KAUST Research Conference: New Challenges in Heterogeneous Catalysis

01 February, 2018

KAUST Research Conference: New Challenges in Heterogeneous Catalysis

conf-group-pictureThe KAUST Catalysis Research Center organized the third KAUST Research Conference, "New challenges in heterogeneous catalysts", which took place from 29 to 31 January, 2018. This prestigious international conference brought together members of the global scientific community to discuss and share ideas in the field of Catalysis.


Prof. Jean M.J. Fréchet opened the session by welcoming everyone and thanking Prof. Jean-Marie Basset for his efforts to build up Kaust Catalysis Center from scratch. 2018-01-29 KCC-6

Researchers, scientists and students from all over the world gathered to share new experiences and ideas and to discuss heterogeneous catalysis challenges. This involved the design of new processes, development of new chemistry and catalytic materials, and the understanding of catalytic processes at a higher level. The KCC conference focused on the activation of small molecules, particularly methane and carbon dioxide.



The KAUST Research Conference was highlighted by the participation of leading women in the field of Catalysis.

Unni OlsbyeProfessor Laura GagliardiSilvia bordigaJovana ZecevicAnissa Bendjeriou-Sedjerari

Professor Unni Olsbye

Unni Olsbye is Professor and leader of the Catalysis Section at the Chemistry Department of the University of Oslo (UiO

Professor Laura Gagliardi

Laura Gagliardi is currently a Distinguished McKnight Professor at Minnesota University

Professor Silvia Bordiga

Silvia Bordiga is Full Prof. in Physical Chemistry at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Torino. Since 2012 she is also Prof. II at the Department of Chemistry of the University of Oslo

Assistant Professor Jovana Zecevic

Jovana Zecevic is currently Assistant Professor at Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Doctor Anissa Bendjeriou-Sedjerari

Anissa Bendjeriou-Sedjerari is Research Scientist at KAUST, Saudi Arabia


The conference also included a poster competition. More than 50 posters from inside and outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia were submitted and presented. The winners were honored during the closing remarks. Read more.

Visit the conference website page for a full list of all participants, here.

The KAUST Research Conference: New challenges in heterogeneous catalysis was Chaired by Prof. Jorge Gascon, KCC Dirctor. The event was organized by the KAUST Catalysis Center with financial support from the KAUST Office of Sponsored Research.

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