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4th Small Molecule Activation Conference

#SMA22


16 May 2022 - 19 May 2022

Cancun, Mexico

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Synopsis

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Many essential natural processes and systems are based on the making and breaking of small molecules, consisting only of a few atoms. They are formed and consumed, for instance, as part of element cycles, and thus representatives like O2, N2 and CO2 form the constituents of the air we breathe, while compounds like methane and NO are generated under anaerobic conditions. Other examples are not only natural products and substrates but are prepared on large scales in industrial processes, such as H2, CO and NH3. Hence, small molecules are ubiquitous and comparatively inexpensive. In consequence it is highly desirable to utilize them as synthons for the synthesis of value-added products and fine chemicals. The challenge here is the fact, that small molecules, such as those mentioned, are at the same time thermodynamically and/or kinetically quite stable, which is of course also the basis for their high abundance. For instance, CO2 is the most stable of all carbon compounds and N2 contains the strongest of all chemical bonds. O2 bears a lot of redox potential but a high kinetic barrier prohibits reactions with organic molecules under moderate conditions in a controlled, selective fashion. Hence, the key for the transformation and utilization of small molecules lies in their appropriate activation by suitable metal or element sites that may be part of molecular compounds, enzymes or surfaces.

This conference highlights strategies, principles and applications concerning small molecule activation. It covers the whole range from inorganic, organic or organometallic to biochemistry chemistry, from catalytic systems (homogeneous, heterogeneous or biological) via mechanistic experimental and theoretical work to new elemental reactions that may be based on complex or ligand design, are biomimetic or surface-inspired.

Key Sessions

  • H2 Activation
  • N2 Activation
  • NxOy Activation
  • O2 Activation
  • H2O2 Activation
  • Reactive NxHy Species
  • COx Chemistry 
  • CxHy Conversion

Student Offer

Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity for students! Fully paying academics can bring a student for only $890. Unfortunately, Postdocs are not eligible. Both registration packages include; accommodation for the 16, 17, 18 May 2022 (on a shared basis for students) and a 24hour all-inclusive food and beverage package for the conference period. Once registered, please contact Jack Peters to obtain a special registration link for your student. 

Confirmed Plenary Speakers

Matthias Beller (Leibniz-Institut für Katalyse, Germany)
Don Tilley (UC Berkeley, USA)
METAL-METAL COOPERATIVITY IN SMALL MOLECULE REACTIONS AT TRANSITION METAL ASSEMBLIES
Liang Deng (Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, China)
DINITROGEN ACTIVATION WITH LOW-COORDINATE ORGANOMETALLIC COMPOUNDS
Serena DeBeer (Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion, Germany)
Polly Arnold (The University of Edinburgh, Scotland)

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Andy Borovik (University of California, Irvine, USA)
Kara Bren (University of Rochester, USA)
Miquel Costas (University of Girona, Spain)
Holger Dobbek (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
INSIGHTS INTO SMALL MOLECULE ACTIVATION BY Ni-CONTAINING ENZYMES
Frédéric-Georges Fontaine (Université Laval, Canada)
Patrick Holland (Yale University, USA)
ADVANCES IN NITROGEN FIXATION WITH IRON COMPLEXES
Marinella Mazzanti (EPFL, Switzerland)
Marc Robert (Université de Paris, France)
MOLECULAR ELECTROCHEMICAL CATALYSIS OF CO2 AND N2 WITH 6 ELECTRONS AND 6 PROTONS
Andrew Weller (University of York, UK)
AMINE BORANE DEHYDROPOLYMERISATION: FROM THE FUNDAMENTALS OF SMALL MOLECULE ACTIVATION TO TAILORED NEW POLYMERS FOR MATERIALS APPLICATIONS

Confirmed Invited Speakers

Sébastien Bontemps (LCC CNRS, France)
CASCADE REACTION FOR COMPLEX CO2 TRANSFORMATIONS
Deborah Kays (The University of Nottingham, UK)
Ellen Matson (University of Rochester, USA)
Rebecca Melen (Cardiff University, UK)
Franc Meyer (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany)
Inke Siewert (Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany)
J.C. (Chris) Slootweg (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Klaus H. Theopold (University of Delaware, USA)
Jarl Ivar van der Vlugt (University of Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Target Audience

The target audience performs research within one of the abovementioned areas. It ranges from well-established scientists via independent junior researchers to young academics working on their PhD. The latter are particularly welcome, since the conference strongly benefits from new, fresh views and lively discussions in the lectures or at the poster sessions. Furthermore, the conference provides a unique opportunity for doctoral candidates to meet the leading scientists in their fields and inform themselves about potential postdoc supervisors; the size of the conference is ideal to support personal contacts.

Educational Need

Participants will learn about the concepts, prerequisites and applications of small molecule activation and get an update on the state-of-the-art of this vibrant research area. Students will learn to present their results in a comprehensive way on posters and to discuss them with experts, which will certainly advance their progress. Selected students will get the chance to outline their research in short lectures. The arrangement of their results concisely and intelligibly to an educated audience in a way that stimulates thoughts and triggers questions will be a sustainable experience for their further development.

