Narkiewicz_1.jpg Prof. Urszula Narkiewicz - Symposium Chairman


Particle size is crucial in catalysis - this statement had been known much earlier than the term of nano became trendy. Heterogeneous catalysis is connected with the surface effect and active surface is the function of particles' size. Some nanocatalysts are much more active than their coarse-grained counterparts, because of electronic effects playing important role at nano-dimensions. It has been recently shown that gold, previously considered as inactive, is nowadays proved to be a very effective nanocatalyst. In some cases of supported catalysts the size of support particles can also be important.

The growing demand for fine chemicals industries and increasingly stringent ecological standards require new technologies as well as new, more effective and more selective catalysts. To satisfy this demand the current combinatorial techniques enabling an optimisation of elemental composition are not sufficient and much more scientific effort would be required.

The foreseeable future for nanocatalysts is very promising: the worldwide market is foreseen to increase from $3.7 bn in 2004 to $5 bn in 2009.

All the people interested in contribution to this growth and to the development of knowledge in catalysis are cordially invited to participate in this symposium devoted to nanocatalysts.

The main topics of the symposium related to nanocatalysts will be:

  • Catalysis by nanostructured materials: the gap between expectation and reality
  • Theory of catalytic processes
  • Kinetics and mechanism of catalytic reactions
  • Effect of catalyst particle size on the activity
  • Geometric and electronic effects in catalysis
  • New catalytic processes
  • New methods of catalyst characterisation
  • Quantum chemical and molecular mechanics modelling of surface phenomena
  • Nanocatalysts for environmental protection
  • Nanocatalysts for fuel cells
  • Nanocatalysts for hydrogen storage
  • Biocatalysis
  • Photocatalysis
  • Zeolite catalysts

List of invited speakers:

  • Jean-Francois Hochepied, Ecole des Mines de Paris, France
  • Andrzej Jarzębski, Silesian University of Technology, Poland
  • Zbigniew Karpiński, Institute of Physical Chemistry PAS , Poland
  • Norbert Kruse, Universite Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
  • Pascale Massiani, Universite Pierre et Marie Curie, France
  • Stefan Mueller, Universitaet Erlangen-Nuernberg, Germany
  • Dilip K. Paul, Pittsburg state University, USA
  • Renzo Rosei, Sincrotrone Trieste, Italy
  • Guenther Rupprechter, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
  • Janusz Ryczkowski, Maria Curie-Sklodowska University, Poland
  • Robert Schloegl, Fritz-Haber Institute, Germany
  • Ewa Serwicka, Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry PAS, Poland
  • Yuri Suchorski, Otto-von-Guericke-Universitaet Magdeburg, Germany
  • Jacques Vedrine, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Paris, France

Scientific Committee:

