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Search for emergent phenomena in oxide nanostructures

Objective

Oxide nanostructures in low dimensions on well-defined metal surfaces form novel hybrid systems with tremendous potential and impact in fundamental research and for the emerging nanotechnologies. The focus of the project is on the fabrication of two-, quasi-one-, and quasi-zero-dimensional oxide nanostructure model systems suitable for elucidation of their emergent properties in terms of structure, electronics, magnetism, and catalytic chemistry. This will be achieved by controlled self-assembly in ultrahigh vacuum, with atomic-scale precision, and in-situ characterisation employing the full palette of modern surface science methodology. Established kinetic preparation routes as well as a new approach to steer the self-assembly via external fields will be applied to the growth of a variety of transition metal oxides on suitable substrate surface templates. The stabilisation mechanism of polar oxide surfaces in nanoscale oxide objects, the catalytic chemistry of a nanoscale inverse model catalyst consisting of oxide nanowires coupled to an array of one-dimensional metal step atoms, and the magnetic properties of a surface-supported oxide quantum dot superlattice will be among the emergent phenomena to be probed in this project. Such fundamental questions will be addressed in a close collaboration between state-of-the-art experimental and theoretical techniques. The possibility to separate dimensionality from nanoscale effects made possible by the model systems created here will add an extra dimension in the understanding of oxide nanophase systems.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/metals

Call for proposal

ERC-2008-AdG
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Funding Scheme

ERC-AG - ERC Advanced Grant
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Host institution

UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Address
Universitatsplatz 3
8010 Graz
Austria
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 575 600
Principal investigator
Falko Netzer (Prof.)
Administrative Contact
Barbara Haselsteiner (Dr.)

Beneficiaries (2)

UNIVERSITAET GRAZ
Austria
EU contribution
€ 1 575 600
Address
Universitatsplatz 3
8010 Graz
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Principal investigator
Falko Netzer (Prof.)
Administrative Contact
Barbara Haselsteiner (Dr.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 451 200
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Vincenzo Barone (Dr.)