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.