This book provides the reader with the latest directions in the field of homogeneous catalysts for fine chemical production. Each theme is introduced from a broad perspective: materials, strategies, techniques and processes are presented both from a theoretical and a practical point of view. The focus is on those catalysts - particularly heterogenized homogeneous catalysts - and applications leading to the production of fine and speciality chemicals in a highly selective manner and with minimal environmental and economic impact. Each topic is treated critically so topics such as factors affecting the catalysts performance, the influence of the support, the catalysts' deactivation, the metal leaching or the issues on recycling are analyzed. Industrial and academic points of view are integrated and the feasibility and timeliness of industrial applications are illustrated. The reader is also provided with a comparison between parent heterogeneous and homogeneous systems.