The tenth NCCR MARVEL Distinguished Lecture will be given by
Prof. Annabella Selloni (Princeton University) on Tuesday May 16, 2017, 4.15 pm, EPFL room MXF-1.
Abstract — TiO2-based photocatalysis for the degradation of pollutants and the splitting of water into H2 and O2 has been an important area of research for decades. In this talk I shall discuss recent applications of first principles electronic structure calculations and molecular dynamics simulations to understand materials properties and reaction mechanisms in TiO2-based heterogeneous photocalysis. Examples will focus on the structure and reactivity of anatase TiO2 aqueous interfaces, the behavior of charge carriers at the interface, and the formation and structure of so-called black TiO2, a promising functional material capable to absorb the whole spectrum of visible light.
About the speaker — Annabella Selloni graduated in physics at the University “La Sapienza” (Roma, Italy), and received her Ph.D. degree from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Lausanne, Switzerland). She joined the Department of Chemistry of Princeton University in 1999. Her main research interests are metal oxide surfaces and interfaces, photocatalysis and photovoltaics.