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Cell Symposium: Advancing Catalysis in C1 Chemistry
in partnership with Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics

July 23-25, 2021 | Dalian, China


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Abstract submission deadline: March 26, 2021
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Carbon-based products are perhaps the most important chemistry-derived goods in the world. Unfortunately, the world is currently dependent on petroleum and crude oil as a primary source of carbon, leading to detrimental environmental effects. With the increasing shortage of petroleum, many nations are facing the pressure of economy dependency shift from crude oil to coal/natural gas and other renewable energies, turning to other, carbon-rich resources. Advancing catalysis for C1 chemistry, referring to the catalysis of abundant one-carbon molecules (CO, CO2, CH4, methanol, etc.), is going to play an important role as these small molecules are widely working as the feedstock (CH4), intermediates (CO/CO2),and platforms (methanol) in this global industrial transformation. Meanwhile, the activation of stable C1 molecules (e.g., CH4 and CO2) and the selective transformations of C1 molecules to useful C2+ hydrocarbons involving C–C bond formation are quite attractive and challenging in scientific fields.

We hope you can join us in Dalian, where we will connect researchers working on various small molecules but sharing the same sustainable goals to discuss the recent advances of C1 chemistry. Emerging concepts and technologies on catalyst design, synthesis,and characterizations involving thermal, electro-, and photo-catalysis will be emphasized to help cross-pollinate new avenues of research for the diverse interests of conference attendees.

Major themes that will be covered include:

  • Syngas conversion
  • Carbon-dioxide conversion
  • Methanol conversion
  • Methane conversion
  • Biomass conversion


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Plenary Speakers

Xinhe Bao, China
Suljo Linic, USA
Edward Sargent, Canada
Lizhu Wu, China

Keynote Speakers

Jingguang Chen, USA
Ya-Huei (Cathy) Chin, Canada
Philip Christopher, USA
Ding Ma, China
Zhiyong Tang, China
Aiqin Wang, China
Bert Weckhuysen, The Netherlands
Fengshou Xiao, China

More speakers to follow.


Xinhe Bao, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, China
Dehui Deng, Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, China
Robert Eagling, Editor-in-Chief, Chem
Steve Cranford, Editor-in-Chief, Matter
Fenglin Liao, Scientific Editor, Chem
Jiqing Sun, Scientific Editor, Matter
Yan Li, Scientific Editor, Cell Reports Physical Science

Advisory Committee

Haohong Duan, Tsinghua University, China
Yong Guo, East China University of Science and Technology, China
Guodong Li, National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, China
Xu-Bing Li, Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry, China
Min Liu, Central South University, China
Cheng Wang, Xiamen University, China
Lin Ye, Fudan University, China
Yifu Yu, Tianjin University, China
Chang Yu, Dalian University of Technology, China
Yan Zhu, Nanjing University, China

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