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Registration deadline: 31 May 2024 or until the limited number of slots is filled.

For invited lectures, hot topic presentations, flash poster presentations, just attending the meeting without delivering a presentation:


The workshop will address challenges related to the characterization and understanding of subnanometric transition metal and metal-oxide catalysts and photo-catalysts. It will leverage the strategic position of the “COSY” network in the synthesis of atomically precise metal clusters in various environments (gas-phase, solution, within helium nanodroplets, and in biologically relevant media), their characterization via. e.g., transmission electron microscopy and state-of-the-art computational methods (ab initio, DFT and molecular dynamics). Specific topics include the design of photo-catalysts for water purification or the sunlight-induced decomposition of greenhouse gases (e.g., CO2) using transition metal and metal oxide clusters. The workshop will highlight the need to combine advanced computational tools with experimental synthesis and characterization techniques.

The workshop will be hosted at the CSIC Central Campus in Madrid. The program already includes 14 lectures and 10 hot topic presentations (see agenda below). Accommodation to every participant is suggested at the nearby CSIC-Residence. We encourage the youngest researchers to present posters and deliver short flash poster presentations. It is also possible just to attend the meeting without delivering a presentation, contributing to the discussion.

Event sponsor: Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics (PCCP) – Royal Society of Chemistry

Event partner: GEFAM (Grupo Especializado de Física Atómica y Molecular – RSEF – RSEQ)


The meeting will take place in the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) Central Campus. The Central Building of the CSIC Central Campus (see picture) is located at Serrano 117.

CSIC Central Campus is located in one of the most important and commercial streets of Madrid (Serrano), in the Embassies’ quarter, not far from the downtown, ten minutes walking from the Paseo de la Castellana, 30 minutes by Metro from Puerta del Sol (downtown centre) and half an hour by taxi from Madrid-Barajas airport. CSIC Central campus can be conveniently reached by Subway Line 6 (GRAY LINE), “Republica Argentina” station (exit “Joaquín Costa, pares), as depicted in the map below.

City bus (EMT) lines # 16, 19, and 51 and N1 (night service) pass by the CSIC Central Campus. Information about current fares and time tables can be obtained in the EMT web page (in Spanish). Briefly,

Bus 16: Moncloa – Avenida de Pío XII

Bus 19: Plaza de Cataluña – Plaza de Legazpi

Bus 51: Puerta del Sol – Plaza del Perú

Bus N1 (night service): Plaza de la Cibeles – Sanchinarro

From the airport:

Madrid-Barajas airport has four terminals. As described in the homepage of the airport, all terminals are conveniently connected to the Metro Subway Line 8 (PINK LINE), which ends up in “Nuevos Ministerios”, 10 min. walk from the CSIC Central Campus (see the map below). You can download the Map of the Subway Network in pdf format here.

Several bus lines run from the Madrid-Barajas airport to downtown Madrid (click here). For example, you can use the EMT Airport Express Service 24h to/from “Plaza de Cilbeles”.

Taxis are also available at Madrid-Barajas airport (about half an hour to CSIC Central Campus and a fixed rate of 30 euros).


Because it is located at the CSIC Central Campus, where the conference will be held, a (limited) number of rooms for invited speakers has been reserved in the Residencia de Estudiantes


If you have any questions please feel free to contact us:


Thursday 26th September
8.30 – 9.15 Registration
9.15 – 9.30 Opening
9.30 – 11.15 Session 1
Invited Lectures 1, 2
Hot Topic Presentations 1, 2, 3
11.15 – 11.45 Coffee Break
11.45 – 13.30 Session 2
Invited Lectures 3, 4
Hot Topic Presentations 4, 5, 6
13:30 – 15.00 Lunch
15.00 – 16.30 Session 3
Invited Lectures 5, 6
Hot Topic Presentations 7, 8
16.30 – 19.00 Poster Session with Coffee and Cakes
Friday 27th September
9.30 – 11.15 Session 4
Invited Lectures 7, 8
Hot Topic Presentations 9, 10, 11
11.15 – 11.45 Coffee Break + Group Photo
11.45 – 13.30 Session 5
Invited Lectures 9, 10, 11
Hot Topic Presentation 12
13:30 – 15.00 Lunch
15.00 – 16.30 Session 6
Invited Lectures 12, 13, 14
16.30 – 17.00 Closing Remarks

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