Fall 2020 Seminar Series: Jens Norskov

October 28, 2020 @ 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Jens Norskov

Technical University Denmark

Host: Tim Mueller

Catalysis for sustainable production of fuels and chemicals

The development of sustainable energy systems puts renewed focus on catalytic
processes for energy conversion. We will need to find new catalysts for a number of
processes if we are to successfully synthesize fuels and chemicals from solar or wind
electricity. Insight into the way the catalysts work at the molecular level may prove
essential to speed up the discovery process. The lecture will outline a theory of
heterogeneous catalysis that allows a detailed understanding of elementary chemical
processes at transition metal surfaces and singles out the most important parameters
determining catalytic activity and selectivity. The insight can be used to define catalyst
design rules and examples of their use will be given.

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