Novel Automotive Catalysts production – materials modelling and synthesis, characterisation, scale-up and industrial process
17-20 June 2019






PARTIAL-PGMs Summer School focuses on the process of creation and production of novel automotive Catalysts, from materials modelling to the industrial scale-up, going through materials syntesis, characterisation and testing.

The Summer School will give to the participants the unique opportunity of learning from and network with eminent academics and professionals in the field.

Critical Raw Materials (CRMs), in particular Platinum Group Metals (PGMs) are key components in heterogeneous and electrochemical catalysis and are currently used in a variety of industrial applications,  including chemical synthesis and energy conversion as well as in automotive emissions control systems. With ever-more stringent environmental regulations in place, industrial providers should balance the need for better catalyst performance and function, with a reduction in the amount of PGMs used.

PARTIAL-PGMs project, funded by the European Commission, is examining how new nanomaterials can be used to substitute effectively CRMs – specifically PGMs – in current applications.

The project brings together rational catalyst design including synthesis, characterization and realistic performance evaluation of the novel materials. The project also delivers multi-scale modelling and large-scale computational simulations, with a strong emphasis on industrially-relevant chemical reactions and emerging technologies, in which PGMs play a pivotal role.


Improve your knowledge

  • Catalysis
  • Modelling
  • LCA

Meet important people

  • 17 speakers
  • 10 Universities
  • 4 Companies

Network and interact

Students from the most important European Research Institute

Opportunity to display and discuss students’ poster

(suggested dimension 70×100 cm – see Partial-PGMs poster)

Relax, sport and nature

Daily tours at open air and relaxing moments


A bus transfer from the airport will be arrange during Monday morning.

  • 13.00: Welcome Cocktail from the organizing committee
  • 14:30 – 16:00: School meet and greet

The organizing committee: Massimo Rinaldi, Antonella Glisenti and Fotis Katsaros

  •  16:00 – 17:00 | PARTIAL-PGMs Horizon 2020 Funded Project

Massimo RinaldiWarrant Hub

Fotis KatsarosDemokritos

  •  17:00 – 18:00: Background to automotive emissions control

Andrew YorkJohnson Matthey Technology Centre

  • 20.30 | Dinner
  • 9:00 – 9:45 | Ceria Catalysts at Nanoscale: Engineering particle shapes to shape catalysis

Alessandro TrovarelliDPIA – Dipartimento politecnico di ingegneria e architettura – University of Udine

  • 9:45 – 10:30 | Catalysts based on perovskites

Antonella GlisentiUniversity of Padova

  • 10:30 – 11:15 | Characterization of catalysts under transient conditions

Davide FerriPaul Scherrer Institut

  • 11:15 – 11:30 |  Break
  • 11:30 – 12:15 | FTIR Drifts

Christophe DujardinUniversity of Lille

  • 12:15 – 13:00 | Space- and time-resolved operando methodologies

Atsushi UrakawaInstitut Català d’Investigació Química

  • 13:00 – 14:00 | Light Lunch
  • 14:00 – 14:45 | Critical issues in testing the catalyst activity

Paolo CanuUniversity of Padova

  • 14:45 – 15:30 | A unitary preliminary vision of the processes underlying surface characterization tools

Gaetano Granozzi, University of Padova

  • 15:30 – 16:15 | Designing the next generation of environmental catalysts through multiscale modelling
    Emiel Hensen, Eindhoven University of Technology
  • 16.15 | Open Discussion
  • 17:30 | Networking time: cycling tour of the island (about 2 hours)
  • 20:30 | Dinner

17:00 | Networking Time

Guided tour of Albarella by bike.

Every participant will be provided of a bicycle for the whole Summer School period; on Tuesday 18th, a guided tour of the island will be available for all the participants in order to discover the natural beauty of Albarella.

