Chemical dynamics at extended scales

Chemical dynamics at extended scales

Date and Location

10 to 11 January 2023 at Harnack-Haus, Berlin

Scope of the event

The Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society, in short FHI, is an international research place where scientists from all over the world investigate the basic principles underlying the chemical conversion of matter and energy at surfaces and interfaces. Our institute was celebrating the 110th anniversary of its inauguration this October and we are also approaching a generation change with the upcoming retirements of three directors (Schlögl, Wolf, and Meijer) in the coming years. This is an excellent moment to further develop the institute’s strategy and research concept, and to identify the upcoming fields for the next decades in physical chemistry and chemical physics in Berlin-Dahlem.

For this purpose, we are organizing this symposium on “Chemical Dynamics at Extended Scales” in Berlin on January 10 and 11, 2023 to listen to distinguished experts’ opinions and views on the Fritz Haber Institute’s field of research and to engage in discussions about future developments. Focus will be placed on non-equilibrium dynamics, in particular on studying and triggering events that occur on extended time or length scales and that are relevant throughout material's functions. Prominent examples of such events may include unwanted side reactions, rare events or driven phase transitions.

Attendance is by invitation only.


  • Lydéric Bocquet (ENS/CNRS Paris)
  • Christophe Copéret (ETH Zurich)
  • Abhaya Datye (University of New Mexico)
  • Oliver Gessner (LBNL Berkeley)
  • Frank Glorius (Universität Münster)
  • Frank Noé (Microsoft Research AI4Science, Berlin)
  • Michele Parrinello (IIT Genova)
  • Dierk Raabe (MPI for Iron Research, Düsseldorf)
  • Ferdi Schüth (MPI für Kohlenforschung, Mühlheim)
  • Susannah Scott (UC Santa Barbara)
  • Bert Weckhuysen (Utrecht University)
  • Huolin Xin (University of California, Irvine)
  • Irina Zenyuk (University of California, Irvine)



Time Speaker Title
10 January 23    
09:45 Martin Wolf Opening Remarks
10:00 Ferdi Schüth Continuously Changing Catalytic Surfaces by Ball Milling
10:45 Michele Parrinello The Dynamical Catalyst
11:30 Coffee Break  
12:00 Susannah Scott Directing Molecular Traffic: Controlling Selectivity in Catalytic Reactions by Integrating Reactions with Separations
12:45 Stefan Hecht Guided Discussion
13:15 Lunch Break  
14:15 Lydéric Bocquet Water at the Nanoscales: From Fundamentals of Nanofluidics to Innovations at the Water-Energy Nexus
15:00 Oliver Gessner Time-Resolved X-Ray Studies of Interfacial Energy and Charge Transfer – What Is Needed Beyond the State-of-the-Art?
15:45 Coffee Break  
16:15 Irina Zenyuk Time-Resolved Synchrotron X-Ray Techniques to Understand the Birth of Electrocatalysts during Pyrolysis Process and the Resulting Functionalities
17:00 Bert Weckhuysen Probing Catalytic Materials at Work Across Different Length and Time Scales with Spectroscopy and Microscopy
17:45 Eberhard Umbach Guided Discussion
18:15 End of Day 1  
Reception and Dinner  (Speakers and Guests)
11 January 23    
09:00 Dierk Raabe Some Ideas about the Material - Chemistry - Mechanics Nexus
09:45 Abhaya Datye Taming the Dynamics of Single Atoms in Heterogeneous Catalysts via Atom Trapping
10:30 Coffee Break  

Huolin Xin

Artificial Intelligence and Three-Dimensional In-Situ Transmission Electron Microscopy
11:45 Frank Noé Fueling the Next Generation of Molecular Simulations with Deep Learning
12:30 Christoph Koch Guided Discussion
13:00 Lunch Break  

Christophe Copéret

Bridging the Gap Between Single-Sites and Industrial Catalysts via Surface Organometallic Chemistry
14:45 Frank Glorius N-Heterocyclic Carbenes on Surfaces and in Membranes – Reaching the Next Level
15:30 Beatriz Roldán and Karsten Reuter Discussion and Closing Remarks
16:00 Coffee Break  
16:15 Roundtable discussion with speakers and selected participants
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