Following the success of the second SMA conference in Cancun, which took place in May 2016 we are delighted to be organising a third series. 

3rd Small Molecule Activation Conference

19 Feb 2019 - 22 Feb 2019 Nassau, Bahamas

Small molecules are constituents of the air we breathe (e.g. N2, O2, CO2) and take part in element cycles and various metabolic processes. Further representatives (e.g. H2, CO, CH4) are produced/converted in nature under anaerobic conditions or in industrial processes on large scales. Hence, small molecules such as those mentioned are readily accessible and comparatively inexpensive, so that it is highly desirable to include them into syntheses of value-added products or to use them as reservoirs of chemical energy (fuels). However, at the same time they are typically quite thermodynamically stable, so that their utilization requires an activation step. The topic of this conference will thus be concerned with various aspects of small molecule activation, with a focus on molecular insights. It provides a stimulating and interdisciplinary environment for both senior scientists and young researchers to discuss latest progress in the field.

Key Sessions

  1. H2 Activation
  2. N2 Activation
  3. NxOy Activation
  4. O2 Activation
  5. H2O2 Activation
  6. Reactive NxHy Species
  7. COx Chemistry 
  8. CxHy Conversion

Confirmed Plenary Speakers

  • Mu-Hyun Baik (KAIST)
  • Marcetta Darensbourg (Texas A&M University)
  • William Evans (University of California, Irvine)
  • Karsten Meyer (Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nürnberg)
  • David Milstein (Weizmann Institute of Science)

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

  • Oliver Einsle (University of Freiburg)
  • Alan Goldman (Rutgers University)
  • Osamu Ishitani (Tokyo Institute of Technology)
  • Daniel Stack (Stanford University)

Confirmed Invited Speakers

  • Simon Aldridge (University of Oxford)
  • Elodie Anxolabéhère-Mallart (Université Paris Diderot)
  • Donald Darensbourg (Texas A&M University)
  • Carole Duboc (University Joseph Fourier- Grenoble) 
  • Lutz H. Gade (Universität Heidelberg)
  • Trevor Hayton (UC Santa Barbara)
  • Sonja Herres-Pawlis (RWTH Aachen University)
  • Eva Hevia (University of Strathclyde)
  • Rhett Kempe (University of Bayreuth)
  • Karl Kirchner (TU Wien)
  • Yunho Lee (KAIST)
  • Connie Lu (University of Minnesota)
  • Neal Mankad (University of Illinois at Chicago)
  • Hideki Masuda (Nagoya Institute of Technology)
  • Franc Meyer (Universität Göttingen)
  • Jan Paradies (Universität Paderborn)
  • Michael Shevlin (Merck)
  • Jalila Simaan (Aix-Marseille Université)
  • Nathaniel Szymczak (University of Michigan)
  • Timothy Warren (Georgetown University)

Registration Deadlines

  • Early bird – 31 Aug 2018
  • Talk Submission – 31 Aug 2018
  • Last Chance – 05 Dec 2018
  • Poster Submission – 05 Dec 2018




David Spichiger, SCS