Workshop on Surface/adsorbed oxygen on metal oxides; role in gas sensing and catalysis

Tuebingen, Germany 9-10 June 2008

Our understanding of the role played by surface and/or adsorbed oxygen in the reactions between metal oxides and gases is far from complete. This process must be unravelled before progress can be made in the fields of gas sensing and catalysis. This workshop will explore the role adsorbed oxygen is considered to play in metal oxide based catalysts, and in gas sensing with semiconducting metal oxides.

The workshop will bring together researchers from both academia and industry interested in the basic understanding of catalysis and gas sensing, and the further developments of practical catalysts and sensors. It is hosted by GOSPEL, a research network funded by the European Commission to develop new techniques and technologies in artificial olfaction.

The event will be held at Tübingen, Germany.


Through a selection of lectures from world-renowned experts in the field and discussion, this two-day workshop will cover the most important topics associated to the relationship between fundamental surface sciences, nanotechnology and sensor research on metal oxides.

Full programme details to follow.

The event will also feature a poster session. Participants who wish to display a poster should email Nicolae Barsan,, with their name, affiliation, and the poster title by 25 May 2008.


This will be a multidisciplinary event, and will be of interest to those in areas such as:

  • Sensor research on metal oxides
  • Catalysis
  • Surface science
  • Nanotechnology

The attendance is limited to a maximum of 50 participants. In the event of oversubscription, selection will be made on the basis of submitted abstracts.


The event will be hosted by Dr Nicolae Barsan from the University of Tübingen and will feature the following speakers (updates will follow): 

  • Alexander Gurlo, Technische Universitaet Darmstadt, Germany
    In situ and operando studies of catalytic and sensing reactions
  • Bjørk Hammer, University of Aarhus, Denmark
    Oxygen chemisorption on reduced rutile TiO2(110)
  • Geoff Thornton, University College London, UK
    The influence of co-adsorbed water on the interaction of O2 with TiO2(110)
  • Herbert Over, Justus-Liebig-Universitaet Giessen, Germany
    Stabilization of RuO2 against Reducing Reaction Conditions
  • Jaime Oviedo, Sevilla University, Spain
    Crossing the gap between theory and experiments in gas sensors: The theorist view
  • Jerzy Haber, Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry PAS, Poland
    Reactivity of oxygen at interfaces
  • Nicolae Barsan, University of Tübingen, Germany
    Role of chemisorbed oxygen for gas sensing with SnO2 and WO3: work function and IR measurements
  • Oliver Diwald, Vienna University of Technology, Austria
    Oxygen Radicals and Oxide Nanocrystals
  • Tilman Sauerwald, Justus-Liebig Universität Giessen, Germany
    Polarisation effect in metal oxide sensors and relations to adsorbed surface species
  • Ulrike Diebold, Tulane University, USA
    STM imaging of clean and adsorbate-covered metal oxide surfaces
  • Phillippe Sautet, ENS Lyon, France
    Hydroxyl groups on metal oxides: structure, stability and function

Location & venue       

The workshop will held at the Hotel Stadt Tübingen in Tübingen, Germany. Tübingen is 25 minutes drive from Stuttgart Airport, which is connected with all major European airports.

The hotel offers excellent conference facilities; details of the venue can be viewed at


Participation in the workshop is free of charge. 

Accommodation will be arranged automatically when you register for the event.  Room costs are €66 per night, and meals will be approximately €90 in total depending on times of arrival and departure.

Please contact Monika Kwoka,, if you have any queries regarding accommodation.

All costs are covered for GOSPEL consortium members.

Registration and abstract submission

Registration is open until 25 May 2008.

One-page abstracts may be submitted until 25 May 2008.

Further information

You can email with queries about accommodation and logistics
or with enquiries about the programme and content.