Physical, Theoretical & Computational

Interplay between Theory and Experiment in Catalytic Research (#277)

Catalysis not only provides enormous benefits to our society, but it also plays a key role in realizing sustainable economies. Various homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysts have been developed to produce fine chemicals, drugs, and pesticides, and also to purify plant waste gases and automobile exhaust, etc. The pressures that we currently face include the design of high-performance catalysts using earth-abundant elements in place of present more rare ones and the development of environmentally-friendly catalytic processes in general. Effectively tackling these challenges will require a close interplay between experiment and theory as well as the exchange and sharing of best practices and ideas between different fields in catalysis. In this session, we will discuss the present status and future perspectives of catalysis by bringing together cutting-edge researchers having wide varieties of expertise. Topics include (1) the modeling of catalysts, (2) heterogeneous catalysis, (3) homogeneous catalysis, (4) nanocluster catalysts, and (5) photocatalysts and biocatalysts.
Last update: Dec 28, 2015