"The central theme of this project is elucidating and exploiting the reactivity of metal carbenes on well-defined surfaces. We propose to use surface science techniques in vacuo (mainly scanning tunneling microscopy and spectroscopy, temperature programmed reactions, near edge X-ray adsorption fine structure and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy) to address olefin metathesis reactions and provide an understanding at the single molecule level. Harnessing the reactivity of the metal carbenes, we will develop methods for growing conjugated single molecule wires from the metal center and assess their electronic properties. The potential applications are highly relevant to the Research Strategy Agendas of the European Technology Platforms concerning sustainable chemistry, nanoelectronics and novel materials. The pairing of the researcher’s experience and host institution’s infrastructure is ideal for this project to fulfill its objectives and it will be a springboard for the researcher to reach a group leader position in the near future."
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