International Excellence Talks

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Excellence lives on exchange and networking among the best researchers worldwide. That is why we want to invite you to join us in a new lecture series, International Excellence Talks, where internationally renowned scientists will give insights into their current research topics and, ideally, inspire a broad audience of scholars. This monthly event will include a 30-minute keynote lecture and a platform for networking and informal exchange among researchers with a wide range of interests. Recordings of previous talks can be found on the KIT International Excellence Talks YouTube Channel.

Rational Design of Materials for Energy Production and a Cleaner Future by Dr. M. Veronica Ganduglia-Pirovano

On Wednesday, 23 November 2022 at 3:00 PM (CET) the 15th International Excellence Talk will take place. Dr. M. Veronica Ganduglia-Pirovano will present her insights on the above topic. Venue of the event can be found below.

Dr. M. Veronica Ganduglia-Pirovano
KIT International Excellence Fellow (2022)


  • Scientific Researcher, Institute of Catalysis and Petrochemistry of the Spanish Council for Scientific Research (CSIC), Madrid, Spain
  • Research Area: Material Design and Chemistry 
  • Member of the National Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences Argentina (Academia Nacional de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales-ANCEFN) (2020)
  • Other affiliations: Exxon Corporation, Annandale, New Jersey, USA, the Fritz Haber Inst., Max Planck Society, Berlin, the Center for Atomic-scale Materials Physics-DTU, Denmark, the Humboldt University in Berlin 
  • Selected among the 100 successful, inspirational and progressive women in science and engineering Successful Women Ceramics and Glass Scientists and Engineerings: 100 Inspirational Profiles
  • International Excellence Fellow at the Institute of Functional interfaces (IFG), KIT (2022)  

Abstract: Methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2) are two potent greenhouse gases and their conversion to valuable resources is mandatory to bring us to a greener future. In this talk, I discuss recent results on metal/CeO2 systems which point toward a possible strategy for designing active and stable catalysts that can be employed for methane activation and conversions. The emphasis is here put on theoretical studies in combination with experiments.

After the keynote lecture, we invite you to join the networking session with Dr. Ganduglia-Pirovano and other participants with drinks and snacks.

The International Excellence Talk will be held as an attendance event and virtually per Zoom. 

  • To attend the offline event, please register here.

  • To join the talk via Zoom, no registration is necessary

    Meeting-ID: 695 3194 0233 | Passcode: 871909
Registration for offline event Zoom Link

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Date and Time
Wednesday, 23 November 2022 at 3:00 PM (CET)

Building 330, Room 356 (2nd Floor), 
Institute of Functional Interfaces (IFG)
KIT, Campus North, Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Platz 1
76344 Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen (Google Maps Link)
or virtually via Zoom

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Archive - Previous Talks

Content and links to recordings of previously held talks. 


About the talks

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The lecture series is organized by the International Scholars and Welcome Office (IScO) of KIT in the framework of the International Excellence Grants Program with funds granted to the University of Excellence concept “The Research University in the Helmholtz Association I Living the Change” in cooperation with the Humboldt-Regional Group Karlsruhe-Pforzheim.