MIT Special Seminar: ELECTRO-CATALYSIS AT THE ATOMIC SCALE

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at 4:00pm to 5:00pm

77 Massachusetts Ave, RM 3-133

by Professor Jan Rossmeisl

The chemical industry should in the future be based on renewable energy. Therefore, material development for environmentally friendly, electrocatalytic production of valuable chemicals is needed. Chemicals could be produced using safe, cheap, more environmentally friendly and more abundant reactants than today. The products could be provided on demand at the place where they are needed, reducing expensive and hazardous transport of chemicals. However, stable, efficient and selective catalysts have to be discovered. This requires insight into the surface chemistry at the atomic scale. Surface chemistry can be revealed based on density functional simulations. However, there are presently no atomic scale simulations or analysis that capture all the essential parts of the nature electrochemical interface. Thus the electrochemical solid/liquid interface represents one of the frontiers of atomic scale simulations.

I will give examples where the insight from simulations might pave the way for rational discovery of new catalyst materials and new electrocatalytic processes for sustainable production of fuels and chemicals. Some examples are: oxygen reduction to H2O2, Oxygen evolution and CO2 reduction reaction.

Jan Rossmeisl is a professor of theoretical catalysis in the Department of Chemistry and the Nano-Science Center at Copenhagen University.  Before joining University of Copenhagen in April 2015, Jan was an Associate Professor and group leader for the theoretical catalysis group at Department of Physics at the Technical University of Denmark. Jan holds masters (2000) and Ph.D (2004) degrees in Physics from the Technical University of Denmark.

Since 2007, he has supervised more than 25 PhD graduate students and Post docs. He is co-author of more than 150 publications in peer reviewed journals, co-inventor of 6 patents, and co-founder of two startup companies. His research interests include: electrocatalysis, energy conversion, atomic scale simulations, rational interface design for catalysis.

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