  • 9:00 – 9:45 | How do perosvkite-based three ways catalysts work? Hints from operando Raman spectroscopy

Elise BerrierUniversity of Lille

  • 9:45 – 10:15 | Using Neutrons to measure diffusion in NOx emissions control catalysts

Andrew YorkJohnson Matthey Technology Centre

  • 10:15 – 11:00 | Hybrid Nanoarchitectures for Sustainable Catalysts from 2D Materials

Gaetano GranozziUniversity of Padova

  • 11:00 – 11:15 |  Break
  • 11:15 – 12:00 | Water-based synthesis routes towards dispersed metal-oxide activated porous catalysts

Fotis Katsaros and Zili SideratouDemokritos – Pegie CoolUniversiteit Antwerpen

  • 12:00 – 12:30 | Surface Analysis Principles: XPS

Antonella GlisentiUniversity of Padova

  • 12:30 – 13:00 | The modelling approach to TWC catalysis

Andrea Vittadini, National Research Council

  • 13:00 – 14:00 | Light Lunch
  • 14:00 – 14:45 | Use of DFT results in actual catalysts’ kinetic studies

Paolo CanuUniversity of Padova

  • 14:45 – 15:30 | Pore-scale modelling of mass transport in 3D reconstructed catalysts and filters

Marie Placha, University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague

  • 15.30 | Isella Vicini (Warrant Hub S.p.A.) introduces Massimo Barbin, Deputy Director and Territorial Director of Rovigo Confindustria Venice – metropolitan area of ​​Venice and Rovigo


  • 17:00 | Networking – Free Time
  • 20:30 | Gala Dinner

17:00 | Networking Time

Boat trip.

PARTIAL-PGMs Summer School participants will have the unique opportunity to visit Albarella by boat and to discover one of the most important European ornithological area which has been included, since 1999, in the list of Italian heritage sites by UNESCO.

  • 9:00 – 9:40 | Magnetic Resonance Imaging for Investigating Particulate Filters

Andrew YorkJohnson Matthey Technology Centre

  • 09:40 – 10:20 | Filters and membranes

Victor Manuel Candelario LealLiq-tech

  • 10:20 – 11:00 | Building a 4-Way Catalytic Converters: System architecture and engine technology

Athanasios TsolakisUniversity of Birmingham

  • 11:00 – 11:15 | Break
  • 11:15 – 11:45 | LCA: principle and strategies of approach toward a circular economy

Nicola MoroeAmbiente

  • 11:45 – 12:30 | Recycling CRMs: Potential, Challenges and Future

Ioanna GiannopoulouNational University of Athens

  • 12:30 – 13:00 | Horizon Europe

Massimo RinaldiWarrant Hub S.p.A.

  • 13:00 – 13:30 | GRADUATIONS
  • 13:30 – 14:30 | Light Lunch

A bus transfer to the airport will be arrange during the afternoon.


PARTIAL-PGMS SummerSchool is organised in the beautiful Albarella, a private environmentally protected island in the lagoon south of Venice, covered by Mediterranean scrubland, with 2 million trees and 150 different tree species.

Ideas will be fostered in an incredibly different silent and quiet environment, in close contact with nature, with shops and sports centres at a close range.



Registration fee

until 1st June 2019

980 euro

all inclusive

During the registration process you will be asked to provide information about:

  • the arrival and departure date and hour
  • any dietary constraint.

You will asked to send a short CV pointing out your background and your research activities. Participation to the school is subject to the approval of the Organizing Committee.

The organizing committee will arrange one transfer from/to the airport of Venice (VCE) and Treviso (TSF).The booking at the Hotel is in charge of the school secretariat.

The Fee includes:

  • Accommodation in single or double room full board (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
  • Gala Dinner
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Guided tours
  • The Airport Transfer (from/to the airport of Venice (VCE) on the 17th of June 2019 and on the 20th of June 2019)
  • Tax included

The Fee does not include:

  • Any other travel costs not expresses mentioned
  • Extra drinks

After registration you will receive an email with the confirmation of your participation and all details about bank transfer. Payment is due at the moment of acceptance to the school.In case of booking withdrawal, you have to communicate immediately to the school secretariat your cancellation.

Cancellation Policies:

  • Cancellation received before 20th April 2019 will be refunded.
  • Cancellation received before 15th May 2019 will be 50% refunded.
  • Cancellation after 30th May 2019 will be not refunded.


Isella Vicini Warrant Hub


Warrant Hub



Project Coordinator | Warrant Hub



Project Scientific Coordinator | NCSRD Demokritos

Antonella Ghislenti


Padova University

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For more information contact us:

School Secretariat:

[email protected]