Working to Catalyze Energy Advances
The SUNCAT team. Front row, left to right: Aleksandra Vojvodic, George Tritsaris, Mónica Garcia-Mota, Venkat Viswanathan, Helle Wellejus, Jens Nørskov, Frank Abild-Pedersen, Felix Studt. Back row, left to right: Chris O'Grady, Poul Georg Moses, Anders Nilsson, Hannes Jónsson, Masoud Aryanpour, Andrew Peterson, Jens Strabo Hummelshøj, Ansgar Schäfer. (Photo by Lori Ann White.)
SUNCAT—the Center for Sustainable Energy through Catalysis—is a new initiative in the SLAC Photon Science Directorate that will focus on creating better catalysts for use in alternative energy industries. The
center is lead by Jens Nørskov, who arrived at the beginning of June from his previous appointment as
director of the Center for Atomic-scale Materials Design at the Technical University of Denmark.
Nørskov and his team want to gain such a clear and comprehensive understanding of catalytic processes that they can actually develop a theoretical basis for the design of new and better catalysts—"basically going from quantum mechanics to designing a new material," Nørskov said. Catalysts are materials that can affect chemical reactions without themselves being changed. They're already widely exploited in industrial chemistry, but most catalysts now in use are far from perfect. Some are not efficient, while others include rare elements, and are thus expensive. Some, such as platinum (used to split water into hydrogen and oxygen), are both.
Temp. Staffing to Use Kelly Services
Informational presentations later this month
The SLAC Human Resources Department is pleased to announce that Kelly Services has been selected as our primary on-site managed service provider of temporary staffing services,
effective Monday, October 4.
Call for Applications:
Peter Paul Ewald Fellowships at LCLS
The Volkswagen Foundation is Germany's largest independent foundation for sciences, technology, and the humanities. (Image
courtesy the Volkswagen Foundation.)
Today, there is only one X-ray laser world-wide that can capture images of atoms and molecules in motion: the Linac Coherent Light Source.
A sister free-electron laser, the European XFEL at DESY in Hamburg is currently under construction in Germany
and scheduled to be operational around 2014. These groundbreaking facilities create entirely new research opportunities for the natural sciences.
Aiming at early progress in this field, a new fellowship from the Volkswagen Foundation offers three-year postdoctoral fellowships for research projects carried out at Stanford
University in affiliation with an institute in Germany. The fellowships are named
for the German-American physicist and X-ray pioneer Peter Paul Ewald (1888–1985).
The deadline for applications is January 25, 2011.
Additional details and contact information for prospective applicants are available on the
Volkswagen Foundation Web site.