The Laboratory has undertaken the basic chemical research related to solid surfaces and interfaces in the broad sense, and accumulated certain successes up to the present stage in the major areas of operations shown below; these areas also serve as the targets for future developments.
(1) In catalysis and electrochemistry, systematically develop state-of-art methodology including in-situ and time-resolved (and combinations thereof) techniques to identify and characterize reactive species at atomic and molecular levels on solid surfaces and reaction processes at solid/gas and solid/liquid interfaces.
(2) In parallel to the above studies, investigate the active centers, interfacial structures, and reaction kinetics on catalyst and electrode surfaces, and elucidate the dynamics and microscopic mechanisms of these solid surface reactions, facilitating a definitive description of the relevant reaction pattern.
(3) Develop theoretical models to accurately describe reaction processes and characteristics occurring on solid surfaces and at solid/gas and solid/liquid interfaces; such models are used to simulate the observed reaction centers and mechanisms through mathematical operations.
(4) Undertake original research on the design, modification, and fabrication of new and better catalysts and electrodes at the atomic/molecular level and nano-scale, thus enabling to enhance selectivity and to control relevant surface reactions.
(5) Vigorously pursue basic investigations related to nano-materials and clusters, to synthesis of new materials possessing desired configurations, characteristics and/or functions, and to fabricate nano-scale surfaces with a finite order.
(6) In theoretical chemistry, develop theoretical approaches and computational methodology to deal with complex systems encountered in the biological domain, and create marketable program packages with originality.
In the overall perspective, the laboratory envisages to establish solid and advanced experimental methodology and theoretical systems on physical chemistry of solid surfaces, and to build an in-depth foundation for frontier developments of new and better catalytic materials and processes as well electrochemical technology. Ultimately, the laboratory endeavors to make signal contributions in scientific knowledge for the benefit of pressing and critical socio-economic problems related to energy, materials, life, and information sciences.