The Carbon Group of the Portuguese Chemical Society (C@SPQ) cordially invites you to attend the 8th International Symposium on Carbon for Catalysis, CarboCat–VIII, that will take place in Porto, Portugal, on June 26 – 29, 2018. Following the previous CarboCat meetings held in Lausanne (2004), Saint-Petersburg (2006), Berlin (2008), Dalian (2010), Brixen (2012), Trondheim (2014) and Strasbourg (2016), CarboCat-VIII will be devoted to new developments and fundamental advances on carbon materials (conventional and nanostructured carbons) for catalytic applications.
You are also invited to visit Porto, with its historical centre (UNESCO World Heritage Site), the river Douro and the famous Port Wine cellars.


  • Synthesis and surface modification of carbon materials for catalysis
  • Advanced characterization and theoretical simulation
  • Development of carbon-based catalysts for applications in:
    • Biomass conversion;
    • Electrocatalysis;
    • Fuels & chemicals;
    • Photocatalysis;
    • Environmental Catalysis
  • Committees

    International Scientific Committee

    Antonio Guerrero Ruiz (CCIA, UNED, Spain)
    Bastian J. M. Etzold (TU Darmstadt Germany)
    Bert F. Sels (KU Leuven, Belgium)
    Cuong Pham-Huu (University of Strasbourg, France)
    Dangsheng Su (IMR, CAS, Shengyang, China)
    Daniel E. Resasco (University of Oklahoma, USA)
    De Chen (NTNU, Norway)
    Dmitry Y. Murzin (Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland)
    Enrique Garcia-Bordeje (ICB, CSIC, Spain)
    Fei Wei (Tsinghua University, China)
    Gabriele Centi (Messina University, Italy)
    Giuliano Giambastiani (ICCOM-CNR, Florence, Italy)
    Harry J. Bitter (Wageningen UR, The Netherlands)
    Jean-Philippe Tessonnier (Iowa State Univ., USA)
    M. Fernando Pereira (FEUP, Portugal)
    Martin Muhler (Bochum University, Germany)
    Petra de Jongh (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
    Philippe Serp (Toulouse University, France)
    Zinfer F. Ismagilov (ICCMS, Novosibirsk, Russia)

    Organizing Committee
    Associate Laboratory - LSRE-LCM,
    Faculty of Engineering,
    University of Porto, Portugal

    José Luís Figueiredo (Chair)
    Adrián Silva
    Bruno Machado
    Cláudia Gomes da Silva
    Joaquim Luís Faria
    Manuel Fernando Pereira
    Raquel Rocha
    Salomé Soares

    Secretariat - SPQ
    Cristina Campos
    Leonardo Mendes

    Scientific Program

    The following speakers are confirmed


    Magnus Rønning
    (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)

    Nitrogen-doped carbon nanofibres: What are the requirements for application in PEM fuel cells?

    Nathalie Job
    (University of Liège, Belgium)

    Catalytic layers of Proton Exchange Membrane fuel cells based on carbon xerogel supports

    Siglinda Perathoner
    (Università Degli Studi Di Messina, Italy)

    Oxidative dehydrogenation over nanocarbons: recent mechanistic study

    Final Program

    Poster size: A0 maximum (118.9 cm high x 84.1 cm wide)
    Student Oral Communication (SOC): combines a short oral presentation of 4 min (max.) and poster presentation

    Registration & Payments

    before April 30, 2018 (€)
    May 1 to June 15, 2018 (€)
    June 26-29, 2018 (€)
    Regular (2) 480 580 680
    Student (3) 250 300 350
    Accompanying Person 200 200 (1)

    (1) Same price, but limited availability upon request and not guaranteed.
    (2) Regular SPQ members will benefit of a 45€ reduction in all periods.
    (3) Student SPQ members will benefit of a 25€ reduction in all periods.

    The participant fee includes:

    • conference materials
    • access to all sessions
    • lunchs
    • coffee breaks
    • welcome reception
    • social program and conference dinner

    The accompanying person fee:

    • welcome reception
    • social program and conference dinner

    Payment Methods:

  • Bank Transfer
    To/Titular: Sociedade Portuguesa de Química
    Bank/Banco: Millennium BCP (Lisboa, Pt)
    IBAN: PT50 0033 0000 4534 5670 6780 5
  • Card payment


    Any request for cancellation must be sent to the Secretariat by email ( in accordance with the following policy:

    • Before April 30, 2018, any cancellation will have a cost of 50, 00 € for administrative reasons.
    • From May 1, 2018, to May 31, 2018, the reimbursement will be a 50% of the registration fees.
    • From June 1, 2018, there is no reimbursement.
    • Refunds will be processed after the meeting.


