We are pleased to organize the 3rd KAUST Research Conference: New Challenges in Heterogeneous Catalysis.

Catalysis is of all times, it was at the origin of the agricultural revolution through the synthesis of ammonia, over the past century has been instrumental and, under strong societal drive for sustainability, will be equally instrumental in the future.  Not surprisingly, catalysis is one of the pillars of KAUST, of the utmost importance to ensure advancements in its four thrusts: energy, environment, food and water.

The objective of the conference is to inspire future heterogeneous catalysis research by bringing together experts in the field from different age groups. We are looking for a vivid discussion on the main challenges ahead. These involve not only the design of new processes but also the development of new chemistry and catalytic materials and the understanding of catalytic processes at a higher level. The focus of the conference will be on the activation of small molecules, specially methane and carbon dioxide. We hope that the conference and its achievements will be of interest to a wide audience.

On behalf of KCC and the Conference Organizing Committee, we welcome all our participants and hope for a productive and enjoyable stay at KAUST and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Jorge Gascon, KCC Director and Conference Chair.​