Lorentz Center - Fundamental Electrocatalysis: Theory Meets Experiments from 26 Jun 2017 through 30 Jun 2017
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    Fundamental Electrocatalysis: Theory Meets Experiments
    from 26 Jun 2017 through 30 Jun 2017


Description and aim

The forthcoming workshop on fundamental electrocatalysis aims at pushing the community of theoretical and experimental electrochemists and condensed matter scientists towards developing more comprehensive theoretical models and methods for the description of charge transport and chemical transformation under an applied potential, occurring in electrochemical devices for energy and nanotechnology.

Electrochemical (EC) transformations enable the operation of current and emerging energy conversion devices (batteries, supercapacitors, fuel cells and solar cells) and new information technologies (EC gating devices, sensors and memristors). The coupled chemical and electronic processes occurring at the electrified interfaces responsible for the energetic efficiency of these devices and are of a key importance for their optimization. It is crucial to understand these processes at the atomic resolution level to improve the key materials therein and realize the full potential of these technologies. Experimental characterization of electrochemical interfaces can be tedious, and often reaches only macroscopic resolution. Therefore atomistic simulations of electrochemical interfaces bear the potential to model and understand these systems, finally enabling realization of their promise.

This workshop will promote discussion on modern open questions of theoretical electrochemistry, guided by the critical insight from the experimental leaders in the field. Discussion among theoretical electrochemists and experimentalists will be driven by 3 challenges this workshop wish to address:  
1 Disclosing the functional relationship between double layer (DL), potential drop at electrochemical interface EI and the effect of an applied potential to a cell. 

2. Developing new comprehensive models for electro-catalysis at novel, efficient and non-precious surfaces and catalysts.  

3. Gaining insight into the origin and control of nanoforces, charge transfer, atomic dynamics and reactivity as well as passivation mechanisms at the nanoscale.

Our aim is forming a platform for discussion, exchange of ideas and formation of scientific partnerships that will push forward the field of electrocatalysis at the nanoscale and thus the progress in energy devices. At the same time this workshop will foster the general interest for fundamental electrochemistry and formulate future research paths and student training. 

Senior researchers and PhD students are invited to present their research projects in the poster sessions.