Robert Schlögl
Beatriz Roldan Cuenya
Gerard Meijer
Martin Wolf
Matthias Scheffler

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Electrolyte-induced Nanostructuring Greatly Promotes C-C coupling in CO2 Electrochemical Reduction

November 13, 2019

Highly-selective Cu-based catalysts for CO2 electroreduction were synthesized using electrolyte-induced nanostructuring of a Cu foil. In addition to enhanced surface roughness, the effect is associated with the formation and stability of Cu+ species as revealed by operando spectroscopy.

Ultrafast Rotational Motions of Supported Nanoclusters Probed by Electron Diffraction

July 09, 2019

In the nanometer length-scale, structural stability is prone to ultrafast motions that range from atomic vibrations to translations and rotations of entire nanostructures. To study the rotational motions of entire nanoparticles, we establish femtosecond electron diffraction as goniometer of ultrafast nanocrystal rotations. To achieve our scope we have combined experiments that use ultrashort pulses of electrons and photons, with detailed simulations of molecular dynamics and electron diffraction.

Ultrafast Dynamics of Atomic Motion Viewed by the Electrons in Solids

July 08, 2019

Molecular movies of atoms moving during a reaction have advanced our understanding of chemistry. Yet only the dynamics of the electronic structure, an “electron movie”, completes the picture of the mechanisms driving chemical reactions and the making and breaking of bonds.


Gerhard Ertl Lecture 2019

December 10, 2019
Prof. Dr. Frances M. Ross will be awarded the Gerhard Ertl Lecture in 2019.

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Gerhard Ertl Lecture 2019: Opportunities for understanding crystal growth through in situ electron microscopy

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