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, kinetic modeling and data science with operando and in-situ characterization techniques, synthesis of alloys, compounds, and functional nanostructures, and experimental testing under realistic process conditions.

Recent Publications

Dynamics and Hysteresis of Hydrogen Intercalation and Deintercalation in Palladium Electrodes: A Multimodal In Situ X-ray Diffraction, Coulometry, and Computational Study. Alan T. Landers, Hongjie Peng, David M. Koshy, Soo Hong Lee, Jeremy T. Feaster, John C. Lin, Jeffrey W. Beeman, Drew Higgins, Junko Yano, Walter S. Drisdell, Ryan C. Davis, Michal Bajdich, Frank Abild-Pedersen, Apurva Mehta , Thomas F. Jaramillo, Christopher Hahn. Chemistry of Materials . 2021.
Achieving industrial ammonia synthesis rates at near-ambient conditions through modified scaling relations on a confined dual site. Tao Wang, Frank Abild-Pedersen. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 118, e2106527118. 2021.
Ultrafast Adsorbate Excitation Probed with Subpicosecond-Resolution X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy. Elias Diesen, Hsin-Yi Wang, Simon Schreck, Matthew Weston, Hirohito Ogasawara, Jerry LaRue, Fivos Perakis, Martina Dell’Angela, Flavio Capotondi, Luca Giannessi, Emanuele Pedersoli, Denys Naumenko, Ivaylo Nikolov, Lorenzo Raimondi, Carlo Spezzani, Martin Beye, Filippo Cavalca, Boyang Liu, Jörgen Gladh, Sergey Koroidov, Piter S. Miedema, Roberto Costantini, Tony F. Heinz, Frank Abild-Pedersen, Johannes Voss, Alan C. Luntz, Anders Nilsson. Physical Review Letters, 127, 016802. 2021.

SUNCAT Institute 2021

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