  • Walerian Arabczyk, Szczecin University of Technology, Poland
  • Mohammed M. Bettahar, Université Henri Poincaré, Nancy I , France
  • Avelino Corma, Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain
  • Jerzy Haber, Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry PAS, Poland
  • Barbara Grzybowska-Świerkosz, Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry PAS, Poland
  • Laszlo Guczi, Institute of Isotopes and Surface Chemistry, Hungary
  • Klaus Hermann, Fritz-Haber Institute, Germany
  • Ronald Imbihl, University of Hannover, Germany
  • Maya Kiskinova, Sincrotrone Trieste, Italy
  • Erich Knoezinger, TU Wien, Austria
  • Zoltan Paal, Institute of Isotopes and Surface Chemistry, Hungary
  • Rutger A. van Santen, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Jacques Vedrine, Ecole Nationale Superieure de Chimie de Paris, France
  • Malgorzata Witko, Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry PAS, Poland
  • Helmut Weiss, Otto-von-Guericke-Universitaet Magdeburg, Germany
  • I nvited lectures
  • A. B. Jarzębski: "Modified siliceous mesostructured cellular foams - effective catalysts for applications in liquid phase processes"
  • J.-F. Hochepied: "How precipitation techniques can be useful for catalysts preparation?"
  • Z. Karpinski: "Hydrodechlorination of 1,2-dichloroethane over active carbon supported palladium-nickel catalysts"
  • N. Kruse: "Surface reaction kinetics studied with atomic-scale lateral resolution"
  • P. Massiani: "Spectroscopic investigation of co-hosted metal and basic nanospecies in Pt/CsBEA catalysts"
  • S. Müller: "Ab-initio thermodynamics at surfaces: Relaxation, segregation, substitutional ordering and adsorption"
  • D.K. Paul: "Photocatalytic Oxidation of Acetaldehyde over Rh-doped SrTiO_{3} Nanoparticles"
  • R. Rosei: "Direct spectroscopic measurements of surface chemical reactivity"
  • G. Rupprechter: "In Situ Studies of Surface Catalytic Processes on Nanomaterials"
  • J. Ryczkowski: "Application of infrared photoacoustic spectroscopy in catalysis"
  • R. Schlögl: "The relevance of nanostructuring for the function of heterogeneous catalysis"
  • E.M. Serwicka: "Catalysis by metalloporphyrins supported on mesoporous molecular sieves - steric effects induced by nanospace constraints"
  • Yu. Suchorski: "Catalytic reactions on platinum metals nanofacets: Spectroscopy on an atomic scale"
  • J.Vedrine: "Nano-oxides for selective oxidation of light alkanes: catalyst preparation, characterization, reaction mechanism and high throughput studies"
  • Keynote lectures
  • W. Arabczyk: "Poisoning of iron catalyst with sulfur"
  • K. Hermann: "Excitation and reaction at metal and oxide surfaces: cluster models help to interpret experiments"
  • B.A. Grzybowska-Świerkosz: "Nano-Au particles and oxide M_{x}O_{y} (M=V, Mo, Cr) clusters dispersed on oxide supports in oxidation reactions"
  • M. Kiskinova : "Surface composition and reactivity of catalytic systems at micro- and nano- scales"
  • R. Tokarz-Sobieraj: "Theoretical Description of Molybdena Based Catalysts; DFT Cluster Model Study"
  • M. Witko: "Can one tailor a catalyst with particular properties?"



The invited and keynote papers will be published in Catalysis Today ( http://www.elsevier.com/locate/cattod).

Please submit the papers on-line at http://ees.elsevier.com/cattod, selecting EMRS 2006 when you reach the "Article Type" step in the submission process. The maximum paper lenght is 8 printed pages. The deadline for submission is September 4th, the first day of the conference.

The contributed papers will be published in Reviews on Advanced Materials Science ( http://www.ipme.ru/e-journals/RAMS). Please obey the rules given in instructions for authors.

Please submit 2 hard copies of the paper at the Manuscript Office on September 4th, the first day of the conference and send the e-mail version of the paper to urszula.narkiewicz@ps.pl.


  • Zakłady Chemiczne 'POLICE'

  • Some PhD students can have their conference fees reimbursed by the Scientific Network: « Nanomaterials as Catalysts for New, Environmentally Friendly Processes », represented by Professor Małgorzata Witko. In order to take advantage of this offer an active participation of a PhD student in Symposium B is needed (i.e. at least a poster presentation). Applications (written by the supervisor of a PhD student) + an abstract of the presentation should be sent to :

Prof. Dr. Malgorzata Witko
Director of the Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry
Polish Academy of Sciences,
ul. Niezapominajek 8,
30 239 Cracow, Poland

tel: (48.12) 639 51 01, (48.12) 425 28 14, (48.12) 639 51 56
fax: (48.12) 425 19 23
email: ncwitko@cyf-kr.edu.pl

Should your application be accepted acknowledgements to the Network should be made in the abstract and in the resulting publication.


Urszula Narkiewicz
Faculty of Chemical Engineering
Szczecin University of Technology
70-322 Szczecin
Pułaskiego 10
tel.:+48-91-449-4687, -4730, -4345
fax: +48-91-4494686
e-mail: urszula.narkiewicz@ps.pl