The Chemical Reactions at Surfaces GRC is a premier, international scientific conference focused on advancing the frontiers of science through the presentation of cutting-edge and unpublished research, prioritizing time for discussion after each talk and fostering informal interactions among scientists of all career stages. The conference program includes a diverse range of speakers and discussion leaders from institutions and organizations worldwide, concentrating on the latest developments in the field. The conference is five days long and held in a remote location to increase the sense of camaraderie and create scientific communities, with lasting collaborations and friendships. In addition to premier talks, the conference has designated time for poster sessions from individuals of all career stages, and afternoon free time and communal meals allow for informal networking opportunities with leaders in the field.
Chemical reactions at surfaces and catalysis is crucial to avert the expected devastating consequences of global warming and instead promote a sustainable society. Catalysis, governed by chemical reactions at surfaces, is key for this transformation with respect to energy production, storage as well as converting waste products into useful materials. To this end, the GRC chemical reactions at surfaces has been in the forefront for a deeper understanding of such conversions, by attracting world-leading scientists in the field to discuss recent discoveries in a relaxed environment. The 2025 Chemical Reactions at Surfaces will continue this tradition, with a special focus on the connection between model systems, more applied environments as well as “real” samples and real industrial conditions. The meeting will discuss efforts to maintain the knowledge gained from model systems when approaching working conditions for thermal and electrocatalysis. A special focus of the meeting will be on structure-function relationships. Experimentally this is non-trivial, but significant advances during recent years will be discussed. Importantly, recent advances in theoretical modelling of surface reactions which have the potential to propose new materials for improved or new reactions or new approaches to determine and understand surface reactions. Combining experimental and theoretical advances enables the intelligent design of new catalytic materials which will be discussed in a the 2025 Chemical Reactions at Surfaces.
The conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The conference chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by May 15, 2024. Please check back for updates.