On the left: Impressions from the lab tour; On the right: The future management team of SynCat@Beijing (left to right: dr Jose Gracia, Program Coordinator; Prof Hans Niemantsverdriet, Research Director; dr Xiaodong Wen, Program Coordinator; dr Jian Xu, Management Director)
A number of famous speakers was invited to present tutorials and lectures on recent work, to provide inspiration. The program, which started with a wonderful welcome dinner on Monday evening in the Cineaste Hotel, was formally opened by Professor Yong-Wang Li, who presented an impressive overview of Synfuels China and its technology. Professor Mike Bowker (Cardiff) gave a tutorial on photocatalysis and Dr Jens Rostrup-Nielsen (formerly Haldor Topsoe, Denmark) on the various technologies for hydrogen production. Scanning tunneling microscopy was explained in great detail by Professor Jeppe Lauritsen from iNano, Aarhus, and Transmission Electron Microscopy was presented by Professor Abhaya Datye, University of New Mexico, with special attention for the mechanisms of sintering. Professor Michael Claeys (University of Cape Town) astonished all by the richness of the Fischer-Tropsch product spectrum, which he measures by two-dimensional gas-chromatography, while Professor Haijun Jiao gave an overview of molecular modeling opportunities for Fischer-Tropsch reactions. Recent results were presented by Ren Su on photocatalysis, Gilbere Mannie on thin iron carbides and Chenghua Zhang on his in situ Mossbauer studies.