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Catalysis
Gordon Research Conference

From Fundamentals to Application

Dates

June 24-29, 2012

Location

Colby-Sawyer College
New London, NH

Organizers

Chair:
Bruce R. Cook

Vice Chair:
John R. Regalbuto

Meeting Description

Catalysis is a key technology for improving the quality of life while simultaneously reducing the adverse impact of human activities on the environment. The discovery of new catalytic processes and the improvement of existing ones are also critically important for securing the nation's energy supply. The GRC on Catalysis is considered one the most prestigious conference for catalysis research, bringing together leading researchers from both academia, industry and national labs to discuss the latest, most exciting research in catalysis and the future directions for the field.

The 2012 GRC on Catalysis "From Fundamentals to Application" will as always focus on new developments in fundamentals of catalysis including the theoretical and spectroscopic understanding of catalytic surfaces, novel catalytic reactions and materials and featured invited talks from the world’s leading experts in the fundamentals and applications of catalytic science and technology. In addition, 2012 Catalysis GRC will be specifically focus on application of these fundamentals to key problems in society energy, industry and the environment. The extended discussions in the company of outstanding thinkers will stimulate and foster new science. In 2012, the Catalysis conference will move into the newer conference facilities at Colby-Sawyer with a modern lecture hall and an improved poster session area. The dorm rooms provide single and double accommodations, free WiFi and the registration fee includes all meals and the famous lobster dinner on Thursday night. Afternoons are open to enjoy the New England ambiance with opportunities for hiking, sailing, golf and tennis to create an outstanding conference that will help you network with colleagues, and make long lasting connections.

Contributors

Meeting Program

SUNDAY
2:00 pm - 9:00 pmArrival and Check-in (Office Closed 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm)
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 7:40 pmWelcome / Introductory Comments by GRC Site Staff
7:40 pm - 9:10 pmCatalysis: New Advances and Applications
Discussion Leader: Udayshankar Singh (Grace-Davison)
7:40 pm - 8:40 pmAvelino Corma (University Polytechnique Valencia)
"New Frontiers in Catalytic Approaches"
8:40 pm - 9:10 pmDiscussion
MONDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmAdvances in Surface Science and Characterization
Discussion Leader: Donna Chen (University of South Carolina)
9:00 am - 9:40 amBert Weckhuysen (Utrecht University)
"In-situ Spectroscopy of Catalytic Solids: Dynamic Processes at the Individual Particle Level"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amBeatriz Roldan (University of Central Florida)
"Structure, Chemical State, and Reactivity Investigations of Size- and Shape-Selected Nanocatalysts under Operando Conditions"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmAdriano Zecchina (University of Turin)
"Surface and catalytic sites characterization: parallel but not alaways converging paths"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session 1
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmAdvances in Theory and its Application to Catalysis
Discussion Leader: Annastasia Alexandrova (UCLA)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmJohn Kitchin (Carnegie Mellon University)
"The roles of oxidation state, d-band filling, crystal structure and strain in oxide reactivity"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmKarsten Reuter (Technical University of Munich)
"Towards a First-Principles Chemical Engineering"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
TUESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmOrganometallic Catalytic Systems: Homogeneous to Heterogeneous
Discussion Leader: Aditya Bhan (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis)
9:00 am - 9:40 amChristophe Coperet (ETH)
"Controlling the density of sites and functionalities on surfaces: applications to the design of heterogeneous catalysts"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amGroup Photo / Coffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amJustin Notestein (Northwestern University)
"Novel synthetic methods for supported oxides"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmEdmund (Ted) Carnahan (Dow Chemical Corporation)
"Polyolefins catalysis: mechanism and microstructure"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session 2
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmPerspectives on Catalytic Mechanisms
Discussion Leader: Kristi A. Fjare (ConocoPhillips Company)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmFabio Ribeiro (Purdue University)
"An overview of the water-gas shift catalysis on metals"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmManos Mavrikakis (University of Wisconsin, Madison)
"On the role of hydrogen in heterogeneously catalyzed reactions"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
WEDNESDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmClosing the Pressure Gap, Fundamentals to Application
Discussion Leader: Michael Reynolds (Shell Corporation)
9:00 am - 9:40 amJingguang Chen (University of Delaware)
"Correlating Model Surfaces with Supported Catalysts and Electrocatalysts"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amAbhaya Datye (University of New Mexico)
"Bridging the gap between single crystals and supported metal catalysts"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmStig Helveg (Haldor Topsoe Corporation)
"Atomic-scale imaging of heterogeneous catalysts"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session 3
6:00 pmDinner
7:00 pm - 7:30 pmBusiness Meeting
Nominations for the next Vice Chair; Fill out Conference Evaluation Forms; Discuss future Site & Scheduling preferences; Election of the next Vice Chair
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmAdvances in Photocatalysis
Discussion Leader: Thomas Jaramillo (Stanford University)
7:30 pm - 8:10 pmJae Sung-Lee (Pohang University of Science and Technology)
"Heterojunction Photocatalysts for Efficient Water Splitting with Sun Light"
8:10 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 9:10 pmKazunari Domen (University of Tokyo)
"Progress of photocatalysts for solar hydrogen product"
9:10 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
THURSDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 12:30 pmNew Frontiers in Catalysis in Energy Systems
Discussion Leader: Elise Fox (Savannah River National Laboratory)
9:00 am - 9:40 amYang Shao-Horn (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
"Design principles of oxide catalysts for O2 electrocatalysis"
9:40 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 amCoffee Break
10:30 am - 11:10 amDaniel Resasco (University of Oklahoma)
"What should we ask from the catalysts responsible for upgrading biomass pyrolysis oil?"
11:10 am - 11:30 amDiscussion
11:30 am - 12:10 pmChris Marshall (Argonne National Laboratory)
"In situ Characterization of Catalyst Activity and Selectivity in Energy Systems"
12:10 pm - 12:30 pmDiscussion
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 4:00 pmFree Time
4:00 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session 4
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmCatalysis: Impact and Future Directions
Discussion Leader: Jane C. Cheng (ExxonMobil Research & Engineering)
7:30 pm - 8:30 pmAlexis Bell (University of California, Berkeley)
"Challenges for the Description of Catalysts and Catalyzed Reactions at the Atomic and Molecular Levels"
8:30 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:15 pmFinal Remarks and Closing
FRIDAY
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 amDeparture
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