The members of RedINTECAT came to ICIQ on February 12th for the kick-off meeting of this network. RedINTECAT aims at Facing Societal Challenges through Collaborative Research in Catalysis and builds on an Integrated Approach to Catalysis developed within the former INTECAT project. The network has the goal of contributing to the discovery of new chemical processes that make a more rational use of feedstocks, require less energy consumption, and take place without the generation of environmentally harmful by-products.
RedINTECAT meetings are focused on setting a framework for the establishment of collaborative working groups with diverse skills and expertise; for the establishment of multidisciplinary working groups build on partial strengths to address complex research issues and for the achievement of a whole-system view of catalysis. Integrating molecular design, theoretical calculations, synthesis of catalytic systems active in homo-, heterogeneous phases and in the frontier, and benchmarking of the produced catalysts with scale-up and engineering processes. During this meeting, seven workshops were held and there was a lecture by Prof. José Manuel González from Universidad de Oviedo. The next meeting will take place in autumn this year in Zaragoza.
The research groups part of RedINTECAT are from ICIQ (Miquel A. Pericàs, Pau Ballester, Carles Bo, Antonio M. Echavarren, Paolo Melchiorre, Vladimir Grushin, Arjan Kleij, Antoni Llobet, Núria López, Rubén Martín, Feliu Maseras and Anton Vidal); the Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Carmen Claver), the Universidad de Zaragoza (José A. Mayoral); Universidad de Valladolid (Pablo Espinet) and Universidad de Huelva (Pedro J. Pérez).