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Workshop on Catalytic Reactions with Ion Transfer through Interfaces

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Catalytic reactions with ion transfer through interfaces have been a dynamic research topic for a long time both in catalysis and chemical reaction engineering. In recent several decades, the knowledge accumulated on such topics has facilitated the fast development of energy transformation and storage technologies. In a number of applications, e.g. proton exchange membrane fuel cells, lithium-batteries, membrane and photo-catalytic reactors for chemical production and pollutant abatement, reactions with ion transfer have already become the core of the technologies in fast commercial penetration. In recent years, we are also experiencing fast, exciting and potentially high impact progresses on such topics as solid oxide fuel cells, water splitting cells, new concept batteries and supercapacitors.

With the encouragement of the organizing committee of the EUROPACAT 2019, colleagues at Aalto University decided to organize this workshop as a pre-conference of the main conference. The purpose is to offer a forum to present the new breakthroughs and to exchange the fundamental understandings on the steps and kinetics of such catalytic reactions. As the professors of an engineering school, the organizers especially encourage communications on the design principles of the reactors for such reactions, i.e. those with ion transfer through interfaces.

Middle of August is the best season of Helsinki metropolitan area in Finland, offering a beautiful maritime scenery, world-renowned architectural designs as well as a bustling city scene. Helsinki is also the best place for the linkage of different continents with frequent connects globally. Dipoli building, the conference venue, is a fine representative of Finnish architecture and locates in the university’s Otaniemi campus in the city of Espoo, which is the most sustainable city of Europe. From Dipoli, it takes about 15 min to reach Helsinki city center by metro or taxi.  

A number of colleagues in Aalto, working on the principles and processes of energy transformation and storage, would like to extend their warmest hospitality to host colleagues coming from all over the world.  In this way, we also make our contribution to the success of the EUROPACAT 2019.

On behalf of all the organizers, I would appreciate greatly your coming and your contribution to the workshop “Catalytic Reactions with Ion Transfer through Interfaces”.



Yongdan Li

Professor of Industrial Chemistry

Aalto University, Finland


Topics for the parallel sessions and abstract submission:

  1. Catalysis and ion transfer in photo-stimulated reactions
  2. Catalysis and ion transfer in fuel cells
  3. Catalysis and interfacial steps in metallic batteries
  4. Coupling of catalysis and membrane processes
  5. Interfacial steps in other energy storage devices
  6. Hydrogen and ammonia as the energy carriers

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Program of ITICAT2019

The workshop will be organized as a two-day program.

Key dates

  • December 1st, 2018: Announcement of the event
  • January 1st, 2019: Submission of abstract opens
  • April 30th, 2019: Deadline for abstract submission of oral presentations
  • May 30th, 2019: Deadline for abstract submission of posters
  • June 30th, 2019:  Deadline for early bird registration:
  • July 15th, 2019: Post of the final program and the deadline for registration of reception and banquet
  • August 15th, 2019: Opening of the workshop at 13:30

Publication of the full papers in special issues

1 – 2 special issues of high impact international journals will be organized for the workshop, and the details will be posted when agreements with the publishers are reached.

Registration fees

Date of payment

Full delegates


Before June 30th, 2019

320 €

240 €

After June 30th, 2019

420 €

340 €


480 €

400 €

Reduced Fees for the Reception and Banquet


15 €


40 €

Registration fee enables access to all the academic sessions, coffees and two lunches. Separate discounted payments for the reception and the banquet will be collected. The submission of full paper to the special issues of the agreed journals will be based on the invitations from the guest editors. For the students in Master programs of a University in Finland, a special discount will be offered at 120 €, which will not include the tickets for the reception and banquet and the number of seats will be limited.

Social activities

  1. Reception of the workshop: Evening of August 15, 2019
  2. Banquet of the workshop: Evening of August 16, 2019


Yongdan Li

Professor of Industrial Chemistry

Peter Lund

Professor of Engineering Physics

Tanja Kallio

Professor of Physical Chemistry

Maarit Karppinen

Professor of Inorganic Chemistry

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