The International Conference on Frontiers in Electrocatalytic Transformations (INTERECT22), took place in Valencia, Spain on the 21st & 22nd of November 2022. 

The International Conference on Frontiers in Electrocatalytic Transformations 2022 brougth together researchers developing new routes for driving sustainable synthesis of chemicals and fuels using renewable energy from electricity or sunlight. The focus was to highlight the latest advances in several subdisciplines (including electro- and photoelectrocatalytic conversion, in situ/operando studies, and theory/computation), and to trigger interaction between the disciplines in ways which may bring inspiration and trigger new collaborations.

(in situ) Electrodes, even if they present very well-defined model surfaces, may undergo structural and compositional changes when they are exposed to the electrolyte and electrochemical potentials. In this context, the next natural challenge of the surface science approach in the field of electrochemistry is to correlate the information obtained at the atomic scale to the real performance of the catalyst, revealing fundamental structure-activity relationships as key transfer-knowledge for catalyst design optimization. Current instrumental development to allow atomic scale access under operando conditions and novel in-situ approaches will be one of the key topics in this INTERECT conference.

(photo) Light-driven reactions hold promise for direct utilization of renewable sunlight for driving chemical reactions (artificial photosynthesis). Interestingly, photo(electro)catalysis reactions at molecular or semiconducting interfaces often exhibit distinctly different behaviors than (dark) electrocatalysts. For instance, differences in interfacial electronic structure, thermal management, and plasmonic effects can uniquely affect selectivity and efficiency in light-driven systems. We aim to highlight new developments in understanding and exploiting these types of phenomena.

(theory) Machine learning (ML) has emerged as a powerful tool for accelerating the characterization and discovery of catalysts.  In particular, ML models have been trained to bypass time-consuming first principles calculations (e.g., density functional theory), identify descriptors of catalytic performance, and aid with the interpretation of measurements, for example, from spectroscopy.  A goal of this INTERECT conference is to introduce the wider electrocatalysis community to related state-of-the-art ML research and to stimulate a discourse between experiment and theory.

(industry/startups) As our energy and resource crises intensify, it becomes continually more important that breakthrough concepts and technologies are matured from the research lab into real-world implementations. We wish to feature examples of academic scientists who transitioned to industry, especially those who founded start-ups derived from their research, in order to hear their stories and to explore how academia and industry can better work together to meet the needs of society.

Invited Speakers
Andrew Akbashev
Paul Scherrer Institut (PSI), CH
Rosa Arrigo
University of Salford, GB
Albert Bruix
University of Barcelona, ES
Maytal Caspary Toroker
Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, IL
F. Pelayo Garcia de Arquer
ICFO-Institut de Ciències Fotòniques, The Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology, ES
Livia Giordano
Univeristà degli Studi di Milano Bicocca, IT
Edvin Lundgren
Lund University, SE
Peter Strasser
Technical University of Berlin (TU), DE
Jennifer Strunk
Leibniz-Institute for Catalysis at the University of Rostock, DE
David Tilley
University of Zurich, CH
Sponsored by

Supported by

Conference organizers
Sara Barja
Advanced Polymers and Materials: Physics, Chemistry and Technology
Centro de Física de Materiales (CSIC-UPV/EHU), ES
Nongnuch Artrith
Utrecht University, Debye Institute for Nanomaterials Science, NL
Matthew Mayer
Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien und Energie GmbH, Germany, DE
Topics to be covered by the conference:
  • In situ methods for investigation of interfacial processes
  • Novel processes in electrosynthesis of chemicals
  • Emergent phenomena in photocatalytic and photoelectrochemical synthesis of chemicals and fuels
  • Theory-driven approaches to understanding, predicting, and optimizing interfacial processes, including advanced machine learning tools

🏅 Best Poster prize valued at 200€ from Fundació Scito - Jesús Redondo


The conference was held in Valencia, Spain, at the Sercotel Sorolla Palace Hotel.

Social Dinner

The Social Dinner took place on Monday 21st of November at 8pm in Saona Casinos.

You can register for the dinner up to Novermber 7th.

Please access to the information clicking here.

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