    An official letter of invitation to attend the CarboCat-VIII will be sent upon request (use Secretariat email to those participants with an accepted abstract, requiring it for visa application or other purposes. Please note that such an invitation letter does not imply any obligation, financial or otherwise, by the organizers or other.


    A certificate of attendance will be delivered on site. Special requirements may be asked on site at the congress desk. Late requests on site will be sent after the meeting by email.

    Abstracts Submission

    Book of Abstracts

    The meeting’s official language will be English

    Abstract submission is only possible via the SPQ registration site. Please log in using the password provided in the registration process and then proceed with "abstract submission". Please use the Microsoft Word file Abstract Template.

    The abstract must not exceed one A4 page. Final decision on oral or poster communication will be taken by the scientific committee upon evaluation of the submitted abstracts. The abstract file should be saved as follows: name_surname_poster.doc or name_surname_oral.doc (or docx in either case). Each participant can submit TWO abstracts as presenting author: the first submission can be a poster or an oral communication, and this should be indicated upon submission. The second submission is necessarily for poster presentation.

    Accepted abstracts will be published in the Book of Abstracts (only abstracts of registered participants will be included).

    Please make sure your abstract does not contain any spelling or grammar mistakes, as it will be reproduced as submitted.

  • Abstract submission for OCs and poster presentations: February 28, 2018 March 16, 2018, Notification of acceptance: march 31, 2018

  • Contributions on the following topics are welcome:

  • Synthesis and surface modification of carbon materials for catalysis
  • Advanced characterization and theoretical simulation
  • Development of carbon-based catalysts for applications in:
    • Biomass conversion;
    • Electrocatalysis;
    • Fuels & chemicals;
    • Photocatalysis;
    • Environmental Catalysis
  • Presentations

    • Oral Communications
    • Poster Presentations


    Following the tradition of previous CarboCat meetings, a Special Issue with selected contributions from CarboCat–VIII will be published in Catalysis Today:

    1. The authors will be requested to confirm their interest to contribute for this Special Issue until July 15, 2018.
    2. A link will be send to the authors through the EVISE system, for submission of their manuscripts through this link. The manuscripts should be prepared following the Guide for Authors of the Journal
    3. Deadline for submission: September 30, 2018.
    The manuscripts will be subjected to peer-review process and should meet the high scientific quality standard of the Journal.

    Poster size: A0 maximum (118.9 cm high x 84.1 cm wide)
    Student Oral Communication (SOC): combines a short oral presentation of 4 min (max.) and poster presentation



    Award for best poster
    including short oral communication

    The prize is awarded by Catalysts – an open access journal by MDPI and seeks to recognize the best poster presented by a young researcher.

    Award for best poster

    The prize is awarded by the Royal Society of Chemistry and seeks to recognize the best poster presentation.

    Important Dates

    • Abstract Acceptance: Already Open
    • Abstract deadline: 28 February, 2018 March 16, 2018
    • Decision of acceptance: March 31, 2018
    • Early registration: April 30, 2018
    • Regular Registration: May 1 - June 15, 2018
    • On site, registration: June 26-29, 2018


    Almeida Garrett’s library, located in the beautiful romantic gardens of Palácio de Cristal, is a public library featuring an auditorium that hosts conferences, book presentations, film screenings, seminars and other meetings of local interest.

    Auditorium of the Almeida Garrett Municipal Library - Biblioteca Municipal Almeida Garrett,
    Rua de D. Manuel II - Jardins do Palácio de Cristal,
    4050-239 Porto,

    GPS: 41.14837 | -8.62722 webpage


    The city of Porto, known as Cidade Invicta (invincible city), is the second largest city of Portugal, the capital of the Porto district and of the northern region country. Porto is built along hillsides overlooking the mouth of Douro River and it is an outstanding urban landscape with a 2,000-year history. Its continuous growth is related to the sea (the Romans gave it the name Portus, or port). It was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1996 and considered the European Best Destination in 2014 and 2017. It is known for the Port wine which is shipped from here all over the world, but also for a heritage which combines ancient churches and monuments, such as the Cathedral and the Church of São Francisco, and modern buildings, such as Casa da Música and the Serralves Museum. The region is crossed by the River Douro which enters Portugal between the ravines and mountains of the interior to flow through the entire World Heritage landscape where the Port and Douro wines are produced. It is from here that the wine is sent to the lodges at Vila Nova de Gaia, as the cruises touring the region make their way upriver.

