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  
 1.14.2021  Prof. Nirala Singh University of Michigan, USA Linking Aqueous-phase Adsorption Thermodynamics to the Kinetics of Electrocatalytic Hydrogenation Reactions
 2.1.2021 Prof. Maureen Tang Drexel University, USA  “Beyond adsorption” phenomena in electrocatalytic hydrogen reactions 
 2.18.2021 Prof. Adam Holewinski  University of Colorado, USA Understanding Mechanisms in Electrocatalytic Synthesis with Renewable Feedstocks  
 3.4.2021 Prof. Ian McCrum  Clarkson University, USA Solvent, cation, and pH effects in electrocatalysis: insights from theory and experiment
 4.8.2021 Prof. Veronica Augustyn  North Carolina State University TBA  
 5.6.2021 Dr. Andrei Kulikovsky  Research Centre Juelich, Germany  Analytical and numerical physics-based models for PEM fuel cell impedance
 5.27.2021 Prof. Magali Lingenfelder  EPFL, Switzerland  Tracking the Surface Dynamics of Earth- abundant Electrocatalysts at the Nanometer Scale  


The webinar series is organized by Karen Chan and Nitish Govindarajan


Any questions: Please contact Nitish (