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Symposium NM4—Novel Catalytic Materials for Energy and Environment

Catalysis plays a critical role in a diverse range of applications, including emerging technologies related to renewable energy and sustainable environment, such as water splitting, CO2 reduction, pollutant treatment, energy conversion, and production of hydrocarbons. Key to the development of novel energy conversion and production technologies is the design and synthesis of well-defined functional catalytic materials with precisely tailored structures and functions. In this sense, advances in materials science bring about many opportunities for catalysis, ranging from the preparation and characterization of catalysts and in-situ or operando monitoring of catalytic reactions, to the understanding of the reaction mechanisms. For instance, recent advances in material science enable the synthesis and characterization of materials (e.g., nanoparticles and nanoclusters) with atomic precision. This presents new opportunities for an atom-scale design, tuning and control of chemical activity, specificity, and selectivity of a catalyst. The new insights gained from the “materials science” perspective are helpful for exploring the strong, non-linear correlation between the sizes/compositions of catalyst particles and their catalytic properties, and eventually achieving rational manipulation of the latter through the former.

This symposium aims to provide a platform of discussion on the discovery and development of novel catalytic materials, covering but not limited to single-atoms, clusters, particles, films, and hierarchical structures, with emphasis on energy and environmental applications. A palette of in situ spectroscopic and microscopic techniques useful for characterizing their structural features and catalytic impact will also be included.

Topics will include:

  • Novel semiconductors for photo-electrodes and photocatalysis
  • Hydrogen generation and CO2 reduction
  • Single atom and nanocluster-based catalysts
  • Hierarchically structured zeolites
  • Plasmon-enhanced catalysis
  • Catalysts by design from theoretical insights
  • Catalysts for biomass conversion processes
  • In situ spectroscopic and microscopic techniques for catalysts characterization

Invited Speakers:

  • Shannon Boettcher (University of Oregon, USA)
  • Nigel Browning (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA)
  • Luigi Cavallo (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia)
  • Peng Chen (Cornell University, USA)
  • Jim Ciston (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
  • Peter Crozier (Arizona State University, USA)
  • De-en Jiang (University of California, Riverside, USA)
  • Chris Jones (Georgia Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Hyunjoo Lee (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Republic of Korea)
  • Suljo Linic (University of Michigan, USA)
  • Audrey Moores (McGill University, Canada)
  • Jose Rodriguez (Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA)
  • Yuriy Roman (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
  • Susannah L. Scott (University of California, Santa Barbara, USA)
  • Kazuhiro Takanabe (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia)
  • Seiji Takeda (Osaka University, Japan)
  • Feng Tao (Kansas University, USA)
  • Kentaro Teramura (Kyoto University, Japan)
  • Hong Yang (University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, USA)

Symposium Organizers

Yu Han
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Saudi Arabia
966-544700032, yu.han@kaust.edu.sa

Phillip Christopher
University of California, Riverside

Zili Wu
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
865-576-1080, wuz1@ornl.gov

Ning Yan
National University of Singapore
65-6516-2886, ning.yan@nus.edu.sg