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Catalysts Webinar | In Situ/Operando Catalyst Characterization

20 Apr 2022, 11:00 (CEST)

Operando Spectroscopy, In Situ Characterization, Reaction Mechanism, Heterogeneous Catalysts
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11th Catalysts Webinar

In Situ/Operando Catalyst Characterization

The new trends on development of more efficient and sustainable catalysts are increasingly boosting the design, synthesis and application of innovative operational approaches at industrial and academic level. Higher efficiency targets associated to catalytic processes are strongly related to a superior performance of catalytic systems, in terms of enhanced activity-selectivity patterns and lifetime. Furthermore, an efficient catalyst should meet the requisites of low cost as well as environmentally and user-friendly.

An emerging approach is studying catalysts under process conditions by in situ and operando spectroscopy, in order to gain knowledge for a tailored design of new catalysts or the optimization of existing systems already employed in the chemical industry.

The ambition of the webinar "In Situ/Operando Catalyst Characterization" is to highlight the new trends on characterization techniques for studying the catalyst under reaction conditions, so to get in-depth insights into the nature of active sites, complex reaction kinetics and reaction mechanisms.

Key messages launched over various showcases will be presented by two eminent scientists in the inherent field. In the first lecture, Prof. Bert Weckhuysen will focus on a general short history as well as the main principles of the in-situ and operando characterization of solid catalysts, with a main focus on the aspects of temporal resolution (e.g., pulsed experimentation) and spatial resolution (e.g., nano-spectroscopy). In the second lecture, Dr. Frederic Meunier will show the potential of quantitative operando IR spectroscopy to determine the role of adsorbates as reaction intermediates or spectator species for various reactions.

Date: 20 April 2022

Time: 11:00 am CEST | 5:00am EDT | 5:00pm CST Asia

Webinar ID: 873 0743 5944

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Italian National Research Council (CNR) – Institute for Advanced Energy Technologies (ITAE) “Nicola Giordano”, Italy

Giuseppe Bonura graduated in Industrial Chemistry in 2002 and received his Ph.D. in “Chemical Processes and Innovative Technologies” at the University of Messina (Italy) in 2009. Currently, he’s senior researcher at the Institute for Advanced Energy Technologies “Nicola Giordano” of the National Research Council in Messina. His scientific interests deal with the development of catalytic systems for the production al clean alternative fuels. Currently, he is responsible for several International and National research projects, especially in the frame of CCU technologies and catalytic applications for the production of alternative carbon-neutral fuels. He is a scientific expert, evaluator and monitor, regularly assisting the EU Executive Agencies in the context of research and innovation programmes, dealing with topics on Climate & Environment, Energy, Transport & Mobility. He is also included in the Register of Expert Peer-Reviewers for Italian Scientific Evaluation (REPRISE).

Italian National Research Council (CNR) – Institute for Advanced Energy Technologies (ITAE) “Nicola Giordano”, Italy

She is researcher at CNR-ITAE since 2008. She received her PhD in Chemical Technologies and Innovative Processes at the University of Messina. Her scientific interest is mainly addressed in the field of heterogeneous catalysis with particular reference to the development of catalytic materials for energetic purpose and preparation of clean alternative fuels. She gained considerable experience in the use of several techniques for the bulk and surface physico-chemical characterization of materials, by studying the interaction of probe molecules with surface catalysts and the analytical, morphological and structural properties. Her interest is now focused towards the understanding of the reaction mechanisms of catalytic reactions by exploiting the potential of FTIR spectroscopy in operando mode. She is Scientific Responsible of National research projects and she is involved in the activities of several research projects in collaboration with universities and/or national and international research groups. She is Guest Editor of Special Issues for Catalyst and Membrane, Topic Editor for MPDI Journals, Editorial Board Member for Catalyst.

