Center for Interface Science and Catalysis

Professor Thomas Jaramillo is the Deputy Director for Experiments at SUNCAT, as well as the Task Leader for synthesis, characterization, and demonstration. The Jaramillo Group works closely with the other PIs in SUNCAT to tackle challenges in energy conversion.


"The SUNCAT Center for Interface Science and Catalysis is a partnership between SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and the Department of Chemical Engineering at Stanford University. The Center explores challenges associated with the atomic-scale design of catalysts for chemical transformations of interest for energy conversion and storage. By combining experimental and theoretical methods the aim is to develop a quantitative description of chemical processes atthe solid-gas and solid-liquid interface. The goal is to identify the factors controlling the catalytic properties of solid surfaces and use these to tailor new catalysts. Our approach is to integrate electronic structure theory and kinetic modeling with operando and in-situ characterization techniques, synthesis of alloys, compounds, and functional nanostructures, and finally testing under realistic process conditions."

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CatApp is an web application that provides public access to DFT-calculated reaction and activation energies. It can be installed on your computer or smartphone can be found here. The application was first described in our article in Angewandte Chemie 2 JAN 2012.

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