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Nanoscale Chemical Reactions Studied with In-Situ Transmission Electron Microscopy

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postcode: 3584 CS

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙996˙250 €
 EC max contribution 1˙996˙250 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-09-01   to  2021-08-31


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT NL (UTRECHT) coordinator 1˙996˙250.00


 Project objective

Great successes have been achieved in nanoscience where the development of functional properties and the assembly of nanostructures into nanomaterials have become increasingly important. In general, both the tuning of the chemical and physical properties and the self-assembly of nanocrystals into 2D or 3D superstructures take place in a liquid environment. When analysing the structural properties of nanocrystals using Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM), this liquid environment is contained between membranes to keep it in the high vacuum. At present, the thickness of the liquid is not controlled, which renders standard imaging at atomic resolution impossible. Here I propose to integrate micro-electromechanical actuator functionalities in the Liquid Cell chips to overcome this problem so that real-time atomic resolution imaging and chemical analysis on nanoparticles in solution becomes a reality. This new in-situ technology will elucidate what really happens during chemical reactions, and will thereby enable the development of new nanomaterials for optoelectronics, lighting, and catalysis. Oriented attachment processes and self-assembly of nanoparticles, which are key to the large-scale production of 2D and 3D nanomaterials, can also be followed in the Liquid Cell. Furthermore, the hydration of nanoscale model systems of earth materials such as magnesia, alumina, and calcium oxide is of major importance in the geosciences. In the field of enhanced oil recovery, for example, the huge volumetric expansion that comes with the hydration of these minerals could facilitate access to reservoirs. My research group has extensive experience in in-situ TEM and recently has achieved significant successes in Liquid Cell studies. We are in an ideal position to develop this new technology and open up these new research areas, which will have a major impact on science, industry, and society.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 S. S. Gupta, M. A. van Huis
Strained epitaxial interfaces of metal (Pd, Pt, Au) overlayers on nonpolar CdS ($ {1,0,overline{1},0} $ ) surfaces from first-principles
published pages: 505001, ISSN: 0953-8984, DOI: 10.1088/1361-648x/ab3919
Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 31/50 2019-10-16
2017 Beniamino Sciacca, Annemarie Berkhout, Benjamin J. M. Brenny, Sebastian Z. Oener, Marijn A. van Huis, Albert Polman, Erik C. Garnett
Monocrystalline Nanopatterns Made by Nanocube Assembly and Epitaxy
published pages: 1701064, ISSN: 0935-9648, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201701064
Advanced Materials 29/26 2019-06-18
2017 C.M. Fang, M.A. van Huis
Structure and stability of hcp iron carbide precipitates: A first-principles study
published pages: e00408, ISSN: 2405-8440, DOI: 10.1016/j.heliyon.2017.e00408
Heliyon 3/9 2019-06-18
2017 Anne C. Berends, Johannes D. Meeldijk, Marijn A. van Huis, Celso de Mello Donega
Formation of Colloidal Copper Indium Sulfide Nanosheets by Two-Dimensional Self-Organization
published pages: 10551-10560, ISSN: 0897-4756, DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.7b04925
Chemistry of Materials 29/24 2019-06-18
2019 Heleen van Gog, Wun-Fan Li, Changming Fang, Rik S. Koster, Marjolein Dijkstra, Marijn van Huis
Thermal stability and electronic and magnetic properties of atomically thin 2D transition metal oxides
published pages: 18, ISSN: 2397-7132, DOI: 10.1038/s41699-019-0100-z
npj 2D Materials and Applications 3/1 2019-06-06
2019 S. S. Gupta, M. A. van Huis
Intermetallic Differences at CdS–Metal (Ni, Pd, Pt, and Au) Interfaces: From Single-Atom to Subnanometer Metal Clusters
published pages: 9298-9310, ISSN: 1932-7447, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.9b02319
The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 123/14 2019-06-06
2017 S. S. Gupta, M. A. van Huis
Adsorption Study of a Water Molecule on Vacancy-Defected Nonpolar CdS Surfaces
published pages: 9815-9824, ISSN: 1932-7447, DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpcc.6b13010
The Journal of Physical Chemistry C 121/18 2019-06-18

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