Invited Speakers

Department of Inorganic Chemistry and Catalysis, Debye Institute, Utrecht University

Bert Weckhuysen is Distinguished University Professor Catalysis, Energy and Sustainability at Utrecht University. For years, his group has been trying to build a powerful camera to record what happens in a working catalytic solid. The long-term aim of this research is to bring this technology to a level that enables imaging catalysis at macro, meso and micro scales, from the reactor down to interactions between single atoms and molecules. Weckhuysen has received several prestigious awards in the frame of catalysis and in 2015 he has been appointed Knight in the Order of the Netherlands Lion. In 2018 he received a Certificate for Achievements of the Christoffel Plantin fund for his contributions to the prestige and appeal of Belgium in foreign countries from the Belgian Ambassador in the Netherlands. He currently directs two national research programs, namely a Gravitation research program on Multiscale Catalytic Energy Conversions (MCEC; as well as the Advanced Research Center Chemical Building Blocks Consortium (ARC CBBC; He also directs the European initiative, SUNERGY (, to foster the science and technology to produce fossil-free fuels and chemicals to create a circular society. Weckhuysen is an elected member of various science and a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the American Association for Advancement of Science and ChemPubSoc Europe as well as an honorary fellow of the Chinese Chemical Society.

University Lyon, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, CNRS, IRCELYON, Villeurbanne, France

Frederic Meunier is a CNRS Director of Research based at the Institute for Research on Catalysis and the Environment in Lyon (IRCELYON), France, where the next International Congress on Catalysis will be held in 2024. He received a joined PhD in Physical-Chemistry from the University of Strasbourg (France) and Limerick (Ireland) in 1995. His research interests have focused on the investigation of the mechanisms of heterogeneous catalytic reactions, in particular by using in situ and operando FTIR spectroscopy in previous positions held in Limerick, Munich, Belfast and Caen. Systems of current interest regard CO/CO2 hydrogenation, room temperature CO oxidation, hydrocarbon reforming, the characterization of supported bimetallic nanoparticles and quantitative spectrokinetic analyses aimed at relating surface species to reaction products. He is a member of the editorial board of several journals and is currently a member of the CNRS evaluation committee for 2021-2026. A full publication list can be found at : More on ICC 2024 at

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Time in CEST

Dr. Giuseppe Bonura & Dr. Catia Cannilla

Chair Introduction

11:00 - 11:10 am

Prof. Dr. Bert M. Weckhuysen

Advances in the Operando and In-Situ Characterization of Solid Catalysts: Principles, Potential Pitfalls and Showcases

11:10 - 11:35 am

Dr. Frederic Meunier

Quantitative Operando IR Studies Involving Carbon Monoxide: Examples of Catalytic Hydrogenation and Oxidation

11:35 am - 12:00 pm

Q&A Session

12:00 - 12:25 pm

Closing of Webinar
Dr. Giuseppe Bonura & Dr. Catia Cannilla

12:25 - 12:30 pm

Relevant SIs

Synthesis, Characterization and Performance of Materials for a Sustainable Future
Topic Editors: Dr. John Vakros, Dr. Evroula Hapeshi, Dr. Catia Cannilla & Dr. Giuseppe Bonura
Deadline for abstract submissions: 30 September 2022
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2022

In Situ/Operando Characterization of Bimetallic Catalysts Employing Advanced Synchrotron-Based Techniques
Guest Editor: Dr. Abhijeet Gaur
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 May 2022

Catalysts with New Formulations/Structures: Synthesis and Applications
Guest Editors: Prof. Dr. Zongjian Liu & Prof. Dr. Jun Li
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2022

Effect of the Modification of Catalysts on the Catalytic Performance
Guest Editors: Dr. Florica Papa, Dr. Anca Vasile and Dr. Gianina Dobrescu
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2022

Interfacial Coordination Chemistry for Catalysts Design
Guest Editor: Prof. Dr. Bonneviot Laurent
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2022

The Importance of Shape-Tailoring at Nano- and Micro-Levels in Catalytic and Photocatalytic Applications
Guest Editors: Dr. Zsolt Pap, Prof. Dr. Lucian Baia & Prof. Dr. Monica Baia
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2022

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