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New frontiers for the in-situ and operando spectroscopic investigation of interfaces applied to catalysis and electrochemistry

This symposium will focus on the characterization of catalytically- and electrochemically- relevant interfaces by means of in situ and operando spectroscopies. Recent advances in the use of single and combined spectroscopic methods (photoemission, absorption, IR, Raman, etc,) will be presented and perspectives will be discussed.


Interfaces are of fundamental importance to understand the behavior of catalytic and electrochemical materials under reaction conditions. Spectroscopic methods are often used to investigate such materials because they allow qualitative and/or quantitative characterization under reactive environments without perturbing the reaction. Among them, synchrotron-based techniques, such as absorption, emission and photoemission spectroscopy, and “laboratory-based” techniques, such as Infrared and Raman spectroscopy, have been developed. By means of such techniques it is possible to obtain an in situ characterization of a material, that is, exposing it to a reactive environment under realistic working conditions while simultaneously acquiring information about the evolution of its physical-chemical and morphological properties. At the same time, operando measurements, carried out on materials undergoing a reaction while measuring the catalytic activity/selectivity and product pattern, are extremely useful to determine the structure-chemical composition-reactivity relationships. The main goal of this symposium is to merge the research communities investigating catalytic and electrochemical interfaces with different in situ/operando spectroscopic techniques to share and discuss recent results, methods and perspectives. The development of time- and space-resolved in situ/operando spectroscopic investigations will also be a paramount topic. The symposium will be a unique opportunity to foster the collaboration among groups having different expertise, to attract potential users developing materials whose novel properties need to be characterized, and to introduce recently developed experimental setups employing more than one spectroscopic method at the same time.

Papers focused on the investigation of catalytic and electrochemical interfaces by means of in situ and operando spectroscopic methods are invited and will be published in a special issue of “Catalysis Today”.

Hot topics to be covered by the symposium
  • In situ and operando spectroscopic investigation of reactive interfaces (XPS, XAS, XES, IR, Raman)
  • Time and space-resolved spectroscopic investigation of reactive interfaces under  realistic working conditions
  • Development of new in situ and operando spectroscopic methods
  • Development of new experimental setups employing more than one spectroscopic method for the in situ and operando investigation of reactive interfaces (both laboratory- and synchrotron-based).

Operando spectroscopic techniques as high-throughput materials research boosters


List of confirmed invited speakers

  • B. Weckhuysen (University of Utrecht, Utrecht, The Netherlands),
  • Junko Yano (LBNL, California, USA)
  • Miguel A. Bañares (Instituto de Catalisis, CSIC, Madrid, Spain),
  • Ib Chorkendorff (Technical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark
  • Zhi Liu (ShanghaiTech University, Shanghai, China)
  • Anja Bieberle (Dutch Institute for Fundamental Energy Research, Eindhoven, The Netherlands)
  • Philipp Stadler(Institute of Physical Chemistry and Linz Institute of Organic Solar Cells, Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria)

List of confirmed scientific committee members

  • Joachim Schnadt (Lund University – MAX IV, Sweden
  • Jeroen van Bokhoven (ETH Zurich – PSI Villigen, Switzerland
  • Robert Weatherup (The University of Manchester at Harwell, U.K.)
  • Ashley Head (Center for Nanoscience and Nanomaterials, LBNL, USA)
  • David Starr (HZB, Berlin, Germany)
  • Ian Sharp (WSI – TUM, Munich, Germany)
  • Georg Held (University of Reading, Diamond Synchrotron, U.K.)
  • Luca Gregoratti (Elettra Synchrotron, Italy)
  • Karin Föttinger (TU Wien, Austria)
  • Giovanni Agostini (ALBA Synchrotron, Barcelona, Spain)
  • Andrea Zitolo (SOLEIL Synchrotron, Paris, France)
  • Patricia Conception (Spanish National Research Council, Spain)

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Symposium organizers
Luca ARTIGLIAPaul Scherrer Institute

Forschungsstrasse 111, 5232 Villigen PSI, Switzerland
Marco FAVAROHelmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH

Institute for Solar Fuels, Hahn-Meitner-Platz 1, 14109 Berlin, Germany

Virginia PÉREZ-DIESTEALBA Synchrotron Light Source

Carrer de la Llum, 2-26, 08290, Cerdanyola del Vallès, Barcelona, Spain