Faraday Discussion 152: Gold
4 - 6 July 2011
The chemistry of gold was once relatively undeveloped, but this is no longer the case. The observation that gold, when sub-divided to the nanoscale, can be exceptionally active as a catalyst, has spurred a great number of discoveries. Gold now fascinates material scientists, catalysis, surface and synthetic chemists and theoreticians in great numbers.
One reason for this is that gold catalysis provides a link between model systems that can be produced by materials and surface scientists, probed by theoreticians and the real systems used in catalyst discovery. The newly-discovered chemistry of gold can be used to gain a deeper understanding of catalysis, and how materials can be synthesized and stabilized at the nanoscale.
The precise nature of the active sites and the mechanisms of the catalysed reactions of gold are as yet unknown. FD152 focused on the origins of high catalytic activity observed with gold nanoparticles. The aim was to bring together the catalysis and surface science communities with materials scientists and theoreticians, so that new insights could be gained.
- Gold catalysis at the gas solid interface
- Gold catalysis and materials science
- Theoretical insights on gold catalysis
- Gold catalysis and enhanced selectivity
We would like to thank the World Gold Council for their generous sponsorship support of Faraday Discussion 152. The World Gold Council have sponsored the Poster Session on the Monday evening,
Professor Graham Hutchings (Cardiff University, UK) (Chair)
Professor Mike Bowker (Cardiff University, UK)
Dr Barry Murrer (Johnson Matthey, UK)
Professor Robert Schlögl (Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, Germany)
Professor Rugter van Santen (Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands)
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