The Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies (CSCT) and the Dynamic Reaction Monitoring Facility (DReaM) hosted the 2nd Reaction Monitoring Symposium on the 28th January 2019. The symposium was held in 3WN with over 100 delegates in attendance.

Attendees were treated to talks by a variety of speakers, from academic and industrial backgrounds. The presentations began with a morning session featuring Dr Ulrich Hintermair (CSCT, University of Bath) and Dr Michael Maiwald (BAM, Germany). Postgraduate members of the Hintermair research group also took to the lectern to discuss their own reaction monitoring investigations.

Over lunch, networking opportunities were abundant as delegates chatted with exhibitors and poster presenters.

In the afternoon, talks continued with Dr David Whittaker (AstraZeneca, UK), Dr Jackie Mosely (Durham University, UK) and a keynote lecture from Prof Ruth Gschwind (University of Regensburg, Germany), giving the audience plenty of exciting techniques and chemistry to think about.

The final session of the day opened with Prof Donna Blackmond's keynote talk (The Scripps Research Institute, USA) titled "Kinetic Profiling of Catalytic Organic Reactions as a Mechanistic Tool" and followed up with a panel discussion featuring industrial experts from AstraZeneca, Mestrelab, Bruker and BAM. This generated discussion around the key topic for debate "Looking Ahead: Opportunities and Challenges in Reaction Monitoring".

The RSC journal Reaction Chemistry and Engineering provided poster prizes, which were won by Klas Meyer (BAM, Germany), Philipp Koehler (University of Cambridge, UK) and the University of Bath's Rachael Broomfield-Tagg.


We would like to thank the Dalton Division of the Royal Society of Chemistry, as well as the Molecular Spectroscopy and Inorganic Reaction Mechanisms Interest Groups, for generous sponsorship of the event.

The symposium was also made possible by our exhibitors - Advion, Bruker, Clairet Scientific, GPE Scientific, Hiden Analytical, Julabo, Laser2000, Mestrelab, Mettler-Toledo and TgK Scientific.

Interested in using the Dynamic Reaction Monitoring (DReaM) Facility?

The DReaM Facility gives researchers the chance to monitor homogeneous reactions in real-time, under normal reaction conditions, using a variety of analytical techniques. In addition to obtaining reaction kinetics, the DReaM Facility can also help researchers shed light on reaction intermediates and by-products.

We have a call for external proposals on a six monthly basis, to access paid time at the DReaM Facility. Visit our webpages for more information.