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Synthesis and Properties of Ionic Liquids for Application in Supported Ionic Liquid Phase (SILP) Catalysis

3 September 2024 10:30-17:00, Didcot, United Kingdom

Join us for this free one-day symposium organised by the Institute of Chemical Sciences at Heriot Watt University, the Department of Chemistry at the University of York and the UK Catalysis Hub, supported by UKRI, to look at developments in the understanding of Supported Ionic Liquid Phases (SILPs) and their application in catalysis.

With Plenary Lectures by Professor Walter Leitner (Aachen) and Professor Marco Haumann (Erlangen), the meeting will feature talks from Early Career Researchers as well contributions dealing with facilities development and the wider catalytic perspective. There is an Events Information Link to learn more about the subject matter.

Talks (in order of presentation)

Professor Marco Haumann (Erlangen)
Advanced SILP Concepts for Continuous Homogeneous Catalysis

Dr Paul Lane (Heriot Watt)
New methods for Characterising Ionic Liquids for Applications in SILP Catalysis

Dr Naomi Elstone (York)
The Properties and Structure of Ionic Liquid Mixtures as Applied to SILP Catalysis

Dr Max Skoda (RAL)
Applications of in situ Neutron Reflectivity at the air-liquid interface

Sharmin Antara (Erlangen)
Gas-phase Hydrogenation with Dissolved Pt and Rh Complexes in Ionic Liquids – Adjusting the Location of Reaction by Ligand Design

Professor Walter Leitner (Aachen)
Multifunctional Catalysts based on Metal Nanoparticles at SILP-Type Supports: From Flexible to Adaptive

Who Should Attend?

Supported ionic liquid phases (SILPs) represent a proven strategy for catalysis, comprising a thin ionic liquid (IL) film deposited on a high-surface-area support, in which a homogeneous catalyst can be dissolved producing an effectively heterogenised arrangement. The heterogenised nature of the catalyst coupled with the selectivity of its homogeneous mode of action makes SILPs highly effective materials with demonstrated effectiveness and greater potential yet to be realised. While much is understood about the organometallic chemistry of homogeneous catalysis, the optimisation of ILs for application in SILPs is much less developed. For example, particular ILs may promote the permeability and/or solubility of a particular gaseous reagent, while tailoring the local environment in the SILP could promote a particular mode of catalyst action.
The meeting will look at both developments in the ionic liquid science (characterisation of surfaces and the bulk) as well as considering catalytic results and applications from both top practitioners (Leitner and Haumann) as well as from the Heriot Watt/York/Erlangen collaboration.
This is a technology that is already deployed industrially and with the potential to be very disruptive. The meeting provides an opportunity to learn about the exciting and fast-moving field of research.


The Organising Committee welcomes poster submissions in all areas of Chemistry related to the topic of the meeting.
There will be space for around a dozen posters and we anticipate that the boards will accommodate up to A0-sized contributions. Posters can be mounted from arrival and will be available for viewing during the lunch break and after the meeting.
A Word file is available from the website for preparation of the abstract, which should be submitted as a pdf file with a maximum size of 10 MB and a maximum length of one A4 page (with 2 cm margins). Abstracts will be available for download in advance of the meeting.
Should we receive more poster abstracts than we have space for, then the Organising Committee will be responsible for selection of those to be displayed.
The link for poster submission is found on the Registration Web Page accessed through the Book Now link at the top of this page.


The Organising Committee is pleased to be able to award up to ten bursaries of up to £100, which can be used to offset travel and/or accommodation costs. They will be made to early career researchers and will be paid after the meeting against actual expenses incurred. Details will be provided to successful applicants.
It is anticipated that awards will be made to those also presenting posters, but if there is a good reason why you cannot make a poster presentation, then please upload a short explanation (as a pdf file) instead of the poster abstract and use 'Bursary Application' as the Poster Title and simply give your own name as the Author.

The bursaries will be payable by bank transfer after the meeting against an expenses claim through the University of York. Details will be provided. Receipts (not tickets) must be provided and can cover travel and/or accommodation. Note that in accordance with UKRI policy, claims against expenditure on alcohol will not be allowed. Rail travel should take advantage of advanced purchase tickets and should be for Standard Class seats.

Accommodation and Transport

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Sponsorship & supporting organisations
We are grateful for support from:

UK Catalysis Hub
Harwell Campus

Harwell Campus, Harwell Campus, Didcot, OX11 0DF, United Kingdom

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University of York
Heriot Watt University
UK Catalysis Hub
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