The main objective of this Euroconference is to contribute to close this gap by bringing together leading scientists working in heterogeneous catalysis from both theory and experiment whose common goal is a fundamental understanding of molecular mechanism in catalytic. Consequently, the first meeting will deal with a wide range of topics all related to catalysis, from the models of surface science, to catalysis by different materials (oxides, sulfides, metals, bimetallic catalysts, zeolites), covering various catalytic processes (homogeneous catalysis, electrocatalysis, supported catalysis and their models, promotion effects in catalysis) as well as theory of catalysis, addressing , among other aspects, kinetics problems and activation barriers.
Metals as heterogeneous catalysts are in most cases applied in the form of highly dispersed supported metal particles. These particles are usually deposited on "inert" oxides, MgO, A1(2),O(3),SiO(2), or impregnated in the pores of porous materials, like zeolites. Furthermore, oxides are themselves active catalysts. In recent years important activities in surface science have been directed towards the characterisation of oxide surfaces. The second conference of this series is intended to cover the most recent aspects of experimental and theoretical research on oxides surfaces, thin oxide films, metal-oxide interfaces, etc. with particular emphasis on supported metal species.