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Electrochemistry 2022 - At the Interface between Chemistry and Physics

  • Start: Sep 27, 2022
  • End: Sep 30, 2022
  • Location: Henry-Ford-Bauf of FU Berlin
  • Host: Prof. Dr. Beatriz Roldan Cuenya
Electrochemistry is a successful series of conferences, held every other year. The conference is jointly organized by GDCh Division Elektrochemie, GDCh Arbeitskreis Elektrochemische Analysenmethoden, DBG, DECHEMA, AGEF, GfKORR and DGO. Outstanding electrochemists from Germany and from abroad will highlight research results and current trends. [more]

Operando SXRD/XAS studies of CoOx epitaxial thin films for OER electrocatalysis

  • Date: Sep 19, 2022
  • Time: 02:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Philippe Allongue
  • Directeur de Recherche at CNRS, Institut Polytechnique de Paris, 91128 Palaiseau, France.
  • Location: Building M, Richard-Willstätter-Haus, Faradayweg 10, 14195 Berlin
  • Room: Seminar Room
  • Host: Interface Science Department
  • Contact: roldan@fhi-berlin.mpg.de
Cobalt oxides are among the best earth abundant catalysts for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER) in alkaline and neutral electrolytes. We have undertaken operando studies of two dimensional epitaxial cobalt oxide films [1-2] to gain insights into some questions that remain in debate. [more]

Understanding the Birth of the Catalyst during Pyrolysis Using Synchrotron X-rays

  • Date: Jul 5, 2022
  • Time: 04:30 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Prof. Dr. Iryna V. Zenyuk
  • Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Irvine
  • Location: Building M, Richard-Willstätter-Haus, Faradayweg 10, 14195 Berlin
  • Room: Seminar Room
  • Host: Interface Science Department
  • Contact: nikolaus@fhi-berlin.mpg.de
Transition metal-nitrogen-carbon materials (M-N-C catalysts) are promising electrocatalysts in electrochemical applications. High temperature treatment in inert environment (pyrolysis) is the most common method for the synthesis of M-N-C catalysts and critical to achieve high electrocatalyst activity and electronic conductivity. [more]

New Generation of Atomically Dispersed Electrocatalysts

  • Date: Jul 5, 2022
  • Time: 04:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Prof. Dr. Plamen Atanassov
  • Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Irvine
  • Location: Building M, Richard-Willstätter-Haus, Faradayweg 10, 14195 Berlin
  • Room: Seminar Room
  • Host: Interface Science Department
  • Contact: nikolaus@fhi-berlin.mpg.de
Platinum Group Metal-free (PGM-free) catalysts have been extensively developed for both Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) and Alkaline Exchange Membrane (AEM) fuel cells aiming automotive, stationary and portable applications. In this lecture we will address the critical challenges that our team has faced on the way to practical application of such catalysts. [more]

Fluxional catalytic interfaces and how they evolve under realistic conditions: insights from computational studies

  • Date: Jun 20, 2022
  • Time: 04:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Dr. Patricia Poths
  • Location: Building M, Richard-Willstätter-Haus, Faradayweg 10, 14195 Berlin
  • Room: Seminar Room
  • Host: Interface Science Department
  • Contact: nikolaus@fhi-berlin.mpg.de
Fluxionality, or the presence of and interconversion between multiple possible energetic configurations, is vital for understanding a catalyst as it operates under actual reaction conditions. [more]

Chemical challenges facing scalable hydrogen production with alkaline membrane electrolyzers

  • Date: Jun 17, 2022
  • Time: 03:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Prof. Dr. Shannon Boettcher
  • Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Oregon
  • Location: Building M, Richard-Willstätter-Haus, Faradayweg 10, 14195 Berlin
  • Room: Seminar Room
  • Host: Interface Science Department
  • Contact: nikolaus@fhi-berlin.mpg.de
Commercialized membrane electrolyzers use acidic proton exchange membranes (PEMs). These systems offer high performance but require the use of expensive precious-metal catalysts such as IrO2 and Pt that are nominally stable under the locally acidic conditions of the ionomer. [more]

Dynamic catalytic interfaces: ensembles of metastable states break the rules of catalysis

  • Date: Jun 9, 2022
  • Time: 03:00 PM c.t. (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Prof. Dr. Anastassia Alexandrova
  • Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, UCLA, Los Angeles, USA
  • Location: Building M, Richard-Willstätter-Haus, Faradayweg 10, 14195 Berlin
  • Room: Seminar Room
  • Host: Interface Science Department
I will show that dynamic catalytic interfaces exhibit great structural fluxionality in conditions of catalysis, and populate many distinct structural and stoichiometric states, which form a statistical ensemble. [more]

How to publish your science: A guide to writing your first re-search article, and every article after that

  • Date: Jul 20, 2021
  • Time: 02:00 PM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Dr. Alina Bruma
  • Associate Editor – Applied Physics Review, American Institute of Physics (AIP) Academy
  • Location: Online Seminar
  • Room: https://primetime.bluejeans.com/a2m/live-event/azayajtw
  • Host: Interface Science
  • Contact: swchwee@fhi-berlin.mpg.de
Scientific writing is an integral part of any researcher’s career, aimed at communicating original research for peer review. Well written articles backed by citable scientific data help expedite peer collaboration and advancements in any field. [more]

About the birth, life and death of electrocatalysts for CO2 reduction

  • Date: Feb 7, 2020
  • Time: 11:15 AM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Prof. Dr. Raffaella Buonsanti
  • Laboratory of Nanochemistry for Energy Research, Institute of Chemi-cal Sciences and Engineering, Ecole Politechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Location: Building P
  • Room: Seminar Room 2.06
  • Host: Interface Science
Correlating activity, selectivity and stability with the structure and composition of catalysts is crucial to advancing the knowledge in chemical transformations which are essential to move towards a more sustainable economy. [more]

Nanomaterials with their specific properties for applications in biomedicine and electronics

  • Date: Jan 14, 2020
  • Time: 11:15 AM (Local Time Germany)
  • Speaker: Prof. Michael Giersig
  • Freie Universität Berlin, Institute of Experimental Physics
  • Location: Building P
  • Room: Seminar Room 2.06
  • Host: Interface Science
  • Contact: roldan@fhi-berlin.mpg.de
The content of my lecture are the results of my research carried out in recent years and educational activities on the preservation of molecular matter condensed in nano-systems and their practical applications using their specific properties in biomedicine and electronics. [more]
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