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Symposium ET08—Emerging Materials and Characterization for Selective Catalysis

Catalysis plays a critical role in our society from modern industries (e.g., petrochemistry and pharmaceutical chemistry) to advanced technologies (e.g., fuel cells and lithium-air batteries) to our daily life (e.g., cosmetics and food packing). The key for successful catalysis is to develop efficient catalysts with high selectivity to enable profits. The advances in materials characterization including environmental transmission electron microscopy (e-TEM) and in-situ synchrotron x-ray spectroscopy/scattering and theory/modeling provide an unprecedented opportunity to comprehensively understand the complicated catalytic mechanism, accelerating the design and synthesis of well-defined catalytic materials with precisely tailored structures and functions. These emerging developments benefit not only the current industries but also enable new technologies related to renewable energy and environmental sustainability, such as water splitting, CO2 reduction, pollutant treatment, energy conversion, and storage.

This symposium aims to assemble the leading researchers in this direction and discuss the emerging discovery and development of novel catalysts for selective catalysis, covering but not limited to single atoms, clusters, particles, crystalline defects, heterogeneous crystalline interfaces, metal-organic frameworks, and hierarchical structures. In situ spectroscopic and microscopic techniques and theory/modeling will also be included to highlight their importance in mechanistic understanding and catalyst design.

Topics will include:

  • Single atoms – synthesis and characterization
  • Few-atom clusters – synthesis and characterization
  • Metal-organic frameworks as catalyst or coating
  • Role of crystalline defects in selective catalysis
  • Nanoparticles with high-index surfaces for selective catalysis
  • Role of catalyst/support interfaces in selective catalysis
  • Hot carrier driven catalysis
  • Materials for confined catalysis
  • Catalysts for selective biomass conversion processes
  • Catalysts for selective CO2 reduction
  • Theoretical understanding and design of selective catalysis
  • In situ spectroscopic and microscopic techniques for catalysts characterization
  • A tutorial complementing this symposium is tentatively planned.

Invited Speakers:

  • Jeroen A. van Bokhoven (ETH Zurich, Switzerland)
  • Peng Chen (Cornell University, USA)
  • Jim Ciston (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
  • Larry Curtiss (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
  • Daniel Esposito (Columbia University, USA)
  • Hongyou Fan (Sandia National Laboratories, USA)
  • Naomi Halas (Rice University, USA)
  • Avetik R. Harutyunyan (Honda Research Institute USA, Inc., USA)
  • Deng-Yang Jan (UOP/Honeywell, USA)
  • Hyunjoo Lee (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea)
  • Suljo Linic (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Yuzi Liu (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
  • Audrey Moores (McGill University, Canada)
  • Jose Rodriguez (Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA)
  • Steven Suib (University of Connecticut, USA)
  • Kazuhiro Takanabe (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia)
  • Seiji Takeda (Osaka University, Japan)
  • David Tiede (Argonne National Laboratory, USA)
  • Lianzhou Wang (University of Queensland, Australia)
  • Younan Xia (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Peidong Yang (University of California, Berkeley, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Yugang Sun
Temple University
Department Chemistry

Gugang Chen
Honda Research Institute USA, Inc.

Lin Wang
Center for High Pressure Science and Technology Advanced Research (HPSTAR)

Keywords for Abstract Submission

catalysis characterization, catalyst characaterization, catalyst synthesis, in-situ characterization, selective catalysis, theory and modeling

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