Plenary speaker- Prof. Dr. M. Veronica Ganduglia Pirovano

Institute of Catalysis and Petrochemistry, Madrid, Spain

Dr. M. Veronica Ganduglia-Pirovano is the Leader of the Modeling for Theoretical Catalysis Group at the Institute of Catalysis and Petrochemistry (ICP-CSIC) in Madrid. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from the Balseiro Institute, National University of Cuyo, S. C. de Bariloche, Argentina and a PhD in Physics from the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research, University of Stuttgart, Germany. With a vision for specific design of catalytic materials, she has carried out high-level and motivating research projects at Exxon Corporation, Annandale, NJ, USA, the Fritz-Haber-Institute in Berlin, the Center Physics of Materials at the Atomic Scale-DTU, Denmark, and the Humboldt University of Berlin. She is the author of more than 100 publications on computational physical chemistry of surfaces and catalysis, with more than 9500 citations and an h-index of 48 (Google Scholar). She pioneered theoretical work on ceria, metals supported on ceria and the chemistry of small oxide clusters supported on other oxides. Her main contributions continue to be in the reactivity of supported nanoparticles and oxide surfaces, providing deep insight in the structure-function relationships of catalytic materials for energy and environmental applications, as well as in the fundamental physics area associated with cerium oxide catalysis.