DTU Ørsted Lecture november 2018, Professor Jens K. Nørskov.

Catalysis for sustainable production of fuels and chemicals


Professor Jens K. Nørskov

Technical University of Denmark


The development of sustainable energy systems puts renewed focus on catalytic processes for energy conversion. We will need to find new catalysts for a number of processes if we are to successfully synthesize fuels and chemicals from solar or wind electricity. Insight into the way the catalysts work at the molecular level may prove essential to speed up the discovery process. The lecture will outline a theory of heterogeneous catalysis that allows a detailed understanding of elementary chemical processes at transition metal surfaces and singles out the most important parameters determining catalytic activity and selectivity.  The insight can be used to define catalyst design rules and examples of their use will be given.





Jens Nørskov is the Villum Kann Rasumussen professor at the Technical University of Denmark. His research aims at developing theoretical methods and concepts to understand and predict properties of materials. He is particularly interested in surface chemical properties, heterogeneous catalysis, electro-catalysis, and applications in energy conversion. Jens Nørskov has received several awards and honors, most recently the Niels Bohr International Gold Medal, the European Inventor Award from the European Patent Office, the Murray Raney Award from the Organic Reactions Catalysis Society, the Carlsberg Prize from the Royal Danish Academy of Science and Letters, and the Irving Langmuir Award from the American Physical Society He holds honorary doctorates at the Technical University of Eindhoven and at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and is a member of the Royal Danish Academy of Science and Letters, the Danish Academy of Engineering, and a foreign member of the US National Academy of Engineering.

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