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

pH effects on the electrochemical reduction of CO(2) towards C2 products on stepped copper. Xinyan Liu, Philomena Schlexer, Jianping Xiao, Yongfei Ji, Lei Wang, Robert B. Sandberg, Michael Tang, Kristopher S. Brown, Hongjie Peng, Stefan Ringe, Christopher Hahn, Thomas F. Jaramillo, Jens K. Nørskov , Karen Chan. Nature Communications, 10. 2019.
Prediction of stable and active (oxy-hydro) oxide nanoislands on noble metal supports for electrochemical oxygen reduction reaction. Seoin Back, Martin H. Hansen, Jose A. Garrido Torres, Zhenghang Zhao, Jens K. Nørskov, Samira Siahrostami, Michal Bajdich. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. 2018.

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