1st Sino-German Symposium on Sustainable Catalysis

The 1st Sino-German Symposium on Sustainable Catalysis was organized by Prof. Aiwen Lei from the Wuhan University, China and held at the College of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences of Wuhan University from 5th-10th October, 2015. It was hosted by the Institute for Advanced Studies of Wuhan University and financed by the Chinesisc-Deutsches Zentrum Fur Wissenschaftsforderung. Prof. Matthias Beller, Director at the Leibniz-Institut für Katalyse gave the opening remarkers. 25 presentations were given by Chinese experts and 14 presentations were given by German experts. A total of more than 200 participants attended, including about 140 students and young scientists from the Wuhan University and other universities of China as well as leading experts from China and German.


Prof Xiang Zhou, the dean of College of Chemistry and Molecular Sciences, said welcome to all the participants in this meeting on the opening ceremony. Prof Zhou said this meeting would not only promote the research development of catalytic fields, but also enhance the communication between German and China. As the German representative, Prof Matthias Beller also gave a welcome remark to all the people. He said the sustainable catalysis plays a more and more important role in our daily life. This meeting will be an important issue to the development of sustainable catalysis. We hope this meeting will enhance the communication of the scientist between German and China. After the welcome remark, Prof Matthias Beller gave an excellent lecture entitled “Sustainable Chemistry with Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Catalysts: Which Ones are Better”.

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After the 3 days meeting, Prof Aiwen lei from Wuhan University gave a summary on the closing ceremony. Prof Lei said that the presentations, all of which were of extremely high quality, covered a wide range of topics around homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, as well as the mechanism studies of catalysis. In particular the exploration of searching for the efficient catalytic system and the special catalyst which can promote improve the Efficiency of catalysis. These are paid significant attention both in China and in German.


This symposium was well timed to introduce each other on the present status and upcoming plans. It greatly enhanced the mutual understanding of the capabilities and interests for further work on each side. It will form the basis for more intense future exchange and possibly even collaboration on the mission level. The most important meaning was to enhance and establish personal ties scientists in Germany and China. All participants agreed on the extreme usefulness of this symposium and express their sincere thanks to the organizers.