The 4th International Symposium on "Electro catalysis: From Theory to Industrial Applications" will be held in Como (Italy), 23-25 September 2002. The organization is under the auspices of the International Society of Electrochemistry (ISE), the International Association for Hydrogen Energy (IAHE), the Italian Chemical Society (SCI) and the University of Milan.
The meeting is devised to survey recent advances in theory and fundamentals, as well as in practical applications and industrial implementation of electro catalysis in all areas of electrochemistry from fuel cells (with special attention to low temperature mobile devices) and batteries to electrolysers and sensors, from organic electro synthesis to pollutant abatement processes. Emphasis will be placed on the effect of the electrode material and its (nano) structure.
The aim is to bring academic and industrial researchers together to achieve an exchange of experience and ideas, so as to promote further advances in the research and development of materials for electro catalysis. Topics will include H2, 02, Cl2 evolution and ionisation, oxidation of organic and inorganic pollutants, kinetic aspects, effect of adsorption, surface science aspects, synthesis and characterization of materials, etc.
The meeting will last three full days and will consist of invited lectures (3 plenary and 24 keynote), oral and poster contributions. Reports on posters are also planned. A special issue of Electrochimica Acta, the official journal of ISE, is planned (publication 2003). An exhibition of scientific instruments and books is being considered.
Como, the birthplace of Alessandro Volta is on the international railway line connecting Milan to Northern Europe via Zurich or Basel and close the Malpensa International Airport. The meeting will be held in the premises (Villa Olmo) of the "Alessandro Volta" Foundation, on the lakefront in the western part of the town, at a walking distance from the city centre.