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SurfacE structure-Activity-Relationship in atomically-defined, ultrathin film perovskite Catalysts

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Project "SEARCh" data sheet

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Organization address
city: AACHEN
postcode: 52062

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Project website
 Total cost 214˙828 €
 EC max contribution 214˙828 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2017
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-GF
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-06-01   to  2020-11-30


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 Project objective

Due to the intermittency of renewable electricity, conversion to chemical fuel is a necessity for the success of the transition to sustainable energy. A simple and attractive candidate for climate-neutral fuel is hydrogen, which can be produced directly through electrolysis. But substantial market penetration by commercial electrolysers has been hindered by the absence of high-activity, stable, inexpensive, and earth-abundant, catalytic materials. To develop and exploit these materials, a detailed understanding of the underlying relationships between catalytic activity and atomic-level surface structure is required, which has so far been unattainable due to often-case undefined surface areas and structures, as is the case for today’s record-performance electrocatalysts, i.e. Ni-Fe (oxy)(hydr)oxides. Therefore, epitaxial, atomically defined Ni-Fe-based perovskite thin film catalysts will be investigated with advanced operando characterization tools (including synchrotron-based scattering and spectroscopy, and scanning probe approaches) to achieve the following objectives:

- Revalidate activity trends found for polycrystalline and amorphous structures, disseminating the influence from the bulk electronic structure (composition), bond lengths, crystallographic orientation and surface termination

- Derive an atomistic understanding of the catalysis reaction and degradation mechanisms

- Deduce design rules for beyond-state-of-the-art electrocatalyst materials and communicate them to the catalyst research and production communities for exploitation in “real-world” catalyst materials

The results of SEARCh will thus contribute to the goals of development and deployment of low-carbon technologies in line with the EU’s Strategic Energy Technology Plan and the experienced researcher will receive training in innovative, cutting-edge techniques and attain transferable skills, benefitting from a multidisciplinary, international collaboration.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2020 Felix V. E. Hensling, Christoph Baeumer, Marc-André Rose, Felix Gunkel, Regina Dittmann
SrTiO 3 termination control: a method to tailor the oxygen exchange kinetics
published pages: 31-40, ISSN: 2166-3831, DOI: 10.1080/21663831.2019.1682705
Materials Research Letters 8/1 2020-01-30
2019 Venkata R. Nallagatla, Thomas Heisig, Christoph Baeumer, Vitaliy Feyer, Matteo Jugovac, Giovanni Zamborlini, Claus M. Schneider, Rainer Waser, Miyoung Kim, Chang Uk Jung, Regina Dittmann
Topotactic Phase Transition Driving Memristive Behavior
published pages: 1903391, ISSN: 0935-9648, DOI: 10.1002/adma.201903391
Advanced Materials 31/40 2019-10-29
2019 Moritz L. Weber, Christoph Baeumer, David N. Mueller, Lei Jin, Chun-Lin Jia, Daniel S. Bick, Rainer Waser, Regina Dittmann, Ilia Valov, Felix Gunkel
Electrolysis of Water at Atomically Tailored Epitaxial Cobaltite Surfaces
published pages: 2337-2346, ISSN: 0897-4756, DOI: 10.1021/acs.chemmater.8b04577
Chemistry of Materials 31/7 2019-10-10

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