Lorentz Center - Fuel Cell Catalysis: a surface science approach from 16 Oct 2006 through 20 Oct 2006
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    Fuel Cell Catalysis: a surface science approach
    from 16 Oct 2006 through 20 Oct 2006

Provisional Programma plus speakers still to invite

Monday 16 October


08:30-09:00       Registration

09:00-09:10       Welcome and Opening, Martje Kruk (Lorentz Center) and Marc Koper (Leiden)

Opening lecture

09:10-09:50       Hubert Gasteiger (General Motors), Catalyst Kinetics and Materials Degradation in Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel Cells

Morning Session on Theory of electron transfer and solvent effects

Chair: Marc Koper (Leiden)

09:50-10:30       Wolfgang Schmickler (Ulm), Models of electron, ion and proton transfer including bond breaking

10:30-10:50       Coffee and tea break

10:50-11:20       Michiel Sprik (Cambridge), Density functional modeling of redox properties using ab initio molecular dynamics simulation

11:20-11:50       Matthew Neurock (Virginia), First-Principles Insight into Electrocatalysis: Electooxidation of Methanol

11:50-12:20       Nicola Marzari (MIT), Realistic, quantitative descriptions of electron-transfer reactions: diabatic free-energy surfaces from first-principles molecular dynamics

12:20-15:00       Lunch break, discussions, posters

Afternoon Session on oxygen reduction and hydrogen production

Chair: Nenad Markovic (Argonne)

15:00-15:30       Andrew Gewirth (Illinois), Experimental Determination of Oxygen and Peroxide Reduction Mechanisms on Metal Electrode Surfaces

15:30-16:00       Manos Mavrikakis (Wisconsin), Bimetallic and ternary alloys for improved ORR

16:00-16:20       Coffee and tea break

16:20-16:50       Piotr Zelenay (Los Alamos), Surface chalcogenide catalyst for the polymer electrolyte fuel cell cathode

16:50-17:20       Roel van de Krol (Delft), Metal oxide photo-catalysts for hydrogen production

17:30- …            Wine & Cheese party



Tuesday 17 October


Morning Session on nanoparticles

Chair: Andrea Russell (Southampton)

09:00-09:30       Elena Savinova (Strassbourg/Novosibirsk), A Rationale behind Catalytic Properties of Supported Metal Nanoparticles?

09:30-10:00       Matthias Arenz (Munich), Size-dependent properties of supported Pt nanoparticles

10:00-10:30       Juan Feliu (Alicante), Single crystal approach to the surface characterization of platinum nanoparticles

10:30-10:50       Coffee and tea break

10:50-11:20       Masahiro Watanabe (Kofu), Particle-size effects of nanoscale platinum catalysts in oxygen reduction reaction

11:20-11:50       Sanjeev Mukerjee (Northeastern), Electrocatalytic Pathways on Supported Electrocatalysts at a Polymer Electrolyte Interface: Some Insights Using XANES Spectroscopy

11:50-15:00       Lunch break, discussions, posters

Afternoon Session on oxidation of C1 and C2 molecules

Chair: Frank de Bruijn (ECN)

15:00-15:30      Juergen Behm (Ulm), Electrooxidation of C_1 -Fuels under Fuel Cell Relevant Conditions - Fundamental Aspects

15:30-16:00       Tom Housmans (Eindhoven/Sabic), Methanol oxidation on stepped platinum single-crystal electrodes

16:00-16:20       Coffee and tea break

16:20-16:50       Jean-Michel Leger (Poitiers), Oxidation mechanisms of small organic molecules at nanostructured dispersed electrocatalysts

16:50-17:20       Carol Korzeniewski (Lubbock), Single crystal electrodes as standards in the study of small molecule electrocatalytic reactions.

17:20-17:50       Masanori Hara (Juelich),  Electrocatalytical studies of CO oxidation with Pd single crystal and thin film studies - A combined electrochemical and spectroscopic approach



Wednesday 18 October


Morning Session on experimental techniques

Chair: Brian Hayden (Southampton)

09:00-09:30       Andrzej Wieckowski (Illinois), Broad-Band Sum-Frequency Generation Spectroscopy at Platinum/Solution Interfaces Containing Molecular Adsorbates

09:30-10:00       Masatoshi Osawa (Hokkaido), Probing Ultrafast Electrode Dynamics by Picosecond Time-Resolved Surface-Enhanced Infrared Spectroscopy

10:00-10:30       Nenad Markovic (Argonne), Trends in Bimetallic Electrocatalysis: From Extended to Nanoscale Surfaces

10:30-10:50       Coffee and tea break

10:50-11:20       Andrea Russell (Southampton), In situ XAS of PEM cathode catalysts

11:20-11:50       Harry Hoster (Ulm), Linking structure and atomic distribution of bimetallic surfaces to their adsorption and reaction properties

