Our studies are focused on an understanding of structure-reactivity relationships of well-defined thin oxide films grown on metal single-crystal supports. We use a variety of experimental techniques such as scanning tunneling microscopy, temperature programmed desorption, infrared reflection absorption spectroscopy, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The reactivity under realistic conditions can be monitored by a gas chromatography. In addition, a fruitful collaboration with famous theory groups is established.
- CO oxidation over ultrathin films of transition metal oxides at near-atmospheric pressures;
- Atomic structure of metal-doped ultrathin silica films;
- Preparation and surface chemistry of zeolite-like surfaces;
- ZnO-based model catalysts in methanol synthesis and related processes;
- Reactivity of TM-oxide clusters in oxidation reactions