Scientific Calendar Event

An ICTP Virtual Meeting

The Workshop is live-streamed on the ICTP YouTube Channel. The links for each session are available in the programme.

The purpose of the online workshop is to bring together scientists working on the characterization of electrochemical interfaces at the atomistic level, and developing characterization methods, to discuss developments, current challenges, and perspectives.

The workshop is dedicated to the characterization of electrochemical interfaces by means of advanced experimental and theoretical techniques.
The focus will be on the understanding at atomic level of interface structure and stability, charge dynamics and charge transfer, chemical adsorption and reactivity. Space will be devoted to advances in interface-sensitive characterization techniques. Consequences of the progress in the field will be discussed in the context of applications to catalysis, energy conversion and storage, and environmental remediation. 

  • Atomic structure of electrochemical interfaces 
  • Charge dynamics and charge transfer
  • Electrochemical reactions at interfaces
  • Interface-sensitive experimental techniques 
  • Computer simulations of electrochemical interfaces 

​A. BIEBERLE-HÜTTER, DIFFER, the Netherlands
K. CAMPEN, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany
K. CHAN, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
J. CHENG, Xiamen University, China 
T. CUK, University of Colorado Boulder, USA  
J.R. DURRANT, Imperial College London, UK  
A. GROSS, University of Ulm, Germany  
J. LIBUDA, University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany  
D. PRENDERGAST, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA  
R. SCHLÖGL, Fritz Haber Institute, Germany
M. SPRIK, University of Cambridge, UK 
P. STRASSER, TU Berlin, Germany  
M. TODOROVA, MPI for Iron Research, Germany  
F.M. TOMA, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA
R. VAN DE KROL, Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin, Germany

Registration: There is no registration fee.

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  • Monday, 24 May 2021
    • 13:55 - 14:00 Opening and practical information
      Convener: Ralph Gebauer (ICTP, Italy)
    • 14:00 - 18:30
      Material: YouTube Live-streaming link
      • 14:00 The impact of the electric double layer on electrocatalytic processes 1h0'
        Speaker: Karen CHAN (Technical University of Denmark, Denmark)
      • 15:00 Ionic mobile charge as polarization: A different perspective on dielectric displacement in electrolytes 1h0'
        Speaker: Michiel SPRIK (University of Cambridge, UK)
      • 16:00 Coffee break 30'
      • 16:30 Operando spectrochemical analyses of water oxidation kinetics at metal oxide / water interfaces 1h0'
        Speaker: James Robert DURRANT (Imperial College London, UK)
      • 17:30 (Photo) electrocatalysis at Work 1h0'
        Speaker: Francesca Maria TOMA (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
        Material: Abstract
  • Tuesday, 25 May 2021
    • 10:00 - 11:00
      Material: YouTube Live-streaming link
      • 10:00 Operando photo emission from electrified interfaces 1h0'
        Speaker: Robert SCHLÖGL (Fritz Haber Institute, Germany)
    • 14:00 - 19:00
      • 14:00 Atomically defined model interfaces in energy science: From surface science to the liquid/solid and the electrified interface 1h0'
        Speaker: Joerg LIBUDA (University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany)
      • 15:00 First-principles grand-canonical and molecular dynamics studies of electrode/electrolyte interfaces 1h0'
        Speaker: Axel GROSS (University of Ulm, Germany)
        Material: YouTube Live-streaming link
      • 16:00 Coffee break 30'
      • 16:30 Poster session 2h30'
  • Wednesday, 26 May 2021
    • 15:00 - 18:30
      • 15:00 Free electrons to molecular bonds and back: The dark side of solar fuels and chemicals 1h0'
        Speaker: Peter STRASSER (TU Berlin, Germany)
      • 16:00 Identifying the limiting processes at electrochemical interfaces: From experimental data to multiscale modeling 1h0'
        Speaker: Anja BIEBERLE-HÜTTER (DIFFER, the Netherlands)
        Material: YouTube Live-streaming link
      • 17:00 Coffee break 30'
      • 17:30 Understanding electrified interfaces with constraints 1h0'
        Speaker: David PRENDERGAST (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, USA)
        Material: YouTube Live-streaming link
  • Thursday, 27 May 2021
    • 15:00 - 18:30
      Material: YouTube Live-streaming link
      • 15:00 Chemical dynamics in catalysis and electrochemistry 1h0'
        Speaker: Jun CHENG (Xiamen University, China)
      • 16:00 Ambient Pressure HAXPES on thin film photoelectrodes and liquid droplet trains 1h0'
        Speaker: Roel VAN DE KROL (Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin, Germany)
      • 17:00 Coffee break 30'
      • 17:30 Resolving a catalytic mechanism at an electrode surface: Experimental identification of theoretical descriptors 1h0'
        Speaker: Tanja CUK (University of Colorado Boulder, USA)
  • Friday, 28 May 2021
    • 15:00 - 17:10
      • 15:00 A Femotsecond-Resolved View of Electron Transfer Across Electrified Metal/Liquid Interfaces 1h0'
        Speaker: Kramer CAMPEN (Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany)
      • 16:00 Insights into processes at solid/liquid interfaces from ab initio molecular dynamics simulations 1h0'
        Speaker: Mira TODOROVA (MPI for Iron Research, Germany)
        Material: Abstract YouTube Live-streaming link
      • 17:00 Closing remarks 10'
        Speaker: Ralph GEBAUER (ICTP, Italy)