Catalysis Webinar Series


Catalysis in the time of coronavirus: A webinar series


Due to the travel restrictions from COVID19, we at CatTheory are hosting a webinar series featuring catalysis researchers from around the world. We believe such a webinar series can contribute to keeping the community up to date on exciting findings, lead to exchange of ideas, help in getting valuable feedback from the community and democratize access to science. All this with no travel + zero carbon footprint! 


Beyond equity and inclusion, we see diversity as an untapped opportunity to introduce the fresh new perspectives needed to solve urgent global issues.  We are committed to increasing diversity in science and will include talks and Q and As specifically addressing diversity.


The seminars are open to the public upon registration (below). They will be run GRC style: i.e. 45 min for the talk + 30 min for discussion.


Discussion: Participants can type questions into the chat, or type “X” for the host to call for your turn to speak.

Please, in the interest of time, keep the questions short and concise.


Where speakers give permission to do so - the seminars will be recorded and uploaded onto the CatTheory Youtube Channel.  


Registration link:  The registration link will be available about one week prior to the seminar and will be active until the day before the scheduled talk. Registered participants will be sent an email with the Zoom details. Please note that the Zoom details are not sharable.


Speaker list (updated as new speakers added)

All webinars will take place on a Thursday, Copenhagen time (CET) 3:30 PM-4:45 PM, unless otherwise indicated. 






Registration Link


Prof. Bingjun Xu

University of Delaware, USA

Understanding Interfacial Electrocatalytic Processes via In Situ/Operando Characterizations

25.06.2020 Dr. Nicolas Hormann Technical University of Munich, Germany Thinking Grand: pH and potential effects from grand canonical simulations of electrochemical interfaces using implicit solvation models


Prof. Zachary Ulissi


Active learning and graph machine learning methods for catalysis


Prof. Jun Cheng

Xiamen University, China

Ab initio modelling of electric double layers on single crystal electrodes


Dr. Jess Wade

Imperial College, London

Why I’m writing women scientists back into history


Prof. Ismaila Dabo

Penn State, USA

Raising the success rate of materials discovery for the solar production of hydrogen fuels


Prof. Yogesh Surendranath


Molecularly Precise Single-Atom Catalysts for Energy Conversion
20.08.2020 Dr. Kathleen Schwarz NIST, USA Exploring electrochemical interfaces: from perfectly noninteracting surfaces to dissolving electrodes
27.08.2020 Prof. Matthias Waegele Boston College, USA Elucidating the Molecular Origins of the Product Selectivity of Electrocatalytic Reactions

Prof. Talat Rahman

University of Central Florida, USA Defect-laden 2D materials for conversion of syn gas to higher alcohols: insights from theory and experiments


Prof. Annabella Selloni and Dr. Zachary Goldsmith

Princeton University, USA

Molecular simulations of water at metal and metal oxide surfaces
24.09.2020 Prof. Clemence Corminboeuf EPFL, Switzerland Blending Old Concepts with Modern Computational Tools to Discover Homogeneous Catalysts


*PLEASE NOTE: this webinar starts at 2.30 PM

Prof. Nuria Lopez ICIQ, Tarragona Chemical steps in Electrochemical Processes


*PLEASE NOTE: this webinar starts at 5 PM

Prof. Charles Campbell

University of Washington, USA

The Effects on Solvent on Adsorption Energies as Revealed by Experimental Adhesion Energies of Solvents to Pt(111), Ni(111), MgO(100) and C(0001)

15.10.2020 Prof. Maria Escudero-Escribano University of Copenhagen, Denmark Tailored electrochemical interfaces for renewable energy conversion
22.10.2020 Prof. Beatriz Roldan Cuenya FHI Berlin, Germany Operando insight into the electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide
29.10.2020 Dr. Nongnuch Artrith Columbia University, USA Machine Learning Models for Simulating Complex Energy Materials
12.11.2020 Prof. Caroline Lynn Kamerlin Uppsala University, Sweden
Harnessing Conformational Dynamics to Engineer New Enzymes


The webinar series is organized by Karen Chan and Nitish Govindarajan, and administered by Lone Jensen Coe


Any questions: Please contact Nitish ( or Lone (