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Specialized iNANO Lecture by Professor Edvin Lundgren, Lund University

Surface dynamics under reaction conditions

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Tuesday 13 December 2022,  at 10:15 - 11:00




Professor Jeppe Vang Lauritsen (jvang@inano.au.dk)

Professor Edvin Lundgren, Department of Synchrotron Radiation Research, Institute of Physics, Lund university, Lund, Sweden

Surface dynamics under reaction conditions

Catalysis is an important process and is widely applied on an industrial scale for many applications in either gas or in liquid phase. Industrial catalysts are complex materials, and consequently the gas/liquid-surface interaction between simplified single crystal surfaces and molecules in controlled environments has been studied for decades.

We have in recent years explored the possibilities to perform experiments at conditions closer to those of a technical catalyst, at elevated pressures and in an electrolyte. In this contribution, recent results using High Energy Surface X-Ray Diffraction (HESXRD) [1] and other situ techniques [2-4] will be presented. Armed with structural knowledge from ultra-high vacuum experiments, the dynamics of the gas or electrolyte induced structures and phases can be observed in real time. The strength and weaknesses of the experimental techniques will be discussed.

[1] J. Gustafson et al; Science 343 (2014) 758.
[2] S. Blomberg et al; Phys. Rev. Lett. 110 (2013) 117601.
[3] J. Zetterberg et al; Nat. Comm. 6 (2015) 7076.
[4] S. Pfaff, et al; ACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces 13 (2021) 19530.