Matthias joined the group, finishing his second (!) bachelor degree. He will work on the synthesis and characterization of cuprates.
Tobi won the „Best Poster Award“ with his poster titled “Perovskite Oxides as Catalysts for Methanol Steam Reforming” at the Europacat 2023.
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.
August 2022 (the month of good news for Flo)
After almost 20 years in Chemistry, Christoph’s scientific journey culminates in a full professorship (“Electrochemical Energy Conversion”) at Montan University Leoben.
The first step of this journey was taken in 2007 when Christoph achieved his master’s degree in chemistry in Innsbruck. Then, he worked on his PhD as Max Planck fellow – jointly between the Fritz-Haber-Institute in Berlin and the University of Innsbruck (supervised by Bernhard Klötzer and Robert Schlögl) – which he finished in 2011.
After stays as postdoctoral researcher in Berkeley, CA (as Erwin Schrödinger Fellow) and Innsbruck (as Senior Post Doc), he came to the TU Wien in 2013 where he was in charge of the model catalysis group and started his Habilitation on “Model Catalysis: Bridging the Gap from UHV to Atmospheric Pressure by in situ Synchrotron Studies”. After finishing that in 2019, he became Assistant Professor in 2020 and Associate Professor in 2021.
In 2017, he was awarded an ERC Starting Grant (TUCAS), the follow-up proof-of-concept grant of which (TUCAS-CO2) was awarded last year. Also in 2021, Christoph joined the SFB TACO as co-PI.
This October, Christoph will move his group to Styria and become „Professor for Electrochemical Energy Conversion“ and head of the Institute of Physical Chemistry at the Montan University Leoben. There, he will continue his work on studying and designing novel oxide-based catalysts (e.g. perovskites) for CO2 conversion and „Power-to-X“ applications. Furthermore, he will expand his work on combining heterogeneous catalysis and electrochemistry for greenhouse gas utilization.
(2022-06-17: Due to complaints by Mrs. L., the image was updated.)
Yesterday, Peter Amann – a collaborateur and friend of TUCAS – published a Science paper. Christoph is a co-author of the article titled “The state of zinc in methanol synthesis over a Zn/ZnO/Cu(211) model catalyst”.
Christoph contributed synchrotron measurements performed at DESY Hamburg and provided invaluable expertise on CuZn systems.
Congratulations to Christoph and all authors!
Sadly, after last year’s shrinkage-connected lab accident, we have to report another incident. Hedda, our resident data sorceress and expert in all things data evaluation related, got lost during her most recent expedition into the wild and untamed data forest. This is the last image she sent before all communication went dark.
Currently, we are setting up a rescue party of brave data scientists who are not afraid to venture into that dangerous and oftentimes unpleasant place to find and save Hedda.
Christoph was awarded an ERC Proof of Concept Grant (TUCAS+CO2) to extend the results of his ERC grant TUCAS to industrial application. Congratulations!
The German press release of the TU Wien can be found here.
Lorenz‘ and Joel’s paper In Situ Growth of Exsolved Nanoparticles under Varying rWGS Reaction Conditions—A Catalysis and Near Ambient Pressure-XPS Study has been published in Catalysts.
Lorenz won a
Graduate Student Award
of the European Materials Research Society (E-MRS) 2021 Fall Meeting for his contribution titled „Doped Perovskite Oxides as Versatile Catalysts towards Fuel Production„.
Florian defended Lorenz‘ title from last year and won the
Best Presenter Award
at the XVII International Forum-Contest of Students and Young Researchers in St. Petersburg in his breakout session „Chemical Technology of Natural Energy Sources, Carbon Materials and Inorganic Substances“.
This makes the second consecutive time this award goes to TUCAS.
After a freak lab accident that shrunk Florian to atomic size (luckily he was wearing his protective goggles), we now can at least present the very first selfie taken on the surface of a catalyst. Communication is difficult, as the mobile reception is very bad, so we do not know much, however, we assume that the objects behind Flo are exsolved particles. And a step edge is visible far in the back as well.
Aside from being smaller than usual, Flo is fine and we are working tirelessly to undo the shrinkage.
Florian successfully defended his master thesis titled „CO2 utilization via methane dry reforming“. Congratulations to the newly minted „Diplom-Ingenieur“ and the newest member of the PhD squad!
Lorenz‘ paper Ca-doped rare earth perovskite materials for tailored exsolution of metal nanoparticles has been published in Acta Crystallographica B. Congratulations!
Lorenz was a awarded a „Förderungspreis für Chemie“ by the GÖCH for his Diploma thesis, titled
„Structural and Chemical Characterisation of Doped Perovskites by XRD and XPS – Tailored Exsolution of Metal Nanoparticles“
Raffael’s paper Novel Sample-Stage for Combined Near Ambient Pressure X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Catalytic Charakterization and Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy has been published in Crystals. Congratulations!
From 21st to 23rd of September 2020 Lorenz attended the online Young Chemists Summit 2020, organized by the Young Chemists Austria. He presented a poster during the Postersession on Twitter and won the EYCN Poster Award, sponsored by the European Young Chemists‘ Network!
The new webpage of our ERC project TUCAS goes live.