WORK IN PROGRESS
Jorge Gascon, KAUST Catalysis Center (KCC) Director and Conference Chair
Jean M.J. Fréchet, Distinguished Professor, Chemical Science Senior Vice President for Research, Innovation, and Economic Development
In the coming decades the share of renewable energy in the energy mix will expand substantially in all parts of the world. This development is driven by the spectacular ongoing reduction in costs of solar and wind energy.
The selective methane conversion is environmentally and economically important, because it is a cheap resource and its flaring comes with a multi-billion dollar loss of value, while producing carbon dioxide.
High-resolution imaging of electron beam-sensitive crystalline materials is one of the most difficult applications of transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The challenges are manifold, including the acquisition of images with an extremely low beam dose, the time-constrained search for crystal zone axes, the precise alignment of successive images, and the accurate determination of the defocus value.
Multicomponent nanoparticles are important in many fields, including catalysis, magnetics, plasmonics, and electronics, due to the chemical and physical properties that arise from the interactions between their components.
CO2 is a key contributor to global warming and ocean acidification, and its recycling to valuable products by chemical conversion is an attractive research target.
Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) techniques have developed tremendously over the past decades, from unprecedented resolutions allowing atomic scale imaging to the development of in-situ cells allowing for imaging under gas or liquid environment [1-2]
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Metal–organic frameworks (MOFs) are an emerging class of solid-state materials built up from metal-based nodes and organic linkers.
The development of base metal catalysts for the synthesis of pharmaceutically relevant compounds continues an important goal of chemical research.
Heterogeneous catalysis, a field important industrially and scientifically, is increasingly seeking and refining strategies to render itself more predictable.
Natural gas is the cleanest of fossil energy resources in terms of CO2 emissions per unit energy generated. Non-oxidative methane dehydroaromatization (MDA) over zeolite-supported Mo-carbides continues to be one of the most promising options for directly converting natural gas into aromatic hydrocarbons and hydrogen [1,2].
With the increase in global production of light alkanes, there is renewed interest in pathways for conversion of these feedstocks into building block chemicals.
Transformation of syngas (CO/H2) derived from shale gas, biomass and coal has been developed as a promising alternative to oil to prepare liquid fuels and commodity chemicals.
Multiphase catalytic reactor operation, such as Fischer-Tropsch synthesis, is often carried out in a packed bed or slurry bubble column. The performance of such a reactor system is the result of the subtle interplay of hydrodynamics, energy and mass transport phenomena, thermodynamics and reaction kinetics at the operation conditions
There is a worldwide resurgence of interest in crude to chemicals (C2C) technologies driven by crude oil producer’s desire to diversify outlets for crude oil and to capture the increasing growth in petrochemicals.
A number of metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) employ Zr6O8 clusters as secondary building units (e.g., the UiO-6n series, NU-901, and NU-1000).
In the preceding decades, numerous challenges in heterogeneous catalysis have been overcome through the development and improvement of new spectroscopy techniques e.g. Microscopy, DRIFT, EXAFS, XANES and solid state NMR (SS) spectroscopy.
Hydrogen-based fuel cells for automotive and stationary applications are gaining increased attention for various reasons including their higher efficiencies and lower emissions.
Spectroscopies are experimental techniques that investigate the interaction between matter and a particle beam (photons, neutrons, electrons, or ions), by monitoring the sample response as a function of the energy of the incoming or outcoming beam(s).
Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are attracting the attention of many scientists because of their high selectivity in gas separations, catalytic activity, and magnetic properties.
A general overview of the use of plant extracts from Pulicaria glutinosa and Salvadora persica, available locally in Saudi Arabia used as green echo friendly reductants in the preparation of metal nanoparticles of silver and palladium will be presented.
Anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions reach >30 gigaton per year. CO2 is known to be a greenhouse gas and partly responsible for global climate change. Society, enterprises, governmental and non-governmental institutions are sensible to this fact and are working to find remediation to the global chal-lenge of reducing CO2 emissions.
Jorge Gascon, Kaust Catalysis Center (KCC) Director and Conference Chair