Chemistry & Catalysis Conferences & Workshops

Recent news and activities involving Co-ACCESS group members at SSRL

SSRL/LCLS Users’ Meeting 2018, Workshop

September 25-28, 2018
Catalysis by Single Metal Atoms: What is all the fuss about?
S. Bare, A. Hoffman, A. Boubnov
“Current state of XAS analysis: real-time data evaluation”, Talk at Workshop “Machine Learning for X-ray Science:  From machine optimization to experimental planning” by Alexey Boubnov

There has been rapid growth in research on catalysis by supported single metal atoms. The interest stems from the highest achievable dispersion of the metal and the highly tunable metal-support interaction, giving single metal atoms unique catalytic properties. Within the class of supported single metal atom catalysts, there are distinct types of catalyst, for example: isolated atoms on a metal oxide support, isolated atoms on a second metal nanoparticle – the so-called single atom alloys, and supported molecular complexes possessing high structural uniformity. Synchrotron-based X-ray absorption and emission spectroscopies are critical to access the structural and chemical information of these materials due to the low metal content and the absence of long-range order. In this workshop, we will cover the current challenges and future prospects in this expanding field with focus on synchrotron-based characterization methods.


EXAFS 2018: SSRL Summer School on Synchrotron X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy

Monday, August 13 – Thursday, August 16, 2018
Theory, practice, beamline practical sessions, hands-on data reduction, one-on-one data analysis, FEFF-based data analysis


XAFS2018: 17th International Conference on X-ray Absorption Fine Structure

22–27 July 2018 in Kraków, Poland

"Pd-Au Single-atom alloys for selective oxidation: an EXAFS study” and “In-situ Studies of Reactive Sorption of H2S with CuO: XAS and X-ray microscopy”, talks by Alexey Boubnov


Public Lecture | Catalysis: the Hidden Path to Foods, Fuels and Our Future

Simon Bare, January 30, 2018

The high standard of living we enjoy today is made possible by catalysts ­– behind-the-scenes agents that promote chemical reactions in the vast majority of industrial processes, including production of fertilizers, gasoline and other essential products. But we have only a poor understanding of how catalysts actually work. At SLAC's Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL), we are using X-rays to watch catalysts in action at an atomic scale. By observing catalytic reactions in experimental chambers under conditions that mimic large-scale commercial processes, we gain fundamental insights with great practical value for designing industrial catalysts that are more specific and more powerful.


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