2018 MRS Spring Meeting

Call for Papers

Symposium NM04—Porous Materials and Nanocomposites for Catalysis

Porous materials and nanoparticles (including sub nm clusters) contribute to the field of catalysis greatly with their high contact surface areas, unique size dependent properties and well-defined, single crystalline nature. When in use, the colloidal dispersion and unobstructed surface of the nanoparticles are integral for their superior catalytic properties. But because of their high surface energy, NPs tend to aggregate without surfactant protection. And in catalysis, surfactants block active sites, fatally hindering the expected activity. High surface-area materials, particularly porous materials, could provide large surface and spatial confinement for applications like catalysis, and also to disperse the NPs and prevent the nanoparticles from aggregating during catalytic reactions. Furthermore, the electronic and steric pore environment of the supports could offer diverse interactions with the immobilized NPs and therefore modify the catalytic properties.

Studies on the porous materials and their nanocomposites with NPs have received considerable attention recently and there is a need for an in depth discussion to systematically understand how catalysis take place in the confined surfaces, and what procedures work best to immobilize nanoparticles. A critical interest is in their activities compared to free nanoparticles and the new catalytic reactions because of the synergistic effect coming from the porous support and the encapsulated nanoparticle. The symposium will have a session or two on synthesis and characterization of porous materials and their nanocomposites. Gas phase catalytic applications will form another session. Liquid, petrochemical industry related applications would be another. A catalytic water treatment session will also be a separate session. Electrochemical applications such as lithium ion batteries or dye-sensitized solar cells will be another session. Interdisciplinary topics related to physics, materials science and engineering will be connected by invited talks in order to accelerate the development of these materials toward applications.

Topics will include:

  • New synthetic methods for porous materials and their nanocomposites
  • Advanced characterization techniques for porous materials and their nanocomposites
  • Gas phase catalytic applications of porous materials and their nanocomposites
  • Catalytic applications of porous materials and their nanocomposites in petrochemical industry
  • Environmental applications of porous materials and their nanocomposites
  • Electrochemical applications of porous materials and their nanocomposites
  • Challenges related to porous materials and their nanocomposites
  • Interfacial control of porous materials and their nanocomposites
  • A tutorial complementing this symposium is tentatively planned.

Invited Speakers:

  • Thomas Bein (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany)
  • Mohamed Eddaoudi (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia)
  • Omar Farha (Northwestern University, USA)
  • Jorge Gascon (Delft University of Technology, Netherlands)
  • Baohang Han (National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, China)
  • Donglin Jiang (Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Japan)
  • Susumu Kitagawa (Kyoto University, Japan)
  • Jeffrey Long (U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, USA)
  • Tina Nenoff (Sandia National Laboratories, USA)
  • Myunghyun Paik-Suh (Hanyang University, Republic of Korea)
  • Jiwoong Park (University of Chicago, USA)
  • Dirk De Vos (KU Leuven, Belgium)
  • Ulrich Wiesner (Cornell University, USA)
  • Hua Zhang (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)
  • Dongyuan Zhao (Fudan University, China)
  • Joe Zhou (Texas A&M University, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Cafer T. Yavuz
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Republic of Korea
82423501718, yavuz@kaist.ac.kr

Sheng Dai
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
865-974-3462, dais@ornl.gov

Arne Thomas
Technical University of Berlin
49-30-314-28875, arne.thomas@tu-berlin.de

Qiang Xu
National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology
81-72-751-9562, q.xu@aist.go.jp

Keywords for Abstract Submission

Heterogeneous Catalysis, Hybrid materials, Impregnation techniques, Nano encapsulation, Porous materials and their nanocomposites