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Inorganic Chemistry – Electronic Structure Group

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Electronic Structure:
Axel Knop-Gericke
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Characterizing Surfaces
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The investigation of catalyst surfaces with respect to their electronic structure and functional groups is in the focus of our activities. We do analyze correlations of surface properties and the catalytic performance of catalysts.
Subsurface species have a strong influence on the selectivity of catalytic reactions. It was found, that some subsurface species form just under reaction conditions and therefore they can be observed only under reaction conditions. The development and application of surface sensitive in situ techniques is promoted.
Oxidation reactions over metals like ethylene epoxidation and methanol oxidation to formaldehyde over Ag, CO oxidation over Au, watersplitting over Pt and the growth of graphene and boron nitride layer of transition metals form the target of our current studies.
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