Report on the Fourth Mitsui Chemicals International Symposium on Catalysis Science (MICS2011)

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Invited Lecture

Prof. John E. Bercaw (California Institute of Technology, U.S.A.)

Hydrocarbon Upgrading to Fuels and Chemicals: Progress towards Homogeneous Catalysts
Prof. John E. Bercaw

Prof. Bercaw, whose research interests include synthetic, structural, and mechanistic organo-transition metal chemistry is deeply involved in inorganic and organometallic chemistry. His recent research topics include olefin polymerization catalysts, the hydroxylation reaction for hydrocarbons using transition metal complexes and useful chemicals production through synthesis gas (CO+H2) conversion.

In the lecture, in addition to a mechanistic study of the Shilov System*, an overview of the recent progress towards both direct and indirect (via synthesis gas (CO + H2)) conversion of light alkanes to value-added products and to more valuable chemicals and liquid fuels was given.

* : catalytic oxidation reaction for alkanes to alcohols with Pt complexes

Chairperson; Prof. Makoto Fujita
(The University of Tokyo, Japan)

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