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                   Catalysis for sustainable production of fuels and chemicals"





  Thursday, 03 June 2021

    Video-Recording for any system with MP4-support

   - Video.mp4  (ca. 257 Mb)

   - Video_with_eng_sub.mp4  (ca. 260 Mb)


 15:15 – 16:10





The development of a sustainable energy system puts renewed focus on catalytic

processes for energy conversion. Electricity production from solar and wind

is becoming economically competitive but we need to be able to store energy

from these intermittent sources. Storage in the form of chemical bonds as fuels

is very attractive, but converting electrical into chemical energy efficiently will

require completely new catalytic materials. 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 singles out the

most important parameters determining catalytic activity and selectivity.

I will use nitrogen reduction to ammonia as the main example and discuss

the possibility to find sustainable alternatives to the well-known Haber-Bosch process.


Speaker today:  Jens Norskov  (Technical University of Denmark)


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