DTU Ørsted Lecture - Catalysis for sustainable production of fuels and chemicals

DTU Ørsted lecture by Jens K. Nørskov


The development of sustainable energy systems puts renewed focus on catalytic processes for energy conversion. We will need to find new catalysts for a number of processes if we are to successfully synthesize fuels and chemicals from solar or wind electricity. Insight into the way the catalysts work at the molecular level may prove essential to speed up the discovery process. The lecture will outline a theory of heterogeneous catalysis that allows a detailed understanding of elementary chemical processes at transition metal surfaces and singles out the most important parameters determining catalytic activity and selectivity.  The insight can be used to define catalyst design rules and examples of their use will be given

Jens Nørskov is the Villum Kann Rasmussen professor at the Technical University of Denmark. His research aims at developing theoretical methods and concepts to understand and predict properties of materials. He is particularly interested in surface chemical properties, heterogeneous catalysis, electro-catalysis, and applications in energy conversion. 

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Fri 02 Nov 18
15:00 - 16:00


DTU Lyngby
Building 303A, Aud. 42
2800 Kgs. Lyngby