Workshop on Molecular Approaches to Heterogeneous Catalysis and Electrocatalysts


Date: November 20-21, 2017 
Monday, November 20 | 1:00 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.
Tuesday, November 21 | 8:30 a.m. - 13:05 p.m.
Location: TUM Institute for Advanced Study, Lichtenbergstraße 2a, 85748 Garching

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Chemical catalysis and electrocatalysts are critical fields for the interconversion between chemical, solar and electrical energy. The fields have been undergoing dramatic transition from empirical trial and error approaches to catalysts design and discovery to more fundamental molecular strategies. The workshop will feature seven world-leading experts in catalysis and electrocatalysts. Each presenter will give two lectures, with one lecture focusing on fundamental aspect of catalysis and the other on the applications of those fundamental principles in the discovery of catalysis. The topics covered will include: fuel cell electrocatalysts, chemistry on metal alloys, catalysis on metal clusters, catalytic conversion of biomass, catalytic conversion of methane, computational catalysis, and many others.

Organizing committee
Prof. Karsten Reuter (Theoretical Chemistry, TUM)
Prof. Suljo Linic (TUM-IAS Hans Fischer Fellow, Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan)


Prof. Beatriz Roldan Cuenya (Fritz-Haber Institute of Max Planck Society)
Prof. Will Medlin (Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Colorado Boulder)
Prof. Michael J. Janik (Chemical Engineering, Pennsylvania State University)
Prof. Johannes A. Lercher (Chemical Technology, TUM)
Prof. Ulrich Heiz (Catalysis Research Center, Chair for Physical Chemistry, TUM)

Lecture Titles

Ulrich Heiz

  • Lecture 1: Catalysis of clusters in the non-scalable size regime I
  • Lecture 2: Catalysis of clusters in the non-scalable size regime II

Michael J. Janik

  • Lecture 1: Introduction to electrocatalysis
  • Lecture 2: Development of electrocatalytic materials guided by computational chemistry: fuel cells and electrolysis

Johannes A. Lercher

  • Lecture 1: Catalysis for light alkanes – from methane functionalization to light olefins
  • Lecture 2: Lessons from enzymes - On the role of steric constraints and chemical environments for catalysis

Suljo Linic

  • Lecture 1: Technical analysis of the CO2 emission impact and catalytic strategies for addressing the problem
  • Lecture 2: Maximizing efficiencies of photocatalytic water splitting by engineering interfaces in multi-component photocatalysts

Will Medlin

  • Lecture 1: Biomass conversion to fuels and chemicals
  • Lecture 2: Organic monolayers in heterogeneous catalysis: How “crowding” the reactants can improve catalyst specificity

Karsten Reuter

  • Lecture 1: Multiscale modeling of catalysis
  • Lecture 2: Refining first-principles photo-electrocatalysis

Beatriz Roldan Cuenya

  • Lecture 1: Surface science and X-ray synchrotron methods applied to catalysis
  • Lecture 2: Operando nanocatalysis: size, shape, composition, and chemical state effects