Sociedad Española de Catálisis


15th edition of EuropaCat, Congress of the European Federation of Catalysis Societies (EFCATS)


The congress will be held from August 29 to September 3, 2021 in the Prague Congress Centre, Prague, Czech Republic.

The congress will be, for the first time, jointly organized by the catalysis societies of the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

We are hoping to welcome participants from diverse fields of catalysis having academic as well as industrial background. We will support the participation of students, the future generation of scientists and researchers.

We would be excited if you join us in Prague at EuropaCat 2021 so that we can together innovate the production of energy carriers, chemicals and materials, while

at the same time enhancing the quality of life on the Earth.


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Premio Tesis SECAT 2019

El premio Tesis SECAT 2019 ha recaído en la Tesis titulada Copper-based catalysts for the Preferential CO Oxidation in H2-rich streams (CO-PROX reaction), realizada por la Dra. Arantxa Davó Quiñonero, en la Universidad de Alicante, bajo la dirección de los Dres. Dolores Lozano Castelló y Agustín Bueno López

Desde la Junta de SECAT y en nombre de todos los socios le damos la enhorabuena a Arantxa

PhD position in Heterogeneous Catalysis for Methane Activation


A predoctoral contract to carry out a PhD at the interface of nanomaterials and catalysis. The project will be implemented at the Institute of Chemical Technology (ITQ, Valencia).

The research institution

The Institute of Chemical Technology (ITQ) is a joint research center of the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) and the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), located in the excellent and vibrant UPV Campus at the coast side in Valencia (Spain). It is an international reference center in the area of catalysis and new materials which hosts 33 staff scientists alongside >75 PhD and postdoctoral researchers, and holds the Severo Ochoa Excellence Accreditation, which recognizes and supports Spanish research institutions, from all scientific and technological areas, which demonstrate international scientific leadership through high-impact scientific innovations. The institute has also a long tradition of R&D and technology transfer activities in cooperation with industrial partners. The center is a multidisciplinary institute which offers high-quality training and outstanding research facilities.  Web:

The project. The research project is a research effort at the interfaces of material science, nanotechnology and chemical technology. The project aims to gain molecular level understanding on the activation and conversion of methane (from unconventional natural gas and biogas) on the surface of metal nanoparticles. The candidate is going to get acquainted in the controlled synthesis of nanomaterials, physicochemical surface, spectroscopic and electron microscopy characterization methods, and evaluation of solid catalysts. Recent Open Access scientific publications from the host group can be consulted online to get an idea of the research interests and approaches.

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The PhD thesis is going to be associated to the "Sustainable Chemistry" doctorate program of the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV), Web: The candidate will have the opportunity to interact with international collaborators and be encouraged to spend research time at a foreign partner research institution, thus qualifying for a doctorate degree with international mention.

Candidate qualifications. Candidates should hold a BSc degree in Chemistry, Material Science, Chemical Engineering or a related discipline. Candidates should also hold (or be about to obtain) a MSc degree. Skills in material science and catalysis are appreciated, but not mandatory. Good written and oral communication skills in English are necessary.

Conditions: Salary ca. 24000 €/year (brutto), 1 year extendable to 4 years.

Prospective starting date: September 2020.

Contact. CV, academic transcript (including Bachelor) and motivation letter should be sent per email to Dr. Gonzalo Prieto ( before June 1st, 2020.


2020ICC Extended the deadline for early registration to Apr 15 th


The ICC2020 Organizing Committee continues to monitor health advisories and travel restrictions in the context of their potential impact on attendance and program content.

We know that many of you share our concern about the health and well-being of our community and we will make all decisions with this as our foremost concern.

The dates of the meeting are about three months away and the developments over the next few weeks will bring greater certainty about the duration and impact of this pandemic and of the measures taken to contain it.

We received more than 2200 abstracts and the technical program currently includes 4 plenary lectures, 40 keynotes and more than 600 oral presentations and 1200 posters, with presenters from more than 50 countries.

We remain committed to hosting this conference in San Diego in mid-June, provided that it is safe and appropriate to do so and that participants from around the world are able to attend. This will make this meeting a memorable gathering of our international catalysis community.

Our thoughts are with all of you in these challenging moments.

With regards and our wishes for health for you and your families.

EFCATS Summer School 2020


The 2020 Summer School of the European Federation of Catalysis Societies (EFCATS) will be held from 15-19 September 2020 in Grand Hotel Bernardin Convention Center in Portorož-Portorose, Slovenia.

The event entitled “ENGINEERING MATERIALS FOR CATALYSIS” is organized jointly by the Section for Catalysis of the Slovenian Chemical Society and the Austrian Catalysis Society.

The 2020 EFCATS Summer School will focus on recent advances regarding synthesis, in-situ and operando characterization and industrial catalysis as well as multi-scale modelling of catalytic processes.

More than ten worldwide known experts will deliver invited lectures. The participants will be able to present the results of their research work in the form of oral presentations and poster contributions. A half-day tour to the ELETTRA synchrotron in Trieste, Italy, will be organized as part of the 2020 EFCATS Summer School.

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