11:50-15:00       Lunch break, discussions. posters

Afternoon Session on computational techniques

Chair: Jens Nørskov (Lyngby)

15:00-15:30       Timo Jacob (Berlin), Extended Ab Initio Thermodynamics for Electrochemical Systems

15:30-16:00       Jan Rossmeisl (Lyngby), Activity Trends of Electrode Materials

16:00-16:20       Coffee and tea break

16:20-16:50       Eugene Smotkin (Northeastern), The effects of CO coverage and Pt alloy cluster composition on the stretching frequencies of linear bound CO

16:50-17:20       Peter Vassilev (Eindhoven), Electrochemical reduction of oxygen to hydrogen peroxide: an electron density functional theory study



Thursday 19 October


Morning Session on modified, alloy and gold and non-Pt catalysts

Chair: Sanjeev Mukerjee (Northeastern)

09:00-09:30       Ludwig Kibler (Ulm), Electrochemical behaviour of metallic monolayers on noble metal surfaces

09:30-10:00       Jeff Greeley (Lyngby), Combinatorial First-Principles Screening of Alloys for Electrocatalysis

10:00-10:30       Angel Cuesta (Madrid), The Smallest Atomic Ensemble Necessary for CO Formation During Methanol Electrooxidation on Platinum

10:30-10:50       Coffee and tea break

10:50-11:20       Enrique Herrero (Alicante), On the electrocatalytic activity of gold nanoparticles on basic media.

11:20-11:50       Ben Nieuwenhuys (Leiden), The golden future of catalysis: activation of molecules on gold-based catalysts

11:50-14:00 Lunch break, discussions, posters

Afternoon Session on surface science

Chair: Andrzej Wieckowski (Illinois)

14:00-14:30       Brian Hayden (Southampton), Alloying, Particle Size and Support Effects in PEMFC Catalysis

14:30-15:00       Ellen Backus (Zuerich/Leiden), CO and NO on a stepped platinum surface

15:00-15:20       Coffee and tea break

15:20-15:50       Joost Frenken (Leiden), In-situ Video STM and SXRD of Catalytic Surfaces

15:50-16:20       Dan Scherson (Case), Coadsorbed Water and Carbon Monoxide on Pt(100): IRAS Studies in UHV


17:00-19:00       Science walk through historic centre of Leiden, tour guide: Jos van de Broek (Leiden)

19:00-…             Conference Dinner



Friday 20 October


Morning Session on bio-electrocatalysts

Chair: Gerard Canters (Leiden)

09:00-09:30       Kylie Vincent (Oxford), Exploiting highly selective biological catalysts in a H2/O2 fuel cell: benchmarks for future ‘smart’ hydrogen-cycling

09:30-10:00       Scott Calabrese Barton (Columbia/Michigan State), Biocatalyzed Fuel Cells for Microscale Devices

10:00-10:30       Roman Boulatov (Illinois), Billion-year old oxygen cathode that actually works: respiratory O2 reduction and its biomimetic implementations

10:30-10:50       Coffee and tea break

10:50-11:20       Armand Tepper (Leiden), A selective and sensitive fluorescence based method to follow the activity of the O2 reducing enzyme laccase in bionanotechnological applications

Closing lecture

11:20-12:00       Shimshon Gottesfeld (MTI Micro Fuel Cells), Advances in Fuel Cell Electrocatalysis: A perspective of 20 years + One Great Meeting

12:00                  Lunch

Afternoon:           Departure





Lior Elbaz: Catalytic Reduction of Oxygen by Metalloporphyrins in Fuel Cell electrodes

Masanori Hara: Formic acid oxidation on stepped Pd and Pd-Au thin film electrodes

Jing Jin: High throughput screening methods for fuel cell catalysts

Jaeyoung Lee: Catalyst in Portable Fuel Cell Systems

Fang Liu, Dimitrios C. Papageorgopoulos & Olaf Conrad: Compact Mixed Reactant (CMR) DMFCs - A Commercial Application for Methanol Tolerant ORR Catalysts
Karl Mayrhofer: The impact of geometric and surface electronic properties of Pt-catalysts on the particle size effect in electrocatalysis
Masahiro Watanabe, M.Wakisaka & H. Uchida: Electronic structures of Pt-Co and Pt-Ru alloys for CO-tolerant anode catalysts in PEFC studied by EC-XPS
Carol Korzeniewski: Hydration in Nafion Fuel Cell Membrane Probed by Infrared Spectroscopy

Main sponsors:


Lorentz Center

Leiden University

Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO)

Delft Institute for Sustainable Energy (DIDE)

Royal Netherlands Academy for Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE)





Johnson Matthey

Energy Research Center of the Netherlands (ECN)


CMR Fuel Cells