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Chemical Reactions at Surfaces (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Understanding Complexity in Surface Reactivity Through Multidisciplinarity


February 4-5, 2017


Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco
Lucca (Barga), Italy Site Information


Albert Bruix & Irem Sen

Application Deadline

The application deadline for this meeting was January 7, 2017. You may still submit an application, which may be considered by the conference chair if there is still room available.

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on Chemical Reactions at Surfaces is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The focus of this meeting is on both computational and experimental methods addressing relevant problems involving chemical reactions at surfaces. This includes fundamental and applied studies investigating heterogeneous catalysis, interfaces relevant for environmental applications, interfaces in biotechnology, and energy-related technologies such as solar energy conversion, CO2 capture, or hydrogen production and storage.

The meeting will take off with a keynote lecture given by Prof. Gabor A. Somorjai (U. California, Berkeley), followed by three sessions spanning an assorted range of surface science methods and applications and devoted to oral research presentations by attendees. Two poster sessions will further allow the participants to exchange ideas about their research. All participants are strongly encouraged to attend the associated Gordon Research Conference "Chemical Reactions at Surfaces" that takes place immediately following the GRS.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by November 20, 2016. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Chemical Reactions at Surfaces" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

1:30 pm - 4:30 pmArrival and Check-in
3:00 pm - 3:15 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:15 pm - 4:00 pmKeynote Session: Chemical Reactions at Surfaces
Discussion Leader: Jose Rodriguez (Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA)
3:15 pm - 3:45 pmGabor Somorjai (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"The Surface Science Approach to Molecular Catalysis. Transition from Studies of Crystal Surfaces in Vacuum to High Pressure and Liquid Phase Heterogeneous, Homogeneous and Enzyme Nanoparticle Catalysis"
3:45 pm - 4:00 pmDiscussion
4:00 pm - 5:30 pmPoster Session
5:30 pm - 7:30 pmTechnological Applications of Functionalized Surfaces
Discussion Leaders: Angelika Kuhnle (Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany) and Marcel Reutzel (Philipps Universitaet Marburg, Germany)
5:30 pm - 5:50 pmUdo Bauer (Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany)
"In-Situ Photoemission Studies on the Norbornadiene/Quadricyclane Energy Storage System on Pt(111) and Ni(111)"
5:50 pm - 6:00 pmDiscussion
6:00 pm - 6:20 pmTyler Hurlburt (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
"Site-Selective Approach for DNA Directed Immobilization of Enzyme Catalysts"
6:20 pm - 6:30 pmDiscussion
6:30 pm - 6:50 pmAnais Mairena (EMPA - Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Switzerland)
"Heterochiral to Homochiral Transition in Pentahelicene 2D Crystallization Induced by Second Layer Nucleation"
6:50 pm - 7:00 pmDiscussion
7:00 pm - 7:20 pmEsben Leonhard Kolsbjerg (Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO), Aarhus University, Denmark)
"Explaining Self-Assembly of Molecular Corrals by DFT"
7:20 pm - 7:30 pmDiscussion
8:00 pmDinner
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amAdvances in Heterogeneous Catalysis
Discussion Leaders: Swetlana Schauermann (Christian-Albrechts-Universitat zu Kiel, Germany) and Rachael Farber (Loyola University Chicago, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amMarcal Capdevila-Cortada (Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), Spain)
"Alkyne Semi-Hydrogenation on In2O3(111): Untangling the Active Site"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amAlyssa Hensley (Washington State University, USA)
"Elucidating the Chemical Nature of a Pt Single Site Catalyst Supported on the '29' Cu Surface Oxide for Low Temperature CO Oxidation"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:20 amAnders Bodin (Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
"Mass-Selected Nanoparticles of Molybdenum-Nickel Sulfides: Removal of the Last Stronghold of Sulfur by HDS"
10:20 am - 10:30 amDiscussion
10:30 am - 10:50 amJuan Lorenzi (Technical University of Munich, Germany)
"Kinetic Inhibition of Oxide Formation in Oxidation Catalysis: Mechanistic Insight from First-Principles Kinetic Monte Carlo"
10:50 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmNovel Methods in Surface Studies
Discussion Leaders: John Kitchin (Carnegie Mellon University, USA) and Matthew Marcinkowski (Tufts University, USA)
1:30 pm - 1:50 pmJacob Boes (Carnegie Mellon University, USA)
"Neural Network Predictions of Segregation on AuPd(111) Surfaces"
1:50 pm - 2:00 pmDiscussion
2:00 pm - 2:20 pmEmiliano Cortes (Imperial College London, United Kingdom)
"Plasmonic Nanoantennas as Active and Reactive Elements for Redox Chemistry"
2:20 pm - 2:30 pmDiscussion
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes
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