We, the researches of AG Rameshan, are interested in catalytic processes on heterogeneous catalyst surfaces.

The ERC project TUCAS started in 2017 and was initially part of our research group „Electrocatalysis at Surfaces“ at the Institute of Materials Chemistry at the Vienna University of Technology. In October 2022, we moved to Leoben, where we are now a part of the Chair for Physical Chemistry at the Montanuniversity Leoben. Specifically, TUCAS deals with perovskite materials, their surfaces, and ways to influence their properties (like stability and activity) by various measures: doping, pre-treatment (in different atmospheres), polarisation, exsolution of nanoparticles…

These perovskite materials are especially interesting, as they show great potential in processes relating to renewable energy production and chemical energy storage.

In 2022, TUCAS+CO2 was approved by the ERC (as Proof of Concept Grant). This extension of our fundamental research project TUCAS aims to extend the results towards industrial applications.

We use a wide range of lab-based and Synchrotron based techniques (in-situ spectroscopies) as well as theoretical simulations to study and characterise the properties of our samples.

March 2024

Jessica’s project “Amanita muscaria for heterogeneous redox
transformations” was accepted within the programme “Disruptive Innovation—Early Career Seed Money” of the FWF.
Way to go, Jessy!

January 2024

Jonathan and Tobi were awarded with the eKKon Young Scientist Award. Congratulations!!!

Raffael is co-author of a newly published Nature paper.

December 2023

Jessica joined the group as Post-Doc.

TUCAS Fact of the ... 404—Time range not found

Here, we will regularly present funny and/or interesting facts – on occasion maybe even a dad-joke-y quote (not to name names but probably by Florenz).

TUCAS Fact #32:
To commemorate Akira Toriyama (in light of his recent and too early passing), we dedicate a double-fact to his most well-known media franchise: Dragon Ball (at least in the West, his second work—Dr. Slump—is just as well, if not better known in Japan), which was the “gate-way manga” for Thomas more than 20 years ago.

  1. The now iconic blonde hair color of the Saiyans in their “super stages” was chosen by Toriyama to make his work easier—as light hair does not need extra filling during the drawing process.
  2. The statement “It’s over 9.000!” by Vegeta—which is a staple of popular meme culture—was actually never part of the original work. The manga places Goku’s powerlevel at 8.000—the English dub changed the number to improve flow and better fit the lip movements.

R.I.P. Toriyama Sensei!

TUCAS is funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, grant agreement no. 755744.

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