Research at the Department of Interface Science

Research at the Department of Interface Science

Our department focuses on the fundamental understanding of structure/composition-reactivity correlations in thermal catalysis and electrochemistry. Emphasis is given to the investigation of the dynamic behavior of catalysts under realistic and environmental reaction conditions.

Nanostructure Synthesis and Surface Modification
The synthesis of nanostructures with well-defined morphological properties, tunable via controlled surface modification techniques (e.g. plasma treatment). more
<span>Electrocatalysis</span>
The investigation of the mechanisms underlying the electrocatalytic performance of nanostructures, in order to improve their reactivity and selectivity for desired products by tuning their structure, electronic properties and vibrational dynamics. more
<span>Thermal Catalysis</span>
The study of chemical state, composition and structure-reactivity correlations in thermal catalysis processes under realistic operando reaction conditions. In particular, we study systematically the effect of environmental conditions, surface adsorbates and support properties on the morphology, chemical state and electronic properties of nanoscale heterogeneous catalyst systems. more
Operando Microscopy and Spectroscopy

Operando Microscopy and Spectroscopy

The development of state-of-the-art microscopic and spectroscopic techniques to investigate the dynamical behavior of catalysts under realistic working conditions. These studies allow us to establish the relationship between catalyst structure and catalytic function.
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