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.
Matthias joined the group, finishing his second (!) bachelor degree.
Flo left for his adventure across the pond: He will spend the next 6 months working with Bilge Yildiz at MIT.
Regular updates on his “Marvellous and Interesting Times (MIT)” can be found here.
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 #28:
Sir Nils Olav III, Baron of the Bouvet Islands—and a king penguin living in Edinburgh Zoo—was promoted to Major General of the Norwegian King’s Guard this week.
Named after Nils Egelien—a former officer in the King’s Guard—and King Olav V of Norway, Nils Olav III’s predecessor Nils Olav (the first of his name) was made the mascot of the King’s Guard in 1972. He “joined the forces” as Lance Corporal and, subsequently was promoted to Corporal and Sergeant in 1982 and 1987, respectively. Seargeant Nils Olav died shortly after his second promotion and Nils Olav II took over both name and ranks.
Continuing the impressive career, Nils Olav II was given the ranks of regimental Sergeant Major in 1993 and honorable regimental Sergeant Major in 2001. He was made Colonel-in-Chief of his regiment in 2005. In 2008, he was knighted and given the title “Baron of the Bouvet Islands”.
Sometime after receiving the Knighthood, the current holder of name, ranks, and titles—Nils Olav III—took over and added the ranks of Brigadier (promotion in 2016) and now Major General to his impressive list of military achievements.