12th International Conference on the Fundamentals of Adsorption

Keynote Speakers / Tutorials (as new element of FOA)

Invited Keynote Speakers

Sunday, 29 May 2016, 17:30
"Important for the War": Chemists during the "Third Reich"
Prof. H. Maier, University of Bochum/D
Monday, 30 May 2016, 9:00

Adsorption in mesoporous materials: thermodynamics, dynamics and hysteresis

P.A. Monson, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA/USA

Tuesday, 31 May 2016, 9:00
New generations of nanoporous materials
R. Ryoo, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon/ROK
Thursday, 2 June 2016, 9:00
Forced modulation of operating conditions in chromatographic separation: potential and pitfalls
D. Antos, Rzeszow University of Technology/PL

Tutorials (New highlight of FOA)

Four tutorials will take place in the morning time before the scientific programme, presented by world leading scientists in the field of adsorption.

You are invited to join them (included in the conference fee).

Following topics are given:

Tuesday, 31 May 2016, 7:45 - 8:45

Porous Materials Zoology: A dive into the world of COFs, CTFs, KITs, MAFs, MOFs, PIZOFs, ZIFs….
S. Kaskel, TU Dresden/D


In recent years porous materials have reached record porosities with specific surface areas up to 7000 m2/g. The molecular design rules for porous polymers and coordination networks enable defined functionalization, and beyond chemical functionality for separation and sensing, electronic properties are more and more in focus. A fascinating new field are also molecular porous solids (molecular cages) with astonishing robustness. Due to high porosity and flexibility, fundamentally new phenomena are encountered, pushing the development of in situ adsorption instrumentation such as diffraction, EXAFS and other spectroscopies.

Another booming materials research area is presented: porous carbons for electrochemical storage or fuel cell applications. Especially well defined pore systems, partially doped with heteroelements (B, N etc.) are in the focus, introducing intrinsic redox active sites. Adsorption phenomena in liquid electrolytes applying porous carbons for electrochemical storage play a key role especially in the field of supercapacitors, capacitive desalination, and lithium sulfur batteries.

Wednesday, 1 June 2016, 7:45 - 8:45

Recent advances in statistical thermodynamics and molecular simulation of adsorption

A. Neimark, Rutgers University, NJ/USA


The lecture presents an overview of the basic principles of the statistical thermodynamics and molecular models of adsorption on nanoporous materials. Special attention is paid to the classical density functional theory and atomistic Monte Carlo simulation methods. The examples include studies of adsorption phenomena on microporous carbons, zeolites, MOF, mesoporous crystals, and hierarchical structures.

Thursday, 2 June 2016, 7:45 - 8:45

Adsorption processes
A. Rajendran, University of Alberta/CDN; S. Farooq/SGP


Adsorption processes are used for a number of important industrial separations. Unlike mature processes such as distillation and absorption that are operated under steady-state conditions, adsorption is inherently operated as an unsteady-state process. Hence, the understanding and design of these processes is not straightforward. This tutorial is targetted at graduate students who are new to the field and to researchers who work on material development. The intention is to bridge the gap between material and process development. 


The tutorial will address the basics  of adsorption equilibrium & kinetics and how these influence gas/solute transport in an adsorption column. We will first start with a focus on the dynamic column breakthrough experiments and discuss, how to set-up and estimate process parameters from these experiments. We will then discuss the basics of pressure and temperature swing adsorption processes highlighting some of the recent developments. 

Friday, 3 June 2016, 8:15 - 9:15

Structural characterization of nanoporous materials by physical adsorption

M. Thommes, Quantchrome Corporation, FL/USA


Assessing adsorption properties of nanoporous materials (e.g. for gas storage applications) and their structural characterization is crucial for advancing the application of nanoporous materials such as mesoporous zeolites in catalysis, separations, and other industrial processes. Gas adsorption is well suited for this task because it assesses a wide range of pore sizes, spanning the entire micro- and mesopore range. Within the last two decades major progress has been achieved in the understanding of the adsorption and phase behaviour of fluids in ordered nanoporous materials and in the development of advanced approaches based on statistical mechanics such as molecular simulation and density functional theory of inhomogeneous fluids (see reviews [1,2] and references therein). This progress, coupled with the availability of high resolution experimental procedures for the adsorption of various subcritical fluids, has led to major advances in the structural characterization by physical adsorption. These advances and corresponding recommendations for physisorption characterization are also summarized in a new IUPAC technical report which has been very recently published (in 2015, ref. [3]).


Within this context we will discuss in this tutorial important fundamental aspects of the underlying adsorption mechanisms of fluids in nanoporous materials (e.g., micro-mesoporous materials with hierarchical pore structure) and their significance for physical adsorption characterization.



[1] M. Thommes,., K.A. Cychosz, . Adsorption 20, 233 (2014).

[2] J. Landers, G.Y., Gor, A.V. Neimark, A.V. Colloids Surfaces A 437, 3 (2013).

[3] M. Thommes, K. Kaneko, A.V. Neimark, J.P. Olivier, F. Rodriguez Reinoso, J. Rouquerol and K.S.W Sing, Pure Appl. Chem. 87, 1051 (2015)

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