4th Small Molecule Activation Conference

#SMA22


16 May 2022 - 19 May 2022

Cancun, Mexico

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Speakers

Plenary Speakers

Invited Speakers

Inke Siewert

Associate Professor, Georg-August-University Goettingen

Jacob Christiaan (Chris) Slootweg

Associate Professor, University of Amsterdam

4th Small Molecule Activation Conference

#SMA22


16 May 2022 - 19 May 2022

Cancun, Mexico

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Programme

Although the programme has not yet been released, we are able to confirm that the conference should begin no earlier than 14:00 with opening comments on 16th May 2022. The conference will conclude no later than 12:30 on 19th May 2022.


4th Small Molecule Activation Conference

#SMA22


16 May 2022 - 19 May 2022

Cancun, Mexico

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Prices

Early Bird Full Price Additional Adult Additional Child Extra Night Adult Extra Night Child
Academic $1818 $1893 $565 $192 $279 $64
Industry $1818 $1893 $565 $192 $279 $64
Student $1523 $1598 $565 $192 $279 $64

All registration fees include 3 nights accommodation and meals during the conference period. Exact inclusions are detailed below.

What's Included in our Registration Fees?

Our registration fees are inclusive of the following during the conference period only:

- Conference registration 
- 3 nights’ fixed accommodation (16, 17, 18 May 2022) on a single basis for academics and industry, on a shared basis for students 
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner available at all restaurants according to their operational hours 
- Unlimited alcoholic beverages, cocktails and soft drinks available by the glass at all restaurants and bars according to their operational hours
- Gala Dinner (includes an open bar)
- 24 hour room service
- Guest room mini bar (replenished daily)
- Complimentary WIFI in both conference rooms and your guest room

What's Included in our Accompanying Adult Fees?

Our accompanying adult fees are inclusive of the following during the conference period only:

- 3 nights’ fixed accommodation (16, 17, 18 May 2022) on a shared basis with a conference participant 
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner available at all restaurants according to their operational hours
- Unlimited alcoholic beverages, cocktails and soft drinks available by the glass at all restaurants and bars according to their operational hours
- Gala Dinner (includes an open bar)
- 24 hour room service
- Guest room mini bar (replenished daily)
- Complimentary WIFI in your guest room

Important Note: Accompanying persons are not permitted access to the conference.

What's Included in our Accompanying Child Fees?

Our accompanying child fees are inclusive of the following during the conference period only:

- 3 nights’ fixed accommodation (16, 17, 18 May 2022) on a shared basis with the parent/s
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner available at all restaurants according to their operational hours
- Unlimited soft drinks available by the glass at all restaurants and bars according to their operational hours
- Gala Dinner 
- 24 hour room service
- Complimentary WIFI in your guest room

Important Note: Accompanying child fees are applicable for children aged 5-12 years. Children younger than 5 years stay free of charge with a parent. Children aged 13 years and older are classified as an adult at this venue (Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun). Please kindly ensure your child / children are supervised at all times during conference and related events. Childcare services are available at the hotel, please contact Laura for further information.

What's Included in our Extra Night Fees?

- 1 night’s accommodation for 1 person
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner available at all restaurants according to their operational hours
- Unlimited alcoholic beverages, cocktails and soft drinks available by the glass at all restaurants and bars according to their operational hours
- 24 hour room service
- Guest room mini bar (replenished daily)
- Complimentary WIFI in your guest room

Important Note: Extra night child fees are applicable for children aged 5-12 years. Children younger than 5 years stay free of charge with a parent. Children aged 13 years and older are classified as an adult at this venue (Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun).

4th Small Molecule Activation Conference

#SMA22


16 May 2022 - 19 May 2022

Cancun, Mexico

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4th Small Molecule Activation Conference

#SMA22


16 May 2022 - 19 May 2022

Cancun, Mexico

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Venue

Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun All Inclusive

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Address
Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancún All Inclusive Blvd. Kukulcan km 16.5 Zona Hotelera 77500 Cancun Q.R. Mexico
Nearest Airport
Cancun International Airport

This stylish hotel features contemporary Mexican architecture, including one of the largest and most impressive thatched-roof "palapas" in the entire country. There are cultural activities, arts and crafts and sports programs to keep you constantly entertained, plus time to relax and enjoy the Mayan culture, soak up the Caribbean sunshine and revel in the international ambiance that settles in after the sun goes down.

Throughout your stay delegates will enjoy a full meal plan, inclusive of beverages. Take your pick from the aromatic Asian delights at Kaumbu, traditional fare at El Mexicano, delicious international cuisine at Kalmia Buffet or perhaps sample the sumptuous Italian dishes at Rosato. There are also several other dining opportunities such as the Cevichería, Pizzeria, Sushi Corner, pool and lounge bar areas. The Gala Night with either a Mayan or Caribbean theme takes place on the third evening of the conference with a mouth-watering feast of local cuisine, an open bar and amazing local entertainment.  We welcome all delegates and their accompanying persons to the Gala Night – a truly fun filled night not to be missed!

