The 2nd Workshop on Catalytic Reactions with Ion Transfer through Interfaces

Welcome to the 2nd Workshop on Catalytic Reactions with Ion Transfer through Interfaces (ITICAT2023), organized in August 24–25, 2023, on the campus of Aalto University as a pre-conference of EuropaCat 2023.
When: August 24–25, 2023
Where: Dipoli, Otakaari 24, 02150 Espoo
Event language: English


Catalytic reactions with ion transfer through interfaces have been a dynamic research topic for a long time both in catalysis and chemical reaction engineering. In recent several decades, the knowledge accumulated on such topics has facilitated the fast development of energy transformation and storage technologies. In many applications, e.g., proton exchange membrane fuel cells, lithium-batteries, membrane and photo-catalytic reactors for chemical production and pollutant abatement, reactions with ion transfer have already become the core of the technologies in fast commercial penetration. In recent years, we are also experiencing fast, exciting and potentially high impact progresses on such topics as water splitting cells, solid oxide fuel cells, new concept batteries and supercapacitors.
With the encouragement of the organizing committee of the EuropaCat2019, colleagues at Aalto University initiated this workshop in 2019 as a pre-conference of the main conference. The first workshop was very successful (see, and ), but due to the pandemic, both the EuropaCat and its preconference has to be postponed to 2023 after the 2019 gathering. The purpose of the 2nd workshop is still to offer a forum to present the new breakthroughs and to exchange the fundamental understandings on the steps and kinetics of such catalytic reactions. The organizers especially encourage communications on the design principles of the reactors for such reactions, i.e., those with ion transfer through interfaces.
August is the best season of Helsinki metropolitan area in Finland, offering a beautiful maritime scenery, world-renowned architectural designs as well as a bustling city scene. Helsinki is also the best place for the linkage of different continents with frequent connects globally. Dipoli building, the conference venue, is a fine representative of Finnish architecture and locates in the university’s Otaniemi campus in the city of Espoo, which is the most sustainable city of Europe. From Dipoli, it takes about 15 min to reach Helsinki city center by metro or taxi. 
Colleagues in the organizing committee, working on the principles and processes of energy transformation and storage, would like to extend their warmest hospitality to host colleagues coming from all over the world.  In this way, we also make our contribution to the success of the EuropaCat 2023.
On behalf of all the organizers, I would appreciate greatly your coming and contribution to the 2nd workshop on “Catalytic Reactions with Ion Transfer through Interfaces”.
Yongdan Li
Professor of Industrial Chemistry, Aalto University, Finland


Topics for the parallel sessions and abstract submission:
  1. Catalysis and ion transfer in electrolysis cells and fuel cells
  2. Catalysis and ion transfer in photo-stimulated reactions
  3. Catalysis and interfacial steps in batteries
  4. Coupling of catalysis and membrane processes
  5. Catalysis with ion transfer in other energy and chemical processes
  6. Hydrogen and ammonia as the energy carriers
  7. Reaction engineering of reactions with ion transfer
Submission of abstracts and participation to the workshop are welcome for all the colleagues in catalysis over the world. Nevertheless, a submission can only be considered as a poster presentation if it cannot be catalogued into the seven topics of the workshop.

Key dates

1st February 2023: Announcement of the event
15th February 2023: Opening of abstract submission
15th March 2023: Opening of the online payment for registration fee
25th May 2023: Deadline for abstract submission of oral presentations
25th May 2023: Deadline for early bird registration
15th July 2023: Posting of the final program
31st July 2023: Closing the online payment system
24th August 2023: Opening of the workshop at 9:00

Publication of the full papers in special issues

A special issue of Catalysis Today will be committed as:
Topic: 2nd Special Issue on Catalytic Reactions with Ion Transfer through Interfaces

Registration and payment for ITICAT2023

The online payment will be opened on 15th March 2023 and will be closed by 31st July 2023.

Registration and fees

Date of payment Full delegates Students
Academia Industry  
Early bird (By May 15th, 2023) 350 € 450 € 250 €
Standard (May 16th – July 31st, 2023) 450 € 550 € 350 €
Onsite 550 € 650 € 450 €
Accompanying persons 50 € for only administration and 150 € with banquet ticket

Registration fee enables access to all the academic sessions, coffee breaks and two lunches, reception & banquet.  

Cancellation Policy and Rates

Cancellation received by 31st July 2023: full refund except for a handling fee EUR 50.
No refund will be paid for cancellations made after 31st July 2023. Please note that no-show does not constitute cancellation. In case of no-show, the registration fee will not be refunded.
All cancellations should be made in writing to Please include "Registration cancellation" in the email title to ensure replying in time!


Gabriele Centi (Universita Degli Studi di Messina), De Chen (Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet), Yulong Ding (University of Birmingham), Justin Hargreaves (University of Glasgow), Emiel Hensen (Technische Universiteit Eindhoven), Xiaoyan Ji (Lulea Tekniska Universitet), Tanja Kallio (Aalto Yliopisto), Maarit Karppinen (Aalto Yliopisto), Yongdan Li (Aalto Yliopisto), Peter Lund (Aalto Yliopisto), Dmitry Murzin (Åbo Akademi), Atsushi Urakawa (Technische Universiteit Delft)