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Distinguished iNANO Lecture

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Friday 22 April 2022,  at 10:15 - 11:00


iNANO AUD (1593-012)


Professor Jeppe Vang Lauritsen

Machine learning for catalysis modelling

Mie Andersen, Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies and Department of Physics and Astronomy - Center for Interstellar Catalysis, Aarhus University, Denmark

Recently developed machine learning methods hold great promise for simultaneously reducing the computational cost and increasing the accuracy in catalysis modeling, allowing us to capture more complexity, make our models more realistic and perhaps even obtain new physical insights. I will introduce our work using the compressed sensing method “SISSO” to develop physics-inspired and interpretable models for the binding energies of atoms and small molecules at various types of facets and active site motifs present at transition metal alloys and doped transition metal oxides [1-3]. Additionally, I will discuss recent work aimed at describing more complex adsorbates with bi- or polydentate adsorption motifs at transition metals and their alloys [4].

Further insights into the catalytic function of materials can be obtained by coupling density functional theory calculations (or machine learning predictions thereof) with kinetic models. I will show examples of varying complexity ranging from materials screening using inexpensive mean-field models [5] to a detailed investigation of CO hydrogenation over Rh catalysts, employing more computationally demanding kinetic Monte Carlo simulations in combination with cluster expansion techniques to treat adsorbate-adsorbate interactions [6].


[1] M. Andersen, S. Levchenko, M. Scheffler, and K. Reuter, ACS Catal. 9, 2752 (2019).
[2] W. Xu, M. Andersen, and K. Reuter, ACS Catal. 11, 734 (2021).
[3] M. Andersen and K. Reuter, Acc. Chem. Res. 54, 2741 (2021).
[4] W. Xu, K. Reuter, and M. Andersen.


[5] M. Deimel, K. Reuter, and M. Andersen, ACS Catal. 10, 13729 (2020).
[6] M. Deimel, H. Prats, M. Seibt, K. Reuter, and M. Andersen.