interested in participating with the conference can submit their abstract (about 200–250 words covering the areas of manuscripts for the proceedings issue) online at this website up to 31 May 2020.
  2. The Conference Committee will conduct a pre-evaluation, based on the submitted abstract, of whether the contribution from the authors of the abstract will be welcome for the 1st International Electronic Conference on Catalysis Sciences. All authors will be notified by 10 June 2020 about the acceptance of their abstract.
  3. If the abstract is accepted for this conference, the author is asked to submit the manuscript optionally along with a PowerPoint and/or video presentation of his/her paper (only PDF), up to the submission deadline of 15 July 2020.
  4. The conference proceedings papers and presentations will be available at https://sciforum.net/conference/ECCS2020 for discussion during the time of the conference, 10–30 September 2020, and will be published in Journal Proceedings.
  5. The open access journal Catalysts will publish a Special Issue of the conference and accepted papers will be published in the proceedings of the conference itself. After the conference, the Conference Committee will select manuscripts that may be included for publication in the Special Issue of the journal Catalysts (the submission to the journal is independent from the conference proceedings and will follow the usual process of the journal, including peer-review, APC, etc.).
Proceedings Paper

Manuscripts for the proceedings issue must have the following organization:

First page:

  • Title
  • Full author names
  • Affiliations (including full postal address) and authors’ e-mail addresses
  • Abstract (200–250 words)
  • Keywords
  • Introduction
  • Methods
  • Results and Discussion
  • Conclusions
  • (Acknowledgements)
  • References

Manuscripts should be prepared in MS Word or any other word processor and should be converted to PDF format before submission. The publication format will be PDF. The manuscript should be at least 3 pages (incl. figures, tables, and references) and should not exceed 6 pages.

Presentation Slides

Authors are encouraged to prepare a presentation in PowerPoint or similar software, to be displayed online along with the manuscript. Slides, if available, will be displayed directly in the website using the proprietary slides viewer at Sciforum.net. Slides can be prepared in exactly the same way as for any traditional conference where research results can be presented. Slides should be converted to PDF format before submission so that we can easily and automatically process them for online display.

Video Presentations

Besides their active participation within the forum, authors are also encouraged to submit video presentations. The video should be no longer than 20 minutes and be prepared in one of the following formats:

  • MOV
  • MPEG4
  • MP4
  • AVI
  • WMV
  • MPEGPS
  • FLV
Presentation of Posters

Authors that wish to present only a poster, i.e., without a proceedings paper, can do so in section I. Posters will be available on the conference website during and after the event. Similarly to papers presented at the conference, participants will be able to ask questions and make comments about the posters. Posters that are submitted without a paper will not be included in the proceedings of the conference.

Submission of Manuscripts

Submission: Manuscripts should be submitted online at https://sciforum.net/login by registering and logging in to this website.

Accepted File Formats

  • MS Word: Manuscript prepared in MS Word must be converted into a single file before submission. When preparing manuscripts in MS Word, the 1st International Electronic Conference on Catalysis Sciences Microsoft Word template file (see download below) must be used. Please do not insert any graphics (schemes, figures, etc.) into a movable frame which can superimpose the text and make layout very difficult.
  • LaTeX: Manuscripts prepared in LaTeX must be collated into one ZIP folder (include all source files and images so that the Conference Secretariat can recompile the submitted PDF). When preparing manuscripts in LaTeX, please use the 1st International Electronic Conference on Catalysis Sciences LaTeX template files.

