We are pleased to announce that Professor Aleksandra Vojvodic of the University of Pennsylvania is the recipient of the 2017 EFCATS Young Researcher Award, sponsored by BASF and administered by the European Federation of Catalysis Societies. The Award will be presented at EuropaCat XIII (Florence, Italy, August 2017).
This Award recognizes individual contributions in the field of catalysis with emphasis on theoretical or experimental discovery and understanding of new catalysts and catalytic processes, synthesis and catalytic function of novel inorganic solids and complexes, mechanisms of reactions, deactivation phenomena.
Professor Vojvodic is being specifically recognized for her computational and theoretical efforts in understanding, predicting, discovering and designing transition-metal compound materials for energy and chemical transformations. The depth and width of her research include the chemistry of transition metal compounds such as oxides, carbides, and nitrides, surface chemistry of complex materials, catalysis, electrocatalysis, stability and reactivity of thin oxide films, interfacial properties between supported oxide nanoparticles and films, and the role of the triple phase boundary in catalytic reactions. Most recently her group has studied the activity of perovskite oxides, alloyed oxides, as well as layered materials and 2D materials. Her contributions have led to computational discoveries of several new catalyst materials which have been synthesized and tested by experimental collaborators. These new materials include an efficient ternary earth-abundant transition metal oxide catalyst for the oxygen evolution reaction (OER), the most efficient and acid stable perovskite oxide to-date for OER, and a completely new carbide-based hydrogen evolution catalyst.