A joint event of the catalysis communities from Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium
with the chairman of EuropaCat 2019,
Walter Leitner, MPI for Chemical Energy Conversion, Mülheim/D
- What are you most excited about regarding EuropaCat 2019?
Hosting Europacat in Aachen, together with our colleagues from Belgium and the Netherlands, is a fantastic opportunity and a great honour. Our motto “Catalysis without Borders” applies two-fold: For the geographical “triplepoint” Aachen-Aken-Aix-La-Chapelle and of course for the open and stimulating discussion of science.
- What are the most important issues you expect to be discussed there?
We have followed the “across borders” philosophy also when structuring the program: All submissions are asked to characterize their work in two dimensions. One is the scientific approach, the second is the area of application. We believe that this very basic framework enables us to harvest the most exciting research to be grouped subsequently into topical sessions. There are so many application areas of catalysis with relevance to our daily lives that I don’t really want to single one of them out. But that’s the great thing about EuropaCat: We cover so many different fields of research and application that everybody’s area of interest will have its place.
- Which development in catalysis is currently the most exciting? What processes or products will this development impact most?
At the moment we see two developments that will change the catalysis landscape fundamentally. One is the merging of the molecular and the material approach. The molecular understanding of catalysis on solid materials is moving forward so quickly, and at the same time molecular catalysis is taking increasingly a systems approach. This can enable completely new reactivities! The other trend is the synergy between experiment and theory. We are now getting to a level where theory can move from analysis to prediction, and at the same time techniques become available to mine for information in large sets of experimental data. In this sense, the buzz-word “digitalization” can bring exciting opportunities for catalysis research!
These developments will impact every application of catalysis. Considering that catalysis influences our live in so many ways - from energy efficiency and closed carbon cycles to the production of medicines and pharmaceuticals - this has tremendous implications.
- And what is the biggest as yet unsolved challenge in catalysis research?
The biggest challenge are the dynamics, the changes that take place during the catalytic cycle. The goal is not only to understand, but to master and control them. They have to be aligned effectively and subtly to make catalytic cycles and their interconnection successful.
- Why should catalysis experts make place in their busy schedule to join EuropaCat 2019?
There are three main reasons why you want to attend if you are in any way involved with catalysis:
- You will have a chance to learn about the most exciting science in a very broad perspective, and can also pick out the specific topics you are most interested in.
- At this event, industry and academia meet and mingle. The industrial forum and the exhibition offer a chance to experience examples how scientific findings are turned into applications.
- Aachen is a beautiful place. The surroundings, the social program and the atmosphere will facilitate networking and give you the chance for stimulating discussions with your colleagues and friends. We will try to make sure that all participants can “celebrate” catalysis in a literal sense.
Organiser and Contact
60486 Frankfurt am Main
+49 (0)69 7564-333