1st International Electronic Conference on Catalysis Sciences Microsoft Word template file and LaTex template file

ECCS2020_Word_template.docx
ECCS2020_Latex_template.zip

Manuscript Preparation

  • Paper Format: A4 paper format, the printing area is 17.5 cm × 26.2 cm. The margins should be 1.75 cm on each side of the paper (top, bottom, left, and right sides).
  • Paper Length: The conference proceedings paper should not be longer than 6 pages. The conference manuscript should be as concise as possible.
  • Formatting/Style: The paper style of the journal Proceedings should be followed. You may download the template file to prepare your paper (see above). The full titles of the cited papers must be given. Reference numbers should be placed in square brackets [ ], and placed before punctuation; for example [4] or [1–3], and all the references should be listed separately and as the last section at the end of the manuscript.
  • Authors List and Affiliation Format: Authors’ full first and last names must be given. Abbreviated middle name(s) can be added. For papers written by various contributors, a corresponding author must be designated. The PubMed/MEDLINE format is used for affiliations: complete street address information including city, zip code, state/province, country, and email address should be added. All authors who contributed significantly to the manuscript (including writing a section) should be listed on the first page of the manuscript, below the title of the article. Other parties who provided only minor contributions should only be listed under Acknowledgments. A minor contribution might be a discussion with the author, reading through the draft of the manuscript, or performing English corrections.
  • Figures, Schemes, and Tables: Authors are encouraged to prepare figures and schemes in color. Full color graphics will be published free of charge. Figure and schemes must be numbered (Figure 1, Scheme I, Figure 2, Scheme II, etc.) and an explanatory title must be added. Tables should be inserted into the main text, and numbers and titles for all tables supplied. All table columns should have an explanatory heading. Please supply legends for all figures, schemes, and tables. The legends should be prepared as a separate paragraph of the main text and placed in the main text before a table, figure, or scheme.

Potential Conflicts of Interest

It is the authors’ responsibility to identify and declare any personal circumstances or interests that may be perceived as inappropriately influencing the representation or interpretation of clinical research. If there is no conflict, please state here “The authors declare no conflict of interest”. This should be conveyed in a separate “Conflict of Interest” statement preceding the “Acknowledgments” and “References” sections at the end of the manuscript. Financial support for the study must be fully disclosed under the “Acknowledgments” section.

Copyright

MDPI, the publisher of the Sciforum.net platform, is an open access publisher. We believe that authors should retain the copyright to their scholarly works. Hence, by submitting a Communication paper to this conference, you retain the copyright of your paper, but you grant MDPI the non-exclusive right to publish this paper online on the Sciforum.net platform. This means you can easily submit your paper to any scientific journal at a later stage and transfer the copyright to its publisher (if required by that publisher).

Conference Awards

To acknowledge the support of the conference esteemed authors and recognize their outstanding scientific accomplishments, we are pleased to launch the Best Paper Awards and Best Poster Awards.

The Awards
Best Paper Award 500CHF
The Best Paper Award is presented to the paper judged to make the most significant contribution to the conference.
Best Poster Award 500 CHF
The Best Poster Award was established to recognize the scientific merit exhibited in poster presentation and preparation.
Terms and Conditions:
Best Paper Award

As a sponsor, Catalysts would like to award the best paper as elected by the conference committee. The award will consist of 500 Swiss Francs. We look forward to posting your contributions.

Criteria for Evaluation of Best Paper Award:

  • Full paper must be submitted to ECCS 2020;
  • Originality/novelty of the paper;
  • Significance of content;
  • Scientific soundness;
  • Interest to the readers;
  • English language and style.

Evaluation

  • Each Evaluation Committee member will give an assessment for each applicant in terms of the criteria outlined above;
  • The total score for each presentation will be ranked from highest to lowest;
  • If two or more authors receive the same score, further evaluation will be carried out;
  • All decisions made by the Evaluation Committee are final.
Best Poster Award

As a sponsor, Catalysts would like to grant an award (500 Swiss Francs) for the best poster presented at the conference. This prize is awarded by a jury to the best designed poster presented at the conference.

Posters should have the following information.

  • Title (with authors and affiliations)
  • Introduction/Objectives/Aims
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusion
  • References
  • Acknowledgements
  • Contact information
  • A 3-minute video presentation

During the conference, the chair is invited to judge the quality of the 3-minute video presentation and poster. Criteria for judgement of the presentation will be the ability to summarize the content of the work and motivate the interest in looking at the poster. In addition, the clarity of poster and appearance quality will be considered.

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