    Detailed information about accommodation, public transport, sightseeing tours, gastronomy, nightlife and culture may be found in the Official Portal of Porto Tourism and Visit Porto and the North Portal.
    Official Portal of Porto Tourism Visit Porto and the North


    Porto is served by the Francisco Sá Carneiro International Airport (OPO), which is located about 11 km (7 miles) north of the city centre. The airport is used by many of the major regular airlines, as well as low cost airlines. Additional information about the Porto airport can be found in website (


    By bus STCP

    Lines 200, 201, 207, 208, 302, 303, 501, 507, 601, 12M, 13M of the STCP, from several points of the city of Porto. Lines 601, 602 and 604 of the STCP, connect the Porto Airport and several points of the city of Porto.

    BUS STCP website

    By metro (approximately 25 min from Porto Airport, plus 20 minutes walking distance to the Venue)

    The nearest metro stations to Palácio de Cristal are Casa da Música, Carolina Michaelis or Trindade.

    In the Porto Airport can take line E and drop off in one of these stations.

    Metro website

    For detailed information about public transportation in the Porto area (tickets and detailed line plans) you can visit the respective web sites for Bus and Metro . Metro tickets (Andante) are valid for travelling all around Porto Metropolitan Area, using the Metro, STCP buses or CP suburban trains. Besides Single Tickets, two other options are available: Andante Tour 1 day (24 hours after the first validation) or 3 days (72 hours after the first validation), and they cost 7 euros and 15 euros, respectively. These tickets can be acquired in Andante Ticket Offices (e.g., right inside the Porto Airport), at the Porto Tourism Office and at all the STCP and Train ticket offices. The Andante Tour is not rechargeable.

    By taxi (approximately 20 minutes from Porto Airport)

    The indicative price from airport is 20 - 25€.


    All participants are suggested to register and book their hotel in Porto as soon as possible. The city is a dream destination for many visitors during holyday season, so you may want to book your accommodation in advance. Some suggestions for hotels, hostels and apartments at a walking distance to the Carbocat-VIII Venue or in the city center are highlighted in the map and the respective links and some information are shown in the Table below.

    Accommodation Address Distance to venue Walking time


    HF Ipanema Porto hotel **** Rua Do Campo Alegre, 156/172, Lordelo do Ouro e Massarelos, 4150-169 650 m 8 min
    Eurostars Das Artes hotel **** Rua Do Rosário 160, União de Freguesias do Centro, 4050-521 Porto 750 m 9 min
    HF Tuela Porto hotel *** Rua Arquitecto Marques Da Silva, 200, Lordelo do Ouro e Massarelos, 4150-483 Porto 900 m 11 min
    HF Fenix Porto hotel **** Rua Gonçalo Sampaio, 282, Lordelo do Ouro e Massarelos, 4150-365 Porto 1 km 12 min
    Hotel Malaposta *** Rua da Conceição, 80, União de Freguesias do Centro, 4050-214 Porto 1.3 km 15 min
    NH Collection Porto Batalha Praça da Batalha, 60-65, 4000-101 Porto 2 km 25 min
    Hotel ibis Porto Centro Rua da Alegria 29, 4000-041 Porto 2.3 km 29 min
    Seminário de Vilar Rua Arcediago Van Zeller, 50, 4050-145 Porto 290 m 3 min


    Vivacity Porto - Rooms & Apartments Praça Guilherme Gomes Fernandes, 35, União de Freguesias do Centro, 4050-293 Porto 1.3 km 15 min
    bnapartments Palácio R. da Boa Nova 140, 4050-014 Porto 400 m 5 min


    Gallery Hostel Rua Miguel Bombarda, nº222, 4050-377 Porto 900 m 10 min
    Porta Azul GuestHouse R. de Dom Manuel II 204, 4050-343 Porto 300 m 4 min
    Boavista Guest House Rua da Boavista 667, 4050-110 Porto 1.3km 16 min
    Almada Guesthouse Rua Do Almada, 353, União de Freguesias do Centro, 4050-038 Porto 1.5 km 18 min
    Porto Republica Hostel & Suites Praça da República 38, União de Freguesias do Centro, 4050-495 Porto 1.6 km 19 min


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    General Information - Organization/Program

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      4200-465 Porto