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

The ERC project TUCAS started in 2017 and is part of our research group “Electrocatalysis at Surfaces” at the Institute of Materials Chemistry at the Vienna University of Technology. Specifically, it 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.

July 2022

Eva Madersbacher started her FFG Talente Praktikum. Welcome to the team!
Tobias is currently in Ludwigshafen working for BASF during a 2-month summer internship. You can read about his adventure here (oder hier auf Deutsch).

Christian Melcher started his master thesis in our group.

June 2022

Christoph has been appointed „Professor for Electrochemical Energy Conversion“ and head of the Institute of Physical Chemistry at the Montan University Leoben and will start his new job in October.
Congratulations!

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 #5: In honor of the 25th anniversary of the start of the serialisation of “One Piece“, we dedicate this fact to the magnum opus of Eiichiro Oda:
A gene of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster – the Drosophila Baramicin polypeptide gene (presented in this study) – is (partly) named after a character of Oda’s manga, “Buggy, the Clown” (as mentioned in the acknowledgement of the study). Having eaten the “Bara Bara no Mi” (the “Chop Chop Fruit”) and thus gaining superpowers, Buggy can cleave his body in any way he wants – this inspired the name for the gene, which “encodes a precursor protein cleaved into multiple peptides (…)”.

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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