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Workshop SuBiCat 3rd Annual Workshop


Anton Nagy, Integrated Lab Solutions, UK

Address: Waldemarstrasse 5, 10179 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 61659524
Cell-Phone: +4915115549608


  • Journal Article, High temperature partial oxidation reactions over silver catalysts, Anton J. Nagy, Gerhard Mestl , Applied Catalysis A-General, v.188, 337-353 (1999) DOI:1425
  • Herien D., A. Nagy, H. Schubert, G. Weinberg, E. Kitezlmann and R. Schlögl: „The Reaction of Molecular Oxygen with Silver at Technical Catalytic Conditions: Bulk Structural Consequences of a Gas-Solid Interface Reaction“, Z. Phys. Chem 197, 67 (1996)
  • Herein D., H. Werner, Th. Schedel-Niedrig, Th. Neisius, A. Nagy, S. Bernd, R. Schlögl, The selective Oxidation of Methanol: A comparison of the mode of action of metal and oxide catalysts. In Proc. 3rd World Congress on Oxydation Catalysts, San Diego, Ca, 21-26.9.97, Eds S.T. Oyama et al., Elsevier Science B.V., Amsterdam
  • Anton J. Nagy, R. Schlögl, The Interaction of NO with Electrolytic Silver and it’s Effect on the Partial Oxidation of Methanol to Formaldehyde., XXX. Jahrestreffen Deutscher Katalytiker, Eisenach, Germany
  • D. Zemlyanov, A. Nagy, Th. Schedel Nidrig, R. Schlögl, “The Reaction of the NO/O2 Mixture with Silver”, Applied Surface Science 133, 171 (1998)
  • A. Nagy, G. Weinberg, Th. Rühle, G. Mestl, “The Dynamic Restructuring of Electrolytic Silver During the Partial Oxidation of Methanol to Formaldehyde”, J. Catal 179, 548 (1998)
  • A. Nagy, G. Mestl, D. Herein, G. Weinberg, E. Kitezlmann, Rl Schlogl, „The Correlation of Sub-Surface Oxygen Diffusion with Variations of Silver Morphology in the Silver-Oxygen System”, Journal of Catalysis, Vol 182, Issue 2, 10 March 1999, Pages 417-429
  • A. Nagy, R. Schlögl, “The Possibility of Using Electrolytic Silver for the Selective Catalytic Decomposition of NOx”, Chapter 6 in “Criterion for a technically relevant and clean running diesel ship motor, Techniques for removal of NOx from flue gas emmissions”, Fortschritt Bericht VDI, Vol 15, Nr. 198

Thermostable Proteins

Dr Ossi Turunen, Aalto University, Finland

Intellectual Property

Dr Rob Meier, DSM, The Netherlands

(Prof. Dr.) Robert Meier, FRSC, has a Master degree in Chemistry and a PhD in the Natural Sciences, and is currently Subsidy Coordinator DSM Materials Sciences as well as the DSM Principal Scientist in Silico experimentation. He has over 30 years of experience in DSM as an expert in various disciplines including in silico experimentation, physical and analytical chemistry, high-throughput experimentation and has extensive experience in program management interacting with various disciplines including process technology. He is an Honorary Visiting Professor in York, U.K., and he has over 130 peer-refereed publications. He is currently involved in the coordination of a Horizon2020 Innovation project and participant in various other EU projects.

Intellectual Property, Prof. Rob Meier, DSM, Geleen, The Netherlands
This lecture will provided you an introduction in the world of patents. What is a patent, what is it for, what is the value of a patent. Do you always wish to file a patent, and which are the alternatives. What is freedom to operate. Some of these questions might seem trivial, but you will probably find out during the lecture it is not always precisely so how you thought about it. Examples will be presented illustrating various cases that could happen or have happened in practice. Finally, the relevance of confidentiality and patents in a project like SUBICAT will be discussed.

Career Management and Entrepreneurial Skills

Dr Eduardo Sola, ISQCH, Universitad Zaragoza, Spain and Dr Erik Abbenhuis, Hybrid, The Netherlands

Membrane Reactors

Prof Matthias Wessling, RWTH, Germany


Ms Maria Victoria Aguilar Pontes, CBS-KNAW, The Netherlands

The jinni that escape from the jar: informatics at the service of molecular biology

