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.

May 2023

A new Roadmap was accepted to the Journal of Physics: Energy, discussing exsolution for energy applications. Thomas, Lorenz, Florian and Christoph contributed a section on CO2 utilization. Congratulations!

Tobias started his work as the newest PhD student of our group.

April 2023

Tobias successfully defended his Master’s thesis. After an “extended break” of 4 days, he will start to work on his PhD in our group. Congratulations!

Sadly, we have to report that Glix fell victim to a phase shift: Instead of making his flight to go to his backpacking trip, he got trapped in an equivalence-circuit of South East Asia.

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 #25 (StarWars Edition):
Frank Oz, the puppeteer that controlled and/or voiced Yoda  (controlled and voiced in “The Empire Strikes Back”, “The Return of the Jedi”, and “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace”; voiced in “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones” and “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith”) also puppetereed Miss Piggy of the Muppets.
This is the reason that Miss Piggy together with Kermit once appeared on (the set of) Dagobah to prank Mark Hamill (playing Luke Skywalker). Here is the picture proof.
May the Fourth be with you!

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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