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About the Conference

In a workshop organized by two members of the Young Academy of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities, we will discuss recent results in the chemical and energy conversion at interfaces. The workshop is co-funded by e-conversion and we expect several e-conversion members to participate.

Interfaces play an important role in many technological applications, ranging from heterogeneous catalysis in combustion control and fine chemical synthesis over photovoltaics to battery technologies. Solid/vacuum and solid/gas interfaces have been in the focus of surface science research for many years, whereas research on interfaces involving for example liquids only took off recently since these are more difficult to access experimentally. Much of the recent insight was enabled by strong pushes in novel instrumentation and techniques involving spectroscopic, imaging and scattering techniques. The aim of the workshop is to discuss fundamental research on chemical processes at technologically relevant solid/solid, solid/liquid and solid/gas interfaces. Specific topics will include, but are not limited to, solvation effects, dynamic processes and structural tuning in materials for battery and catalysis research.

We hope to see you at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences in February 2020!

List of Confirmed Invited Speakers

  • Karen Chan (Technical University of Denmark)
  • Jonathan Finley or Andreas Stier (TUM)
  • Jürgen Hauer (TUM)
  • Holly Hedgeland (The Open University)
  • Saskia Heumann (MPI Mülheim an der Ruhr)
  • Thomas Lunkenbein (Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft)
  • Sabine Maier (Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)
  • Harald Oberhofer (TUM)
  • Christian Papp (Friedrich-Alexander Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)
  • Tristan Petit (Helmholtz Zentrum Berlin)
  • Ian Sharp (TUM)

Watch this space for more!

Workshop organizers:


Reduced room rates are available through the Academy, in hotels of all price categories. Please contact the organizers to reserve your room.


The BAdW is located in the heart of Munich and can be reached easily by public transport. Travel by car is not recommended, however, as parking can be difficult.

By train: From Munich Central Station (Hauptbahnhof) you can take U-Bahn lines U4 and U5 and from Munich East Station (Ostbahnhof) line U5. From stop Odeonsplatz it is a 3 min walk to the BAdW.

By plane: Munich has an international airport (MUC) from which the S-Bahn (S1 and S8) can be taken to Marienplatz. From there it is an 8 min walk to the BAdW.

Lightning Session

PhD students are invited to present their research in quick overview talks. Please contact the organizers with a preliminary title if you are interested.

Conference Venue

Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften, BAdW)
Alfons-Goppel-Str. 11
80539 Munich

Important Dates

Conference begins:
Monday, February 17, 2020, 9:00 a.m.
Conference ends:
Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 3:00 p.m.

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