Hotel Facilities

Lagoon Pool
Extensive Health Club and Spa
Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms and throughout hotel and conference areas

Location

Cancun is a delightful combination of natural beauty, islands, ecological reserves and white sandy beaches. However, besides sun, sand and sea, this destination also offers an infinite variety of underwater activities to choose from: the diving, snorkelling and fishing here are outstanding and you will find an undersea world packed with tropical fish that live on the second largest barrier reef in the world. Sports enthusiasts might choose one of the many eco-tourism activities, such as cycling or hiking through the tropical forest or kayaking through mangroves, or something a little more adventuresome, like zip lining through the treetops.

Apart from the more well-known ancient Mayan archealogical sites such as Tulum, Cobá and Chichén Itzá you may like to visit the Aktun Chen caverns, voted one of the Top 10 underwater walks by National Geographic described as a truly magical experience.

4th Small Molecule Activation Conference

#SMA22


16 May 2022 - 19 May 2022

Cancun, Mexico

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Transportation

Cancun International airport is just a short 20 minute journey from the Fiesta Americana Condesa and is easily accessible from almost every country in the world with many major international airlines providing direct or interconnecting flights on a daily basis.

Airport tansfer information will be available shorlty.

4th Small Molecule Activation Conference

#SMA22


16 May 2022 - 19 May 2022

Cancun, Mexico

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Local Activities

Several activities are available within the resort. Timetables vary daily so please check with the hotel for the latest activities program.

  • Daily fitness activities: yoga, zumba, beach workout
  • In the water: water aerobics, pool volley
  • Workshops: making sushi, art with rice and towels, margaritas, paella making, pizza making (fiesta kids)
  • Classes; dance, spanish lessons
  • Friendly competitions; beach volley, beach soccer, cornhole

There are also many other activities, trips and excursions to consider in and around the local area, depending on the time you have available. Please find a few suggestions below:

  • AQUA World, situated across the street from the hotel. They provide a vast array of water based activites including diving, fishing, snorkeling, hoverboards and boat tours. Take a look at their website for inspiration: https://aquaworld.com.mx/en
  • Trips to Mayan historical sites such as Tulum and Chichen Itzá
  • Arts and crafts markets
  • Jungle tours and eco parks such as Xcaret
  • Golfing at 2 18-hole, par 72 courses: Greg Norman and Jack Nicklaus (less than 30 minutes away)

4th Small Molecule Activation Conference

#SMA22


16 May 2022 - 19 May 2022

Cancun, Mexico

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Group Activities

To be announced

4th Small Molecule Activation Conference

#SMA22


16 May 2022 - 19 May 2022

Cancun, Mexico

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Childcare

4th Small Molecule Activation Conference

#SMA22


16 May 2022 - 19 May 2022

Cancun, Mexico

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Oral Presenters

We have several oral opportunities available at this meeting. To be considered for a talk, please register for the conference and upload your abstract when prompted to do so. You will be able to monitor the status of your abstract through your Fusion account and you will also receive an email if you are successful or unsuccessful.

Please use the abstract template provided (see below) and ensure your abstract is no longer than one page in length.

If you are accepted for a talk, we recommend you check our website regularly as the conference approaches. Regular programme updates will be released under the ‘Programme’ tab on the conference website.

Your Presentation

On the day of your presentation please make yourself known to our AV technician who will be present in the conference room. We advise running through your presentation at least 30minutes prior to your session commencing to ensure your slides and any videos or animations appear as expected. We prefer our speakers to run their presentation from the master PC or Mac, however, if you prefer to use your own laptop then please notify us prior to the session. A HDMI or VGA cable is usually available on the podium.

Our AV technician will apply your microphone and provide a combined slide advancer and laser pointer.

We ask all speakers to adhere to their time slots and respect their fellow presenters. A visual traffic light aide will be available to warn presenters as their time decreases.

Please make sure your presentation adheres to the following guidelines.

Aspect Ratio: On Screen Show (16:9)
File Type: Please save your presentation in PPT, PPTS or Keynote format.

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4th Small Molecule Activation Conference

#SMA22


16 May 2022 - 19 May 2022

Cancun, Mexico

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Posters

We have several poster opportunities available at this meeting. To be considered for a poster presentation, please register for the conference and upload your abstract when prompted to do so. You will be able to monitor the status of your abstract through your Fusion account and you will also receive an email if you are successful or unsuccessful.

Please use the abstract template provided (see below) and ensure your abstract is no longer than one page in length.

Our poster boards can accommodate a maximum poster size of A0 (1189H x 841W mm), portrait in orientation. Posters exceeding this size may not fit on the poster boards provided and therefore we may be unable to display your poster, so please kindly keep to these measurements.

Displaying & Presenting Your Poster

Please bring your poster to registration and hand this to a member of the Fusion team. They will advise of your poster number and display your poster for you. 

Your poster will remain on display for the duration of the conference, allowing presenters to take advantage of the refreshment breaks and free time for valuable networking opportunities, in addition to the official poster session.

Please check the programme and note the date and time of the poster session(s). Your poster will be judged during the poster session and prizes will be awarded at the Gala Dinner.

Posters will be taken down by the Fusion team and will be ready for collection at the Fusion desk on the final day of the conference.

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