SUNCAT Mission

The SUNCAT Center for Interface Science and Catalysis is a partnership between Stanford School of Engineering and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. The mission of SUNCAT is to overcome challenges associated with the atomic-scale design of catalysts for chemical transformations of interest for sustainable energy conversion and storage. By combining experimental and computational methods we are developing a quantitative description of chemical processes at the solid-gas and solid-liquid interface. By identifying the factors controlling the catalytic properties of solid surfaces, we devise strategies to design new catalysts. Our approach integrates electronic structure theory and kinetic modeling with operando and in-situ characterization techniques, synthesis of alloys, compounds, and functional nanostructures, and experimental testing under realistic process conditions.

Recent Publications

Predicting Adsorption Properties of Catalytic Descriptors on Bimetallic Nanoalloys with Site-Specific Precision. Tej S Choksi, Luke T Roling, Verena Streibel, Frank Abild-Pedersen. The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, 10, 1852-1859. 2019.
Revealing the synergy between oxide and alloy phases on the performance of bimetallic In-Pd catalysts for CO2 hydrogenation to methanol. Jonathan Leon Snider, Verena Streibel, McKenzie Austin Hubert, Tej S Choksi, Eduardo Valle, David Chester Upham, Julia Schumann, Melis Seher Duyar, Alessandro Gallo, Frank Abild-Pedersen, Thomas F Jaramillo. ACS Catalysis, 9, 3399-3412. 2019.

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