SynCat@Beijing has been founded to serve as an international institute on research, with a focus on the fundamental sciences behind coal-to-liquids technology (CTL). However, SynCat@Beijing wants to be more than a research institute alone. With the SynCat Ac@demy it wants to position itself as a knowledge and expertise centre in the supporting disciplines of our research interests, which regularly organizes short courses on catalysis, surface chemistry and materials science at the postgraduate level. (With its scientific leadership program it also wishes to help young academics by preparing them for their further career as a future leader in academics or in industry.)
That is why we have our first Autumn School of the SynCat Ac@demy, focusing on the fundamental understanding of surface science for catalysis. The workshop was held at the brand-new SynCat@Beijing Research Institute of Synfuels China Technology during 19th -20th Oct, with the enthusiastic support from Synfuels China and its General Manager Prof Yong Wang Li. Several renowned international as well as internal speakers were invited to give a solid foundational course on the basic principles of catalysis, as well as the importance and contribution of fundamental surface science to the field of catalysis. Even with a short amount of time for registration, more than 45 external, and over 80 internal personnel, expressed an interest to join the workshop. In order to satisfy this unexpectedly overwhelming response, an extra day of lectures (21st Oct), which included the essential parts of the workshop, was held at the Synfuels China lecture hall for internal participants. This was done to ensure that our venues would not be packed past capacity, and also to ensure the quality of interactions between the speakers and the audience during discussions. All participants received a course book with copies of the most important slides.