Transition metal hydride research is fundamental for a number of industrially relevant processes as well as for life processes and hydrogen storage. Intensive research has been undertaken during recent years on the preparation and properties of transition metal hydrides. The interest in these studies is associated with the development of modern views on the nature of the chemical bond, as well as the theory and practice of both homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis of the reactions of unsaturated compounds and the expectation for novel, not yet accomplished, challenging industrial processes like the functionalisation of saturated hydrocarbons.
Many individual European laboratories and industries are leaders in the study and the application of the properties and the reactivity of this class of compounds. This area, however, lacks a coordinated research effort at the European level and the organisation of a forum addressing the status-of-the-art in this topic was never attempted in Europe. The proposal Euroconference aims at filling this gap, bringing together academic and industrial researchers working in the field with the objectives of transferring knowledge, debating the most recent discoveries, training young researchers and fostering collaborations in view of the establishment of a European research network. The conference will be devoted to all aspects of transition metal hydride chemistry, including synthesis, reactivity, mechanistic studies, homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis, weak interactions, spectroscopic properties, analytical techniques, electrochemical and theoretical investigations.