Our investigations focus on the preparation and modification of thin oxide films on metal supports and metal nanoparticles on oxides and on the structural, electronic and chemical properties of these systems for thermal catalysis.
The experiments are performed with the high resolution spectro-microscope SMART (Spectro-Microscope with Aberration Correction for many relevant Techniques) operating at the BESSY II electron storage ring. This aberration corrected and energy filtered Low Energy Electron Microscope (LEEM) / Photo-Emission Electron Microscope (PEEM) combines microscopy, spectroscopy and diffraction of photo-emitted and reflected electrons. It allows for real-time observations of surface processes like oxidation, structure formation or chemical reactions.
N. Michalak, T. Ossowski, Z. Miłosz, M. Prieto, Y. Wang, M. Werwiński, V. Babacic, F. Genuzio, L. Vattuone, A. Kiejna, T. Schmidt and M. Lewandowski: Ostwald Ripening in an Oxide-on-Metal System. Advanced Materials Interfaces9 (17), 2200222 (2022).
H.I. Røst, B.P. Reed, F.S. Strand, J.A. Durk, A. Evans, A. Grubišić-Čabo, G. Wan, M. Cattelan, M. Prieto, D.M. Gottlob, L.C. Tanase, L.de S. Caldas, T. Schmidt, A. Tadich, B.C.C. Cowie, R.K. Chellappan, J.W. Wells and S.P. Cooil: A Simplified Method for Patterning Graphene on Dielectric Layers. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces13 (31), 37510–37516 (2021).
M. Homann, B. von Boehn, M. Prieto, D.M. Gottlob, L.C. Tanase, T. Schmidt, F. Genuzio, T.O. Menteş, A. Locatelli and R. Imbihl: Coupling of morphological instability and kinetic instability: Chemical waves in hydrogen oxidation on a bimetallic Ni/Rh(111) surface. Physical Review Materials5 (4), 045002 (2021).
H.I. Røst, R.K. Chellappan, F.S. Strand, Grubišić-Čabo Antonija, B.P. Reed, M. Prieto, L.C. Tanase, L.de S. Caldas, T. Wongpinij, C. Euaruksakul, T. Schmidt, A. Tadich, B.C.C. Cowie, Z. Li, S.P. Cooil and J.W. Wells: Low-Temperature Growth of Graphene on a Semiconductor. The Journal of Physical Chemistry C125 (7), 4243–4252 (2021).
F. Silvestri, M. Prieto, A. Babuji, L.C. Tanase, L.de S. Caldas, O. Solomeshch, T. Schmidt, C. Ocal and E. Barrena: Impact of Nanomorphology on Surface Doping of Organic Semiconductors: The Pentacene-C60F48 Interface. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces12 (22), 25444–25452 (2020).
K. Schweinar, S. Beeg, C. Hartwig, C.R. Rajamathi, O. Kasian, S. Piccinin, M. Prieto, L.C. Tanase, D.M. Gottlob, T. Schmidt, D. Raabe, R. Schlögl, B. Gault, T. Jones and M.T. Greiner: Formation of a 2D Meta-stable Oxide by Differential Oxidation of AgCu Alloys. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces12 (20), 23595–23605 (2020).