Laboratory for Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry
An important part of our research therefore focuses on providing understanding of a functioning catalyst with the ultimate aim to be able to design better catalytic processes. This reflects the general research theme within the laboratory, which is to provide understanding of a functioning respectively functional material. The laboratory is in particular strong in the development and application of in situ / operando time- and space-resolved measurements. For that, we maintain strong links to the synchrotron. We apply methods based on X-ray absorption and emission and X-ray photoemission spectroscopies, in addition to ptychographic imaging. High space-resolution is achieved in both the hard and soft X-ray regimes and diffractive and spectroscopic imaging is explored.
Breakthrough - electron crystallography for everyone
Recent advances in electron crystallography published in Angewandte Chemie and highlighted by Science, Chemical & Engineering News and ScienceNews!Under the lead of LSK member, "Rapid structure determination of microcrystalline molecular compounds using electron diffraction", published in Angewandte Chemie International Edition https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/anie.201811318 has attracted great attention in the chemistry community.
Cleaner emissions thanks to sponge-like structure
PSI researchers have developed a new catalytic converter for cleaning emissions from natural gas engines. It is very active even at low temperatures and remains that way over a long period of time. This allows natural gas to be burned in a cleaner, more climate-friendly way. Thus natural gas and biogas become more attractive as substitutes for petroleum products – for example, as fuel for cars.
A new paper by Vitaly Sushkevich and Dennis Palagin is accepted to Angewandte Chemie
A new paper by Vitaly Sushkevich and Dennis Palagin is accepted to Angewandte ChemieNew issue of Angewandte Chemie is featuring a paper entitled "Effect of Active Sites Structure on Activity of Copper Mordenite in Aerobic and Anaerobic Conversion of Methane to Methanol" by Vitaly and Dennis.
For the second time on the cover of Journal of Physical Chemistry
For the second time on the cover page of Journal of Physical Chemistry.
Johannes Ihli's article makes it into ESRF Highlights
ESRF Highlights 2017 features work of researchers from the Laboratory of Catalysis and Sustainable Chemistry, the Photon Science Division at Paul Scherrer Institut and the ESRF, Grenoble, France.
Johannes Ihli and co-researchers made it into Nature Communications
Nature Communications will be publishing the paper of Johannes Ihli et al., "A three-dimensional view of structural changes caused by deactivation of fluid catalytic cracking catalysts", in issue 8, article number 809. The paper has already gone online on October 9, 2017.
Cover page of The Journal of Physical Chemistry
The paper titled "Core–Shell Structure of Palladium Hydride Nanoparticles Revealed by Combined X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy and X-ray Diffraction" by Aram L. Bugaev was published in The Journal of Physical Chemistry and made it on the cover of issue 33/2017.
SPS Award in Applied Physics awarded to Waiz Karim
The SPS 2017 Prize in Applied Physics is awarded to former member of the van Bokhoven Group Waiz Karim for his PhD thesis entitled "Metal nanostructures and their catalytic properties using top-down nanofabrication and single particle spectroscopy" which was honored with his 1st author publication "Catalyst support effects on hydrogen spillover" by W. Karim, C. Spreafico, A. Kleibert, J. Gobrecht, J. VandeVondele, Y. Ekinci, J. A. van Bokhoven, Nature, 2017, 541, 68–71.