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

Discovery of a highly active molybdenum phosphide catalyst for methanol synthesis from CO and CO2. Melis S. Duyar, Charlie Tsai, Jonathan L. Snider, Joseph Singh, Alessandro Gallo, Jong Suk Yoo, Andrew J. Medford, Frank Abild-Pedersen, Felix Studt, Jakob Kibsgaard, Stacey Bent, Jens K. Nørskov, Thomas F. Jaramillo. Angewandte Chemie. 2018.
Low-Temperature Methane Partial Oxidation to Syngas with Modular Nanocrystal Catalysts. Emmett Goodman, Allegra A. Latimer, An-Chih Yang, Liheng Wu, Nadia Tahsini, Frank Abild-Pedersen, Matteo Cargnello. ACS Applied Nano Materials. 2018.

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