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Invited speakers

Speakers that have accepted to participate:

Mie Andersen

Technical University of Munich, Germany
Modeling the catalytically active site in dynamical environments

Mie Andersen obtained her PhD degree in nanoscience from Århus University, Denmark in 2014 under the supervision of Prof. Bjørk Hammer for theoretical studies of adsorption phenomena on aromatic carbon materials. During her PhD she worked closely with experimental collaborators regarding the interpretation of scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) images, X-ray photoelectron spectra (XPS) and angle-resolved photoemission spectra (ARPES) based on density functional theory (DFT) calculations. Subsequently, she obtained an Alexander von Humboldt postdoctoral fellowship to move to the Technical University of Munich to work with Prof. Karsten Reuter at the Chair for Theoretical Chemistry. She is currently Habilitandin and group leader at the same chair. Her research interests include microkinetic modeling for catalysis, liquid metal catalysis, kinetic Monte Carlo simulations and machine learning.

Hannes Jónsson

University of Iceland, Iceland
Simulations of electrochemical processes with application to CO2 reduction and hydrogen evolution reaction



Mitsunori Kurahashi

National Institutes for Materials Science, Tsukuba, Japan
Oxygen chemisorption on flat and stepped Pt surfaces probed by an alignment-controlled O2 beam

Mitsunori Kurahashi obtained his PhD in chemistry from Kyoto University in 1996. He joined the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) in Tsukuba, Japan, as a researcher at the same year. He was a visiting researcher at University of California, Irvine from 2000 to 2001. He worked for NIMS as a senior researcher from 2001 to 2013, and became a chief researcher of surface characterization group of the same institute in 2013.

He has conducted research in the field of surface science using spin-polarized / state-selected atomic/molecular beams. From 1996-2008, he investigated thin film magnetism and electronic states of adsorbed molecules using spin-polarized metastable deexcitation spectroscopy. In 2009 he developed a state-selected molecular oxygen beam using the magnetic deflection technique, and then started the study of surface reaction dynamics. He has clarified the alignment and spin effects in O2 chemisorption and scattering on various surfaces using this method.

Talat Rahman

University of Central Florida, USA
Activating 2D materials for CO2 and CO hydrogenation to higher alcohols: predictive modeling meets experiments

Talat Rahman is a Pegasus Professor at University of Central Florida. She received her PhD in Physics from the University of Rochester. After serving as a postdoctoral researcher and assistant research physicist at University of California, Irvine, she went through the professorial ranks at Kansas State University (1983-2006). She joined the University of Central Florida in 2006 as a distinguished professor of Physics and served as the chair of Physics (2006-2015).   

Her research interests are in computational design of functional nanomaterials through microscopic understanding of their physical and chemical properties. A related interest is in multiscale modeling of chemical reactions and thin film growth processes. Apart from using density functional theory (DFT) based methods, her group also works on techniques that go beyond DFT. Her research is funded through grants from the US Department of Energy and the National Science Foundation.

Anja Sjåstad

University of Oslo, Norway
From model- to real catalysts operated at relevant process conditions

Anja Olafsen Sjåstad has since 2011 been a professor in Inorganic Chemistry and Materials Science in the research group Nanostructured and Functional Materials at the Centre of Materials Science and Nanotechnology (SMN) at the University of Oslo (UiO). She obtained her doctoral degree within Materials Science at UiO in 1999. Subsequently she moved on to the research institute sector (SINTEF Materials and Chemistry, Norway) and the industry (REC Silicon, Norway and USA) with a focus on materials chemistry, heterogeneous catalysis and chemical processes. Her current interest is within materials science and catalysis relevant for the chemical process industry.

Alina Vlad

Synchrotron SOLEIL, France
Tuning the Catalytic Activity of Oxide-Supported Nanoparticles via Plasma-Assisted Synthesis

Alina Vlad obtained a degree in Physics - Chemistry from the University of Oradea, Romania in 2001 and a Master’s degree in Biophysics in 2002 from the same university. In 2003 she started her doctoral studies at the Max Planck Institute for Metals Research in Stuttgart, Germany under the supervision of Helmut Dosch and Manfred Rühle. The investigation of the oxidation of alloys surfaces using surface-sensitive x-ray diffraction was the beginning of a long affair with synchrotron science.

After finishing a post-doctoral stay with Andreas Stierle working on the characterization of oxygen interaction with vicinal metal surfaces from ultra-high vacuum to atmospheric oxygen pressures, Alina was promoted to research scientist, then to group leader and responsible of the MPI-MF beamline at KIT from 2009 until 2010. In 2010, she took a position as a scientist at the SixS beamline of Synchrotron SOLEIL, where she has extended her scientific interests to plasma-assisted chemical synthesis of nanoparticles and heterogeneous catalysis, i.e. understanding the structureactivity relationships of metallic nanoparticles for oxidation and hydrogenation catalytic reactions.

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