Surface Physics & Catalysis (SurfCat)


Surface Physics & Catalysis

The main objective of SurfCat is to investigate the fundamental relation of surfaces reactivity and activity with perspctive of developing new and more efficient catalysts.


Carrier-selective p- and n-contacts for efficient and stable photocatalytic water reduction


Dowon Bae, Thomas Pedersen, Brian Seger, Beniamino Iandolo, Ole Hansen, Peter C. K. Vesborg, Ib Chorkendorff



Catalysis Today, vol. 290, 59-64
DOI: 10.1016/j.cattod.2016.11.028

Development of catalysts for electrochemical reactions where the electrode acts as a heterogeneous catalyst – particularly of interest for sustainable energy conversion

Focuses on gaining fundamental understanding of catalysis and catalytic processes and applying the knowledge for exploring novel catalytic materials

The ’Dream-device’: Tandem device performing overall water splitting under sunlight

"Dream device" for water splitting:  A high-bandgap semiconductor and a low-bandgap semiconductor work in conjunction (using both the blue and red light respectively) making a 2-photon tandem unit to efficiently split water into hydrogen and oxygen

Fundamental research in the catalytic behavior of mass-selected nanoparticles – with a special focus on catalyzing sustainable fuel production.