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Atomic-Scale Motion Picture: Taming Cluster Catalysts at the Abyss of Meta-Stability

Project description

An atomic-scale view of catalyst dynamics

Catalysts are substances that increase the rate of a chemical reaction. The EU-funded TACCAMA project aims to study the correlation between the dynamics and activity of model catalysts at atomic scale. To do so, researchers will insert a high-temporal and spatial resolution scanning tunnelling microscope directly into reactive gas mixtures. This will allow investigation of how the structure of catalyst particles and substrates change under reaction conditions. By using small clusters with a precisely defined number of atoms, researchers will investigate how highly reactive particle structures appear and disappear, how this process can be controlled, and how it influences the catalyst function. This knowledge could lead to the development of more cost-effective alternatives to the precious metal catalysts commonly used today.

Call for proposal

ERC-2019-STG
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Host institution

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 499 375

Beneficiaries (1)

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 1 499 375
Address
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments