Young Investigator Group: Material Transformations in Electrocatalysts
The research interests of the Young investigator group are focused on the dynamic transformations of the catalytic surfaces under the reaction conditions. The group develops nanostructured model thin film surfaces and explores their structural and compositional changes induced by the catalytic processes and the effect of such transformations on the mechanism and kinetics of the reactions in electrocatalysis. This is achieved by combination of various ex situ and in situ methods. The main research task is to provide a detailed mechanistic understanding of chemical processes ongoing at complex and dynamic interfaces, with a special focus on electrocatalysis for energy conversion and storage, aiming to overcome stability limits of the catalyst materials. The scope of methods includes variety of physical vapor deposition techniques, advanced electrochemical characterization methods, atom probe tomography and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy including synchrotron based methods.
The group works in close collaboration with Max-Planck-Institute für Eisenforschung GmbH in Düsseldorf and with Helmholtz Institute Erlangen-Nürnberg for Renewable Energy.
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