J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Prague. Electrocatalysis Group

The J. Heyrovsky Institute of Physical Chemistry is the leading center of fundamental research in physical chemistry, electrochemistry and chemical physics in the Czech Republic. It belongs to the system of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic comprises 200 full time employees of which about 25 are graduate students.
The group of Electrocatalysis focuses mainly on application of non-metal materials of the rational catalyst design for multiple-electron oxidation/reduction processes. It combines low temperature synthesis of novel catalysts with their solid state and electrochemical characterization namely with the help of in-line and in-situ spectroscopic techniques including synchrotron based X-ray techniques.


Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands – Surface Chemistry and Catalysis Group

Leiden University is the oldest university in the Netherlands, offering education to about 15,000 students in a wide range of studies. The research in the Leiden Institute of Chemistry is organized around two major themes: chemical biology, and physical chemistry of sustainability. Leiden Institute of Chemistry attracts students from all over the world to conduct either their full training or to participate in foreign exchange programmes.
The Surface Chemistry and Catalysis group of Prof.Koper has state-of-the-art electrochemical surface science laboratories, including all voltammetry techniques, in situ Fourier-Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, in situ Surface Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy, online Electrochemical Mass Spectrometry, online chromatography (HPLC, IC and GC), electrochemical scanning tunneling microscopy, as well as a number of ultra-high-vacuum setups equipped with FTIR, TPD, LEED and Auger Spectroscopy. In addition, the group has access to SEM facilities (at the Physics Department), TEM (at the Leiden Cell Observatory), and co-owns a multi-node computer cluster for quantum-chemical calculations.


Copenhagen University, Copenhagen, Denmark

University of Copenhagen was founded in 1479, and it has ~40000 students, ~3000 Ph.D. students and more than 9000 employees. The Department of Chemistry is hosting the group for theoretical catalysis.
The group has a track record for close collaboration between theoretical and experimental electrocatalysis. The department manages a powerful Linux cluster consisting with the simulation package, the Atomic Simulation Environment implemented.

Aalto University, Espoo, Finland

Aalto University, a new university in Finland, has begun operation in the beginning of the year 2010. It has its roots in three universities combining science and technology with art and design and consists now of six schools. In addition to research and education the university focuses on innovation and entrepreneurship. It has some 20 000 students including about 3 000 international ones. Training and research at the Aalto University School of Chemistry is focused on sustainable use and processing of natural resources by combining natural science with engineering.
The research of the Electrochemical Energy Conversion Research group is focused on investigating polymer electrolyte fuel cells (PEFC) and electrolysers as well as lithium ion batteries and supercapacitors and covers synthesis, characterization and integration of new materials. The emphasis is in the development of electrocatalysts, membranes and their integration into Membrane Elelctrode Assembly (MEA).The Aalto University is further an expert in laboratory scale fuel cells/electrolysers testing.

DeNora Industries, Milano, Italy

Industrie De Nora is the core and leading company of  Gruppo De Nora, the largest worldwide player in industrial electrochemistry. Founded by Ing.Oronzio De Nora in 1923, the company distinguished herself as top level supplier of plants for chlorine and caustic soda production, as well as machineries and reactors based on electrochemical processes. In 1965 De Nora stepped ahead inventing DSA® catalytic coating based on mixed metal oxides.
Today most part of the industrial electrochemistry market is served by De Nora plants and components, with a vast majority of the market share in Chlor/Alkali plants and electrodes, surface finishing, plating for electronics, cathodic protection, industrial and pools disinfection. R&D plays a strategic role within the group; all products exploited by the group and conceived and developed in house. The core of R&D activity is still dedicated to the electrodes, both mixed-metal oxides and gas diffusion electrodes.

Avantium S.S., Amsterdam, The Netherlands

AVT is a worldwide recognized leader (Cleantech Top 100 Company) in high throughput technology and catalytic biomass conversion. It has created an impressive patent portfolio in these areas. AVT has developed research equipment for various (new) applications
AVT has proprietary hardware and software platforms to screen and evaluate catalysts for a broad range of applications. Research is executed following advanced high throughput workflows. Electrochemical research platforms are being developed.

Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain


The Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) is a non-profit organisation founded in 2004 by the Generalitat de Catalunya. The institute is sponsored by leading chemical and pharmaceutical companies and it is funded by the Generalitat de Catalunya, the European Union (FEDER funds) as well as by competitive research funding and the revenues from industrial collaborations. As a young institution it has demonstrated its leadership in Chemical Research as 6 out of the 19 Principal Investigators have been awarded ERC Research grants. Main research areas: Chemistry for Energy, and Catalysis. ICIQ staff is recruited worldwide.
"Theoretical Heterogeneous Catalysis Group”, Prof. Nuria Lopez’ group focuses on the use of atomistic simulations to understand the mechanisms that govern chemical processes in heterogeneous (electro-)catalysis. The analysis of reaction networks, activity and selectivity issues and the final tests on the stability of the potential materials are fundamental to establish a solid background to determine when they can be considered as a catalyst candidate for a given chemical transformation. The group collaborates both with several experimental groups and with industry, and uses massive computational resources, as those provided by the RES-BSC as well as the group’s own computing resources at ICIQ.
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