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Catalysis Society of Australia Workshop

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On the 12th of November 2015 CSIRO sponsored and hosted a workshop at their Clayton site to reinvigorate the Catalysis Society of Australia (CSA).  This workshop co-chaired by Danielle Kennedy (CSIRO) and Rachel Caruso (UMelb) on behalf of the CSA brought together researchers in chemical catalysis to build networks and promote interdisciplinary collaboration.

Panorama of the 2015 CSA Workshop Audience

It was an extremely productive and useful day for all who attended. The quality of presentations on a wide variety of topics in catalysis has excellent and the papers were extremely well received with a lot of useful discussion. Also a number of collaborative ideas were seeded in the room.

In the program below if you click on the name of the speaker or chair you will see an image captured during their presentation. Welcome slides presented by Dr Kennedy are also accessible through the link in the program.

A gallery of networking images during the day is being collated and will be published on the CSA facebook account.



Networking Tea and Coffee



Opening and Welcome from CSA

Michael Stockenhuber


Welcome from CSIRO

Danielle Kennedy

Session 1

Chair: Michael Stockenhuber, University of Newcastle


Heterogeneous catalysis for sustainable chemical processes

Jun Huang, University of Sydney


Recent Progress in Direct Photocatalysis of Supported Metal Nanoparticles for organic synthesis

Huai-Yong Zhu, Queensland University of Technology


Conversion of Biomass to Feedstock Molecules

Leigh Aldous, University of New South Wales

11:00-11:30 - Morning Tea

Session 2

Chair:  Rachel Caruso, University of Melbourne


Carbon-based Ru catalysts for hydrogen production

Li Li, University of Queensland


1D and 3D MnO2 for catalytic oxidation of organic pollutants in water

Shaobin Wang, Curtin University


Heterogeneous Catalysts for CO2 utilisation

Alan Chaffee, Monash University

12:30-1:20 - Lunch

Session 3

Chair: Thomas Maschmeyer University of Sydney


Catalysts for treatment of environmental pollutants

Jason Scott, University of New South Wales


Photocatalysis with mesoporous titania

Xingdong Wang, CSIRO Manufacturing


Catalysis research in CSIRO Energy

Ken Chiang, CSIRO Energy


Catalysis Society of Australia

Committee Meeting


Tour of CSIRO RAMP high-throughput catalysis laboratory

Danielle Kennedy and Christian Vogt