In Nature in 1961, William Astbury described molecular biology as “not so much a technique as an approach, an approach from the viewpoint of the so-called basic sciences with the leading idea of searching below the large-scale manifestations of classical biology for the corresponding molecular plan”. Nowadays we understand molecular biology as the studies of the molecules essential for the biological processes, nucleic acids and proteins. Since the discovery of the double helix of DNA by Watson and Crick (1953), the next major breakthrough in molecular biology was the sequencing of the first genome, bacteriophage ɸX174 (1977). The first whole genome sequence of a microorganism was achieved in 1995 of the bacteria Haemophilus influenzae, after which several other model organisms were sequenced with increasing complexity and genome size. In 2000, the first draft of the human genome was made public. The advance made in the field of genomics and bioinformatics during the sequencing of the human genome not only changed the way we study organisms at the moment but also pushed the limit of the technological field, embracing mathematical and computational power that otherwise would have taken decades to achieve.
Since Dr. Paulien Hogeweg and Dr. Ben Hesper used the term bioinformatics for first the time in 1970 it has become essential in any molecular lab. Bioinformatics is a practical discipline were different computational methodologies are integrated to analyze heterogeneous data. Information based on genomes is endless, including transcriptomes, proteomes, contactomes and metabolomes. Producing data is not enough anymore, it needs to be stored, accessible, curated, analyzed, contextualized and shared.
The presentation will present the relevance of bioinformatics for modern day research and will provide some recent examples from our lab.

Peer-reviewed Publications

1. MV Aguilar-Pontes, RP de Vries, M Zhou. 2014. (Post-) Genomics approaches in fungal research, Briefings in functional genomics. Nov; 13(6):424-439.
2. MV Aguilar-Pontes, M Zhou, S van der Horst, B Theelen, RP de Vries, J van den Brink. 2016. Sexual crossing of thermophilic fungus Myceliophthora heterothallica improved enzymatic degradation of sugar beet pulp, Biotechnology for Biofuels. 9:41.
3. Alazi E, Niu J, Kowalczyk JE, Peng M, Aguilar Pontes MV, van Kan JAL, Visser J, de Vries RP, Ram AFJ. The transcriptional activator GaaR of Aspergillus niger is required for release and utilization of D-galacturonic acid from pectin. FEBS Lett. 590(12), 1804-1815
4. Rytioja J, Hildén KS, Di Falco M, Zhou M, Aguilar-Pontes MV, Sietiö O-M, Tsang A, de Vries RP, Mäkelä MR. The adaptation of the white-rot fungus to woody and non-woody biomass as examined by transcriptome and exoproteome analyses. ISME J, under review.
5. Dilokpimol A, Mäkelä MR, Aguilar-Pontes MV, Benoit-Gelber I, Hilden K, de Vries RP. Diversity of fungal feruloyl esterases: updated phylogenetic classification, properties and industrial applications. Biotechnology for Biofuels, under review

Oral presentation

1. Identification of beneficial enzymes for plant biomass degradation using –omics data. 2nd Dutch Bioinformatics & Systems Biology conference 2016, De Werelt, Lunteren, The Netherlands.

Poster presentations

1. 7th Benelux Bioinformatics Conference, Antwerp, Belgium 2015. Aguilar-Pontes MV, Majoor E, Khosravi C, de Vries R, Zhou M. Conservation and diversity of sugar-related catabolic pathways in fungi.
2. 5th Course Food and Biorefinery Enzymology, Wageningen, The Netherlands, 2015. Aguilar-Pontes MV, Majoor E, Khosravi C, de Vries R, Zhou M. Conservation and diversity of sugar-related catabolic pathways in fungi.
3. 9th Netherlands Bioinformatics Conference, De Werelt Lunteren, The Netherlands, 2014. Aguilar-Pontes MV, Majoor E, Khosravi C, de Vries R, Zhou M. Conservation and diversity of sugar-related catabolic pathways in fungi.
4. 12th European Conference on Fungal Genetics & Asperfest, Seville, Spain, 2014. Aguilar-Pontes MV, Majoor E, Khosravi C, de Vries R, Zhou M. Conservation and diversity of sugar-related catabolic pathways in fungi.

Mechanisms in Organometallic Chemistry

Dr Eduardo Sola, Institute of Chemical Synthesis and Homogeneous Catalysis, Universitad Zaragoza, Spain
Researcher ID: H-2788-2014

Eduardo SOLA is a CSIC Scientific Researcher at the ISQCH of Zaragoza. He completed the degree in Chemistry and the PhD at the University of Zaragoza (supervisors M. A. Esteruelas and L. A. Oro), and a postdoctoral stay at the Universität Würzburg (H. Werner). He leads the group Catalysts and Mechanisms, whose research interests are in organometallic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis, chasing mechanistic conclusions that may inspire new catalytic transformations and catalyst designs.

Mechanisms in organometallic chemistry

The discovery of bond-cleavage and -forming processes promoted by transition metal complexes more than 40 years ago laid the foundations for novel synthetic strategies and methodologies now at the forefront of contemporary chemistry. The mechanistic understanding of such processes has been essential for their evolution into catalytic technologies and will also be crucial for developing the next generation of catalysts and the future chemical industry. The course will present a mechanistic perspective on these bond recompositions at the coordination sphere of metal complexes: from elementary processes such as oxidative addition, reductive elimination, migratory insertion, metathesis, etc., to combinations leading to catalytic turnover. Necessary basic concepts of coordination and organometallic chemistry such as coordinative unsaturation and trans influence will be introduced. The perspective will also emphasize on the role of the second coordination sphere and non-innocent ligands.