Catalysis and Nanoparticles

 The third Catsense Summer School: 'Catalysis and Nanoparticles' was held from September 11th to September 14th, 2017 in Leuven, Belgium.

For all programme details, see programme box down below. Or download the pdf version of the Programme Booklet.

Keynote Speakers

Ib Chorkendorff, DTU Denmark
Isotta Cerri, Toyota Motor Europe, Belgium
Crina Corbos, Johnson Matthey, UK
Kurt Kolasinski, West Chester University, USA
Johan Martens, KU Leuven, BE
Francesca Baletto, King's College London, UK
Hilda Witters & Lieve Geerts, VITO, BE
Jolien Dendooven, UGent, BE
Mohamed Ridouani, Leuven 2030, BE
Maria Seo, KU Leuven, BE
Olga Safonova, Paul Scherrer Institut, CH 
Stefan Vajda, Argonne National Lab, USA


Leuven (blue area in map below) is located just east of Brussels and its international airport (BRU), with regular direct train services to the BRU airport and all major cities in Belgium (map below, click to zoom in).

The Summer School location is situated in the Maria-Theresiacollege downtown Leuven (see picture below), a 15 minutes walk from the Leuven Railway station. Leuven is a comfortable and compact city where everything is a max. 15 minute walk away. 


The complete programma of the main event, from Monday September 11 till Thursday September 14, is provided in the programme box below. 

Prior to the Summer School we will offer two days of intensive training the week before the main event, giving attendees a chance to improve their skills and extend their knowledge of nanobiotechnology related topics. 

Two Advanced Training Courses (ATC) are organised in combination with the summer school the week before:


Schedule and Participants

Time Description Presenter
Monday September 11
Venue: Maria-Theresiacollege, Leuven
09:00 - 09:30 Registration and Welcome
Session 1: Catalysis & Nanoparticles and its challenges
09:30 - 11:00 Lecture 1: Nanoscience - From curiosity driven research to practical results. Kurt W. Kolasinski (West Chester University, USA) Open
Coffee / Tea Break
Session 2: Theory of nanomaterials for catalysis
11:30 - 12:30 Lecture 2: New routes to model metallic nano catalysts Francesca Baletto (King’s College London) Open
Session 3: Environment, Safety & Health of Nanomaterials
14:00 - 15:30 Lecture 3: Exposure & hazard assessment / Risk assessment & management, incl. safe by design Hilda Witters & Lieve Geerts (VITO, BE) Open
Coffee / Tea Break
16:00 - 17:30 Poster Session
18:00 - 20:00 Welcome Reception
Tuesday September 12
Session 4: The role of catalysis in clean energy and climate action
09:00 - 10:30 Lecture 4: The use of mass selected clusters for Oxygen reduction, oxygen evolution (water splitting) Hydrogen evolution and for CO2 hydrogenation. Ib Chorkendorff (TU Denmark)
Coffee / Tea Break
10:45 - 12:00 Lecture 5: Toyota Fuel Cell technologies related to the Toyota Mirai (Fuel Cell stack, H2 tank) Isotta Cerri (Toyota Motor Europe) Open
12:00 - 12:30 Lecture 6: Leuven, European Green Leaf Award 2018 Katrien Rycken (Leuven 2030)
Session 5: Scale-up and viability of nanomaterials for catalysis
14:00 - 15:30 Lecture 7: Industrial Catalysis Crina Corbos (Johnson Matthey) Open
Coffee / Tea Break
Session 6: Synthesis and performance of nanomaterials for catalysis
16:00 - 17:30 Lecture 8: Tailoring nanoporous materials by atomic layer deposition Johan Martens (KU Leuven) & Jolien Dendooven (U Gent) Open
19:00 - 23:00 Dinner at Faculty Club Mohamed Ridouani (City of Leuven): Leuven, carbon neutral by 2030
Wednesday 13th September
Session 6 (continued): Synthesis and performance of nanomaterials for catalysis
09:00 - 10:30 Lecture 9: Li-air batteries Stefan Vajda (Argonne National Lab, USA)
Coffee / Tea Break
11:00 - 12:30 Lecture 10: Advanced Li-ion batteries Dr. Maarten Mees (Imec Leuven, Belgium) Open
14:00 - 17:30 Excursion to the Hydropower Station of Ecopower on the Dyle River
Thursday 14th September, 2017
Session 7: Characterization of Nanomaterials for Catalysis
09:00 - 10:00 Lecture 11: Scanning Transmission Electron Microscopy Jin Won (Maria) Seo (KU Leuven, Belgium) Open
10:00 - 11:00 Lecture 12: In situ characterization of (electro)catalysts using synchrotron radiation (on the PSI SuperXAS beamline). Olga Safonova (Paul Scherrer Institut, Switzerland) Open
Coffee / Tea Break
11:30 - 12:00 Closing Remarks Peter Lievens Open
End of Summer School ATC12
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